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Just the Pro League…In General

Belgium. A place famous for a number of things, mainly food related I may add…erm… diamonds. Anyway, what it isn’t visited for, and I maybe wrong, is for football. The Pro League isn’t ranked up there with the Premier League, La Logs, Series A, Bundes…You see where I’m going, and on the surface, yeah, I agree, people won’t necessarily watch it at prime time like some may in those leagues mentioned and others, including their neighbours from France and Holland, but there’s nothing to say that it’s not worth its place amongst the lesser leagues in Europe.

The cries for the league where the best from Belgium, Holland, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden etc, etc has been mentioned, and strongly too, but would that help? Going by just Sundays fixture between Anderlecht and Standard Liege where scars run deep and the 2 red cards showed that, as well as lack of discipline, that if they were to be split, new rivalries will come, but never in the same way and to the same extent.

The goals so far in 2017 have shown there’s quality. There’s no lure of money and what else may come with that, but I enjoy visiting Belgium. It is one nation I could honestly say I wouldn’t be tired of. So loving there is a tick in my opinion. In its own way, it is competitive. Yes you’ll have the same teams battling out for the title, European places and what not, but that doesn’t, again, necessarily mean that they’ll automatically be champions. Teams have progressed, even through baby steps. 

What I mean by that is, for example, Anderlecht. I remember watching them at The Emirates battling back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 to my disbelief. They defeated Tottenham last season if I recall, as well as overcoming Monaco in their group and beat Olympiacos as well which is impressive, regardless of what people may say. The year before that, Club Brugge were knocked out by eventual runners up Dnipro in the quarter finals, proving that there can be quality.

The thing is though, Belgium is a league where you can’t keep talent. Footballers are all ambitious and competitive and always want to prove themselves on the bigger stage, which is understandable, but the grass isn’t always greener at an early age. Obviously for every Januzaj the a De Bruyne, but even for De Bruyne it didn’t work out immediately. I mentioned Tielemans last week should still cut his teeth in Belgium, and I stand by that, because players think they can achieve more especially when they’re younger, but staying in Belgium, improving their league, progressing gradually can be considered better for development.

With either players exploring Europe and then coming back, or unknowns from eastern Europe, south America, Africa coming into the league before being the snatched can maybe show why the Pro League may even be considered a 3rd tier league, but now and again in the stage, they can brighten, and at home it’s always popular, to an extent, when teams like Anderlecht, Genk, Club Brugge sell out regularly, and that’s the life blood behind these clubs, hopefully pushing the league on, compete with the Eredivisie and topple them, and maybe continue. 

It probably looks like I’m rambling rather than making sense but I’m genuinely interested because A) I love football and B) I really like Belgium and that’s why I waste my time either watching and briefing matches or wanting to rant about a league which may lose its best players and produce sometimes better players…

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Taking STOCK and seeing RED

It’s been an oddish day in the Pro League as the games on the surface seemed to light up and fade regarding contests, whether taking advantage or not as it may seem. It’s been a day, and weekend in that matter, of missed opportunity, yet, taking opportunity when it’s there to be ceased upon. 

The day started at the Ghelamco Arena where the champions came to town to take on Gent, with new signing Yuya Kubo starting. After a sparse 1st half in terms of goals, it was in fact Gent who took the lead through Yuya Kubo, with the Japanese having the perfect start to his life in Belgium. With a free kick placed in possibly the perfect spot if you’re right footed, he guided it in with bend and power into the top corner. The game was wrapped with with a tight, but definite offside goal by Kalifa Coulibaly. A quick free kick just inside the Gent half was played forward by Nana Asare and initially there seemed to be confusion, but Coulibaly raced forward, beating the last defender and slotted home through Butelle‘s legs to make the game safe. A setback for Brugge who had one the past 5 meetings between the 2 sides until today.

That result meant Anderlecht could go top in what I predicted would be an extremely fiery match, and I wasn’t wrong at all with a red card after just 2 minutes! Filip Mladenovic seeing red in an incident where I thought he was very unfortunate as it was, apparently, deemed violent conduct. After that it showed Standard Liege fought extremely hard and consolidated what they had, leaving the Constant Vanden Stock with a point and a clean sheet, not before a second red where Ishak Belfodil was sent off late in the match, and for who will be missed for the upcoming games.

