2018–19 Belgian First Division A

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Belgian First Division A
Season2018–19
Dates27 July 2018 – May 2019
2019–20
All statistics correct as of 28 July 2018.

The 2018–19 Belgian First Division A is the 116th season of top-tier football in Belgium.

Team changes[edit]

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Matricule Club Location Venue Capacity
35 Anderlecht Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 21,500
1 Antwerp Antwerp Bosuilstadion 12,975
12 Cercle Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
22 Charleroi Charleroi Stade du Pays de Charleroi 14,000
3 Club Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
4276 Eupen Eupen Kehrweg Stadion 8,363
322 Genk Genk Luminus Arena 24,956
7 Gent Ghent Ghelamco Arena 20,000
19 Kortrijk Kortrijk Guldensporen Stadion 9,399
282 Lokeren Lokeren Daknamstadion 12,000
216 Excel Mouscron Mouscron Stade Le Canonnier 10,571
31 Oostende Ostend Versluys Arena 8,432
373 Sint-Truiden Sint-Truiden Stayen 14,600
16 Standard Liège Liège Stade Maurice Dufrasne 30,023
4068 Waasland-Beveren Beveren Freethiel Stadion 8,190
5381 Zulte Waregem Waregem Regenboogstadion 12,500

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
Anderlecht Netherlands Fred Rutten France Adrien Trebel Adidas BNP Paribas Fortis
Antwerp Romania László Bölöni Belgium Faris Haroun Jako Heylen Vastgoed
Cercle Brugge France Laurent Guyot Belgium Benjamin Lambot Erima ADMB
Charleroi Belgium Felice Mazzu Spain Francisco Martos Kappa Proximus
Club Brugge Croatia Ivan Leko Netherlands Ruud Vormer Macron Daikin
Eupen France Claude Makelele Spain Luis García Nike Aspire Academy
Excel Mouscron Germany Bernd Storck Belgium Jérémy Huyghebaert Erima Star Casino
Genk Belgium Philippe Clement Spain Alejandro Pozuelo Nike Beobank
Gent Denmark Jess Thorup Ghana Nana Asare Craft vdk bank
Kortrijk Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe Belgium Hannes Van der Bruggen Jako AGO Jobs & HR
Lokeren Belgium Glen De Boeck Belgium Killian Overmeire Beltona QTeam
Oostende Belgium Gert Verheyen Belgium Nicolas Lombaerts Joma Willems Veranda's
Sint-Truiden Belgium Marc Brys Democratic Republic of the Congo Jordan Botaka Olympic Golden Palace
Standard Liège Belgium Michel Preud'homme Belgium Sébastien Pocognoli New Balance BASE
Waasland-Beveren Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović Netherlands Milan Massop Kappa Circus.be
Zulte-Waregem Belgium Francky Dury Belgium Davy De fauw Patrick Willy Naessens Group

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position Replaced by Date of appointment
Sint-Truiden Belgium Jonas De Roeck Replaced End of 2017–18 season [n 1] Pre-season Belgium Marc Brys 21 May 2018 [1]
Oostende Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović End of 2017–18 season Belgium Gert Verheyen 25 April 2018 [n 2] [2]
Cercle Brugge Belgium Franky Vercauteren Mutual consent End of 2017–18 season France Laurent Guyot 6 June 2018 [3]
Standard Liège Portugal Ricardo Sá Pinto Resigned End of 2017–18 season Belgium Michel Preud'homme 23 May 2018 [4]
Waasland-Beveren Belgium Dirk Geeraerd Caretaker replaced End of 2017–18 season Belgium Yannick Ferrera 8 June 2018 [5]
Excel Mouscron Belgium Frank Defays Sacked 30 August 2018 [6] 16th Germany Bernd Storck 2 September 2018 [7]
Gent Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe 8 October 2018 [8] 7th Denmark Jess Thorup 10 October 2018 [9]
Lokeren Belgium Peter Maes 27 October 2018 [10] 15th Iceland Arnar Viðarsson (caretaker) 27 October 2018 [10]
Lokeren Iceland Arnar Viðarsson (caretaker) Caretaker replaced 2 November 2018 [11][n 3] 16th Norway Trond Sollied 2 November 2018 [11]
Waasland-Beveren Belgium Yannick Ferrera Sacked 11 November 2018 [12] 14th Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović 17 November 2018 [13]
Kortrijk Belgium Glen De Boeck 15 November 2018 [14] 12th Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe 15 November 2018 [15]
Anderlecht Belgium Hein Vanhaezebrouck 16 December 2018 [16] 4th France Karim Belhocine (caretaker) 16 December 2018 [16]
Anderlecht France Karim Belhocine (caretaker) Caretaker replaced 6 January 2019 [17] 5th Netherlands Fred Rutten 6 January 2019 [17]
Lokeren Norway Trond Sollied Sacked 20 January 2019 [18] 16th Belgium Glen De Boeck 20 January 2019 [18]

