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Duchâtelet and football 

  • In 1999 Duchâtelet became a sponsor of STVV. He intended using the football club to help promote Vivant, the political party he'd founded. He wanted to have the party’s name displayed on the team’s shirts. However, the rules around shirt sponsorship didn’t allow for the display of political slogans. Duchâtelet then tried to get around the rules by devising the slogan Vivantwerpen, but that was denied too. Eventually, Melexis, and Duchâtelet's failed internet company TV Lokaal.com, sponsored the team’s shirts. 
  •  In 2004, STVV experienced financial difficulties after the construction of the new east stand was completed. With debts of €700,000, Duchâtelet stepped in and bought the football club. 
  • On 23rd September 2008, Duchâtelet told Gazet van Antwerpen that STVV (the football club), intended buying Staaien from Sint-Truiden city council.
  • The new north stand at Staaien was completed February 2009. 
  • At the city council meeting of 16th February 2009, there was discussion followed by a vote of approval for sale of Staaien to STVV, in the sum of €551,500, and granting permission to demolish existing structures on the site. Duchâtelet was requested to leave the chamber before the decision was carried by 15 votes to 2, with 12 abstentions. Signed by Mayor Ludwig Vandenhove & Secretary Jo Hendricx. By this time the new north stand was already completed. Presumably Duchâtelet proceeded with demolition, design and construction at considerable risk, or perhaps he always knew his bargain-basement purchase of Staaien, would be signed off without a hitch?
  • On 16th November 2009, the contract of sale for Staaien was drawn up and signed by all concerned parties. 
  • 26th June 2011, Duchâtelet paid around €33m to become the new owner of Standard Liege. His life-partner Marieke Höfte assumed the major shareholding of STVV. 
  • On 13th July 2011, Benoit Morrenne became chairman of STVV. He said the club was virtually debt free and had a positive balance.
  • Roland Duchâtelet’s son Roderick took control of Hungarian football club, Újpest FC on 19th October 2011. 
  • Following the Champions League visit of Standard Liege to Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, on 16th December 2011, Duchâtelet told Gazet van Antwerpen, he was considering plans for developing Standard’s Sclessin stadium. The plans would include a plastic pitch, retractable roof, conference facilities, offices & retail space.
  • Having previously told the press that he would write-off the €7m STVV debt, on 4th January 2012, details emerged in Gazet van Antwerpen of arrangements for STVV to repay the money to NV Stayen over a period of seven years, using the proceeds from player sales and TV rights.
  • A report in Voetbal Belgie on 4th February 2012, revealed that NV Stayen take a percentage of ticket sales from STVV, in addition to player sales and TV rights.
  • Duchâtelet’s friend and political ally Bart Lammens became chairman of STVV in spring 2012.
  • On 10th June 2013, Duchâtelet paid himself a €20m dividend from Standard Liege. He justified this by claiming the club was cash rich and due to new tax legislation, this was a tax efficiency measure.
  • Article in 7sur7.be on 14th June 2013, Bart Lammens fired, coach Jan-Pieter Martens after Martens claimed there was no sporting ambition, but only a desire for financial profit. In the same article, Lammens stressed that he was in charge, and despite strong rumours to the contrary, Duchâtelet was not pulling the strings.  
  •  In December 2013, Duchâtelet bought 49.9% of shares in German football club, Carl Zeiss Jena.
  • On 3rd January 2014, Duchâtelet completed the purchase of Charlton Athletic Football Club.  He appointed Katrien Meire, a young lawyer with no previous business experience as CEO, and Thomas Driesen a young man in his twenties, with no football experience, as head scout. Driesen's job was to evaluate players by studying various performance metrics, together with video footage. Going forward, all incoming and outgoing transfers were based on Driesen's recommendations.
  • On 10th January 2014, Duchâtelet completed the purchase of Spanish second division club AD Alcorcon. The club would be managed by BDO management consultants, with lawyer Ignatio Legido installed as president.