The curtain closer for the weekend is a match in particular which the bottom side really put the cherry on the icing of Eupen’s cake this week. One player as well today had an outstanding day being involved in all 3 goals for Mouscron, where finally, one team today took advantage of results around them yesterday. Three points separating the bottom 4 now has created tension amongst the hunted, as well as Brugge being lucky today as the top 3 all dropped points too.

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But back to the Stade De Cannonier where another Filip had a much better day in Filip Markovic. Assisting Deivydas Matulevicius and Simon Diedhiou either side of the break and converting a penalty in between, he must’ve enjoyed his Sunday immensely, aiding Mouscron to claw those above back too. Six points this week and a defeat versus Zulte-Waregem midweek, which is no disgrace, has created a great escape feel and means anyone out of Mouscron, Westerlo, Beveren, and now, Eupen could be dragged down, and I still would rule out Lokeren.
This upcoming week I’ll be writing about clubs, the past, and in my opinion, a good rant regarding my thoughts on the Pro League too.

Chat later 

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Here comes CHEVALIER 

Need i say more to who I feel was the hero of Saturday’s fixtures? But we’ll start with Fridays night clash between Sporting Charleroi and Zulte-Waregem in a tight encounter between 2 of the top five. Charleroi, who recorded an impressive away win against Oostende oozed confidence and grabbed a goal through Harbaoui. Winning the ball midway through Zulte’s half and some nice one touch football, and Gaëtan Hendrickx picked out Hamdi Harbaoui who twisted the blood of Marvin Baudry and opened his body up to place it past the keeper. The on loan Anderlecht man helping his parent club out with two goals this week in two big games! 

As the half ended, Zulte-Waregem had to come out strong, in which they did and using route one tactics, not for the first time this calender year, it worked again as my player to watch this weekend, Mbaye Leye, flicked the ball on and it fell to Babacar Gueye, who scuffed his finish to draw Zulte level. But as time ticked on, Charleroi triumphant through a free kick, suited for the left footer, but Jordan Remacle caught Sammy Bossuyt out and stuck it in at the near post.

That meant Oostende’s match away to St.Truiden took on more significance, but 2 defeats now in a week for the team most west means they are beginning to fall further away from the top. Goals in both halves for the home side, firstly through Brandon Mechele and then 2 from loanee Igor Vetokele meant St. Truiden came out on top 3-0 winners. Vetokele who only just joined St. Truiden must really feel at home scoring his 3rd in 2 games at Staaien. 

And now…Drum roll…Teddy Chevalier really hit the front here, firstly with a nice finish outside the area, but past a static Lokeren defence, who have now really fallen down the table positionally, and then a second goal which was simply world class. Maybe, again, a better defence may have snuffed out the attack, but the flick by Saadi worked its way to Chevalier who struck the volley which arched over goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.  Just before the half, Lokeren showed some fight literally and figuratively through Tom De Sutter who battles at the far post from a corner to head home. Positively for Kortrijk, they finally bagged their first win in 9 league matches and in the process, leaped frogged over Lokeren.

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The match contested between Mechelen and Genk which began with a minute’s silence for Thomas Buffel‘s late wife who passes this week and unfortunately for the blue and whites, Mechelen took all 3 points and 3 minutes before time from a set piece, where very untidy defending and Seth De Witte battled and fired home.

The final match of the weekend was a cagey affair between Beveren and Westerlo where, in my opinion, both were possibly scared to lose and played out a 0-0 draw which does neither any good, but whether or not Mouscron win, it doesn’t do them any harm either.

Fantastic goals and late drama in the Pro League so far and it’s not even Sunday. I look forward to the results and hopefully it’ll include some of the quality too.
Speak later 

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Player Profile: Mbaye Leye

This weekends key player, in my opinion, as started this week in fine fashion and will hope to continue that form into this weekends fixtures, although his not even playing this weekend…As he’ll most likely star on Friday!

Mbaye Leye has been in startling form in the Pro League in 2017 and has been key vs Kortrijk and definitely against Mouscron on Tuesday. Two goals in two matches has aided Zulte-Waregem keep up with the favourites Club Brugge and Anderlecht and will be needed in a very tough tie on paper away to Sporting Charleroi who recorded an impressive win away at an extremely foggy Oostende.

