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What if Genk had retained their best players in the last decade?

Varun Nair
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
05 Nov 2019, 19:50 IST

KRC Genk vs KAA Gent - Jupiler League
KRC Genk vs KAA Gent - Jupiler League

KRC Genk is a relatively new side after having been founded in 1988. Despite their 20-year-old history, Genk have the joint 9th highest number of league titles alongside Royal Antwerp, KV Mechelen and the now-dissolved Lierse SK with 4. They are also one of the six teams from Belgium to make an appearance in the Champions League.

With one of the best youth academies in the world, the Belgian side has made discovered and nurtured some of the biggest names in Belgian football. Here we form a team of 11 active players who were sold by Genk in the past decade. Formation: 4-3-3

#1 Goalkeeper

Thibaut Courtois made his name with Genk before making his move to Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois made his name with Genk before making his move to Chelsea

A product of Genk Academy, Thibaut Courtois spent just two seasons with the Belgian side before moving to Chelsea. The Belgium No.1 joined the Academy at the age of seven and spent almost 10 years with the junior team before turning professional in 2009.

After being second fiddle to Laszlo Koteles during his first season, Courtois became the first choice the next season following issues with Koteles' registration. He went on to become the Goalkeeper of the Year and Genk's Player of the Year as the Belgian side won their third League title.

A move to Chelsea followed in 2011 but he spent his first three seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid. After seven seasons as a Chelsea player, Thibaut Courtois completed his dream move to Real Madrid last season after a very impressive World Cup with the national side.

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