Everything you need to know about the JPL Playoffs

Here’s all you need to know about the Belgian League Playoffs that start tonight. 1. Who is the Championship Playoffs? The six teams who qualified for the playoffs are Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Zulte Waregem, Oostende, Charleroi and Gent. Anderlecht and Club Brugge have always qualified under the playoff system since the introduction in 2009-10. It’s… Read More »

10 things we learnt after Belgium’s draw with Greece

1. Without Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium do not look like a team to be feared. 2. Yet again, Belgium looked short of ideas against a packed defence. But see 1. 3. Radja Nainggolan has been playing in an advanced role for Roma but he is lost out wide. 4. The squad is… Read More »

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 »

10 things we’ve learnt after Belgium’s demolition of Estonia

1 Playing with a back three has proved successful and gives Belgium an option when they want to avoid playing central defenders at full-back. However, it has yet to be tested against the strongest opposition. 2. Whatever formation is chosen, Kevin De Bruyne must play centrally and never be shunted out wide. 3. The introduction… Read More »

The Martinez balance sheet – only time will tell for Belgium

So far there has been little criticism of Roberto Martinez. He’s won all the games he had to win and he’s already experimented more than Marc Wilmots ever did. Maybe it’s an exaggeration to say it’s a honeymoon period but with the opposition in his World Cup qualification group, he could avoid serious censure from… 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 »