The old man though is coming into the year rejuvenated and with his 8 goals in the league this season, pitching in with an assist now and then too, in an attacking sense, his definitely showing his worth to the team still, and hopefully he’ll use his experience to help guide his teammates too.

Now in his 10th year in Belgium, the Senegalese striker will definitely feel like his at home, especially with Zulte-Waregem as his in his 3rd stint at the club which may end up being his last club and will certainly hope to end it with a bang when he finally decided to hang up his boots, and steering the side to a title will almost be unimaginable but unbelievable. I’m certain even Champions League will seem unreal to the fans of a club even I’m older than in their current formation.

Charleroi shared the spoils with Zulte last time out and in recent years, have also had the better record, but within Mbaye Leye and his teammates, with their determination and spirit this season, I’m sure another freezing cold night will be red hot on the pitch once the referee blows his whistle. Hopefully I’m being optimistic but this week certainly hasn’t disappointed and with my last prediction of the potential player of the week, for Leye’s sake, I hope it also continues!

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Liege Derby and Future Fixtures

Basic title but hey, this post is exactly what it is really. On a freezing night, things were so fast paced that Standard looked vibrant and started fantastically well with a throw in deep in Eupen territory, thrown to Razvan Marin, who easily skipped past the defender and floated a great ball for Ishak Belfodil to run across his main and powerfully direct his header in. The simplest of starts after just 3 minutes.

Going into the second half, Eupen started brightly and we’re back on level terms on the 54th minute where they worked the ball from right to left, and a low but deep cross managed to find its way to Jean Amani whos cross-shot managed to rebound off on loan defender Constantinos Laifis and past Jean-Francois Gillet. 

The turnaround was complete when Gillet’s initial clearance only reached the half way line and after a couple of passes, Eupen’s number 22, Siebe Blondelle, played a fine through ball for another loanee, Mamadou Sylla, currently from Espanol, tucked away his chance to make it 2-1. 

Eupen looked like they recorded a fantastic win going into the weekend when a hit and hope from the half way line from skipper Alexander Scholz bobbled towards the Eupen box, until a mix up between Peter Hackenberg and keeper Hendrik van Crombrugge invited Belfodil to gamble and prod home to tie this topsy turvy match. Replays showed that Scholz looked displeased with his ball as he turned away with disgust, only to then be pleasantly surprised.

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This upcoming weekend fixtures start Friday night with a BIG fixture as 5th place Charleroi host 3rd placed Zulte-Waregem which is a fitting curtain raiser to the weekends proceedings. Both winning this week means momentum will want to be kept for both sides going forward. 

Saturday’s matches are also all equally competitive with one place separating 6 sides in 3 of the matches. The odd one out being St Truiden hosting Oostende with the home side, and their new loan signing Igor Vetokele hoping to continue their immediate current form against an Oostende side potentially finishing the campaign in an uneventful fashion. But then it’s 11th vs 10th (Kortrijk vs Lokeren), 14th vs 15th (Beveren vs Westerlo) and 7th vs 8th (Mechelen vs Genk). All finely poised and sure to be majorly competitive with a relegation 6 pointer included!

And Sunday, concluding a massively busy week for the Jupiler Pro League will sure to be fiery with a tricky away game for leaders Club Brugge who travel to Gent and bottom side Mouscron vs Eupen which is another relegation 6 pointer! But quietly snuck between the 2 matches on Sunday is the small matter of Anderlecht vs Standard Liege, where in my opinion red may not only be seen on the Standard home shirt, but maybe being pulled from the referee’s pocket.

A captivating weekend it is sure to be and I’ll end with the question…Will Zulte-Waregem still a march on the chasers with a win two days before the other title rivals kick a ball?

Talk soon

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No Surprises on a Clear Evening

Another eventful midweek round of games…Apart from Lokeren vs Gent, are almost over as four fixtures were played out in hugely improved conditions in Belgium, where you could actually see the matches unlike Tuesdays action. Twelve goals and 2 red cards spread over four matches on a night where form won out, mostly, and no changes at the top, not for the want of trying.

