Belgian Pro League

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Belgian Pro League

Top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium add

Category: Football

Founded in 1895.

Countries: Belgium (48%), France (8%), (6%)

Main connections: R.S.C. Anderlecht, Standard Liege, S.V. Zulte Waregem

Linked to: RTBF, Royal Belgian Football Association, UEFA, Waasland-Beveren

 

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1895

A total of 74 clubs have played in the first division since its creation in 1895 add something

 

The competition was created in 1895 by the Royal Belgian Football Association and was first won by &FC_Liégeois (R.F.C._de_Liège) add something

 

The first league in Belgian football was held in 1895-96 as a round-robin tournament with 7 teams: Antwerp FC, FC Brugeois, &FC_Liégeois (R.F.C._de_Liège), &RC_de_Bruxelles (K.F.C._Rhodienne-Verrewinkel), Léopold Club de Bruxelles, SC de Bruxelles and Union d'Ixelles add something


1896

During the 1896-97 season, SC de Bruxelles withdrew so the 1897-98 season was played among 5 clubs only add something


1898

In the seasons 1898-99 and 1899-1900, the football association introduced a new format with two leagues at the top level and a final game in two legs add something


1900

The format though changed back to one league with 9 clubs in 1900-01 and again to two leagues from 1901-02 to 1903-04, this time with a final round among the top 2 teams of each league add something


1904

In 1904-05 the championship was organised with one league of 11 teams add something

 

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise - The club won 11 Belgian championships between 1904 and 1935, making it the most successful Belgian club before World War II


1905

Athletic and Running Club de Bruxelles withdrew during the season and, from the 1906 season on, a system of promotion and relegation was introduced with the winner of the second division replacing the last-placed team of the first division add something


1906

In 1906-07, Union Saint-Gilloise won their 4th consecutive title as &RC_de_Bruxelles (K.F.C._Rhodienne-Verrewinkel) had from 1899-1900 to 1902-03 add something


1907

At the end of the 1907-08 season, the number of teams in the first division was increased from 10 to 12 clubs, with Promotion champion &RC_de_Gand (K.R.C._Gent-Zeehaven) and runner-up ESC Forest being promoted while no first division was relegated add something


1911

As World War I approached, Daring Club de Bruxelles confirmed its status of challenger, even winning the title in 1911-12 and 1913-14 add something

 

Since 1911-12, two clubs are relegated each year to the Promotion and two clubs from the Promotion are promoted add something


1912

Only Union Saint-Gilloise could face them in that period, winning the 1912-13 championship with a better goal difference add something


1919

It resumed in 1919-20 with FC Brugeois claiming their first title after 5 second places, among which were 2 lost final games and one lost test-match add something


1920

At the end of the 1920-21 season, the number of teams was increased from 12 to 14, with only Uccle Sport, the last-placed team of the first division, being relegated, and the first 3 teams from the Promotion being promoted add something


1921

From 1921-22 to 1931-32, the decade was dominated by teams from the province of Antwerp: Beerschot AC, with Raymond Braine, won their first 5 titles, Antwerp FC their first 2 and the small club of Liersche SK won their first one in 1931-32 add something


1932

Starting December 25, 1932, Union Saint-Gilloise had a record 60 games unbeaten run in the championship , winning the 1932-33, 1933-34 and 1934-35 titles add something


1936

K.A.A. Gent - La Gantoise fell back to the Second Division and only in 1936, it could win its series and return to the First Division


1940

On May 10, 1940 German troops invaded Belgium and the seasons 1939-40 and 1940-41 were suspended add something


1941

The competition resumed in September 1941 and Liersche SK won their second title add something


1943

In 1943-44, Antwerp FC won the title add something


1944

The league was suspended again in 1944-45 because of World War II. add something


1945

Players compete every season for the Belgian First Division top scorer, since the 1945-46 season add something

 

The introduction of this title of honour in 1945 was maybe a little too late for first winner Bert De Cleyn as this player has scored the most goals in the history of the Belgian First Division since 1895 , though he won the top scorer title only once add something

 

The league resumed play in 1945-46 with a title for KV Mechelen add something


1946

In 1946-47, RSC Anderlechtois won their first championship with Jef Mermans as the key striker and they dominated the Belgian football over the next 9 years with 6 more titles, with KV Mechelen and &FC_Liégeois (R.F.C._de_Liège) claiming the remaining titles add something


