Wednesday, April 1, 2009

1 April 2006 - Unfortunately For KSK Beveren, This Is Not A Joke

On 1 April 2006, Zulte-Waregem's Ibrahim Salou scored against KSK Beveren in the Jupiler League, Belgium's top flight. Salou's goal gave Beveren the dubious record of going 48 matches without a clean sheet. To make matters worse, Beveren had gone up 0-2, with goals from Mohamed Diallo and Olivier Fontenette, before conceding Salou's goal in the 77th minute. Waregem substitute Gunther Thiebaut scored another in the 82d minute to close the match at 2-2.

Beveren ended the streak with a 1-0 home league win over La Louviere on 8 April 2006, more than fifteen months after their previous clean sheet, which came when they beat Germinal Beerschot 1-0 during the prior season on 19 December 2004. They didn't have to wait as long for the next clean sheet, however, as they again held Germinal Beerschot scoreless in a 0-0 draw on 22 April 2006.

Beveren's unlucky goalkeeper during the streak was Cote d'Ivoire international Barry "Copa" Boubacar, who made 101 appearances for Beveren from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, he moved to KSC Lokeren, where he plays currently.

Beveren was relegated after the 2006-2007 season and currently plays in the Belgian Second Division.

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