1997–98 Belgian First Division

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The 1997/98 season of the Jupiler League was held between August 8, 1997 and May 10, 1998. Club Brugge became champions.

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These teams were promoted from the second division at the start of the season:

Relegated teams[edit]

These teams were relegated to the second division at the end of the season:

Brugge's title success[edit]

Club Brugge ended in first place 18 points ahead of Racing Genk.

Battle for Europe[edit]

Sporting Anderlecht finally qualified for the UEFA Cup by ending in 4th place as Genk (2nd) and Brugge (1st) played the Cup final. The third team to qualify for the UEFA Cup was Germinal Ekeren (3rd).

The relegation dog fight[edit]

RWDM was relegated following a 1-1 draw at Charleroi as the newcomer Beveren managed to draw against Germinal Ekeren on the 33rd matchday. With 4 points more than RWDM the club from Waasland then lost to Anderlecht on the last matchday whereas RWDM easily beat Lokeren by 5-1.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 Club Brugge 34 26 6 2 78 29 84 +49 Qualified for 1998-99 UEFA Champions League. [1]
2 K.R.C. Genk 34 20 6 8 65 40 66 +25 Qualified for 1998-99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
3 K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot 34 17 7 10 60 48 58 +12 Qualified for 1998-99 UEFA Cup.
4 R.S.C. Anderlecht 34 16 9 9 53 37 57 +16
5 K.R.C. Zuid-West-Vlaanderen 34 15 10 9 50 31 55 +19 Qualified for 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
6 K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen 34 16 4 14 68 68 52 0
7 Lierse S.K. 34 14 8 12 54 45 50 +9
8 K.A.A. Gent 34 11 14 9 50 44 47 +6
9 Standard Liège 34 11 10 13 53 50 43 +3
10 R.E. Mouscron 34 11 8 15 39 45 41 -6
11 K.F.C. Lommel S.K. 34 10 11 13 46 50 41 -4 Qualified for 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
12 K.V.C. Westerlo 34 9 14 11 52 56 41 -4
13 R. Charleroi S.C. 34 9 12 13 46 57 39 -11
14 K. Sint-Truidense V.V. 34 8 13 13 32 45 37 -13
15 K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst 34 9 9 16 51 66 36 -15
16 K.S.K. Beveren 34 7 11 16 30 48 32 -18
17 R.W.D. Molenbeek 34 8 7 19 39 74 31 -35 Relegated to Division II.
18 R. Antwerp F.C. 34 6 7 21 38 71 25 -33

[1] Club Brugge competed in the UEFA Cup after losing their Champions League Second Qualifying Round tie.

Top goal scorers[edit]

Scorer Goals Team
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Branko Strupar 22 Racing Genk
Canada Tomasz Radzinski 19 Germinal Ekeren
Denmark Peter Lässen 15 Eendracht Aalst
Belgium Gunther Hofmans 15 Germinal Ekeren
Guinea Souleymane Oulare 14 Racing Genk

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