1950

In the late 1950s Standard lifted the trophy for the first time in 1957-58 and they eventually became one of &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht)'s biggest rivals in the league add something

 

The other titles in the late 1950s were won by Antwerp FC and &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) add something


1954

The Belgian Golden Shoe award was introduced in 1954, rewarding the best player in the first division for the past calendar year, thus over two half seasons add something


1960

In the 1960s, the &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) team of Paul Van Himst claimed 6 titles , while Standard claimed 3 and Lierse 1 add something


1962

Wegria eventually finished top scorer a 4th time in 1962-63 still with RFC Liégeois, making him the second player with the most top scorer titles in the history of Belgian First Division top scorers add something


1966

The first foreign player to claim the title was Dutchman Jan Mulder in 1966-67 with RSC &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) add something


1968

K.A.A. Gent - The team was able to win its series the next season and could come back to First Division in 1968


1970

Belgian clubs started to perform well in European Cups in the 1970s, with &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) winning the 1975-76 European Cup Winners' Cup and Club Brugge losing to Liverpool FC in the 1975-76 UEFA Cup final add something

 

Standard, with key player Wilfried Van Moer, won the first 2 titles of the 1970s, which gave them their only treble so far add something


1978

Intercontinental Cup (football) - Boca Juniors declined to face Belgian club Brugge in 1978 leaving that edition undisputed

 

Wesley Sonck - "'Wesley Sonck"' is a Belgian footballer who currently plays for Waasland-Beveren after his contract with Belgian Pro League club Lierse ended in the summer of 2012


1980

Club Brugge and Standard each won 2 titles in the 1980s and KSK Beveren and KV Mechelen one each add something

 

In the 1980s, the European successes continued for Belgian clubs with Standard losing the 1981-82 European Cup Winners' Cup final, &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) winning the 1982-83 & UEFA Cup and losing the next UEFA Cup final and KV Mechelen winning the 1987-88 European Cup Winners' Cup add something

 

K.A.A. Gent - After one season, they would return to Second Division, lasted there until 1980, when the team returned to First Division


1982

At the end of the decade, Standard Liège returned as a title contender with two consecutive titles, 25 years after their 1982-83 title add something

 

Raymond Goethals - Belgian Championship 1982;1983


1985

Paul Allaerts - Allaerts began refereeing in 1985, and took charge of his first Belgian First Division game in 1996


1986

In the domestic league, &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) won their 20th title in 1986-87, which was the 4th of the decade add something


1990

In the 1990s, Belgium's teams performances were diminished in European competitions, with only RSC &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) and FC Antwerp reaching the European Cup Winners' Cup final, respectively in 1989-90 and in 1992-93 add something


1994

Raymond Goethals - Belgian Championship 1994


1997

Iyenemi Furo - He signed a contract with Belgian Pro League club K.S.V. Waregem in 1997


1998

K.V. Kortrijk - KV Kortrijk played the 1998-99 season in the first division before they returned to the Belgian Pro League in the 2008-09 season


2000

At the end of the 2000s, the highest level in Belgian football was reshaped, with a play-off round after the regular season add something

 

The 2000s brought a bright European start, with &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) reaching the second group stage in the 2000-01 UEFA Champions League, but the rest of the decade Belgian clubs were again not very successful in European competitions add something


2001

However, it is still not effective as, for example, KSK Beveren finished 18th in 2001-2002 but were saved as KSC Eendracht Aalst and RWD Molenbeek were refused their license add something

 

The first club to start a game with 11 foreign players was KSC &Lokeren (K.S.C._Lokeren_Oost-Vlaanderen) in 2001 add something

 

This was introduced in season 2001-02 to decrease the number of teams in the division and ensure a higher level of professionalism in the clubs playing in the top flight of Belgian football add something

 

Mido (footballer) - Mido went on to win the Belgian Ebony Shoe in 2001 as the best African player in the Belgian First Division, as well as being named the Belgian "Discovery of the Year"


2002

Nikica Jelavic - He started his career with Prva HNL side &Hajduk_Split (HNK_Hajduk_Split) in 2002, before moving to Belgian Pro League club &Zulte_Waregem (S.V._Zulte_Waregem) in 2007


