RSC Anderlecht have become a mainstay competitor within the Champions League over the years, with the Belgian outfit making an appearance in Europe’s elite club competition more often than not. Known as the Purple and White, the club can also boast the ability to house 22,500 fans at their Lotto Park stadium, which can make for a lively venue when teams travel to the Belgian capital for an away day in continental football.
Anderlecht have had a number of players come through their youth ranks and make a name for themselves playing in the competition, with men such as Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans, Leander Dendoncker and Dennis Praet, whilst men like Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri have all turned out in more recent memory.
The Purple and White have been ranked as the best club in UEFA’s competitions at one point, having shared the top spot with Juventus in 1986. The Belgian outfit have not been able to get to the final of the Champions League since its inception, however they have had a number of strong showings.
Anderlecht have reached the semi-final stages of the tournament a couple of times, though, with an appearance in 1981/82 when they were beaten by Aston Villa and in the 1985/86 campaign with Steaua București. The club have continued to make the Group Stages, though.
Of course, the memories that fans are likely to have involving the Champions League are going to include their near successes in 1981/82 and 1985/86, however there have been some classic results that will be remembered a lot more.
Such examples include Anderlecht’s 1-1 and 3-3 draws against Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal respectively, whilst a memorable 2000/01 campaign saw the Belgians record victories over Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven, Dynamo Kiev, SS Lazio and Real Madrid as they made it all the way to the second Group Stage of the tournament, after having knocked out FC Porto in the qualifying stages of the competition.
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