2012–13 in Belgian football

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Football in Belgium
Season 2012–13
Men's football
Pro League Anderlecht
Second Division Oostende
Third Division A Hoogstraten
Third Division B Virton
Cup Genk
Super Cup Anderlecht
2011–12 Belgium 2013–14

The 2012–13 football season in Belgium, which is the 110th season of competitive football in the country and runs from July 2012 until June 2013.

National team football[edit]

Men's national football team[edit]

With no less than four players winning individual awards as best player in their league following conclusion of the 2011–12 season, namely Eden Hazard (in France), Vincent Kompany (in England), Kevin Mirallas (in Greece) and Jan Vertonghen (in the Netherlands), questions were raised how it was possible that Belgium had not managed to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. Moreover, this raised the belief that Belgium would qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, even with rather unexperienced head coach Marc Wilmots in charge after Georges Leekens quit in May 2012.

In a friendly before the actual qualifying campaign, the Red Devils managed to beat the Netherlands by a score of 4-2, with Dries Mertens the man of the match, scoring once and giving two assists. For once, a decent start was made, as Belgium won in Wales and kept Croatia to a 1-1 draw at home. The team continued on their good spirits, following up with a 0-3 win in Serbia, the biggest ever loss for the Serbian team, and a 2-0 win at home against Scotland. This left Belgium and Croatia together in the lead with 10 points out of 12 and with the other four teams trailing 6 or more points behind it already looked like they would be battling it out for first place. Also, by November Belgium moved into position 20 on the FIFA World Rankings, their highest position since 2004. Belgium finished the year 2012 with a 2-1 friendly loss in Romania.

In 2013, Belgium started with a 2-1 win against Slovakia, due to a last minute goal by Dries Mertens, before winning twice against Macedonia to keep their unbeaten status in the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. In June, while having risen to a record high 12th position in the FIFA World Rankings, Belgium first beat United States 2-4 in a friendly in Cleveland, before winning their final qualifying match at home against Serbia 2-1. At the same time, Croatia lost at home to Scotland, allowing Belgium to take a three-point lead.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Friendlies[edit]


Promotion and relegation[edit]

Team promoted to 2012–13 Belgian Pro League

Teams relegated from 2011–12 Belgian Pro League

Teams promoted to 2012–13 Belgian Second Division

Teams relegated from 2011-12 Belgian Second Division

League competitions[edit]

Belgian First Division[edit]

Belgian Second Division[edit]

Belgian Second Division Final Round[edit]

Belgian Third Division[edit]

Belgian Third Division A[edit]

P W D L GF GA GD Pts
P 1 Hoogstraten VV 34 22 8 4 73 31 42 74
E 2 KRC Mechelen 34 18 10 6 55 37 18 64
E, P 3 Verbroedering Geel-Meerhout 34 17 10 7 65 37 28 61
  4 K. Rupel Boom FC 34 16 8 10 56 45 11 56
  5 K. Berchem Sport 2004 34 15 7 12 50 46 4 52
  6 R. Cappellen FC 34 14 9 11 57 38 19 51
  6 Torhout 1992 KM 34 14 9 11 42 37 5 51
  8 KFC Vigor Wuitens Hamme 34 12 12 10 49 44 5 48
  9 KVV Coxyde 34 12 10 12 54 42 12 46
  10 KSV Bornem 34 11 12 11 51 53 -2 45
  11 KSV Temse 34 11 10 13 39 51 -12 43
  12 K. Standaard Wetteren 34 10 12 12 46 56 -10 42
E 13 KMSK Deinze 34 10 9 15 51 60 -9 39
  13 K. Olsa Brakel 34 10 9 15 44 56 -12 39
  15 KV Turnhout 34 9 7 18 53 66 -13 34
15 KFC Izegem 34 9 7 18 49 67 -18 34
R 17 KSK Ronse 34 8 7 19 47 73 -26 31
R 18 K. Racing Waregem 34 8 4 22 42 84 -42 28

