1998–99 Belgian First Division

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The 1998/99 season of the Jupiler League was held between August 21, 1998 and May 16, 1999. Racing Genk 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:

Genk's title success[edit]

After a deceiving start of the competition Anderlecht managed to come back at the top of the ranking under the management of Jean Dockx and Franky Vercauteren even beating its long-time rival Standard Liège in a memorable 0-6 demonstration. Two matches before the end of the season, the ranking was as such:

1. Genk       32 70
2. Brugge     32 68
3. Anderlecht 32 64

Those three teams were thus still able to win the championship. While Club Brugge lost its game to Mouscron 2-0, Anderlecht secured a 2-5 win to Genk. However the Racing did win its last match at Harelbeke and it thus became champion.

Battle for Europe[edit]

With Genk qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, Anderlecht and Brugge entered the UEFA Cup.

The relegation dog fight[edit]

Lommel avoided relegation by winning its last match 2-1 to Charleroi while the newcomer Kortrijk lost to Anderlecht. The other newcomer (Oostende) was already relegated at this moment.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 K.R.C. Genk 34 22 7 5 74 38 73 +36 Qualified for 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League.
2 Club Brugge 34 22 5 7 65 38 71 +27 Qualified for 1999-2000 UEFA Cup.
3 R.S.C. Anderlecht 34 21 7 6 76 39 70 +37
4 R.E. Mouscron 34 19 9 6 76 47 66 +29
5 K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen 34 17 6 11 69 61 57 +8 Qualified for 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
6 Standard Liège 34 17 3 14 55 47 54 +8
7 Lierse S.K. 34 16 6 12 72 47 54 +25 Qualified for 1999-2000 UEFA Cup.
8 K.A.A. Gent 34 14 10 10 55 59 52 -4
9 K. Sint-Truidense V.V. 34 14 9 11 52 46 51 +6 Qualified for 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
10 K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot 34 14 7 13 48 46 49 +2
11 K.R.C. Zuid-West-Vlaanderen 34 10 11 13 44 46 41 -2
12 K.V.C. Westerlo 34 11 7 16 56 62 40 -6
13 V.C. Eendracht Aalst 2002 34 9 8 17 48 66 35 -18
14 R. Charleroi S.C. 34 7 11 16 40 54 32 -14
15 K.S.K. Beveren 34 8 6 20 33 60 30 -27
16 K.F.C. Lommel S.K. 34 7 7 20 33 56 28 -23
17 K.V. Kortrijk 34 6 7 21 49 81 25 -32 Relegated to Division II.
18 K.V. Oostende 34 4 10 20 27 79 22 -52

Top goal scorers[edit]

Scorer Goals Team
Czech Republic Jan Koller 24 Lokeren
Belgium Branko Strupar 18 Genk
Guinea Souleymane Oulare 17 Genk
Croatia Zoran Ban 16 Mouscron
Canada Tomasz Radzinski 15 Anderlecht
Belgium Jochen Janssen 15 Westerlo
Belgium Filip Fiers 15 Sint-Truidense
Belgium Eric Van Meir 14 Lierse

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