2006–07 in Belgian football

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The 2006-2007 season is the 104th competitive season in Belgian football.

Overview[edit]

Following promotion from the Belgian Second Division, Mons have returned to the Belgian First Division immediately after dropping to the second division during the 2004-2005 season. La Louvière has dropped from the first division after finishing last, they were also refused a licence which caused them to drop two levels and so they now play in the Belgian Third Division.

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
Belgian First Division Anderlecht
Cup Club Brugge
Supercup Anderlecht
Second division Dender EH
Third division A Tournai
Third division B Olympic Charleroi

Events[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September 6, 2006 - After the bad start to the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign, Belgium now beats Armenia in Yerevan by a narrow 1-0 margin. Daniel van Buyten scores with a well placed header a few minutes before halftime. Belgium played a moderate match with low quality of play, however the abominable state of the field was also a reason for that.
  • September 9, 2006 - In the first division, on matchday 5, leaders R.S.C. Anderlecht lose their perfect record as a late goal by R.E. Mouscron's Adnan Ćustović ends the game in a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile Standard Liège win their first match of the season, 1-3 away to Lierse S.K..
  • September 11, 2006 - It is announced that the Belgian Supercup between league champions R.S.C. Anderlecht and cup winners S.V. Zulte-Waregem, which was originally abandoned at half time due to excessive rain on July 22, will be replayed on 20 December.
  • September 13, 2006 - R.S.C. Anderlecht has not won their opening match for several years in the UEFA Champions League and also this year they don't manage to win. Against Lille OSC, the match ends in a 1-1 draw as both teams had several chances, Anderlecht mainly in the first half and Lille mainly in the second half.
  • September 14, 2006 - FC Lokomotiv Moscow is very patient as they wait for good chances to appear against S.V. Zulte-Waregem in the Uefa Cup first round match and their tactics seem to pay off as after 90 minutes Loskov and Ivanović have set the 2-0 on the board. However, in the 94th minute, Jonas Vandermarliere scores the all important away goal and thereby causes the return match to be very exciting. Meanwhile Standard Liège is overrun for 90 minutes at home as they struggle to create any chances against Celta de Vigo, in the end they're lucky to just lose 0-1 and as they leave the field, they are booed by the home crowd. In Slovakia, Club Brugge struggles in the opening few minutes against MFK Ružomberok, but then they take over and after a free-kick goal by Boško Balaban they control the match to prevent the Slovakian team from scoring, in which they succeed to make for a 1-0 victory away from home.
  • September 26, 2006 - Again a 1-1 draw for R.S.C. Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League, this time against AEK Athens FC. Anderlecht took the lead in the first half through Nicolás Frutos but the equaliser followed just minutes later from Júlio César.
  • September 28, 2006 - Return matches of the first round of the UEFA Cup 2006-07: Standard Liège plays a decent match, but when Karel Geraerts misses a penalty kick, the morale is gone and eventually Celta de Vigo wins the return match 3-0. Against MFK Ružomberok, Club Brugge plays very poorly but eventually they go through after a last minute equaliser by Boško Balaban. The stunt of the day comes from S.V. Zulte-Waregem as they beat FC Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 at home to go through into the group stage.
  • September 30, 2006 - In the first division, joint leaders R.S.C. Anderlecht and K.R.C. Genk play against each other on the 8th matchday. Anderlecht, at that time recognised by many as the most probable champions for the current season solely on strength of the squad, loses out 1-4 on their home ground, where they had not been beaten since February 2005. Genk are the new leaders.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 11, 2007 - The match K.R.C. Genk - R.S.C. Anderlecht ends in a 1-1 draw which means that Genk retains its two-point lead over Anderlecht with 9 matches to go.
  • March 24, 2007 - Belgium loses 4-0 to Portugal in a qualifying match for the upcoming European championships in 2008. After a decent first half (0-0), Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma haunt the Belgians and lead their team to an easy victory with stunning football.

National team[edit]

After failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Belgium will try to start the qualifying campaign for the 2008 European Football Championship better. To do this, René Vandereycken, the national coach, has already been looking for new younger players to create a new squad.

