2006–07 Belgian First Division

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Belgian First Division
Season2006–07
ChampionsAnderlecht
RelegatedLierse
Beveren
Champions LeagueAnderlecht
Genk
UEFA CupStandard Liège
Club Brugge
Matches played306
Goals scored853 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerFrançois Sterchele
(21 goals)


The 2006-07 season of the Belgian First Division began on July 28, 2006 and concluded on May 19, 2007. The championship was decided in the penultimate round on May 12, 2007, when Anderlecht moved five points clear of runners-up Genk to retain the title and win their 29th League Championship. At the other end of the table, the struggle to avoid automatic relegation went on until the final round, and it was Lierse who eventually prevailed. Having spent the entire season at the bottom of the standings and only just managed to close an eleven-point gap up to 17th, the Lier side won their last game to climb past Beveren and send the latter down to the Second Division. However, Lierse went on to lose the playoffs and was relegated anyway.

Clubs[edit]

Eighteen teams played in the 2006-07 first division. Twelve teams were from Flanders, four clubs from Wallonia and just two clubs from the Brussels-Capital Region.

New teams[edit]

La Louvière had been relegated at the end of the previous season with Mons replacing them as they won the Belgian Second Division. Lierse had managed to win the promotion playoff and thus they remained in the first division.

Overview[edit]

Club Location Current manager Previous managers during Season 2006-2007
R.S.C. Anderlecht Anderlecht Belgium Franky Vercauteren none
Standard Liège Liège Belgium Michel Preud'homme Netherlands Johan Boskamp
Club Brugge Brugge North Macedonia Cedomir Janevski Belgium Emilio Ferrera
K.A.A. Gent Ghent Belgium Georges Leekens none
K.R.C. Genk Genk Belgium Hugo Broos none
K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot Antwerp Belgium Marc Brys none
S.V. Zulte-Waregem Waregem Belgium Francky Dury none
K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen Lokeren Serbia Slavoljub Muslin Belgium Ariël Jacobs
K.V.C. Westerlo Westerlo Belgium Herman Helleputte none
F.C. Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek Sint-Jans-Molenbeek France Albert Cartier none
R. Charleroi S.C. Charleroi Belgium Philippe Van de Walle Belgium Jacky Mathijssen
K.S.V. Roeselare Roeselare Belgium Dirk Geeraerd none
R.E. Mouscron Mouscron Belgium Ariël Jacobs Belgium Gil Vandenbrouck
Cercle Brugge K.S.V. Brugge Belgium Harm van Veldhoven none
K. Sint-Truidense V.V. Sint-Truiden Belgium Peter Voets Belgium Thomas Caers, Netherlands Henk Houwaart
K.S.K. Beveren Beveren Belgium Edy De Bolle Belgium Walter Meeuws
Lierse S.K. Lier Norway Kjetil Rekdal Netherlands René Trost
R.A.E.C. Mons Mons Belgium José Riga none

Manager changes[edit]

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Anderlecht (C) 34 23 8 3 75 30 +45 77 Qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Champions League[a]
2 Genk 34 22 6 6 71 37 +34 72
3 Standard Liège 34 19 7 8 62 38 +24 64 Qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Cup
4 Gent 34 18 6 10 56 40 +16 60 Qualified for 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup
5 Charleroi 34 17 9 8 51 40 +11 60
6 Club Brugge 34 14 9 11 58 40 +18 51 Qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Cup
7 Germinal Beerschot 34 14 9 11 52 46 +6 51
8 Westerlo 34 12 10 12 41 44 −3 46
9 Mons 34 12 8 14 41 41 0 44
10 Mouscron 34 10 12 12 51 55 −4 42
11 Roeselare 34 10 9 15 50 72 −22 39
12 Cercle Brugge 34 10 8 16 31 36 −5 38
13 Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek 34 8 14 12 39 50 −11 38
14 Zulte Waregem 34 9 10 15 40 54 −14 37
15 Sint-Truiden 34 9 8 17 39 52 −13 35
16 Lokeren 34 5 15 14 32 48 −16 30
17 Lierse (R) 34 6 8 20 33 66 −33 26 Played in Promotion/Relegation play-off
18 Beveren (R) 34 5 10 19 31 64 −33 25 Relegated to Division II
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ R.S.C. Anderlecht competed in the UEFA Cup First Round after losing in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round.
 Belgian League 2006-07 Winners 
RSC Anderlecht
29th title

Promotion and relegation playoff[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Mechelen (P) 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8 16 Promoted to Division I
2 Antwerp 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
3 Lierse (R) 6 3 0 3 10 8 +2 9 Relegated to Division II
4 Kortrijk 6 0 0 6 4 17 −13 0
Source:[citation needed]
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Home \ Away AND STA CLU GNT GNK GBA ZWA LOK WES BRU CHA ROE MOU CER STV BEV LIE MON
Anderlecht 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–4 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 6–0 3–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 8–1 2–0 4–1
Standard Liège 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 1–0
Club Brugge 2–2 4–4 5–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–1 5–1 3–3 1–0 2–0 4–0 0–0
Gent 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–3 2–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 3–1 2–1 4–0 4–1
Genk 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 3–0 3–2 3–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 5–1
Germinal Beerschot 1–3 1–3 4–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 3–0 6–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–3 2–1
Zulte-Waregem 0–4 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 4–2 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–2
Lokeren 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 0–2
Westerlo 3–4 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 4–2 4–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1
Brussels 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 6–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–0
Charleroi 1–1 2–5 1–1 1–0 4–1 3–3 2–1 4–3 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0
Roeselare 0–5 2–3 3–2 1–3 3–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–1
Mouscron 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–2 2–2
Cercle Brugge 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 3–0
Sint-Truiden 2–4 0–3 2–3 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–0 1–0
Beveren 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–5 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0
Lierse 1–4 1–3 1–2 1–4 0–3 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 3–3 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–0
Mons 3–1 2–3 1–0 0–1 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 6–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Player Team Goals
1 Belgium François Sterchele Germinal Beerschot 21
2 Nigeria Patrick Ogunsoto Westerlo 20
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mohammed Tchité Anderlecht 20
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Ćustović Mouscron 18
5 Croatia Boško Balaban Club Brugge 16
6 Togo Adékambi Olufadé Gent 15
7 Argentina Nicolás Frutos Anderlecht 14
Serbia Milan Jovanović Standard Liège 14
9 Egypt Ahmed Hassan Anderlecht 12
10 Belgium Dieter Dekelver Cercle Brugge (4) and Westerlo (7) 11
Mali Mahamadou Dissa Beveren 11
Croatia Goran Ljubojević Genk 11
Belgium Kevin Vandenbergh Genk 11

See also[edit]