Belgian Third Division B[edit]

P W D L GF GA GD Pts
P 1 R. Excelsior Virton 36 23 10 3 76 28 48 79
E 2 K. Bocholter VV 36 22 8 6 73 37 36 74
E 3 K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen 36 18 13 5 63 36 27 67
  4 UR La Louvière Centre 36 18 9 9 70 34 36 63
  5 RFC Huy 36 14 10 12 51 43 8 52
  5 KSC Grimbergen 36 14 10 12 58 53 5 52
  7 RFC Union La Calamine 36 14 9 13 61 52 9 51
  7 Heppignies-Lambusart-Fleurus 36 14 9 13 50 51 -1 51
  9 FCV Dender EH 36 13 12 11 57 47 10 51
R 9 KVK Tienen 36 13 12 11 50 44 6 51
  11 RU Wallonne Ciney 36 14 8 14 52 58 -6 50
E 12 KV Woluwe-Zaventem 36 13 8 15 52 57 -5 47
  13 K. Diegem Sport 36 12 9 15 58 56 2 45
  14 RFC Tournai 36 12 7 17 46 51 -5 43
  15 R. Géants Athois 36 11 10 15 54 59 -5 43
  16 RCS Verviétois 36 9 14 13 42 54 -12 41
17 R. Union Saint-Gilloise 36 9 11 16 46 53 -7 38
R 18 R. Entente Bertrigeoise 36 6 8 22 37 77 -40 26
R 19 FC Bleid-Gaume 36 3 1 32 12 128 -116 10

Third division play-off[edit]

All teams marked E entered a promotion playoff.

Only Verbroedering Geel-Meerhout succeeded in being promoted to the 2013-14 Belgian Second Division.

Transfers[edit]

European Club results[edit]

Champions Anderlecht and runners-up Club Brugge start in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, while league numbers three and four, Genk and Gent play in the Europa League together with cup winners Lokeren.

