1962–63 in Belgian football

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The 1962–1963 season was the 60th season of competitive football in Belgium. Standard Liège won their 3rd Division I title.[1] RSC Anderlechtois entered the 1962–63 European Champion Clubs' Cup as Belgian title holder and reached the quarter finals, beating Real Madrid in the preliminary round. RU Saint-Gilloise entered the 1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The Belgium national football team started their first UEFA European Football Championship qualification campaign but were eliminated in the preliminary round by Yugoslavia.[2]

Overview[edit]

At the end of the season, RU Saint-Gilloise and OC Charleroi were relegated to Division II and were replaced in Division I by RFC Malinois and K Waterschei SV Thor Genk from Division II.
The bottom 2 clubs in Division II (UR Namur and K Olse Merksem SC) were relegated to Division III, to be replaced by KSV Waregem and K Boom FC from Division III.
The bottom club of each Division III league (RAA Louviéroise, RCS Brainois, R Jeunesse Arlonaise and K Tubantia FC) were relegated to Promotion, to be replaced by Voorwaarts Tienen, SK Beveren-Waas, CS Mechelen-aan-de-Maas and Stade Mouscron from Promotion.

National team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score* Comp Belgium scorers
October 14, 1962 Bosuilstadion, Antwerp (H) The Netherlands 2-0 F Jacques Stockman, Paul Van Himst
November 4, 1962 Stadion JNA, Belgrade (A) Yugoslavia 2-3 ECQ Jacques Stockman, Armand Jurion
December 2, 1962 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Spain 1-1 F Armand Jurion
March 3, 1963 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (A) The Netherlands 1-0 F Paul Vandenberg
March 31, 1963 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Yugoslavia 0-1 ECQ
April 24, 1963 Heysel Stadium, Brussels (H) Brazil 5-1 F Jacques Stockman (3), Alpsteg (o.g.), Paul Van Himst

* Belgium score given first

Key

  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • N = On neutral ground
  • F = Friendly
  • ECQ = European Championship qualification
  • o.g. = own goal

European competitions[edit]

RSC Anderlechtois qualified for the first round of the 1962–63 European Champion Clubs' Cup by defeating 5 times winner Real Madrid of Spain in the preliminary round (drew 3-3 away, won 1-0 at home). In the first round proper, Anderlecht eliminated CSKA Red Star of Bulgaria (drew 2-2 away, won 2-0 at home) but lost in the quarter finals to the Scottish team of Dundee FC (lost 1-4 at home, 1-2 away).

RU Saint-Gilloise reached the second round of the 1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup by eliminating Olympique de Marseille of France (lost 0-1 away, won 4-2 at home). They then could not eliminate NK Dinamo (lost 1-2 away, won 1-0 at home and then lost 2-3 in a play-off match).

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
Division I Standard Liège
Division II RFC Malinois
Division III KSV Waregem and K Boom FC
Promotion Voorwaarts Tienen, SK Beveren-Waas, CS Mechelen-aan-de-Maas and Stade Mouscron

Final league tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

References[edit]