1999–2000 Belgian First Division

The 1999–2000 season of the Jupiler League was held between August 6, 1999, and May 11, 2000. Sporting Anderlecht became champions.

Belgian First Division
Season1999–2000
ChampionsAnderlecht
RelegatedGeel
Lommel
Champions LeagueAnderlecht
UEFA CupClub Brugge
Gent
Matches played306
Goals scored1,032 (3.37 per match)
Top goalscorerOle Martin Årst
Toni Brogno (30 each)

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These teams were promoted from the second division at the start of the season:

Relegated teamsEdit

These teams were relegated to the second division at the end of the season:

Anderlecht's title successEdit

Anderlecht became champions on April 21, 2000, after the defeat of rival Club Brugge at Herman Vanderpoortenstadion to Lierse 1-0 as, prior to these results, they were 7 points ahead of Brugge with 3 matches to go. The next day Anderlecht beat Racing Genk 4-1 and then Standard Liège 2-0.

Battle for EuropeEdit

Club Brugge and Gent qualified for the UEFA Cup.

The relegation dog fightEdit

Charleroi avoided relegation with a controversial draw against Anderlecht on the last day of the season. Anderlecht were already champions and played with Enzo Scifo who had previously signed a deal with Charleroi. However, the result was irrelevant as Geel lost their last match to Club Brugge and were thus relegated with Lommel.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Anderlecht (C) 34 22 9 3 86 36 +50 75 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Club Brugge 34 21 4 9 70 32 +38 67 Qualification to UEFA Cup qualifying round
3 Gent 34 20 3 11 78 54 +24 63
4 Mouscron 34 16 9 9 67 45 +22 57
5 Standard Liège 34 18 2 14 66 52 +14 56 Qualification to Intertoto Cup first round
6 Westerlo 34 16 8 10 73 66 +7 56
7 Germinal Beerschot 34 16 7 11 56 45 +11 55
8 Genk 34 16 6 12 63 59 +4 54 Qualification to UEFA Cup first round
9 Lierse 34 15 7 12 65 47 +18 52 Qualification to UEFA Cup qualifying round
10 Sporting Lokeren 34 12 11 11 56 58 −2 47
11 Mechelen 34 12 5 17 47 77 −30 41
12 Eendracht Aalst 34 11 4 19 53 72 −19 37
13 Sint-Truiden 34 10 7 17 41 65 −24 37
14 Harelbeke 34 10 5 19 56 72 −16 35
15 Beveren 34 9 8 17 51 69 −18 35
16 Charleroi 34 7 10 17 42 62 −20 31
17 Geel (R) 34 5 13 16 32 60 −28 28 Relegation to 2000–01 Belgian Second Division
18 Lommel (R) 34 5 12 17 35 66 −31 27
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

Top goal scorersEdit

Scorer Goals Team
  Ole Martin Årst 30 Gent
  Toni Brogno 30 Westerlo
  Jan Koller 20 Anderlecht
  David Paas 19 Harelbeke
  Eric Van Meir 15 Lierse
  Tomasz Radzinski 14 Anderlecht
  Dante Brogno 14 Charleroi
  Marcin Żewłakow 14 Mouscron
  Pär Zetterberg 14 Anderlecht

See alsoEdit

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