2005

Creedence Clearwater Couto - A journeyman, he has spent the majority of his career in the lower reaches of Brazilian football apart from one loan spell at Lierse of Belgium's Pro League in 2005

 

Blessing Chinedu - In 2005 he moved to Belgium signing with Belgian Pro League club K.A.A. Gent

 

Anthony Limbombe - In 2005, he joined Belgian Pro League side Genk

 

K.S.V. Roeselare - It has last played in the Belgian Pro League from 2005-06 to 2009-10

 

Bjorn Ruytinx - With OH Leuven, he enjoyed a first promotion to the Belgian Second Division in 2005 and a second promotion to the Belgian Pro League in 2011

 

Dieudonne Londo - He joined Belgian Pro League club R.A.E.C. Mons for five seasons, and joined Greek Superleague side Akratitos F.C. in July 2005


2006

Romelu Lukaku - After Lierse were relegated from the Belgian Pro League, Anderlecht bought no less than 13 youth players from Lierse in the 2006 mid-season, one of which was Lukaku

 

Romelu Lukaku - He alerted Anderlecht and signed for the Belgian Pro League side in 2006

 

Guilherme Finkler - The attacking midfielder continued his stay in Europe by seeing out the 2006-07 season on loan at Belgian Pro League side Mouscron

 

Lucas Biglia - In July 2006, after one and a half-season in Independiente, Biglia signed with Belgian Pro League giants R.S.C. Anderlecht


2007

Bakary Sare - Saré made his debut in the Belgian Pro League for R.S.C. Anderlecht in a match against R.A.E.C. Mons on 22 December 2007, when he came from bench


2008

Paul Allaerts - In 2008-09, he refereed 18 games in the Belgian First Division

 

Dimitri Daeseleire - In January 2008 he made his debut for the first team of Genk in the Belgian First Division

 

Jeremy Perbet - On 8 July 2008 Perbet moved to Belgian Pro League side &Tubize (A.F.C._Tubize)


2009

Starting with the 2009-10 season the format of the Pro League has been drastically changed add something

 

Yorique Antheunis - Prior to Bocholt, Antheunis played with &Sint-Truiden (K._Sint-Truidense_V.V.), first achieving promotion from the Belgian Second Division in 2009, three seasons in the Belgian Pro League

 

Standard Liege - The club won the Belgian League again the following year, securing the club's tenth league title on the 24th of May 2009, after a home-and-away game against rivals R.S.C. Anderlecht

 

Standard Liege - The club won the Belgian League again the following year, securing the club's tenth league title on 24 May 2009, after a home-and-away game against rivals R.S.C. Anderlecht


2010

For the 2010-11 season, the Belgian champion and the runner-up qualify for the 3rd UEFA Champions League qualifying round add something

 

Anthony Limbombe - During his career with Racing Genk he won the Belgian Pro League in 2010/11 season, and he won the Belgian Supercup in 2011, in total he scored 2 goals in 62 League appearances

 

Gary Kagelmacher - In the 2010 summer he was loaned by the "Merengues" to K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot, in the Belgian Pro League

 

Lierse S.K. - Lierse has been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 2010-11 season and they have already won 4 competitions

 

Pablo Chavarria - On 10 June 2010 the 22-year old forward signed a four year contract with the Belgian Pro League giants RSC &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht)

 

Elrio van Heerden - On 27 July 2010, Belgian Pro League side Westerlo announced the signing of Van Heerden

 

Csaba Laszlo - On 23 September 2010, Laszlo was appointed trainer of Belgian Pro League team R. Charleroi S.C.


2011

Luciano Dompig - After a stint with Veendam and Almere City FC, in 2011 he transferred from the Dutch Jupiler League to the Belgian Pro League as he signed with Cercle Brugge

 

Jan Masureel - After one season in Oostende, he moved to K.V. Red Star Waasland, with which he enjoyed promotion to the Belgian Pro League during the 2011-12 season

 

Stein Huysegems - Before the start of the 2011-12 season of the Belgian Pro League, he was deemed surplus to requirements at Genk and his contract was terminated by mutual consent

 

Kenneth Houdret - Houdret is a left-footed midfielder who made his debut during the 2011/12 season in the Belgian Second Division for &Charleroi (R._Charleroi_S.C.) plays again in the Belgian Pro League

 

Oud-Heverlee Leuven - Since the summer of 2011, OH Leuven plays in the Belgian First Division

