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Belgian Football Forum Index

Belgian Football Forum Index

As it isn't always easy for new members and foreigners to find everything back I thought creating an index wouldn't be a bad idea. In this topic you'll find every necessary information about Belgian Football and links to the most important threads.

I've added some information about Football in Belgium, the KBVB (Belgian Football Association), the Red Devils (National Team) and off course a post where the most important threads are linked.

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Football in Belgium

Football, a sport which has been played in Belgium since the end of the nineteenth century, is that country's most popular sport. The national association was founded in 1895 with the intention of bringing some order and organization to the sport. The first match of the national team was played on May 1, 1904 (3-3 against France).

National Style
Both the Belgium national football team and the top Belgium division have a reputation for physical play. However in recent years, mainly due to immigration, a number of technically accomplished players, such as Emile Mpenza, Luis Oliveira, Vincent Kompany, have entered the national team. Belgium's top division, the Jupiler League, shares the national team's reputation for physical play. Once again this came as a result of a lack of technically skilled foreign players allowed to play in Belgium due to legal restrictions. This changed after the Bosman ruling which forced the liberalization of the football player market in Europe. In response, Belgian clubs began to buy unknown players from Eastern Europe, South America and Africa. This had two contradictory consequences. On the one hand, the national team was weakened by the reduced opportunity for native Belgium players to gain a spot on domestic teams. On the other hand, the Jupiler League reinforced its status as an entry league for players who then move on to some of the greates European clubs. Indeed, some of the most talented players in Europe have played in Belgian clubs: Jean-Pierre Papin was discovered at Club Brugge; Sunday Oliseh at RFC Liégeois; Jan Koller and Aruna Dindane at R.S.C. Anderlecht; and Mido at K.A.A. Gent.

Because of the physical nature of Belgian football, it has tended to primarily produce talented defensive players. These include Jean-Marie Pfaff, Eric Gerets, Leo Clijsters, Michel Preud'homme, Georges Grün, Philippe Albert, Franky Van Der Elst, and Vincent Kompany. In comparison, only few attacking Belgian footballers have received international recognition: Enzo Scifo, Jan Ceulemans, Marc Degryse, Luc Nilis, Emile Mpenza, etc.

Matricule Numbers
With football's rapid growth in popularity in the late 1800s, several football clubs came into existence in Belgium. The first to register with the national association was R. Antwerp F.C.. It was subsequently assigned the matricule number 1 when each registered club was given a matricule in November 1926 by order of registration. The current highest matricule is n°9472, F.C.M. Uccle. Many matricule numbers obviously no longer exist due to clubs ceasing to exist or merging with one another to form new clubs. When two (or more) clubs merge, they must choose which matricule to keep. Typically they choose the one with the most honours. The new club begins the championship at the level where the old club with the same matricule should have begun the season.

The first few matricule numbers are:
   1. R. Antwerp F.C.
   2. Daring Club de Bruxelles (no longer active)
   3. Club Brugge
   4. R.F.C. Liégeois
   5. R. Léopold Uccle Forestoise
   6. Racing Club de Bruxelles
   7. K.A.A. Gent
   8. R.C.S. Verviétois
   9. R. Dolhain F.C.
  10. R. Union Saint-Gilloise
First Division
Each of the 18 competitors in the Jupiler League plays each of its 17 opponents twice. The championship thus comprises 34 matchdays of 9 matches each, generally played between August and May. A win earns three points since the 1995-96 season. A draw earns one point. If two teams have the same number of points, the one with the most wins is placed first. If teams have the same number of points and wins, a test-match is played in two legs to determine the final order in the standings (it is actually played only when teams are involved in relegation, title or European fight).

At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is relegated to the second division and is replaced by the winner of that division. Since the 2005-06 season, the 17th-placed team qualifies for the second division final round along with 3 teams from second division. The winner of the final round qualifies for or stays in the first division.

Currently, the Belgian champion qualifies for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, while the runner-up must play in the third preliminary round. The third-placed team qualifies for the last preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. If the cup winner is one of the three top championship clubs, the loser of the cup enters UEFA Cup. If the Cup finalist has already qualified, the fourth-placed team of the championship would replace it.

Matches are usually played on Saturday at 20.00 or Sunday at 15.00 depending on the venues. Some matchdays are played on Wednesday, however. Furthermore, in recent years, televised games are played either on Friday or during the weekend at different times (e.g. Saturday at 18.00 or Sunday at 13.00 or 20.00). The main reason is the new law that forbids televised matches to be played at the same time than other Jupiler League matches (to avoid stadium emptying for those matches).

