2015–16 Belgian Second Division

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Belgian Second Division
Season2015–16
ChampionsWS Brussels
PromotedEupen
RelegatedWS Brussels, Dessel Sport, Seraing United, Virton, ASV Geel, Deinze, Patro Eisden Maasmechelen, Heist and Coxyde.
Matches played160
Goals scored462 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerMamadou Diallo (15 goals)
Biggest home winEupen 6–0 Patro Eisden (7 October 2015)[1]
Biggest away winHeist 1–6 Tubize (17 October 2015)[2]
Highest scoringHeist 1–6 Tubize (17 October 2015)
Seraing 5–2 Heist (28 November 2015)[3]
Eupen 3–4 Antwerp (16 December 2015)[4]
Geel 4–3 Roeselare (19 December 2015)[5]

The 2015–16 season of the Belgian Second Division (also known as Proximus League for sponsorship reasons) began on 8 August 2015 and ended in April 2016.

Structural changes[edit]

This season was the last under the name Second Division. Starting from 2016-17 the league is known as First Division B as a result of reforms in the Belgian league system. The champions were promoted and 9 teams relegated to the third division named Amateur First Division or Amateur Superleague, while no team was promoted from the lower division.[6] Promotion playoffs were not played and three-period rankings were not applied.

Team changes[edit]

After promotion and relegation, only 11 teams of the previous season remained in the league, with 5 others being replaced. One team was not replaced, thus reducing the competition to 17 teams.

Out[edit]

In[edit]

Team information[edit]

Club City First season of
current spell in
second division
Coming from 2014-15 result Stadium Capacity
Royal Antwerp F.C. Antwerp 2004–05 Belgian Pro League 10th (D2) Bosuilstadion 16,649
Cercle Brugge K.S.V. Brugge 2015–16 Belgian Pro League 15th (D1) Jan Breydel Stadium 29,945
K.V.V. Coxyde Koksijde 2015–16 Belgian Third Division 1st (D3A) Henri Housaegerstadion 2,500
K.M.S.K. Deinze Deinze 2015–16 Belgian Third Division 2nd (D3B) Burgemeester Van de Wiele Stadion 7,515
K.F.C. Dessel Sport Dessel 2012–13 Belgian Third Division 15th (D2) Lorzestraat 5,000
K.A.S. Eupen Eupen 2011–12 Belgian Pro League 3rd (D2) Kehrweg Stadion 8,000
AS Verbroedering Geel Geel 2013–14 Belgian Third Division 13th (D2) De Leunen 10,022
K.S.K. Heist Heist-op-den-Berg 2010–11 Belgian Third Division 14th (D2) Gemeentelijk Sportcentrum 3,000
Lierse S.K. Lier 2015–16 Belgian Pro League 16th (D1) Herman Vanderpoortenstadion 14,538
Lommel United Lommel 2005–06 Belgian Third Division 2nd (D2) Soevereinstadion 12,500
K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen Maasmechelen 2014–15 Belgian Third Division 16th (D2) Patro-stadion 5,000
K.S.V. Roeselare Roeselare 2010–11 Belgian Pro League 11th (D2) Schiervelde Stadion 9,075
Seraing United Seraing 2014–15 Belgian Provincial Leagues 5th (D2) Stade Pairay 6,744
A.F.C. Tubize Tubize 2009–10 Belgian Pro League 8th (D2) Stade Leburton 9,000
R. White Star Bruxelles Brussels 2011–12 Belgian Third Division 12th (D2) Stade Fallon 2,500
R.E. Virton Virton 2013–14 Belgian Third Division 6th (D2) Stade Yvan Georges 4,000
R. Union Saint-Gilloise Saint-Gilles, Brussels 2015–16 Belgian Third Division 2nd (D3B) Stade Joseph Marien 6,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
Antwerp Belgium David Gevaert Belgium Kappa ONE Antwerp
Cercle Belgium Frederik Vanderbiest Belgium Masita ADMB
Coxyde Belgium Hugo Vandenheede Belgium Jako Vandermeeren
Dessel Belgium Bart Wilmssen Belgium Saller Tuytelaers
Deinze Netherlands Dennis Van Wijk Belgium Nike Declercq Stortbeton
Dakota
Eupen Spain Tintín Márquez Belgium Burrda Aspire Academy
Geel Belgium Vincent Euvrard Belgium Olympic Tormans
Heist Belgium Francis Bosschaerts Belgium Saller Kovera
Lierse Serbia Slovenia Slaviša Stojanović Belgium Jako Wadi Degla
Lommel Belgium Bart De Roover Belgium Legea Belien Auto
Derdaele+
Maasmechelen Belgium Vacant Belgium Jartazi e.Baillien
Roeselare Belgium Franky Van Der Elst Belgium Joma Euro Shop
Saint-Gilloise Belgium Marc Grosjean Belgium Patrick Culture et Formation
Seraing Belgium Croatia Dražen Brnčić Belgium Masita Startpeople
VOO
Tubize France Colbert Marlot Belgium Kappa No sponsor
Virton Belgium Frank Defays Belgium Jako Emond BMW
White Star Cameroon John Bico Belgium Nike No sponsor