  • On 28th January 2014, Charlton team manager Chris Powell received an email from Duchâtelet, questioning why goalkeeper Yohann Thuram, was not being selected for the team. In fact Chris Powell didn’t consider the goalkeeper good enough. 
  • On 30th January, Chris Powell received another email from Duchâtelet, in which he gave his preferred team selection, and explained the intricacies of the 442 formation. 
  • On 3st January 2014, first-choice goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was sold. With only teenager Dillon Phillips as an alternative, this was Duchâtelet’s attempt at forcing Chris Powell to play Thuram. 
  • During the 2014 January transfer window, as well as Ben Alnwick, fans favourites Yann Kermorgant and Dale Stevens were also sold. These two players had made 178 senior appearances for Charlton between them. During the same period, Loic Nego, Anil Koç, Astrit Ajdarevic, Yohann Thuram, Piotr Parzyszek and Reza Ghoochannejhad were brought to the club. These six players went on to make an unimpressive 67 senior appearances between them. All of these players have since left CAFC. 
  • 2014 (exact date not known), the new west stand at Staaien was completed. 
  •  In an article by Paul Doyle published in The Guardian on 14th February 2014, Duchâtelet said he believed he could make money from football.
  • On 11th March 2014, Duchâtelet sacked popular Charlton team manager Chris Powell.
  • On 27th May 2014, first choice goalkeeper Ben Hamer and central defender Dorian Dervite left Charlton when their contracts allowed to expired.
  • Central defender Michael Morrison left Charlton to join Birmingham City on a free transfer on 5th January 2015. Morrison was a key member of the squad that won the League one championship in 2012, he made 136 senior appearances for the club.
  • 2015 (exact date not known), the forum on the STTV club website was closed in response to criticism of Duchâtelet and Lammens, from STVV fans.  
  • On 24th June 2015, Duchâtelet sold Standard Liege to Bruno Venanzi for a reported €35m. In the weeks before the deal was completed Duchâtelet paid himself a dividend of €10m.This sum was to be paid to him in ten instalments spread over five years. Duchâtelet’s confidante, Bob Claes, remained at Standard and was given the role of General Manager. Claes was well placed to be Duchâtelet’s eyes and ears inside the club, and ensure the payments were forthcoming. Together with the €20m previous dividend payment, and the salary he drew whilst at Standard, it is estimated that Duchâtelet took €35m from the club, during his time in charge.
  •  In the January 2016 transfer window, AA Ghent agreed a fee of €1.5m for STVV’s exciting young winger Edmilson Junior. Before the deal was completed, AA Ghent chairman Ivan De Witte received a phone call from Duchâtelet, telling him that Edmilson would cost €2.5m. At this time Duchâtelet had no official role either in STVV or Standard. However, he still had a financial interest in the STVV players and he also wanted to be sure that Standard had the financial resources to meet the payments to him. Edmilson was young and technically very talented, a player that might eventually be sold on at a profit. The deal between STVV and AA Ghent was called off and Edmilson moved to Standard Liege instead, for a fee of around €1.5m. 
  • Two more promising young STVV players were sold during the 2016 January window, Captain Robert Schoofs went to AA Ghent, while Jean-Luc Dompé joined Edmilson at Standard. 
  • Before the 2016 January transfer window, STVV were in the top half of the table, and seemed likely to secure a place in the play-offs 1. However, after the sale of their three best players, between January and the end of the season, the team managed only one more victory, finishing just a point off the automatic relegation place.  
  • Despite having no legal interest in STVV, according to Sportmagazine.levif.be, on 18th May 2016, it was Duchâtelet and not chairman Lammens, who led the interviews to find a new head coach, as replacement for Chris O’laughlin. 
  • After he resumed control of STVV on 27th May 2016, Duchâtelet complained that “STVV football club had lacked ambition.” Marieke Höfte becomes chairman of the football club. 
  • On 15th November 2017, Duchâtelet sold STVV to Japanese internet company DMM.
  • January 2018, Duchâtelet confirmed he is prepared to sell Charlton Athletic.