2006–07 Belgian First Division

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.

ClubsEdit

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 teamsEdit

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.

OverviewEdit

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

Manager changesEdit

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 R.S.C. Anderlecht 34 23 8 3 75 30 +45 77 Qualified for 2007-08 UEFA Champions League.[a]
2 K.R.C. 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 K.A.A. Gent 34 18 6 10 56 40 +16 60 Qualified for 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup
5 R. Charleroi S.C. 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 K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot 34 14 9 11 52 46 +6 51
8 K.V.C. Westerlo 34 12 10 12 41 44 −3 46
9 R.A.E.C. Mons 34 12 8 14 41 41 0 44
10 R.E. Mouscron 34 10 12 12 51 55 −4 42
11 K.S.V. Roeselare 34 10 9 15 50 72 −22 39
12 Cercle Brugge K.S.V. 34 10 8 16 31 36 −5 38
13 F.C. Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek 34 8 14 12 39 50 −11 38
14 S.V. Zulte-Waregem 34 9 10 15 40 54 −14 37
15 K. Sint-Truidense V.V. 34 9 8 17 39 52 −13 35
16 K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen 34 5 15 14 32 48 −16 30
17 Lierse S.K. 34 6 8 20 33 66 −33 26 Played in Promotion/Relegation play-off
18 K.S.K. Beveren 34 5 10 19 31 64 −33 25 Relegated to Division II
Source:[citation needed]
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 playoffEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 KV Mechelen 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8 16 Promoted to Division I
2 R. Antwerp F.C. 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
3 Lierse S.K. 6 3 0 3 10 8 +2 9 Relegated to Division II
4 KV Kortrijk 6 0 0 6 4 17 −13 0

Fixtures and resultsEdit

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 goal scorersEdit

Final standings

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

See alsoEdit