KAA Gent Tryouts & Club Guide: History, Stadium, Players, and More!

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Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent, often simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo’s, is a Belgian sports club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium. The club competes in the Belgian Pro League, the top flight of Belgian football.

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K.A.A. Gent History

It is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Belgium, having been established in 1864 when the field hockey and track and field divisions were first established. During that time, people referred to the club by its French name, La Gantoise (and it is still referred to as such in the French-speaking part of Belgium). In 1971, they made the decision to alter their name to its current form in Dutch.

1900 marked the beginning of the football division. Following a trip to the city in the early 20th century by the “original” Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus, the locals began to refer to the establishment as “De Buffalo’s,” which eventually became its official name.

The years 1913โ€“14 through 1928โ€“29 and 1936โ€“37 through 1966โ€“67 were Gent’s first and second respective runs at the top level of competition in Belgian football, respectively. In the 1970s and 1980s, the club had a number of promotions and relegations between the first and second divisions.

It wasn’t until 1989 that the club was able to return to the highest level. The finest performance that the club has ever had in a European competition was when they made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup in 1991โ€“1992.


Ghent, Belgium is home to a multi-purpose stadium known as the Ghelamco Arena, which is also known as the Arteveldestadion. It was formally opened on July 17, 2013, making it the first newly-built Belgian football stadium since 1974. It is currently used for the home games of the football club K.A.A. Gent.

The Jules Ottenstadion, which had served as Gent’s home field continuously since 1920, was succeeded by this stadium, which has seating for 20,000 people. On August 4, 2013, the stadium was the site of its first competitive match, which was won by Gent by a score of 2-1 over KV Mechelen.