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2019–20 Belgian First Division A

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Belgian First Division A
Season2019–20
Dates26 July 2019 – May 2020
Matches played77
Goals scored232 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorerJonathan David
Dieumerci Mbokani
(18 goals each)
Longest winning run4 matches
Club Brugge
Longest unbeaten run9 matches
Club Brugge
Longest winless run9 matches
Waasland-Beveren
Longest losing run5 matches
Cercle Brugge
Highest attendanceRegular season
26,769[1]
Club Brugge 1–1 Genk
(1 September 2019)
Lowest attendanceRegular season
2,154[1]
Eupen 1–1 Waasland-Beveren
(2 August 2019)
Total attendance1,011,903
Average attendanceRegular season
10,765
All statistics correct as of 6 October 2019.

The 2019–20 Belgian First Division A is the 117th season of top-tier football in Belgium.

On 2 April 2020, the Jupiler Pro League's board of directors agreed to propose to cancel the season early during the coronavirus pandemic, with the proposal to be approved ultimately by 15 April. Should this proposal be accepted, Club Brugge will be awarded the title.[2] In the meantime UEFA has threatened to ban teams in Europe in case their respective leagues were terminated early without trying to have all remaining matches completed.

Team changes

Theoretically, 2018–19 Belgian First Division B champions Mechelen would have replaced relegated Lokeren. However, as part of the 2017–19 Belgian football fraud scandal, Mechelen were found guilty of match-fixing at the end of the 2017–18 season, resulting in the club being relegated back to the First Division B and runners-up Beerschot taking the spot of Mechelen instead. Mechelen appealed the decision with the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sports, which confirmed that KV Mechelen was indeed guilty of match-fixing, but that according to the rules of the Royal Belgian Football Association, relegation is no longer a possible penalty as the alleged match-fixing occurred more that one season ago. KV Mechelen was thus allowed to play in the Belgian First Division A, but did get banned from participating in the UEFA Europa League and the Belgian Cup for one season.

Format change

While the regular season remains unchanged, the end of season play-offs have been altered somewhat, specifically the Europa League play-offs will now be played by 16 instead of 12 teams. Taking part will be the bottom ten teams together with the six top teams from the Belgian First Division B, to be divided in four groups of four teams. The four group winners will play semi-finals and a final to determine the team which will play the fourth (or fifth) placed team from the championship play-offs for the remaining ticket into the UEFA Europa League. This change allows both the team relegating from the 2019–20 Belgian First Division A and the 2019–20 Belgian First Division B champion to take part in the Europa League play-offs, allowing these teams to bridge the gap of nearly six months without any matches as used to be the case in previous seasons.[3]

Teams

Stadiums and locations

Matricule Club Location Venue Capacity
35 Anderlecht Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 21,500
1 Antwerp Antwerp Bosuilstadion 12,975
12 Cercle Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
22 Charleroi Charleroi Stade du Pays de Charleroi 14,000
3 Club Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
4276 Eupen Eupen Kehrwegstadion 08,363
322 Genk Genk Luminus Arena 24,956
7 Gent Ghent Ghelamco Arena 20,000
19 Kortrijk Kortrijk Guldensporen Stadion 09,399
25 Mechelen Mechelen AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne 16,700
216 Mouscron Mouscron Stade Le Canonnier 10,571
31 Oostende Ostend Versluys Arena 08,432
373 Sint-Truiden Sint-Truiden Stayen 14,600
16 Standard Liège Liège Stade Maurice Dufrasne 30,023
4068 Waasland-Beveren Beveren Freethiel Stadion 08,190
5381 Zulte Waregem Waregem Regenboogstadion 12,500

Personnel and kits

Club Manager Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
Anderlecht Belgium Vincent Kompany and Belgium Franky Vercauteren[n 1] Joma BNP Paribas Fortis
Antwerp Romania László Bölöni Jako Ghelamco
Cercle Brugge Germany Bernd Storck[n 2] Erima Napoleon Games
Charleroi France Karim Belhocine Kappa Proximus
Club Brugge Belgium Philippe Clement Macron Unibet
Eupen Spain Beñat San José Nike Aspire Academy
Excel Mouscron Germany Bernd Hollerbach[n 3] Uhlsport Star Casino
Genk Germany Hannes Wolf[n 4] Nike Beobank
Gent Denmark Jess Thorup Craft Vdk bank
Kortrijk Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe Jako AGO Jobs & HR
Mechelen Belgium Wouter Vrancken Jartazi Telenet
Oostende Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović[n 5] Joma DIAZ Be
Sint-Truiden Slovenia Miloš Kostić[n 6] Umbro Golden Palace
Standard Liège Belgium Michel Preud'homme New Balance VOO
Waasland-Beveren Belgium Dirk Geeraerd (caretaker) [n 7] Uhlsport Star Casino
Zulte-Waregem Belgium Francky Dury Patrick Willy Naessens Group

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position Replaced by Date of appointment
Oostende Belgium Franky Van der Elst (caretaker) Replaced End of 2018–19 season Pre-season Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen 6 May 2019[4]
Mouscron Germany Bernd Storck End of contract End of 2018–19 season Germany Bernd Hollerbach 22 May 2019[5]
Anderlecht France Karim Belhocine (caretaker) Replaced End of 2018–19 season Wales Simon Davies and Belgium Vincent Kompany 25 May 2019[6] and 19 May 2019[7]
Club Brugge Croatia Ivan Leko End of contract[8] End of 2018–19 season Belgium Philippe Clement 24 May 2019[9]
Genk Belgium Philippe Clement Moved to Club Brugge[9] End of 2018–19 season Belgium Felice Mazzù 3 June 2019[10]
Cercle Brugge Belgium José Jeunechamps (caretaker) End of caretaker spell[11] End of 2018–19 season France Fabien Mercadal 19 June 2019[12]
Charleroi Belgium Felice Mazzù Moved to Genk[10] End of 2018–19 season France Karim Belhocine 21 June 2019[13]
Eupen France Claude Makélélé Mutual consent 14 June 2019[14] Spain Beñat San José 24 June 2019[15]
Waasland-Beveren Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović Sacked 26 August 2019[16] 16th Belgium Dirk Geeraerd (caretaker) 26 August 2019[16]
Waasland-Beveren Belgium Dirk Geeraerd (caretaker) Caretaker replaced 2 September 2019[n 8][17] 16th France Arnauld Mercier 2 September 2019[17]
Anderlecht Wales Simon Davies Replaced 3 October 2019[n 9][18] 13th Belgium Jonas De Roeck (caretaker) 3 October 2019
Anderlecht Belgium Jonas De Roeck (caretaker) Replaced 7 October 2019[18] 13th Belgium Franky Vercauteren 7 October 2019
Cercle Brugge France Fabien Mercadal Sacked 7 October 2019[19] 16th Germany Bernd Storck 12 October 2019[20]
Genk Belgium Felice Mazzù Sacked 12 November 2019[21] 9th Germany Hannes Wolf 18 November 2019[22]
Sint-Truiden Belgium Marc Brys Sacked 25 November 2019[23] 11th Belgium Nicky Hayen (caretaker) 25 November 2019[23]
Oostende Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen Became manager at APOEL FC 28 December 2019[24] 14th Netherlands Dennis van Wijk 31 December 2019[25]
Sint-Truiden Belgium Nicky Hayen (caretaker) Caretaker replaced 2 January 2020[26] 11th Slovenia Miloš Kostić 2 January 2020[26]
Mouscron Germany Bernd Hollerbach Temporarily replaced due to illness 5 February 2020[27] 11th Belgium Philippe Saint-Jean (caretaker) 5 February 2020[27]
Waasland-Beveren France Arnauld Mercier Sacked 23 February 2020[28] 16th Belgium Dirk Geeraerd (caretaker) 23 February 2020[28]
Mouscron Belgium Philippe Saint-Jean (caretaker) Hollerbach recovered from illness 25 February 2020[29] 10th Germany Bernd Hollerbach 25 February 2020[29]
Oostende Netherlands Dennis van Wijk Sacked 2 March 2020[30] 15th Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović 3 March 2020[31]

Regular season

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Club Brugge (C, Q) 29 21 7 1 58 14 +44 70 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Gent (Q) 29 16 7 6 59 34 +25 55 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Charleroi (Q) 29 15 9 5 49 23 +26 54 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
4 Antwerp (Q) 29 15 8 6 49 32 +17 53 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
5 Standard Liège (Q) 29 14 7 8 47 32 +15 49 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
6 Mechelen 29 13 5 11 46 43 +3 44
7 Genk 29 13 5 11 45 42 +3 44
8 Anderlecht 29 11 10 8 45 29 +16 43
9 Zulte Waregem 29 10 6 13 41 49 −8 36
10 Excel Mouscron 29 9 9 11 38 40 −2 36
11 Kortrijk 29 9 6 14 40 44 −4 33
12 Sint-Truiden 29 9 6 14 36 53 −17 33
13 Eupen 29 8 6 15 28 51 −23 30
14 Cercle Brugge 29 7 2 20 27 54 −27 23
15 Oostende 29 6 4 19 29 58 −29 22
16 Waasland-Beveren 29 5 5 19 21 60 −39 20 relegation to First Division B
Updated to match(es) played on 7 March 2020. Source: Belgian First Division A (in Dutch), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Matches won; 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Away goals scored; 6) Away matches won; 7) Play-off.[32]
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