Regular season[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Genk 25 17 6 2 57 24 +33 57 Qualification for the championship play-offs
2 Club Brugge 25 13 7 5 53 27 +26 46
3 Standard Liège 26 13 7 6 41 28 +13 46
4 Antwerp 25 13 6 6 36 28 +8 45
5 Sint-Truiden 26 11 10 5 43 31 +12 43
6 Anderlecht 25 11 5 9 40 31 +9 38
7 Gent 26 11 5 10 44 42 +2 38 Qualification for the Europa League play-offs
8 Charleroi 26 11 5 10 38 36 +2 38
9 Kortrijk 26 9 7 10 34 37 −3 34
10 Eupen 26 9 2 15 29 47 −18 29
11 Excel Mouscron 25 8 5 12 25 30 −5 29
12 Zulte Waregem 26 7 7 12 41 51 −10 28
13 Cercle Brugge 25 7 6 12 30 47 −17 27
14 Oostende 26 6 7 13 25 45 −20 25
15 Waasland-Beveren 26 5 10 11 30 38 −8 25
16 Lokeren 26 4 5 17 24 48 −24 17 Relegation to the First Division B
Updated to match(es) played on 16 February 2019. Source: Belgian First Division A (in Dutch), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Matches won; 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Away goals scored; 6) Away matches won; 7) Play-off.[19]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AND ANT CER CHA CLU EUP EXM GNK GNT KVK LOK OOS STA STR W-B ZWA
Anderlecht 1–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 5–2 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–0
Antwerp 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–4 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 5–1
Cercle Brugge 2–1 0–3 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–5 0–3 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–0 3–1
Charleroi 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–2
Club Brugge 2–1 5–1 4–0 0–1 5–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 1–3
Eupen 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–4 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 1–4 1–0
Excel Mouscron 3–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–3 0–0
Genk 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 4–0
Gent 1–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 0–4 2–0 1–2 1–5 3–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–1
Kortrijk 1–4 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–0 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 4–2
Lokeren 2–1 2–4 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–0 0–3 2–0 1–0 0–3
Oostende 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–1
Standard Liège 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–2 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–2 4–1
Sint-Truiden 4–2 2–0 0–0 2–2 4–1 3–1 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1
Waasland-Beveren 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–2
Zulte Waregem 1–2 1–2 3–2 3–1 2–5 4–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 16 February 2019. Source: Belgian Pro League (in Dutch)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Number of teams by provinces[edit]

Number of teams Province or region Team(s)
5  West Flanders Cercle Brugge, Club Brugge, Kortrijk, Oostende and Zulte Waregem
3  East Flanders Gent, Lokeren and Waasland-Beveren
2  Hainaut Charleroi and Excel Mouscron
 Liège Eupen and Standard Liège
 Limburg Genk and Sint-Truiden
1  Antwerp Antwerp
 Brussels Anderlecht

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played on 15 February 2019.[20]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Tanzania Mbwana Samatta Genk 19
2 Tunisia Hamdi Harbaoui Zulte Waregem 14
3 Belgium Landry Dimata Anderlecht 13
4 Croatia Ivan Santini Anderlecht 12
5 Japan Daichi Kamada Sint-Truiden 11
6 Belgium Leandro Trossard Genk 10
7 Peru Cristian Benavente Sporting Charleroi 9
Ivory Coast Yohan Boli Sint-Truiden
Belgium Renaud Emond Standard Liège
Brazil Wesley Moraes Club Brugge
Nigeria Victor Osimhen Sporting Charleroi
Belgium Siebe Schrijvers Club Brugge

Top assists[edit]

As of matches played on 15 February 2019.[21]
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Belgium Hans Vanaken Club Brugge 12
2 Spain Alejandro Pozuelo Genk 9
3 Ukraine Ruslan Malinovskyi Genk 7
4 Belgium Manuel Benson Mouscron 6
Montenegro Aleksandar Boljević Waasland-Beveren
Belgium Théo Bongonda Zulte Waregem
Norway Simen Juklerød Antwerp
Democratic Republic of the Congo Dieumerci Mbokani Antwerp
Brazil Wesley Moraes Club Brugge

