I’m actually gutted how this is it. It has been a long and hard season. It’s been fun. It’s been exciting, jubilant, devastating and unpredictable. A season where Club Brugge are deserved champions. A season where Standard, Gent and Anderlecht turned up fashionably late but kind of too late and where Mechelen had to say goodbye early for all the wrong reasons. There has been sacking, after sacking, after sacking. There has been the rollercoaster of Antwerp, Beveren and STVV going up but booming too early, with Genk coming in with Standard, Zulte Waregem hitting form at the perfect time, and what could be the great story of Lokeren potentially getting Europa League football. We’ve had Mouscron cause the odd upset, and possibly the performance of the season at home against Gent, and Eupen staying up by the skin of their teeth. Charleroi unfortunately flattered to deceive and just to mention them…Oostende. The only team I haven’t mentioned are the darlings of Twitter which are Kortrijk (and again, I’m not an outright fan of them, but a Belgian football fan as a whole) who went from relegation battlers to almost top six!
Have I missed anyone out? I literally just checked and I haven’t. Without putting my neck on the line in these playoffs, I did say Brugge would win the league (shock) and I had Anderlecht as third. Other than that I can only get Genk and Charleroi right, depending on their results. I had Gent second and Standard bottom! What a playoff they’ve had. They have made these playoffs. I should’ve done the predictions for Playoff 2 but I was either lazy, or let’s have it right, nobody cares.
Individuals have lit up the league with Morioka, Govea, Mamadou Kone (in 2018), Cevallos in the playoffs. All great signings, along with Rezaei too. All from around the world and all have done extremely well for their club (or two). There is great talent who will be here to stay for 2018/19, and unfortunately those who won’t be come August. The highlight already is who will be the star for next season? Sometimes I wake up and wonder ‘what will happen to me today?’ Sometimes we have no say on what can happen to us every single day. I know that’s weird but it’s true. Somebody can make or break our day with the smallest or biggest thing. I’ve slightly gone off the rails there, but right now somewhere in the world, somebody will grace the Pro League next season and take it by storm.
Adding to that, who’ll be entering the dugouts next season? A huge merry go round with Vanhaezebrouck, Vanderhaeghe, Maes coming back in with De Boeck, and Clement managing two clubs in his first full season of first team management. We’ve also had an absolutely massive name come in in Makelele. Could this league draw in another huge name and will there be more stability in the dugout? So much to look forward to when this season hasn’t even finished. I’ve kind of gone off on one here because if we think back, clear your mind and actually think about how entertaining this season has been, it has been nothing but enthralling, all the way up to the penultimate match day in the title race.
I’ll finish for now and just take in the last round of matches before we find out the last representative in Europe. I guess that’s the only thing I’ll change. Belgian clubs better in Europe! I’ve ended on a sour note but fuck it. Do what I want. My blog…my blog.