HISTORY

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2000s

2010s

1919     Foundation of Athletic Club Tubizien

1926     Club re-established under the name of Club Sportif Tubizien

1946     Club changed its name as Football Club Tubize

1953     Club changed its name as Club Sportif Hope Tubize

1963     Football Club Tubize (FC Tubize) was formed as a result of the merger between CSE Tubize and CS Tubizien

1974     Foundation of Amis Réunis de Tubize (AR Tubize)

 

The origin of AFC Tubize goes all the way back to 1919. It was first found under the name of Athletic Club Tubizien and had gone through a number of changes; Club Sportif Tubizien to Football Club Tubize, and then Club Sportif Hope Tubize. In 1963, two clubs that represented the city of Tubize, CSE Tubize and CS Tubizien, merged and newly formed Football Club Tubize (FC Tubize). Also in 1974, another club was created based in Tubize, Amis Réunis de Tubize (AR Tubize). These two teams continued to develop and represented the city of Tubize.

1990     Association Football Clubs Tubize (AFC Tubize) created by the merger of FC Tubize and Amis Réunis de Tubize

1991-1992 Provincial Division 2 Champion

1992-1993 Division 1 Provincial Champion

1995-1996 Qualified for the final Tour Promotion and moved up to National Division 3

1999-2000 AFC Tubize stabilized its position in National Division 3. After 12 successful seasons, Theo Buelinckx’s era come to an end as he announced his retirement

 

The current club made its first appearance in May, 1990. The co-owner of AFC Tubize, Raymond Langendries managed the merger between Amis Réunis de Tubize and Football Club Tubize, and created Association Football Club Tubize. At that time, FC Tubize became the champions of National Division 3 and got promoted to Division 2, while Amis Réunis, finished dead last and got relegated to the Provincial Division 4.

The very first manager to lead AFC Tubize was Theo Buelinckx, who successfully led FC Tubize to become National Division 3 champions. During his playing career, Theo Buelinckx had represented Halle and Olympic Charleroi (Belgium First Division), Avenir Lembeek and Union Saint-Gilloise. In the space of seven seasons, Theo led AFC Tubize to move up 4 times from Provincial Division 3 to National Division 3.

2001-2002 Philippe Saint-Jean appointed as the manager

2002-2003 Promoted to Belgium’s Second Division (National Division 2)

2003-2004 Reached the final in Promotion Playoffs (Finished regular season with 4th place)

2007-2008 Promoted to Belgium’s First Division (National Division 1 – Finished 2nd place in the regular season)

2008-2009 Reconstruction of Belgium’s First Division (Number of teams reduced from 18 to 16). Finished the regular season 17th place and got relegated to the National Division 2.

 

Philippe Saint-Jean succeeded Theo Buelinckx in his first season with the club, although he was not able to lead the team to a victory in the final round of Promotion. However, the club won the Division 3 Champion title in his second season. After spending two successful spells at AFC Tubize, Philippe Saint-Jean left the club to join Mouscron and Wachel Patrick was appointed.

In 2007/2008 season, the second division was played between 19 teams following the relegation of Geel and Namur (from the first division), forcing our players to play up to 3 times a week. Despite the tight schedule, AFC Tubize brings an impressive series where the club went on to 17 consecutive games without a defeat and won the ticket to the final round of promotion playoffs.

AFC Tubize’s outstanding performance continued during playoffs. The club won all 6 games and finally made its presence at the Belgium’s first division, the Jupiler Pro League. As AFC Tubize entered into the first division, the club became more professional. The club started with the stadium expansion by increasing its capacity from 5,000 to 8,000 seats in order to meet the requirements of Belgium’s First Division. Furthermore, AFC Tubize holds a gym, medical staff including physiotherapist, waiting room for players, video room, press room, command post, restaurant and reception area.

For the first time in 33 years, Belgium’s First Division saw a number of changes. The decision was made to relegate bottom 4 teams to Division 2 and reduce the number of teams competing in the first division from 18 to 16.

AFC Tubize finished second last in the league with 27 points, which lead to relegation to Division 2 with Mons and Dender.

