2008–09 Belgian First Division

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The 2008–09 season of the Belgian First Division (also known as Jupiler Pro League due to sponsorship reasons) was the 106th season of top-tier football in Belgium. The regular season began on 16 August 2008 and ended on 16 May 2009. Standard Liège were the defending champions.

On 19 April 2009, Mons were relegated after Dender beat Roeselare 3–1 and made it mathematically impossible for Mons to climb into 16th position or higher. Tubize were relegated on 3 May 2009 after a 1–1 draw at home to Anderlecht.

The 2008–09 champions were decided in a playoff because Standard and Anderlecht finished the regular season equal on points and number of wins. Standard won the playoff by 2–1 on aggregate and thereby retained the title.

Participating teams[edit]

The league consisted of 18 teams, the best 16 teams from last season and two promoted teams from the Second Division.

The number of participants was reduced to 16 teams the season after, hence relegation was increased from two to three or four teams.

Team changes from the previous season[edit]

Sint-Truidense and Brussels were relegated to the Second Division at the end of the previous season after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by Second Division champions Kortrijk and promotion playoff winners Tubize.

Overview[edit]

Club Location Current manager Team captain Stadium Capacity
Standard Liège Liège Romania László Bölöni Belgium Steven Defour Stade Maurice Dufrasne 30,000
R.S.C. Anderlecht Anderlecht Belgium Ariel Jacobs Belgium Olivier Deschacht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 28,063
Club Brugge KV Bruges Belgium Jacky Mathijssen Belgium Philippe Clement Jan Breydel Stadium 29,415
Cercle Brugge K.S.V. Bruges Belgium Glen De Boeck Belgium Denis Viane Jan Breydel Stadium 29,415
K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot Antwerp Belgium Aimé Anthuenis Colombia Daniel Cruz Olympisch Stadion 12,148
K.A.A. Gent Ghent Belgium Michel Preud'homme Costa Rica Bryan Ruiz Jules Ottenstadion 12,919
S.V. Zulte Waregem Waregem Belgium Francky Dury Belgium Ludwin Van Nieuwenhuyze Regenboogstadion 8,500
R. Charleroi S.C. Charleroi Scotland John Collins Belgium Frank Defays Stade du Pays de Charleroi 25,000
K.V.C. Westerlo Westerlo Belgium Jan Ceulemans Belgium Jef Delen Het Kuipje 8,200
K.R.C. Genk Genk Belgium Pierre Denier and Netherlands Hans Visser (caretakers) Belgium Hans Cornelis Cristal Arena 24,900
R.E. Mouscron Mouscron Belgium Enzo Scifo Belgium Gonzague van Dooren Stade Le Canonnier 11,500
K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen Lokeren Serbia Aleksandar Janković Belgium Olivier Doll Daknamstadion 10,000
KV Mechelen Mechelen Belgium Peter Maes Belgium Jonas Ivens Veolia-Stadion 14,145
K.S.V. Roeselare Roeselare Netherlands Dennis Van Wijk Belgium Stefaan Tanghe Schiervelde Stadion 9,036
F.C. Verbroedering Dender E.H. Denderleeuw Netherlands Johan Boskamp Belgium Steven de Petter Florent Beeckmanstadion 6,800
R.A.E.C. Mons Mons Belgium Christophe Dessy (caretaker) Italy Roberto Mirri Stade Charles Tondreau 9,504
K.V. Kortrijk Kortrijk Belgium Hein Vanhaezebrouck Belgium Stéphane Demets Guldensporen Stadion 8,770
A.F.C. Tubize Tubize France Albert Cartier Belgium Gregory Neels Stade Leburton 4,000

Managerial changes[edit]

During summer break[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Mons France Albert Cartier Mutual consent 11 May 2008 [1] Belgium Philippe Saint-Jean 6 June 2008 [2] Pre-Season
Gent Norway Trond Sollied Resigned 18 May 2008 [3][4] Belgium Michel Preud'homme 27 May 2008 [5] Pre-Season
Standard Liège Belgium Michel Preud'homme End of contract 26 May 2008 [6] Romania László Bölöni 9 June 2008 [7] Pre-Season
Tubize Belgium Philippe Saint-Jean Resigned 6 June 2008 [2] France Albert Cartier 14 June 2008 [8] Pre-Season