Date Team Competition Round Leg Opponent Location Score Belgian Team Goalscorers
19 July 2012 Gent Europa League Qual. Round 2 Leg 1, Away Luxembourg Differdange Stade du Thillenberg, Differdange 0-1 Arzo
26 July 2012 Gent Europa League Qual. Round 2 Leg 2, Home Luxembourg Differdange Jules Ottenstadion, Ghent 3-2 Melli, Conté, Kola
1 August 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Qual. Round 3 Leg 1, Home Lithuania Ekranas Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht 5-0 De Sutter, Kanu, Mbokani (2), Jovanović
1 August 2012 Club Brugge Champions League Qual. Round 3 Leg 1, Away Denmark Copenhagen Parken Stadium, Copenhagen 0-0
2 August 2012 Genk Europa League Qual. Round 3 Leg 1, Home Kazakhstan Aktobe Cristal Arena, Genk 2-1 Vossen, Joseph-Monrose
2 August 2012 Gent Europa League Qual. Round 3 Leg 1, Away Hungary Videoton Sóstói Stadion, Székesfehérvár 1-0
8 August 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Qual. Round 3 Leg 2, Away Lithuania Ekranas Aukštaitija Stadium, Panevėžys 0-6 Kljestan, Praet, Iakovenko, De Sutter, Molins, Canesin
8 August 2012 Club Brugge Champions League Qual. Round 3 Leg 2, Home Denmark Copenhagen Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges 2-3 Figueras, Odjidja
9 August 2012 Genk Europa League Qual. Round 3 Leg 2, Away Kazakhstan Aktobe Aktobe Central Stadium, Aktobe 1-2 Benteke, Buffel
9 August 2012 Gent Europa League Qual. Round 3 Leg 2, Home Hungary Videoton Jules Ottenstadion, Ghent 0-3
21/22 August 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Play-off Round Leg 1, Away Cyprus AEL Limassol Tsirion Stadium, Limassol 2-1 Mbokani
23 August 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Play-off Round Leg 1, Away Hungary Debrecen Stadion Oláh Gábor Út, Debrecen 0-3 Blondel, Refaelov, Bacca
23 August 2012 Genk Europa League Play-off Round Leg 1, Away Switzerland Luzern Swissporarena, Lucerne 2-1 Vossen
23 August 2012 Lokeren Europa League Play-off Round Leg 1, Home Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels 2-1 Harbaoui, Mij. Marić
28 August 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Play-off Round Leg 2, Home Cyprus AEL Limassol Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht 2-0 Mbokani, Iakovenko
30 August 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Play-off Round Leg 2, Home Hungary Debrecen Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges 4-1 Larsen, Vázquez, Tchité, Bacca
30 August 2012 Genk Europa League Play-off Round Leg 2, Home Switzerland Luzern Cristal Arena, Genk 2-0 Fernández, Masika
30 August 2012 Lokeren Europa League Play-off Round Leg 2, Away Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň Stadion města Plzně, Plzeň 1-0
18 September 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1, Away Italy AC Milan San Siro, Milan 0-0
20 September 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Group Stage Matchday 1, Away France Bordeaux Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 4-0
20 September 2012 Genk Europa League Group Stage Matchday 1, Home Hungary Videoton Cristal Arena, Genk 3-0 Vossen, Buffel, De Ceulaer
3 October 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Group Stage Matchday 2, Home Spain Málaga Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht 0-3
4 October 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Group Stage Matchday 2, Home Portugal Marítimo Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges 2-0 Bacca, Vleminckx
4 October 2012 Genk Europa League Group Stage Matchday 2, Away Switzerland Basel St. Jakob-Park, Basel 2-2 De Ceulaer, Vossen
24 October 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Group Stage Matchday 3, Away Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg 0-1
25 October 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3, Away England Newcastle United St James' Park, Newcastle 0-1
25 October 2012 Genk Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3, Home Portugal Sporting CP Cristal Arena, Genk 2-0 De Ceulaer, Barda
6 November 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Group Stage Matchday 4, Home Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht 1-0 Mbokani
8 November 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Group Stage Matchday 4, Home England Newcastle United Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges 2-2 Tričkovski, Jørgensen
8 November 2012 Genk Europa League Group Stage Matchday 4, Away Portugal Sporting CP Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon 1-1 Plet
21 November 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Group Stage Matchday 5, Home Italy AC Milan Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht 1-3 De Sutter
22 November 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Group Stage Matchday 5, Home France Bordeaux Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges 1-2 Lestienne
22 November 2012 Genk Europa League Group Stage Matchday 5, Away Hungary Videoton Sóstói Stadion, Székesfehérvár 1-0 Barda
4 December 2012 Anderlecht Champions League Group Stage Matchday 6, Away Spain Málaga La Rosaleda Stadium, Málaga 2-2 Jovanović, Mbokani
6 December 2012 Club Brugge Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6, Away Portugal Marítimo Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal 2-1 Refaelov
6 December 2012 Genk Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6, Home Switzerland Basel Cristal Arena, Genk 0-0
14 February 2013 Genk Europa League Round of 32 Leg 1, Away Germany Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart 1-1 Plet
21 February 2013 Genk Europa League Round of 32 Leg 2, Home Germany Stuttgart Cristal Arena, Genk 0-2

Other honours[edit]

Competition Winner
Cup Genk
Supercup Anderlecht
Third division A Hoogstraten
Third division B Virton
Promotion A Gent-Zeehaven
Promotion B Londerzeel
Promotion C Oosterzonen Oosterwijk
Promotion D Sprimont-Comblain

European qualification for 2013-14 summary[edit]

Competition Qualifiers Reason for Qualification
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Anderlecht 1st in Jupiler League
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round for Non-Champions Zulte Waregem 2nd in Jupiler League
UEFA Europa League Play-off Round Genk Cup winner
UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Club Brugge 3rd in Jupiler League
UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round Standard Liège Europa League Playoff winner

See also[edit]

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