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 RWS Brussels (R, C) 32 19 6 7 53 28 +25 63 Relegation to the 2016–17 Belgian First Amateur Division[a]
2 Eupen (P) 32 18 8 6 69 34 +35 62 Promotion to the 2016–17 Belgian First Division A[a]
3 Antwerp 32 18 8 6 52 20 +32 62 Qualification to the 2016–17 Belgian First Division B
4 Tubize 32 17 6 9 51 34 +17 57
5 Cercle Brugge 32 14 12 6 56 35 +21 54
6 Union SG 32 15 6 11 50 34 +16 51
7 Lierse 32 14 9 9 53 41 +12 51
8 Lommel 32 14 8 10 43 29 +14 50
9 Roeselare[1] 32 14 8 10 46 47 −1 50
10 Dessel (R) 32 14 6 12 38 40 −2 48 Relegation to the 2016–17 Belgian First Amateur Division
11 Seraing (R) 32 13 5 14 45 50 −5 44
12 Virton (R) 32 8 10 14 40 55 −15 34
13 ASV Geel (R) 32 6 13 13 40 56 −16 31
14 Deinze (R) 32 6 11 15 36 58 −22 29
15 Patro Eisden Maasmechelen (R) 32 5 9 18 33 63 −30 24
16 Heist (R) 32 4 7 21 39 82 −43 19
17 Coxyde (R) 32 2 10 20 29 67 −38 16
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b WS Brussels was refused a Belgian professional football license and is thus not allowed to play in the 2016-17 Belgian First Division A or Division B and is instead relegated to the 2016–17 Belgian First Amateur Division. As a result, runner-up Eupen was promoted instead and ninth placed Roeselare avoided relegation. [1]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ANT CER COX DEI DES EUP GEE HEI LIE LOM PEM ROE SER TUB USG VIR WSB
Antwerp 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–0
Cercle Brugge 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 3–3 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–3 1–1 2–2 1–1
Coxyde 0–3 2–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–4 0–3 3–2 2–3 3–3 0–5
Deinze 1–1 1–4 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 4–4 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2
Dessel 0–3 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–3 2–0 0–3
Eupen 3–4 2–1 0–0 5–1 0–1 4–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 6–0 4–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–1
ASV Geel 1–1 3–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–3 0–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2
Heist 1–3 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–4 1–2 2–2 1–6 1–3 4–1 1–0
Lierse 0–0 2–3 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–2 4–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–3
Lommel 0–1 0–2 3–1 3–3 2–0 0–3 4–1 3–1 0–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 0–0
Patro Eisden Maasmechelen 1–4 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–4 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–3
Roeselare 0–1 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–0
Seraing United 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–5 1–2 0–3 4–1 5–2 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 3–0 0–5[a]
Tubize 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–3 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2
Union Saint-Gilloise 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 4–0 0–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–1 1–0
Virton 1–2 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–4 1–4 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–4 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1
WS Brussels 0–4 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 4–2 2–1 4–1 4–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 March 2016. Source: Belgian Second Division (in French)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ WS Brussels was awarded a 5-0 victory because opponents Seraing United fielded an ilegible player.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eupen 6–0 Patro Eisden Archived 2015-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch) sporza.be
  2. ^ Heist 1–6 Tubize Archived 2015-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch) sporza.be
  3. ^ Seraing 5–2 Heist Archived 2015-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch) sporza.be
  4. ^ Eupen 3–4 Antwerp Archived 2015-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch) sporza.be
  5. ^ Geel 4–3 Roeselare Archived 2015-12-24 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch) sporza.be
  6. ^ "La réforme du championnat approuvée: une grande lessive se prépare en D2 (INFOGRAPHIE)" (in French). dh.be. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.