1970–71 in Belgian football
The 1970–1971 season was the 68th season of competitive football in Belgium. Standard Club Liégeois won their 6th Division I title. RFC Brugeois reached the quarter-finals of the 1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup. K Beerschot VAV won the Belgian Cup final against K Sint-Truidense VV (2-1 after extra time). The Belgium national football team started their UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying campaign as they were drawn in Group 5 with Portugal, Scotland and Denmark. They won all of their first 4 games and finished the season at the top of Group 5, 2 points ahead of Portugal with 2 matches to go.
At the end of the season, R Charleroi SC and ARA La Gantoise were relegated to the Division II, to be replaced by KSV Cercle Brugge and KV Mechelen from Division II.
The bottom 2 clubs in Division II (ASV Oostende KM and KSV Sottegem) were relegated to Division III, to be replaced by KSK Tongeren and K Boom FC from Division III.
The bottom club of each Division III league (VC Westerlo, RC Tirlemont, Kortrijk Sport and R Jet de Bruxelles) were relegated to the Promotion, to be replaced by R Herve FC, Wavre Sports, K Helzold FC and KSC Lokeren from Promotion.
|November 15, 1970||Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H)||France||1-2||F||Wilfried Van Moer|
|November 25, 1970||Klokke Stadion, Bruges (H)||Denmark||2-0||ECQ||Johan Devrindt (2)|
|February 3, 1971||Stade de Sclessin, Liège (H)||Scotland||3-0||ECQ||Ronnie McKinnon (o.g.), Paul Van Himst (2)|
|February 17, 1971||Stade Emile Versé, Brussels (H)||Portugal||3-0||ECQ||Raoul Lambert (2), André Denul|
|May 20, 1971||Stade Municipal, Luxembourg (A)||Luxembourg||4-0||F||André Denul, Paul Van Himst, Léon Semmeling, Wilfried Van Moer|
|May 26, 1971||Idrætspark, Copenhagen (A)||Denmark||2-1||ECQ||Johan Devrindt (2)|
- H = Home match
- A = Away match
- N = On neutral ground
- F = Friendly
- ECQ = European Championship qualification
- o.g. = own goal
Standard Club Liégeois beat Rosenborg BK of Norway in the first round of the 1970–71 European Champion Clubs' Cup (won 2-0 away, 5-0 at home) but lost in the second round to Legia Warsaw of Poland (won 1-0 at home, lost 0-2 away).
RFC Brugeois eliminated Kickers Offenbach of West Germany in the first round of the 1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup (lost 1-2 away, won 2-0 at home) and FC Zürich of Switzerland in the second round (won 2-0 at home, lost 1-2 away). In the quarter-finals, Bruges lost to future winner Chelsea FC after extra time (won 2-0 at home, lost 0-4 away).
The 3 Belgian clubs who entered the 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup were ARA La Gantoise, RSC Anderlechtois and KSK Beveren.
In the first round, RSC Anderlechtois beat NK Željezničar of Yugoslavia (won 4-3 away, 5-4 at home) and KSK Beveren beat Wiener Sportclub of Austria (won 2-0 away, 3-0 at home), but ARA La Gantoise lost to Hamburger SV of West Germany (lost 0-1 at home, 1-7 away).
In the second round, RSC Anderlechtois beat Akademisk Boldklub of Denmark (won 3-1 away, 4-0 at home), while KSK Beveren beat Valencia CF of Spain (won 1-0 away, drew 1-1 at home).
Both clubs exited at the third round, RSC Anderlechtois to Vitoria FC of Portugal (won 2-1 at home, lost 1-3 away after extra time) and KSK Beveren to Arsenal FC (lost 0-4 away, drew 0-0 at home).
|Division I||Standard Club Liégeois|
|Cup||K Beerschot VAV|
|Division II||KSV Cercle Brugge|
|Division III||KSK Tongeren and K Boom FC|
|Promotion||R Herve FC, Wavre Sports, K Helzold FC and KSC Lokeren|
Final league tables
- 1970-71 Top scorer: West German Erwin Kostedde (Standard Club Liégeois) with 26 goals
- 1970 Golden Shoe: Wilfried Van Moer (Standard Club Liégeois)
- http://www.footbel.com/documents/COMPETITIES/Eindklassementen/S1970-1971FR.pdf FA website
- http://www.footbel.com/fr/Competitites/statistieken/bekerfinales/heren_2.html FA Website
- http://www.footbel.com/fr/nationale_elftallen/statistieken_1/per_datum.html FA website
- Belgium score given first
- http://www.footbel.com/fr/Competitites/statistieken/topschutters.html FA Website
- http://www.footbel.com/fr/Competitites/statistieken/gouden_schoen.html FA Website