Each team playing the Jupiler League (and second division) must have been granted the Belgian Football Association license guaranteeing the club has no excessive debts, has a secure stadium, etc. This was introduced in season 2001-02 to decrease the number of teams in the division. Originally, clubs that could not get the license were supposed to be replaced (and sent to the third division). However, it is still not effective as, for example, K.S.K. Beveren finished 18th in 2001-2002 but were saved as K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst (17th) and R.W.D. Molenbeek (10th) were refused their license.

Belgian Champions
1936/1937 Daring CB
1937/1938 Beerschot AC
1938/1939 Beerschot AC
1941/1942 Lierse SK
1942/1943 FC Malinois
1943/1944 Antwerp FC
1945/1946 FC Malinois
1946/1947 SC Anderlecht
1947/1948 FC Malinois
1948/1949 SC Anderlecht
1949/1950 SC Anderlecht
1950/1951 SC Anderlecht
1951/1952 FC Liégeois
1952/1953 FC Liégeois
1953/1954 SC Anderlecht
1954/1955 SC Anderlecht
1955/1956 SC Anderlecht
1956/1957 Antwerp FC
1957/1958 Standard CL
1958/1959 SC Anderlecht
1959/1960 Lierse SK
1960/1961 Standard CL
1961/1962 SC Anderlecht
1962/1963 Standard CL
1963/1964 SC Anderlecht
1964/1965 SC Anderlecht
1965/1966 SC Anderlecht
1966/1967 SC Anderlecht
1967/1968 SC Anderlecht
1968/1969 Standard CL
1969/1970 Standard CL
1970/1971 Standard CL
1971/1972 SC Anderlecht
1972/1973 Club Brugge KV
1973/1974 SC Anderlecht
1974/1975 RWD Molenbeek
1975/1976 Club Brugge KV
1976/1977 Club Brugge KV
1977/1978 Club Brugge KV
1978/1979 SK Beveren
1979/1980 Club Brugge KV
1980/1981 SC Anderlecht
1981/1982 Standard de Liège
1982/1983 Standard de Liège
1983/1984 SK Beveren
1984/1985 RSC Anderlecht
1985/1986 RSC Anderlecht
1986/1987 RSC Anderlecht
1987/1988 Club Brugge KV
1988/1989 KV Mechelen
1989/1990 Club Brugge KV
1990/1991 RSC Anderlecht
1991/1992 Club Brugge KV
1992/1993 RSC Anderlecht
1993/1994 RSC Anderlecht
1994/1995 RSC Anderlecht
1995/1996 Club Brugge KV
1996/1997 K. Lierse S.K.
1997/1998 Club Brugge KV
1998/1999 KRC Genk
1999/2000 RSC Anderlecht
2000/2001 RSC Anderlecht
2001/2002 KRC Genk
2002/2003 Club Brugge KV
2003/2004 RSC Anderlecht
2004/2005 Club Brugge KV
2005/2006 RSC Anderlecht
2006/2007 RSC Anderlecht
2007/2008 Standard de Liège

European results
R.S.C. Anderlecht and Y.R. K.V. Mechelen have won a European competition. Here is a list of the winners and runners-up by competition:

Champions League:
Final: Club Brugge (1978)

Cup Winners' Cup:
Wins: R.S.C. Anderlecht (1976 and 1978) // K.V. Mechelen (1988)
Finals: R.S.C. Anderlecht (1977 and 1990) // Standard Liège (1982) // R. Antwerp F.C. (1993)

Wins: R.S.C. Anderlecht (1983)
Finals: Club Brugge (1976) // R.S.C. Anderlecht (1984)

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:
Final: R.S.C. Anderlecht (1970)

European Supercup:
Wins: R.S.C. Anderlecht (1976 and 1978) // K.V. Mechelen (1988)


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The Belgian Football Association

The Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA) (Dutch: Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond, French: Union Royale Belge des Societes de Football Association) is the governing body of football in Belgium. It is based in Brussels, not far from the King Baudouin Stadium.