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Mons Belgium Philippe Saint-Jean Resigned 21 August 2008 [9] Belgium Thierry Pister (caretaker) 21 August 2008 [9] 18th
Roeselare Belgium Dirk Geeraerd Sacked 26 October 2008 [10] Netherlands Dennis van Wijk 29 October 2008 [11] 18th
Germinal Beerschot Belgium Harm van Veldhoven Resigned 13 November 2008 [12] Belgium Aimé Anthuenis 14 November 2008 [13] 16th
Mons Belgium Thierry Pister (caretaker) Sacked 4 December 2008 [14] Belgium Christophe Dessy (caretaker) 4 December 2008 [14] 15th
Charleroi Belgium Thierry Siquet Sacked 15 December 2008 [15] Scotland John Collins 15 December 2008 [15] 11th
Genk Belgium Ronny Van Geneugden Resigned 5 March 2009 [16] Belgium Pierre Denier and Netherlands Hans Visser (caretakers) 5 March 2009 [16] 4th
Lokeren Belgium Georges Leekens Resigned 31 March 2009 [17] Serbia Aleksandar Janković 6 April 2009 [18] 7th

League standings[edit]

Final table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Standard Liège (C) 34 24 5 5 66 26 +40 077PO 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Anderlecht 34 24 5 5 75 30 +45 077PO 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Club Brugge 34 18 5 11 59 50 +9 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Gent 34 17 8 9 67 42 +25 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
5 Zulte Waregem 34 16 7 11 55 36 +19 55
6 Westerlo 34 15 7 12 42 38 +4 52
7 Lokeren 34 13 12 9 40 32 +8 51
8 Genk 34 15 5 14 48 51 −3 50 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
9 Cercle Brugge 34 14 5 15 48 53 −5 47
10 Mechelen 34 12 10 12 46 52 −6 46
11 Mouscron 34 12 8 14 42 49 −7 44
12 Charleroi 34 12 7 15 43 48 −5 43
13 Germinal Beerschot 34 11 9 14 44 42 +2 42
14 Kortrijk 34 9 11 14 37 55 −18 38
15 Dender (R) 34 9 8 17 44 58 −14 35 Relegation Playoffs
16 Roeselare (O) 34 8 6 20 33 59 −26 30
17 Tubize (R) 34 7 6 21 35 77 −42 27 Belgian Second Division
18 Mons (R) 34 3 10 21 31 57 −26 19

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of matches won; if teams are still tied a playoff is organised
POThe championship was decided in a playoff (see below).
1Genk qualified for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the Belgian Cup 2008–09.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Championship playoff[edit]

Since Anderlecht and Standard were tied on both points and wins, a two-legged playoff was played in order to determine the league champions. Standard won the playoff 2–1 on aggregate and were crowned champions.

Anderlecht 1 – 1 Standard
Legear Goal 52' Report
(in Dutch)
Mbokani Goal 60'

Standard 1 – 0 Anderlecht
Witsel Goal 40' (pen.) Report
(in Dutch)

Positions by matchday[edit]

Note: The classification was made after the weekend of each matchday, so postponed matches were only processed at the time they were played to represent the real evolution in standings. These postponed matches are:

  • Matchday 1: Mechelen vs. Club Brugge (played between 4th and 5th matchday)
  • Matchday 2: Club Brugge vs. Zulte-Waregem (played between 8th and 9th matchday)
  • Matchday 13: Kortrijk vs. Zulte-Waregem (played between 16th and 17th matchday)
  • Matchday 19: Gent vs. Anderlecht (played between 22nd and 23rd matchday)
Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Standard Liège3143212124222332221111222122222221
Anderlecht2422121332343211112222111211111112
Club Brugge12151010443211111123333333333333333343
Gent13247810875679791010911878975555444434
Zulte Waregem10117111511121091011111111109911101086556787757855
Westerlo58566106666435555656655667666676566
Lokeren10568579788886866877799898878888677
Genk81385855553564444464444444444565788
Cercle Brugge171812131012811121199898754556778911121211991199
Mechelen1216171714911131515151616161513131414141313131211101110101111101110
Mouscron42113345477576787889101010111212999101091011
Charleroi15711711141412119101010101112121212131414141414141313131313131312
Germinal Beerschot81015812151515161616171717161715131312121212101091011121212121213
Kortrijk669129679101212131313121111109111111111313131414141514141514
Dender16131615121616161514141212121414161717161616161515151516161415151415
Roeselare6121416171718181817181818181818181818181818171716161615151616161616
Tubize14171818181817171718171515141715171515151515151617171717171717171717
Mons1891314161313141413131414151316141616171717181818181818181818181818