We’ll kick off though with St Truiden vs KV Mechelen where the home side took the spoils in what could be considered a 30 minute match. All the action neatly packed in half an hour where Igor Vetokele opened the scoring with a wonderful goal. Surrounded by three Mechelen defenders outside the box, he found himself half a yard and struck a fantastic effort which seemed to loop over a despairing Lucas Pirard. The equaliser was originally well worked by Mechelen but finished with a whimper, as a neutral, but not for Nicolas Verdier, which came as a surprise to begin with because Uros Vitas had foolishly got himself two yellow cards in a 5 minute spell, where his match ended on thirteen minutes. And the extra man helped as midfielder Stef Peeters settled the match just before the half hour.

Now from the 30 minute match to the 60 minute match in Westerlo where at one point, it could’ve have been an embarrassing result but ended a lot better from De Kemphanen’s point of view. Only 7 minutes in and my player of the match week came up trumps big time as Youri Tielemans  assisted the Pro League’s top scorer Lukasz Teodorczyk tucked home a poor through ball in honesty, or was it bad defending? Anyway, 1-0 Anderlecht. But Westerlo showed spirit and just three minutes later Carlos Strandberg pulled a goal back with the simplest of finishes as a saved effort from Elton Acolatse was spilt directly towards the free striker. Personally I felt Frank Boeckx could do nothing about it but with new signing Ruben Martinez Andrew looking on, I’m sure that didn’t help Boeckx. But if anything, that goal spurred on the boys from Brussels and that man again Tielemans sent in a very good free kick and 5’6 Nicolae Stanciu rose to send the loopiest of headers over a despairing Koen Van Langendonck. The 3rd Anderlecht goal was very well played as the patience of Alexandru Chipciu weighted a fine pass into the path of the overlapping Dendoncker who hit the ball across the goalkeeper to make it 3-1 at the break.
The second half started as well as the first as the skipper, Tielemans, off his fine performance with a powerful strike in at the near post from outside the area, cutting in from the right. On the hour, Silvere Ganvoula M’Boussy made the scoreline look presentable but this seemed to be a one sided affair.

With that result, it was pivotal that Club Brugge defeated Beveren, but it wasn’t as comprehensive as you’d think. Brugge started well and hit the front after 9 minutes where eventual match winner Jose Izquierdo had his shot parried straight to Wesley, who then hit the far post before, finally, Lex Immers passed home into a partially unguarded net. It seemed half time helped Beveren who then equalised early in the second half through Zinho Gano who climbed highest to nod home. It looked like Ludovic Butelle reacted late to the header but nobody in yellow cards as they fought their way back to level terms. But in the end, the quality of Izquierdo showed as he was picked out with a sublime through ball between the lines by Timmy Simons, and Izquierdo did the rest with a rasping drive at a narrow angle at the near post, beating Merveille Goblet.


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Lastly, and leastly, an unenthralling goalless draw at the Daknam Stadion in which Thibault De Smet saw red on the 88th minute. Simply Lokeren 0-0 Gent on a day where Gent signed Yuya Kubo from Young Boys of Switzerland.

To sum up, over the past 2 days, the top 3 got maximum points and the bottom three remain the same with shuffling in between.

Until next time…

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Having the Foggiest Idea…

The title can explain one of two things going by the 3 Tuesday night fixtures. Firstly, of course, the weather as viewing wasn’t ideal for the Oostende-Charleroi match and Zulte-Waregem-Mouscron match as it was sooo difficult to see the action. Especially Jonckheere‘s fantastic goal for Oostende where for some reason I squinted to see, as you do, through a cloud of most but never mind.

Regarding the second foggiest idea will all be explained soon. But first, Genk comfortably dismantled Kortrijk, which isn’t too difficult right now, where Genk perfectly timed scoring 4 minutes in and in the 42nd minute, killing Bart van Lancker’s opening team talk and half time team talk. That aside, his goalkeeper didn’t help either Michalis Sifakis spilt a shot from the edge of the area straight into the path of Siebe Scrijvers who blasted the ball in from six yards out. Then, Scrijvers became provider with a fantastic cross straight to an unmarked Samatta, to score his second of the calender year and maybe then, killing all hope of a comeback from Kortrijk who have lost their last 8 matches now and have won 1 in 10 in the Pro League. Midway through the second half the game was wrapped with a neat finish by Pozuelo Molero.

