1961–62 in Belgian football

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The 1961–1962 season was the 59th season of competitive football in Belgium. RCS Anderlechtois won their 9th Division I title.[1] Standard Liège entered the 1961–62 European Champion Clubs' Cup as Belgian title holder and became the first Belgian club to reach the semifinals of this competition. RU Saint-Gilloise entered the 1961–62 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The Belgium national football team finished their unsuccessful 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign with a loss and played 7 friendly matches (5 wins, 2 losses).[2]

Overview[edit]

At the end of the season, K Waterschei SV Thor Genk and KSC Eendracht Aalst were relegated to Division II and were replaced in Division I by R Berchem Sport and K Beringen FC from Division II.
The bottom 2 clubs in Division II (K Sint-Niklaasse SK and RRC Tournaisien) were relegated to Division III, to be replaced by KRC Mechelen and R Crossing Club Molenbeek from Division III.
The bottom club of each Division III league (RUS Tournaisienne, Kontich FC, R Fléron FC and Aarschot Sport) were relegated to the Promotion, to be replaced by VC Zwevegem Sport, FC Vigor Hamme, R Stade Waremmien FC and FC Eendracht Houthalen from Promotion.

National team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score* Comp Belgium scorers
October 4, 1961 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Sweden 0-2 WCQ
October 18, 1961 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) France 3-0 F Pierre Hanon, Paul Vandenberg, Roger Claessen
November 12, 1961 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam (A) The Netherlands 4-0 F Roger Claessen (2), Paul Vandenberg, Paul Van Himst
December 24, 1961 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Bulgaria 4-0 F Jacques Stockman, Armand Jurion, Paul Van Himst (2)
April 1, 1962 Bosuilstadion, Antwerp (H) The Netherlands 3-1 F Armand Jurion, Paul Vandenberg (2)
May 13, 1962 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Italy 1-3 F Paul Van Himst
May 17, 1962 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon (A) Portugal 2-1 F Jacques Stockman, Armand Jurion
May 23, 1962 10th-Anniversary Stadium, Warsaw (A) Poland 0-2 F

* Belgium score given first

Key

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

European competitions[edit]

Standard Liège qualified for the first round of the 1961–62 European Champion Clubs' Cup by defeating Fredrikstad FK of Norway (wins 2-1 at home and 0-2 away) in the preliminary round. They then eliminated successively FC Haka of Finland (wins 5-1 at home and 0-2 away) and Rangers of Scotland (win 4-1 at home and defeat 2-0 away) to reach the semifinals. At this stage of the competition, Standard lost to Real Madrid (losses 4-0 away and 0-2 at home).

RU Saint-Gilloise lost in the first round of the 1961–62 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup to Hearts of Scotland (losses 1-3 at home and defeat 2-0 away).

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
Division I RSC Anderlechtois
Division II R Berchem Sport
Division III KRC Mechelen and R Crossing Club Molenbeek
Promotion VC Zwevegem Sport, FC Vigor Hamme, R Stade Waremmien FC and FC Eendracht Houthalen

Final league tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

References[edit]