2014.08 AFC Tubize acquired by the Korean sports marketing firm, Sportizen

(New CEO: SHIM, Chan-Koo)

Signing of former Korea National Team Player, HWANG, Jin-Sung

2014.10 Appointment of new manager, Colbert Marlot

2014.12 New emblem for AFC Tubize introduced

2015.01 One of the Korean Football Legends, KIM, Eun-Jung appointed as a coach

 

Signing of Korean Starlets: NAM, Seung-Woo, LIM, Yoon-Taek and PARK, Chan-Gil

AFC Tubize saw massive changes within the club as the 2014/2015 season begun. The Korean sports marketing firm, Sportizen, became the new owner of the Tubizien-side, AFC Tubize. Sportizen, became the first Korean company to takeover a football club in Europe,  and were keen on providing opportunities to Korean football players to enter into European stage through AFC Tubize.

Sportizen’s goal was triggered by signing of ex-Korean International, HWANG, Jin-Sung.

HWANG, entered into K-League Classic (Korean First Division) through Pohang Steelers in 2003, remained at the club for 11 years and was given the appellation as one of the most recognized “One-Club Man” in K-League. During the 2012 season, HWANG was awarded the most weekly MVP awards and was nominated as one of the ‘Best Eleven’ as a midfielder at the end of the season. HWANG was rewarded for his remarkable performances and professionalism by being called-up to the national team, and made his debut at international stage against Zambia on August 10, 2012.

Nevertheless, 2013 was not the best year for HWANG; he suffered from a terrible knee injury and failed to renew his contract with Pohang. Despite the fact that HWANG was a free-agent for almost half-a-year and most clubs doubted him to be back at his top form, AFC Tubize approached to sign HWANG in August, 2013.

Having joined the club, HWANG made 14 appearances in the Belgium Proximus League scoring 3 goals and setting up 4, prior to joining the Japanese J2 League’s Kyoto Sanga FC side at the end of 2014.

AFC Tubize’s relation with Korean football continued, as the club signed Korean Starlets: NAM, Seung-Woo, LIM, Yoon-Taek and PARK, Chan-Gil.

NAM, Seung-Woo played for top teams at high school and university level: Bukyeong High School and Yonsei University. Also he was named for 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup entrée for Korea. While in college, NAM, Seung-Woo signed with one of J-League’s top teams, JEF United Ichihara Chiba in 2013 and begun his professional career abroad. NAM, Seung-Woo was then called-up to represent Korea at the 1st AFC U-22 Championship in 2013. He continued his youth international career by being named on final 30 entrée for 2014 Incheon Asian Game.

PARK, Chan-Gil grew up in Pohang Steelers’ youth system. Having played for Pohang’s designated youth teams; Pohang Jecheol Middle and High School, he was recognized for his work ethic both on and off the pitch, and ability to go forward. In 2014, PARK, Chan-Gil led Pohang Jecheol High School to win 4th consecutive title and made a name for himself in Korean football. PARK, Chan-Gil, joined Pohang Steelers as he was named under priority selection along with his teammate, HWANG, Hee-Chan. He then joined AFC Tubize on a 2-year loan deal.

LIM, Yoon-Taek, graduated from a well-known high school in Korean football, Singal High School, which produced a number of Korean Internationals like KIM, Bo-Kyung, OH, Jae-Seok and SUK, Hyun-Joon. Despite the fact that LIM, Yoon-Taek represented Korea at different youth levels, he struggled to find a  university due to difficult situations. Since then, LIM, Yoon-Taek turned his eyes towards European stage and had trials at a number of clubs in Germany, France and Portugal. However, no clubs were willing to sign him. LIM, Yoon-Taek stayed off the field for 2 years once he decided to hang up his boots and prepare for the National College Entrance Exam. However, AFC Tubize had been keeping their eyes on LIM, Yoon-Taek and decided to offer him a trial. The coaching staff approved of his abilities and he made a dramatic return to football.

Not only did AFC Tubize sign Korean starlets, they also appointed “Legend” KIM, Eun-Jung as a coach. During his playing career, KIM, Eun-Jung was recognized as one of the best strikers in Korea due to his scoring abilities and creating chances for his teammates. He appeared in 427 matches and scored 120 goals and provided 55 assists. In 2014, after being apart for 11 years, KIM, Eun-Jung returned to Daejeon Citizen FC where he made his professional debut. Having rejoined the club as a playing-coach, he made 17 appearances and scored 3 goals which helped Daejeon Citizen FC to return to K-League Classic. After his retirement, KIM, Eun-Jung felt the need of change and wanted bigger challenges, so he decided to begin his coaching career with AFC Tubize in 2015. Currently, KIM, Eun-Jung is managing the Reserve side for AFC Tubize.