Charleroi bounced back from Fridays defeat to Genk and started fantastically well, being 2-0 up within the first half hour. An extremely foggy Versluys Arena seemed to blind, as were the Oostende defence twice as Harbaoui and Benavente scored very similar goals with low crosses down the right flanked, both teed up by Stergos Marinos. As previously stated, Michiel Jonckheere placed a fine finish in from the edge of the area as a corner worked its way out to him. It’s a blow for Oostende as they started the season very well and could’ve continued that tonight but a plucky Charleroi stopped them in their tracks.

Now…To the second bit of confusion as I don’t have the foggiest idea regarding the Zulte-Waregem winner. A poor looking first half between title hopefuls and relegation threatened Mouscron sparked into life early in the second half as match winner Mbaye Leye put the game to bed early in the second half. Rumours are that the ball may have been out of play before it reaches the striker who scored his second goal this year and 8th in the league this season.

 

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Overall, Zulte-Waregem kept up the pressure on Club Brugge and Anderlecht, overtaking the latter in the process whilst Mouscron are losing pace. Charleroi have kicked on and climbed the table into 5th tonight too.

Chat very soon

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Player Profile: Youri Tielemans 

It does seem obvious to pick Youri Tielemans as a key player amongst this batch of midweek fixtures, but in my opinion, there were 3 Pro League matches with significance at both ends of the table, as the top 3 play the bottom 3 this week.

The reason, however, that I have chosen to write about Tielemans is that at his age, he is showing leadership and maturity which was shown on Sunday as he isn’t only the penalty taker for Anderlecht, but after missing a penalty and converting the follow up in the first half, he had the bravery to want to step up and duly convert his second penalty of the match without hesitation, regardless of if he is designated or not.

With 6 goals this season, albeit the majority have come from the penalty spot, and 3 assists in the league this season, he has played a key part in a title chasing team with real pressure placed on them throughout the season as the capital club are once again fighting for the title, whether with old foes or new rivals.

At 19 he has been an integral part and has been around the first team for four years now, working his way into the first team.

The reason for why, like I stated at the top, I have chosen Tielemans because out of the other total chasers, they are away at Westerlo, which on paper looks a comfortable victory but is far from it. Westerlo have not only started the year well with a late 2-1 away win, but they on a 3 match unbeaten run in the league and defeated Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock back in September.

Labelled by some as a Belgian Zinedine Zidane, he has a long way to go domestically and internationally and in my opinion, staying at Anderlecht either for as long as he wants or as long as he needs is best for him. Yes players should always progress when they can, but too many will also say don’t move to early. Tielemans is linked with Anderlecht as he is coming into his 15th year with the club from Brussels from boy…To still a boy really, in life and as a footballer, but amongst men and playing as a man as his booking tally will show that he isn’t reckless, but definitely commited!

There is always room to improve but I’m sure, and this isn’t any disrespect to certain players mentioned here, but he’d rather turn into the next Lukaku or Kompany rather than the next Defour or Vanden Borre. That’s not to say they aren’t progressing but Kompany is loved at Manchester City and Lukaku still has the potential to achieve anything. Another example is Mitrovic who maybe potentially misguided, but relegated at Newcastle to still being on the bench occasionally with them in the second tier surely isn’t what Tielemans envisions.

But before all of that, his main objective is staying fit, progressing and aiding Anderlecht in the Pro League, starting away at Westerlo.

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Match day 22

Well, after hopefully enjoying the best part of a month off, the teams should be refreshed for the run in to the end of the season. Battles at the top and bottom of the league continued over the past 3 days, starting Friday night as Gent took on Charleroi.

Without taking up too much of my or your time, an uneventful match ended 1-0 to Gent with a fine diving header from Danijel Milicevic from 6 yards out.

And with Anderlecht and Club Brugge playing Sunday, Zulte-Waregem kicked off against Kortrijk in the only way possible by winning 3-2. Unlike Friday nights offering, this match on first evidence looks a hell of a lot better with 5 goals, 3 of which coming in a six minute spell late in the second half. With the first half being pretty dull, it wasn’t lit up on the half hour by Mbaye Leye, and I say not lit up as it was route one at it’s best and calamitous defending at its best (and throughout this post disgusting defending is a trend) but the finish was basically alright as it was struck across the keeper.

Teddy Chevalier, which looks likes something Del Boy Trotter would say in despair, pulled a goal back early in the second half for Kotrijk with a simple tap into an empty net from an initial save from Sammy  Bossuyt, in which the he could do nothing about in honesty. But then between the 73rd and 79th minute the game topsy turved its way from victory, to a draw, and back again. All in favour of Zulte-Waregem.

