Countdown to the Playoffs in Belgium

The top six clubs in the Belgian first division qualify for the Championship Playoffs and so far Club Brugge and Anderlecht have crossed the line. Zulte Waregem just need a point and they should get that when they play Westerlo at home on Saturday. Oostende and Charleroi look good for two of the other places,… Read More »

Belgium’s Golden Boot – for Club Brugge or Anderlecht?

Tomorrow night, the votes of journalists, coaches and past winners will be counted in order to decide who will be Belgium’s ‘Golden Boot’ for 2016. As usual, the award will be based on performances over the calendar year rather than a complete football season. There is usually a clear favourite for the award but this… Read More »

JPL’s top clubs keep on winning

The top four clubs (Club Brugge, Anderlecht, Zulte Waregem and Oostende) all won last weekend while Gent replaced Charleroi – whom they defeated – in the top six. The most impressive display came from Club Brugge who won 3-0 against a disappointing Standard Liege at Sclessin. For Brugge, Colombian winger José Izquierdo was outstanding and… Read More »

Playoffs on the horizon – the JPL gets down and dirty

The Jupiler Pro League (JPL) starts tonight and Club Brugge lead the chasing pack by two points. That’s a telling comment on the quality of the league as the Blauw-Zwarts were one of only two clubs that lost all their games at the group stage of this season’s Champions’ League. The JPL has been a… Read More »

Anderlecht’s surprise move for Standard’s ex-captain

Adrien Trebel has joined Anderlecht from Standard Liege. There are no protests in the streets of Liege yet but fans of Les Rouches are never happy when their players move over to the Constant Vanden Stock stadium. The ex-Standard captain has been angling for a move for some time and the club recently refused to… Read More »

Belgium’s Chelsea connection

Watching the Netherlands-Belgium game last night with its plethora of Belgians who play, or have played, for Chelsea, a chance conversation led to a challenge to pick an eleven of such players. I tried but I needed to take a little poetic licence in order to field a full team; I did this by adding… Read More »

What if Wallonia had a football team as well as voting rights?

Wallonia has been in the news recently. Its regional government voted against the EU-wide trade deal with Canada, prompting comments of “this obscure place” from UK Tory politicians. (ED: more people live in Wallonia than in Wales.) But Belgium politics is not that simple – there are seven regions and communities that would have to… Read More »

Selection problems for Martinez

With World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, Roberto Martinez will have to deal with the problems that were often faced by his predecessor Marc Wilmots, namely injuries and a lack of the playing time by many squad members. The wear and tear on those playing regularly in the Premier League is well documented and, ironically,… Read More »