The Belgian Football Association organizes the Belgium national football team, and runs the Belgian football league system, which includes the following competitions:
  • Jupiler League
  • Second division
  • Third division
  • Promotion
  • Provincial leagues (1-4)
  • Cup
  • Supercup
  • Futsal competitions
  • Women's competitions
  • 2006-present: François De Keersmaecker
  • 2001-2005: Jan Peeters
  • 1987-2001: Michel D'Hooghe
  • 1967-1987: Louis Wouters
  • 1951-1967: Georges Hermesse
  • 1945-1951: Francis Dessain
  • 1937-1943: Oscar Van Keesbeeck
  • 1929-1937: Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers
  • 1924-1929: Count Joseph d'Oultremont
  • 1895-1924: Baron Edouard de Laveleye


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The Red Devils

National Team
Belgium played its first official game on May 1, 1904 in a 3-3 draw against France. Prior to this match, a Belgian selection played several matches, but the squad contained some English players, so these are not added to the caps. For example, Belgium beat Netherlands by 8-0 on April 28, 1901 with the help of some Englishmen. It was then decided that Belgium would play twice a year against Netherlands beginning from 1905, generally once in Antwerp and once in Rotterdam (later Amsterdam). At that time, the national squad was chosen by a committee of representatives of the 6 or 7 main clubs.

The team was nicknamed The Red Devils by journalist Pierre Walckiers after its 3-2 victory over Netherlands (Rotterdam, 1906).

Over the next six decades, Belgium established itself as a strong second-tier team, rarely in the running for winning a major tournament but never easy to handle at home or abroad. A key strength of the team was its systematic use of the offside trap, a defensive tactic developed in the 1960s at Anderlecht under French coach Pierre Sinibaldi.

The 1980s and early 1990s are generally considered the strongest period of the national team. Under the lead of Guy Thys, who coached more than 100 official games, Belgium established a reputation of being a physical, well-organized team that was hard to play against. The team's rigorous organization was reinforced by several world-class players such as goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff, right-back Eric Gerets, midfielder Jan Ceulemans, and playmaker Enzo Scifo. Performances were sometimes poor against lower-ranked teams, but nearly always inspired against top teams. Until as recently as 2002, world-class national teams did not like the prospect of playing the Red Devils--not even eventual champions Brazil, who won 2-0 with some difficulty in the knockout phase of the 2002 World Cup. Since then, however, the team has steadily slipped down the rankings, and has not been able to extend its past reputation.

After failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup for the first time in 24 years, the contract of national coach Aimé Anthuenis was not renewed beyond 2005, and it was decided on December 22, 2005 that René Vandereycken would replace Anthuenis on January 1, 2006. On August 16 of that year, they started their new campaign against Kazakhstan and although the team had made the confidence of the home public grow through some promising performances from new talented young players against teams as Slovakia and Turkey, they played awfully and did not manage to get past the team from Kazakhstan. The situation got worse after also losing the home game against Poland on November 15 of that year. Qualification already seemed far away.

World Cup Record
Belgium's World Cup appearance record reflects the unusual depth of footballing talent for a country of this size, in the manner of the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, or Sweden. The country qualified for six successive World Cups - (1982-2002), a total only surpassed by Italy (12), Argentina (9) and Spain (8). Every other nation with an equal or longer string of appearances has had the streak "interrupted" by automatic qualification as the host or the defending champion. (The 2006 tournament was the first for which the defending champion does not automatically qualify.)

Playing inspired against other teams in the World Cup, they have reached the knockout phase five out of six times from 1982 to 2002, including a streak of four tournaments. One of their most famous victories was a 1-0 win over defending champions Argentina, in the first game of the 1982 World Cup held at Camp Nou with a great goal by Erwin Vandenbergh.

Four years later they achieved their best-ever World Cup run in 1986 when they placed fourth under command of players like Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets and Jean-Marie Pfaff. Belgium surprisingly won against favourites Soviet-Union with stars such as Igor Belanov and Rinat Dasayev (3-4) after extra time. Belgium also beat Spain with penalties, but they lost to eventual champions Argentina in the semifinal (0-2). In the third-place match Belgium lost to France (2-4) after extra time. Captain and midfielder Jan Ceulemans was the first Belgian player to be selected in the All-Star Team of a World Cup.

Despite being knocked out in the 2nd round, the team's general performance in the 1990 was considered even better than 4 years before. Belgium dominated England, but eventually lost in the last minute of extra time after a goal by David Platt. Enzo Scifo was elected as best young player of the tournament, and second best player after Lothar Matthäus.

In the 1994 World Cup Belgium lost to title defenders Germany in round 2. This match became most memorable because of a disputed decision by referee Kurt Röthlisberger. The team was not awarded a penalty when Josip Weber was tripped inside the penalty area. Michel Preud'homme was elected as best goalkeeper of the tournament and he was selected in the All-Star Team.