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AND CER CHA BRU DEN GNK GNT GBA KVK LOK KVM MON MOU ROE STA TUB WES ZWA
Anderlecht 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–3 7–1 3–2 2–1 3–1 4–2 5–1 2–0 2–0
Cercle Brugge 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 4–3 4–1 4–1 2–1 2–0
Charleroi 0–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–5 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 1–0
Club Brugge 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–4 3–0 4–1 2–3 3–0 3–2 4–1 2–1 1–4 3–1 2–0 2–0
Dender 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–4 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–0
Genk 0–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 4–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–4 1–2
Gent 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 2–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 5–0 2–0 4–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0
Germinal Beerschot 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 3–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–2
Kortrijk 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 3–1 0–2 0–0 2–3 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–0
Lokeren 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–1
Mechelen 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 4–1 2–1 3–3 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–2
Mons 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 5–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–2
Mouscron 1–1 0–1 2–1 5–1 0–2 1–2 4–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–2
Roeselare 0–3 1–2 3–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–3
Standard Liège 2–1 4–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 3–0 4–0 3–0 1–2
Tubize 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–4 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 3–3 2–1 1–5 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–6
Westerlo 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 3–2
Zulte Waregem 4–0 3–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 2–2 5–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Cards[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

Sources: soccerway.com, sport.be (in Dutch)

17 goals (1 player)
16 goals (2 players)
15 goals (1 player)
14 goals (3 players)
13 goals (2 players)
12 goals (5 players)
11 goals (2 players)
10 goals (1 player)
9 goals (4 players)
8 goals (8 players)
7 goals (7 players)
6 goals (9 players)
Own goals (17 players, 18 goals)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albert Cartier : délai de réflexion supplémentaire" (in French). raec-mons.be. 2008-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "Philippe Saint-Jean nommé entraîneur" (in French). raec-mons.be. 2008-06-06.
  3. ^ "Sollied: "Ik wil AA Gent nog een prijs bezorgen"" (in Dutch). hln.be. 2008-03-25.
  4. ^ "Trond Sollied nieuwe coach Heerenveen" (in Dutch). knack.be. 2008-03-25.
  5. ^ "Michel Preud'homme nieuwe coach KAA Gent" (in Dutch). kaagent.be. 2008-05-27.
  6. ^ "Michel PREUD'HOMME" (in Dutch). standard.be. 2008-05-26.
  7. ^ "Laszlo Bölöni" (in Dutch). standard.be. 2008-06-09.
  8. ^ "Cartier wordt trainer Tubeke" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-06-14.
  9. ^ a b "Saint-Jean stapt op bij Bergen" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-08-21.
  10. ^ "Roeselare ontslaat Geeraerd" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-10-26.
  11. ^ "Roeselare akkoord met Van Wijk" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-10-29.
  12. ^ "Van Veldhoven gooit de handdoek" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-11-13.
  13. ^ "Anthuenis moet Ratten redden" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-11-14.
  14. ^ a b "Pister weg bij Bergen" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-12-04.
  15. ^ a b "Schot moet Zebra's temmen" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2008-12-15.
  16. ^ a b "Van Geneugden houdt de eer aan zichzelf" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2009-03-05.
  17. ^ "Leekens kiest voor oliedollars" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2009-03-31.
  18. ^ "Jankovic-tijdperk begint dinsdag in Lokeren" (in Dutch). sport.be. 2009-03-31.