 

Ibrahim Maaroufi - On January 2011, Belgian Pro League club Eupen announced the signing of Maaroufi in a free transfer

 

Reza Ghoochannejhad - In June 2011, Reza transferred to &Sint-Truiden (K._Sint-Truidense_V.V.), scoring his first goal in the Belgian Pro League against Club Brugge

 

Frederik Boi - Boi, a Cercle Brugge monument, was transferred to the newly-promoted First Division side OH Leuven on 30 June 2011

 

Karim Saidi - On July 9, 2011 Saidi signed a two-year contract with Belgian Pro League outfit Lierse SK

 

Karim Belhocine - On 19 July 2011, Belhocine signed a two-year contract with Belgian Pro League side Standard Liège

 

Denis Alibec - On 24 August 2011, Alibec was loaned to Belgian Pro League side KV Mechelen on a one-year deal


2012

Stijn Meert - He spent most of his club career playing for &Zulte_Waregem (S.V._Zulte_Waregem) in the Belgian Pro League but as of 2012 is playing for Oudenaarde in teh Belgian Second Division

 

Mohamed Messoudi - In 2012, Messoudi moved to Belgian Pro League side K.A.A. Gent

 

Bruno Godeau - On the last day of the summer transfer window of 2012, Godeau joined Belgian Pro League rival &Zulte-Waregem (S.V._Zulte_Waregem) on loan for the reminder of the 2012-13 season

 

Alassane Tambe - The season 2012/2013 started very well for També, he played all the games of the Belgian Pro League early in the season and slowly started on the bench

 

William Carvalho - Still owned by the Lisbon side, Carvalho played one-and-a-half seasons with Cercle Brugge K.S.V. in the Belgian Pro League starting from January 2012, featuring alongside several Sporting teammates in the same predicament

 

Mikkel Diskerud - On January 31, 2012 Diskerud moved to Belgian Pro League club K.A.A. Gent on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season

 

Ron Jans - He signed to Standard Liège on the 29th of May 2012, but agreed with the club to end his contract on October 22 after Standard was at that time 12th in the Belgian Pro League

 

Gal Shish - On 16 August 2012, Shish signed a two-years contract with Belgian Pro League side Waasland-Beveren


2013

Julian Michel - Michel joined Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz in 2013 from Lille OSC B. In 2014, the club promoted to the Belgian Pro League

 

Andy Najar - On 7 January 2013, Najar moved to Belgian Pro League champions &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) on a one-month loan

 

Jerry Vandam - On 27 January 2013, Vandam joined Belgian Pro League club KV Mechelen from Ligue 1 club Lille OSC on a 3-year contract until 30 June 2016

 

Francois Marquet - On 19 May 2013, he made his debut in the Belgian Pro League against K.S.C._Lokeren (K.S.C._Lokeren_Oost-Vlaanderen)

 

Mathew Ryan - It was confirmed on 30 May 2013 that Ryan had completed a move to Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee, despite his contract at Central Coast Mariners expiring the following day

 

Carlos Diogo - In June 2013, he signed a one year contract with Belgian Pro League club KAA &Gent (K.A.A._Gent), but already left the club during the winter of 2014

 

Hossam Ghaly - On 2 July 2013, Ghaly was signed on a free transfer to a one-year contract with Belgian Pro League team Lierse SK

 

Fabrice N'Sakala - On 29 August 2013, N'Sakala joined Belgian Pro League side &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht) for an undisclosed fee and signed a three-year contract


2014

For the 2014-15 season, 15 out of 16 participating clubs are already known and listed below add something

 

Adrien Trebel - In 2014, he joined Belgian Pro League side Standard Liège

 

Oud-Heverlee Leuven - Since the summer of 2014, OH Leuven plays in the Belgian Second Division after three seasons in the Belgian First Division

 

Fabrice Olinga - On 20 January 2014 he joined S.V. Zulte Waregem on a 1/2-year loan, with the Belgian Pro League club having the option to make the move permanently afterwards

 

Clement Tainmont - On 28 January 2014, he left France for Belgian Pro League side Sporting &Charleroi (R._Charleroi_S.C.) on a -year deal

 

Kamel Ghilas - On 30 January 2014 Belgian Pro League side Sporting &Charleroi (R._Charleroi_S.C.) announced that it signed a six-month deal with Ghilas