Date Venue Location Opponents Score[1] Competition Belgium scorers Match Report
August 16, 2006 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium (H) Belgium Anderlecht  Kazakhstan 0-0 ECQ Uefa.com
September 6, 2006 Hrazdan Stadium (A) Armenia Yerevan  Armenia 1-0 ECQ van Buyten 41' Uefa.com
October 7, 2006 Stadion Crvena Zvezda (A) Serbia Belgrade  Serbia 0-1 ECQ Uefa.com
October 11, 2006 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium (H) Belgium Anderlecht  Azerbaijan 3-0 ECQ Simons 24' (pen)
Vandenbergh 47'
Dembélé 82'
Uefa.com
November 15, 2006 King Baudouin Stadium (H) Belgium Brussels  Poland 0-1 ECQ Uefa.com
February 7, 2007 King Baudouin Stadium (H) Belgium Brussels  Czech Republic 0-2 F Uefa.com
March 24, 2007 Estádio José Alvalade (A) Portugal Lisbon  Portugal 0-4 ECQ Uefa.com
June 2, 2007 King Baudouin Stadium (H) Belgium Brussels  Portugal 1-2 ECQ Fellaini 55' Uefa.com
June 6, 2007 Olympic Stadium (A) Finland Helsinki  Finland 0-2 ECQ Uefa.com
Key
  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • F = Friendly
  • ECQ = European Championship Qualifier

European Club Results[edit]

Date Team Competition Round Leg Opponent Location Score[1]
July 13 Roeselare UEFA Cup Qual. Round 1 Leg 1, Away Republic of Macedonia FK Vardar Skopje 2-1
July 16 Gent Intertoto Cup Round 3 Leg 1, Away Switzerland Grasshoppers Zurich 1-2
July 22 Gent Intertoto Cup Round 3 Leg 2, Home Switzerland Grasshoppers Ghent 1-1
July 27 Roeselare UEFA Cup Qual. Round 1 Leg 2, Home Republic of Macedonia FK Vardar Roeselare 5-1
August 9 Standard Champions League Qual. Round 3 Leg 1, Home Romania Steaua Bucureşti Liège 2-2
August 10 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Qual. Round 2 Leg 1, Away Lithuania FK Sūduva Marijampolė 2-0
August 10 Roeselare UEFA Cup Qual. Round 2 Leg 1, Home Cyprus Ethnikos Achna FC Roeselare 2-1
August 23 Standard Champions League Qual. Round 3 Leg 2, Away Romania Steaua Bucureşti Bucharest 1-2
August 24 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Qual. Round 2 Leg 2, Home Lithuania FK Sūduva Bruges 5-2
August 24 Roeselare UEFA Cup Qual. Round 2 Leg 2, Away Cyprus Ethnikos Achna FC Achna 0-5
September 13 Anderlecht Champions League Group H Match 1, Home France Lille OSC Anderlecht 1-1
September 14 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Round 1 Leg 1, Away Slovakia MFK Ružomberok Ružomberok 1-0
September 14 Standard UEFA Cup Round 1 Leg 1, Home Spain Celta de Vigo Liège 0-1
September 14 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Round 1 Leg 1, Away Russia FC Lokomotiv Moscow Moscow 1-2
September 26 Anderlecht Champions League Group H Match 2, Away Greece AEK Athens FC Athens 1-1
September 28 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Round 1 Leg 2, Home Slovakia MFK Ružomberok Bruges 1-1
September 28 Standard UEFA Cup Round 1 Leg 2, Away Spain Celta de Vigo Vigo 0-3
September 28 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Round 1 Leg 2, Home Russia FC Lokomotiv Moscow Ghent 2-0
October 17 Anderlecht Champions League Group H Match 3, Home Italy AC Milan Anderlecht 0-1
October 19 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Group B Match 1, Home Germany Bayer Leverkusen Bruges 1-1
October 19 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Group F Match 1, Away Austria FK Austria Wien Vienna 4-1
November 1 Anderlecht Champions League Group H Match 4, Away Italy AC Milan Milan 1-4
November 2 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Group B Match 2, Away England Tottenham Tottenham 1-3
November 2 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Group F Match 2, Home Czech Republic AC Sparta Prague Ghent 3-1
November 21 Anderlecht Champions League Group H Match 5, Away France Lille OSC Lille 2-2
November 23 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Group B Match 3, Home Romania Dinamo Bucureşti Bruges 1-1
November 23 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Group F Match 3, Away Spain Espanyol Barcelona 2-6
November 30 Club Brugge UEFA Cup Group B Match 4, Away Turkey Beşiktaş J.K. Istanbul 1-2
December 6 Anderlecht Champions League Group H Match 6, Home Greece AEK Athens FC Anderlecht 2-2
December 13 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Group F Match 4, Away Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam Ghent 0-3
February 14 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Round of 32 Leg 1, Home England Newcastle United Ghent 1-3
February 22 Zulte-Waregem UEFA Cup Round of 32 Leg 2, Away England Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne 0-1

European Qualification for 2007-2008[edit]

Competition Qualifiers Reason for Qualification
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round Anderlecht 1st in first division
UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round Genk 2nd in first division
UEFA Cup Standard Liège 3rd in first division
Club Brugge Cup winners
UEFA Intertoto Cup 3rd Round Gent Highest first division finishers (4th) to have entered and not qualified for any other European competition

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Belgian Team's score given first