[[Afbeelding:kvm.jpg|thumb|400px|<div>'''The playing fields of ''Malinois''''', as locals call the club since 1904,<br />from its then French name, meaning ''Mechlinian'', of or from Mechelen.</div>]]
'''KV Mechelen''' is the more successful football (soccer) club of [[Mechelen/English|Mechelen]]. In fact, it's [[wp-en:Belgium|Belgium]]'s most recent winner of any European trophy. Its victories in the [[wp-en:1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup|1987 –'88 European Cup Winners' Cup]] and the [[wp-en:1988 European Super Cup|1988 European Super Cup]] put the ever Dutch speaking city internationally back on the map. On the national scale, this Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen (Royal Football Club Mechelen) often played in [[wp-en:Belgian First Division|Belgian Premier League]], winning three seasons in the 1940s and once again in 1988 -'89. It held the 1987 [[wp-en:Belgian Cup|Belgian Cup]] and — like three times before— lost the 2009 Final.
Already before the turn of the century however, mainly financial problems — all but or even truly terminal in 2003, only their honourable old registration number 25 saved by numerous generous supporters pushed by local celebrity [[wp-en:Mark Uytterhoeven|Mark Uytterhoeven]]— have forced KV Mechelen to give some slack. Not having received their proper license so much as threw the club into third league during the 2003 -2004 season with an additional 9 points penalty. The inspired renewed team recovered soon enough, promoting to top division in 2007.