 

Apostolos Vellios - In July 2014 Vellios signed a two-year contract with Jupiler League club Lierse

 

Daniel Van Buyten - Belgian Pro League club Anderlecht proposed him a two-year contract in August 2014, but he turned the offer down, stating that he retired from competitive football

 

James Troisi - On 30 August 2014, Troisi joined Belgian Pro League club &Zulte_Waregem (S.V._Zulte_Waregem)

 

Eyong Enoh - On 30 August 2014, only months after completing his transfer to Antalyaspor, it was announced that Enoh would transfer to Belgian Pro League side Standard Liège, signing a 2-year contract

 

Vladimir Koman - Koman's manager Bálint Kovács confirmed to Nemzeti Sport that the Belgian Pro League club FC Bruges showed interest in signing Koman in September 2014


2015

From 2015 the relegation playoff ceased to exist as now the 16th placed team relegates directly, whereas the 15th placed team takes part in the Europa League playoff add something

 

Until 2015 a relegation playoff was played between the teams ranked 15th and 16th after the regular season add something

 

Ghent - In the Belgian first football division Ghent is represented by K.A.A. Gent, who became Belgian football champions for the first time in its history in 2015

 

Dennis Praet - This rich of form at the end of the year was rewarded at a ceremony on 14 January 2015 where Praet won the Belgian Golden Shoe polling five points ahead of Víctor Vázquez of Club Brugge , the annual *award given to the best player in the Jupiler Pro League for the previous calendar year

 

Joan Capdevila - On 21 January 2015, Capdevila changed clubs and countries again, joining Belgian Pro League side Lierse SK

 

Alex McLeish - It was reported in March 2015 that McLeish would leave Genk at the end of the 2014–15 Belgian Pro League season, as the club had failed to qualify for the Championship play-offs, although they did reach Europa League play-offs

 

Oud-Heverlee Leuven - On May 24, 2015 it won from Eupen 0-1 securing again a position in the Belgian First Division. for the season 2015-2016

 

Jean-Luc Dompe - In June 2015, Dompé left France to go to Belgium in order to join newly-promoted Pro League club Sint-Truiden on a three-year contract

 

Henrik Dalsgaard - In December 2015, Dalsgaard moved to Belgium to join Pro League club &Zulte_Waregem (S.V._Zulte_Waregem) on a two-and-a-half year contract, with an option for a further year

 

Guillaume Gillet - Eventually on December 28, 2015 has joined FC Nantes from Jupiler League champions &Anderlecht (R.S.C._Anderlecht)


2016

From 2016, the system was changed as now the teams ranked 7 to 15 are joined by three teams from the Belgian First Division B and divided into two groups of six teams add something

 

Until 2016, the teams ranked 7 to 14 after the regular season enter the playoffs 2, with teams ranked 7th, 9th, 12th and 14th entering the group A and teams ranked 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th entering the group B. In each group, each team plays each of its 3 opponents twice add something

 

Ioannis Maniatis - On 7 February 2016, he made his debut in Belgian Pro League with a club as a starter in a 1-1 home draw against Sint-Truidense V.V. On 10 April 2016, he scored his first goal with the club in a 1-1 home draw against &Kortrijk (K.V._Kortrijk)

 

Giannis Maniatis - On 7 February 2016, he made his debut in Belgian Pro League with a club as a starter in a 1-1 home draw against Sint-Truidense V.V. On 10 April 2016, he scored his first goal with the club in a 1-1 home draw against &Kortrijk (K.V._Kortrijk)

 

Georgios Galitsios - On 7 May 2016, he scored his second goal in Belgian Pro League in a home win against KV Mechelen

 

Michel Preud'homme - On 15 May 2016, after finishing first in the regular season, Preud'homme won the Jupiler Pro League with Club Brugge in a 4-0 win over Anderlecht

 

Jelle Vossen - On 23 September 2016, Vossen scored his 100th goal in the Belgian Pro League


2018

Apostolos Vellios - On 19 October 2018, in a game against Club Brugge on the road, the Greek striker grabbed his second of the 2018-2019 Jupiler League season, equalising after 60 minutes of play, when breaking out on a fast counterattack, Opoku Ampomah found the unmarked Vellios inside the penalty area, who sent a neat volley beyond Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica