1958–59 in Belgian football

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The 1958–1959 season was the 56th season of competitive football in Belgium. RSC Anderlechtois won their 8th Division I title.[1] Standard Liège entered the 1958–59 European Champion Clubs' Cup as Belgian title holder and became the first Belgian club to win a match in European competitions. They eventually reached the quarter finals. RU Saint-Gilloise entered the 1958–60 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and reached the semifinals. The Belgium national football team played 7 friendly games (3 draws, 4 losses).[2]

Overview[edit]

At the end of the season, RRC Tournaisien and R Tilleur FC were relegated to Division II and were replaced by R Daring Club de Bruxelles and RFC Brugeois from Division II.
The bottom 2 clubs in Division II (RFC Renaisien and K Boom FC) were relegated to Division III, to be replaced by RRC de Bruxelles and K Olse Merksem) from Division III.
The bottom 2 clubs of each Division III league (K. Tongeren SC, RCS La Forestoise, RC Lokeren and SCUP Jette) were relegated to Promotion, to be replaced by R Crossing FC Ganshoren, US Centre, U Basse-Sambre-Auvelais and K Hasseltse VV from Promotion.

National team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score* Comp Belgium scorers
September 28, 1958 Bosuilstadion, Antwerp (H) The Netherlands 2-3 F Pierre Hanon, André Piters
October 26, 1958 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Turkey 1-1 F André Piters
November 23, 1958 Nepstadion, Budapest (A) Hungary 1-3 F Karel Mallants
March 1, 1959 Stade Olympique, Colombes (A) France 2-2 F Martin Lippens, André Piters
April 19, 1959 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam (A) The Netherlands 2-2 F Victor Wégria, Fernand Goyvaerts
May 24, 1959 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Austria 0-2 F
June 14, 1959 Praterstadion, Vienna (A) Austria 2-4 F Godfried Vandenboer, Henri Coppens

* Belgium score given first

Key

  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • N = On neutral ground
  • F = Friendly
  • o.g. = own goal

European competitions[edit]

Standard Liège became the first Belgian club to win a match in European competition when they beat Hearts of Scotland on September 3, 1958 (5-1), in the first round of the 1958–59 European Champion Clubs' Cup. In spite of their loss in the second leg (2-1), Standard advanced to the second round, where they defeated Sporting of Portugal (wins 2-3 away and 3-0 at home). In the quarter finals, Standard was eliminated by Stade Reims of France (win 2-0 at home and defeat 3-0 away).

RU Saint-Gilloise entered the 1958–60 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. They defeated a team from Leipzig of Germany in the first round (win 6-1 at home and defeat 1-0 away). In the quarter finals, RU Saint-Gilloise eliminated AS Roma of Italy with a 2-0 home win followed by a 1-1 draw in Roma. The semifinals were played during the 1959–60 season. The Belgian lost to Birmingham City (two losses by 2-4).

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
Division I RSC Anderlechtois
Division II R Daring Club de Bruxelles
Division III RRC de Bruxelles and K Olse Merksem
Promotion R Crossing FC Ganshoren, US Centre, U Basse-Sambre-Auvelais and K Hasseltse VV

Final league tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

References[edit]