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KAA Gent
KAA Gent logo.svg
Full name Koninklijke Atletiek
Associatie Gent
Nickname(s) De Buffalo's (The Buffalos)
Founded 1864; 156 years ago (1864) (as a gymnastics association)
1900; 120 years ago (1900) (as a football association)
Ground Ghelamco Arena,
Ghent, Belgium
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Ivan De Witte
Managing Director Michel Louwagie
Manager Jess Thorup
League Belgian First Division A
2017–18 Belgian First Division A, 4th
Website Club website

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent (English: Royal Athletic Association Ghent), often simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo's, is a Belgian football, track and field and field hockey club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders. Their football team have been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 1989–90 season.

They won the national league once, in 2014–15, in addition to three Belgian Cup victories. Ghent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena. Their team colours are blue and white. The principal sponsor is the financial institution VDK NV.

The field hockey and track and field divisions were founded in 1864, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Belgium. The club was then known under its French name La Gantoise (and it is still referred to as such in the French-speaking part of Belgium). They changed their name to the current Dutch version in 1971.

The football division opened in 1900. The nickname of the club is De Buffalo's, a term coined after a visit of the original Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus to the city in the early 20th century.

Honours

Belgianproleague
The Belgian First Division A is the top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium
  • Belgian First Division
    • Winners 2014–15
    • Runners-up 1954–55, 2009–10
  • Belgian Cup
    • Winners 1963–64, 1983–84, 2009–10
    • Runners-up 2007–08
  • Belgian Supercup:
    • Winners 2015
    • Runners-up 1983–84, 2010
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup
    • Runners-up 2006, 2007

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