Firstly, unstoppable header from point blank range from Davy de Fauw was cancelled out by Pavlovic, when a game of pinball broke out and somehow worked its way to Pavlovic who fired into the roof of the net, but that ended up being all for nothing when a blatant penalty was given away by Thomas  Kaminski was dispatched by Timothy Derijck.

With all that said, Anderlecht and Club Brugge didn’t fail to deliver with comprehensive 3-1 and 3-0 victories respectfully. Brugge continued their fine form and with 2 very well taken goals either side of the half by Jelle Vossen and an absolutely superb free kick by Ruud Vormer which certainly weren’t overshadowed by more route one football at its best and some more horrendous defending by Standard Liege which gifted Wesley  the chance to make it 3-0, in which he did accept.

Anderlecht on the other hand made light work of St. Truiden, although a lot of help by the referee in my opinion went a long way too. Youri Tielemans with 2 goals from 2 contentious penalties in each half, wher3 one was given for a foul inside the area, where replays showed it was not only outside but that the ball was also won and the second pen was for the slightest of shoves by Ruben Fernandes in the six yard box, even though the ball was put in anyway if the referee played advantage.

St. Truiden did pull back which turned out to be a consolation by Pieter Gerkins but if you get a chance to see Stanciu’s goal for Anderlecht, I advise you take a look.

At the other end of the table, Mouscron came from a goal behind to get a much needed win over Lokeren, and it showed how vital set pieces are in football as a corner, penalty and a late, late free kick were all dispatched here, as Mouscron left it late with a 92nd minute winner by big centre half Dino Arslanagic from a Hubert free kick claimed the victory.

Mechelen will feel they dropped points as Westerlo also gained a must needed win after Mouscron won and it came, almost, in the same fashion. After Westerlo worked a fine goal from their own half on a two tone pitch, through Nicolas Rommens, it was, to an extent, the Dimitris Kolovos show where he could’ve had 3 or 4 goals alone if it wasn’t for poor finishing and the frame of the goal, but he at least managed one effort which hit the back of the net. However, that trend of horrendous defending came through an embarrassing moment by Mechelen goalkeeper Colin Coosemans cost a point as Westerlo sucker punched through Hyland. Unlike Stanciu’s Goal for Anderlecht through brilliance, you should check this out for the opposite reason.

The remaining between Beveren-Oostende and Eupen-Genk went with form with 2 away wins with the scoreline being 1-0 in each fixture.

That caps off the weekends roundup and with midweek fixtures, hopefully there’ll be more magnificent goals re Vormer and Stanciu and less of the defensive and goalkeeping errors, but I highly doubt that will happen this week.

Goodbye for now.

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Introduction

Hello,

Here will be and until I give up, my blog regarding the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium. As a country I love Belgium. I enjoy visiting, the beer, the waffles, chips. chocolate and maybe to some…THE FOOTBALL!!!

The passion of the fans at matches along with the quality of players produced, it drew me in and I always keep myself up to date with results and competitions and I thought to myself ‘why not write about it?’. As a lover of football in general I watch it avidly after giving up participation, properly, 8 years ago and now I just watch as much as I can.

I’ll aim to blog as much as possible regarding players, teams, managerial situations, transfers and injuries as soon as I can or on a very regular basis, along with pieces regarding fixtures, player profiles, European competition and so on and so on. I’ve always enjoyed writing and being English I love football even more. I used to always watch Italian Serie A as a child, browed the Bundesliga and La Liga along with Ligue 1 and I am probably a Premier League geek since it began, even though I’m not old enough to remember the first few seasons. But even though I’ll be going into this semi blind due to the lack of coverage of the Pro League and the fact people tar the Belgian league with the same brush as say the Eredivisie or Scottish Premiership, I just want to distract myself with new talent, old legends who may return, surprise packages coming into the league and surprise packages topping the league and shining throughout the season.

I do realise I am coming into this halfway through a season but getting rid of some rust and giving myself a head start into next season I thought best to start when I’m in the mood and then gradually progress through words and with my time through the business end of the season.

 

I shall leave this with you for now as the is merely an introduction and will touch base in the very near future.