Clean sheets[edit]

As of matches played on 15 February 2019.[22]
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Turkey Sinan Bolat Antwerp 10
2 Australia Danny Vukovic Genk 9
3 Mexico Guillermo Ochoa Standard Liège 8
4 France Jean Butez Mouscron 6
Belgium Thomas Kaminski Kortrijk / Gent
Belgium Hendrik Van Crombrugge Eupen

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The announcement of De Roeck being replaced was made on 20 April 2018, together with the news he would complete the season.
  2. ^ Verheyen was announced as manager on 25 April 2018 but only replaced Adnan Čustović after the final match of the season.
  3. ^ The announcement of Viðarsson being replaced was made on 29 October 2018, but he remained in charge for the match against Anderlecht on 1 November, with Sollied taking over only the day after.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marc Brys wordt maandag voorgesteld als coach van STVV" [Marc Brys to be presented Monday as new coach of STVV] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-05-19.
  2. ^ "Verheyen en Van der Elst vormen nieuwe trainerstandem van KV Oostende" [Verheyen and Van der Elst to become new coaching duo of KV Oostende] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-04-27.
  3. ^ "Fransman Guyot moet Cercle Brugge in 1e klasse A houden" [Frenchman Guyot to keep Cercle Brugge in 1st division A] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-06-06.
  4. ^ "Officieel: Michel Preud'homme wordt opnieuw coach van Standard" [Official: Michel Preud'homme becomes manager of Standard again] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-05-23.
  5. ^ "Yannick Ferrera: "Waasland-Beveren is een zeer ambitieuze club"" [Yannick Ferrera: "Waasland-Beveren is a very ambitious club"] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-06-08.
  6. ^ "Verlies tegen Eupen is druppel: Moeskroen stuurt Defays weg" [Loss against Eupen is last straw breaking camel's back: Mouscron sends Defays away] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-08-30.
  7. ^ "Duitser Bernd Storck (55) moet Moeskroen redden" [German Bernd Storck (55) to save Mouscron] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-09-02.
  8. ^ "Geen verrassing: Vanderhaeghe betaalt het gelag bij AA Gent" [No surprise: Vanderhaeghe pays the piper at AA Gent] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-10-08.
  9. ^ "JESS THORUP NIEUWE COACH KAA GENT" [JESS THORUP NEW COACH KAA GENT] (in Dutch). kaagent.be. 2018-10-10.
  10. ^ a b "Peter Maes moet opstappen bij Sporting Lokeren" [Peter Maes has to leave Sporting Lokeren] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-10-28.
  11. ^ a b "Trond Sollied volgt Peter Maes op bij Lokeren" [Trond Sollied succeeds Peter Maes at Lokeren] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-10-29.
  12. ^ "Einde verhaal voor Ferrera bij Waasland-Beveren na verlies tegen Cercle" [Ferrera no longer Coach from Waasland-Beveren after loss against Cercle] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-11-11.
  13. ^ "Adnan Custovic moet Waasland-Beveren in eerste klasse A houden" [Adnan Custovic to keep Waasland-Beveren in first division A] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-11-17.
  14. ^ "Kortrijk zet trainer De Boeck op straat: "Zo snel mogelijk nieuwe hoofdtrainer aanstellen"" [Kortrijk sacks manager De Boeck: "Appoint new manager as soon as possible"] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-11-15.
  15. ^ "Vanderhaeghe begint aan 2e ambtstermijn bij Kortrijk: "Welcome home"" [Vanderhaeghe starts 2nd term at Kortrijk: "Welcome home"] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-11-15.
  16. ^ a b "Anderlecht zet de samenwerking met Vanhaezebrouck stop" [Anderlecht ends cooperation with Vanhaezebrouck] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2018-12-16.
  17. ^ a b "Anderlecht trekt met Fred Rutten als nieuwe coach op stage" [Anderlecht departs for summer camp with Fred Rutten as new coach] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2019-01-06.
  18. ^ a b "Lokeren ontslaat Sollied en T2 Vidarsson, De Boeck neemt over" [Lokeren sacks Sollied and T2 Vidarsson, De Boeck takes over] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2019-01-20.
  19. ^ "First Division A 2016/2010 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Jupiler Pro League Top Scorer". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Jupiler Pro League Top Assists". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Jupiler Pro League Clean Sheets". Retrieved 13 February 2019.