*

Results

Home \ Away AND ANT CER CHA CLU EUP EXM GNK GNT KVK KVM OOS STA STR W-B ZWA
Anderlecht 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 6–1 1–0 2–0 3–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 4–1 0–0 7–0
Antwerp 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 Cancelled 1–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–1
Cercle Brugge 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–3 3–2 Cancelled 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0
Charleroi 1–2 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 Cancelled 2–1 5–0 2–0 0–3 2–0 4–0
Club Brugge 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 2–1 4–0
Eupen 0–0 1–4 1–0 1–1 Cancelled 2–1 2–0 2–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1
Excel Mouscron 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–2
Genk 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 Cancelled 3–1 1–3 1–2 4–1 0–2
Gent 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 1–1 6–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 2–0
Kortrijk 4–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–3 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–0
Mechelen 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 0–5 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 4–0 0–2
Oostende 3–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–3 2–2 2–4 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–4 1–0 0–1 1–1
Standard Liège 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 4–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–0
Sint-Truiden Cancelled 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–2 5–2 0–1 3–3[a] 0–0 2–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0
Waasland-Beveren 0–3 0–4 1–1 0–4 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–4 Cancelled 1–2 1–3 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–2
Zulte Waregem 1–2 2–0 6–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–3 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 Cancelled 5–1 5–0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 March 2020. Source: Belgian Pro League (in Dutch)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The match between Sint-Truiden and Genk was suspended with the score at 3–3 due to supporter violence. Initially, no points were awarded and the Belgian FA demanded to replay the match entirely behind closed doors and further penalize both clubs with an additional match behind closed doors, a two points penalty and a fine of 5000 Euro.[33] On 4 December 2019, after both clubs had appealed the decision citing an incorrectly followed procedure in which the referee had stopped the match too soon, the final verdict was that the 3–3 result stood as final and both clubs were penalized 5000 Euro and were forced to play their next home match with part of their stand closed.[34]

Play-offs

The points obtained during the regular season were expected to be halved (and rounded up) before the start of play-offs I. In case of a tie on points upon the conclusion of the play-offs, any half points rounded up to tied teams were to be deducted.

On 2 April 2020, the league announced that the play-offs would be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the regular season standings being used to determine the champions of the league.

Season statistics

Notes

  1. ^ Previous managers at Anderlecht during the 2019–20 season include Wales Simon Davies & Belgium Vincent Kompany (matchday 1 to 9) and caretaker Belgium Jonas De Roeck & Belgium Vincent Kompany on matchday 10. Kompany & Vercauteren have been in charge from matchday 11.
  2. ^ Prior to Storck, France Fabien Mercadal was in charge for matchdays 1 through 10.
  3. ^ Hollerbach started the season at Excel Mouscron but became ill, with his duties taken over since matchday 22 by sports advisor Albania Rudi Vata, without Vata being appointed officially as manager. For matchdays 24 through 27, Belgium Philippe Saint-Jean was in charge, having been appointed as caretaker manager. After having recovered, Hollerbach took up his position again from matchday 28.
  4. ^ Belgium Felice Mazzù was in charge for matchdays 1 through 15, although Genk had at that point only played 14 matches as the away match at Antwerp had been postponed.
  5. ^ Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen was in charge for matchdays 1 through 21. For matchdays 22 through 28, Netherlands Dennis van Wijk took over before being replaced by Adnan Čustović
  6. ^ Belgium Marc Brys was in charge for matchdays 1 through 16, while Belgium Nicky Hayen held the caretaker position for matchdays 17 through 20.
  7. ^ Previous managers at Waasland-Beveren during the 2019–20 season include Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović (matchday 1 to 5), caretaker Belgium Dirk Geeraerd on matchday 6, France Arnauld Mercier (matchday 7 to 27) and again Geeraerd from matchday 28.
  8. ^ The announcement of Mercier coming in was made on 30 August 2019, however Geeraerd remained caretaker for the match of 31 August against Charleroi and Mercier would start the job only on September 2nd.
  9. ^ The announcement of Vercauteren coming in was made on 3 October 2019, however Jonas De Roeck was appointed caretaker manager for the match of 4 October 2019 against Charleroi and Vercauteren would start the job only on October 7th.

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