Royal Antwerp is a Belgian club from the city of Antwerp in North Belgium. The club was founded in 1880 as a cricket, lawn tennis and football club. With the growing popularity of the football department over the other sport types, Antwerp became solely a football club in 1894. A year later, in 1895, Antwerp were the first club to register to play in the newly-created championships by the new Belgian FA. In their first season, they finished as runners-up.
Royal Antwerp are a Belgian football club who currently play in the Belgian Second Division and their home shirts are red and white striped. The club have had a partnership with English club Manchester United where several of the Red Devils players have been loaned out to the Belgian club including Ryan Shawcross, Darron Gibson, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans, Fraizer Campbell and many more.
In 1900, a crisis hit the club when all the players of the team left for neighbour club Beerschot AC, which had just received a cash injection and was better equipped with training equipment. Antwerp had to build a new team from scratch in the second division, but was back in the top-flight by 1901. Rivalry between the two Antwerp-based clubs continued to grow, with Beerschot having an advantage over Royal Antwerp. In the season 1928-29, Antwerp won their first league title. In total, until today, Royal Antwerp have won the Belgian league 4 times with the last time being the 1956-57 season. They ranked as runners-up on 11 occasions. They are the only Belgian club to reach a European Cup final, losing by 3-1 to Parma in the final of Cup Winners. Cup 1992-93.
Currently, the team plays in the Belgian Second Division and is managed by English manager Warren Joyce. They have a long-term partnership agreement with mega-club Manchester United, which benefits both clubs. Manchester United send out players to Antwerp, for them to gain a work permit by obtaining European citizenship. This is due to the Belgian relaxed citizenship laws. Antwerp, on the other hand, benefit from the talent of the youth footballers that were brought up by a big club as Man Utd. Royal Antwerp's stadium is the Bosuilstadion which can hold 16649 supporters.