In 1998 Belgium was one of only two teams, together with World Champion France not to lose a single game. Three draws in the first round - against Netherlands, Mexico and South Korea - proved not enough to reach the knock-out stage. In 1998 Enzo Scifo and Franky Van Der Elst appeared in their fourth World Cups, setting a Belgian record.

The FIFA World Cup 2002 did not start well for Belgium, but the team improved during the tournament. Captain Marc Wilmots was notable for scoring in every match of the first round. In the second round they had to play against eventual champions Brazil. Similar to 1994, the match was strongly influenced by a disputed referee decision. Even to the surprise of the Brazilians themselves, referee Peter Prendergast cancelled the 1-0 scored by Marc Wilmots. After this, the match went in favour of Brazil. Brazilian bondscoach Luiz Felipe Scolari would declare after the tournament that the match against the Red Devils had been the hardest for Brazil to win. The team did win the tournament's fair-play award. Marc Wilmots equaled the record of Enzo Scifo and Franky Van Der Elst to appear in 4 World Cups, but with the difference that he didn't played in his first World Cup. Wilmots also scored his 5th World Cup goal against Russia, which made him the Belgian topscorer in World Cups.
  • 1930 - Round 1
  • 1934 - Round 1
  • 1938 - Round 1
  • 1950 - Withdrew
  • 1954 - Round 1
  • 1958 - Did not qualify
  • 1962 - Did not qualify
  • 1966 - Did not qualify
  • 1970 - Round 1
  • 1974 - Did not qualify
  • 1978 - Did not qualify
  • 1982 - Round 2
  • 1986 - Fourth place
  • 1990 - Round 2
  • 1994 - Round 2
  • 1998 - Round 1
  • 2002 - Round 2
  • 2006 - Did not qualify

European Championship Record
Belgium's performance in the European Championships does not match its World Cup record. The best result is no doubt the unexpected second place at the 1980 edition in Italy after a narrow defeat (1-2) to West Germany in the final. Belgium hosted or co-hosted the event twice, finishing third in 1972 and being one of the major disappointments of the 2000 edition with a first-round exit.
  • 1960 - Did not qualify
  • 1964 - Did not qualify
  • 1968 - Did not qualify
  • 1972 - Third place
  • 1976 - Did not qualify
  • 1980 - Runners-up
  • 1984 - Round 1
  • 1988 - Did not qualify
  • 1992 - Did not qualify
  • 1996 - Did not qualify
  • 2000 - Round 1
  • 2004 - Did not qualify
  • 2008 - Did not qualify

Olympics Record
Belgium won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1920, and the Bronze Medal in 1900. On June 16, 2007, Belgium qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics Games through a 2-2 draw with their neighbors, the Netherlands.

Distinguished players
The top 5 most capped players for Belgium are:

1. Jan Ceulemans - 96
2. Eric Gerets - 86
-. Franky Van Der Elst - 86
4. Vincenzo Scifo - 84
5. Paul Van Himst - 81

The most capped player who is still active is currently Bart Goor with 77 caps, followed by Timmy Simons with 58.

Top Belgium goalscorers
Bernard Voorhoof and Paul Van Himst are the players who scored most goals for the Belgian national team each scoring 30 times. Third in row is Marc Wilmots with 28. From the players who are still active Emile Mpenza has scored 17 times and Wesley Sonck 16 times for the Red Devils.


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Belgian Football Links

Belgian Football Links:
Native Football Threads:
Jupiler League 2008/2009
EXQI League 2008/2009
Lower Leagues 2008/2009 (To Be Added)
Belgian Cup 2008/2009 (To Be Added)

Club Threads:
RSC Anderlecht
Club Brugge
Standard de Liege
KRC Genk
Germinal Beerschot
KSK Beveren
KSV Roeselare
Cercle Brugge
K Sint Truidense VV
KVC Westerlo
KAA Gent
FC Brussels
Lierse SK
KV Oostende

Goal of the Month Threads:
GotM August 2007
GotM September 2007
GotM October 2007
GotM November 2007
GotM December 2007
GotM January 2007
GotM Februari 2007
GotM March 2007
GotM April 2007
GotM May 2007
Goal of the Season 2007/2008

Flashback Threads:
Flashback | Mexico '86

News Sources: (Dutch) (Dutch)

2007/2008 Season:
Jupiler League 2007/2008
Second Division 2007/2008
Lower Leagues 2007/2008
Belgian Cup 2007/2008

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