1961–62 in Belgian football
The 1961–1962 season was the 59th season of competitive football in Belgium. RCS Anderlechtois won their 9th Division I title. 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).
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.
|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
- H = Home match
- A = Away match
- N = On neutral ground
- F = Friendly
- WCQ = World Cup qualification
- o.g. = own goal
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).
|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
- 1961-62 Top scorer: Jacques Stockman (RSC Anderlechtois) with 29 goals.
- 1961 Golden Shoe: Paul Van Himst (RSC Anderlechtois)