Soccer / Football : Belgium : First Division 2016/2017
St. Truid. 28.6.17
Botaka joins Sint Truiden
Former Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has returned to Belgium to continue his career after agreeing a three-year contract with Sint Truiden. Botaka finalised a move to to the club controlled by Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet after being released by Leeds in May. Botaka began his career with Club Brugge in Belgium before moving to Excelsior in Holland. Leeds moved to sign him in the final hours of the summer transfer window in 2015.
Vukovic completes Genk move
Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has signed a two-year deal with Genk with the option of a further two seasons. The 32-year-old Vukovic will replace Mat Ryan at Genk, after his compatriot spent the final six months of the 2016-17 season in Belgium on loan from Valencia before signing with Brighton & Hove Albion.
The move is significant for Vukovic who has never played in Europe, despite a brief spell with Turkish club Konyaspor in 2010. Vukovic, who was last season's A-League Goalkeeper of the Year, also spent time in Japan with Vegalta Sendai in 2014.
AA Gent 22.6.17
Andrijasevic moves to Gent
Following the highly successful season with HNK Rijeka - winning the domestic double - midfielder Franko Andrijasevic agreed a move to Gent. The 25-year-old was awarded as the best player of Croatian First Division, while Croatia head coach Ante Cacic rewarded him with a call-up to the national team, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Iceland. At club level, Andrijasevic scored 18 times for Rijeka in 32 appearances.
Kums agrees deal with Anderlecht
Watford midfielder Sven Kums has struck personal terms with Anderlecht. The Belgium international was signed by the Hornets last summer, but spent the season on-loan with Udinese. Kums began his career at Anderlecht, coming up through their youth system but failied to make an appearance for the first team. He looks to earn a sport in Roberto Martinez's Belgium squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
|3||AA Gent||41||21||18-12-10 (40)|
|21.5||Anderlec. - Oostende||3 : 2|
|21.5||Brugge - AA Gent||2 : 1|
|21.5||Waregem - Charleroi||2 : 2|
|18.5||Charleroi - Anderlec.||1 : 3|
|18.5||AA Gent - Waregem||5 : 2|
|18.5||Oostende - Brugge||2 : 1|
|14.5||Brugge - Anderlec.||1 : 1|
|14.5||AA Gent - Charleroi||1 : 1|
Belgian First Division stats
|home wins||49 %|
|away wins||25 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Belgium : First Division 2016/2017
Belgian First Division A is the most important football competition in Belgium. Each First Division team plays against 15 league opponents twice, making a total of 30 matches per season. The top 6 teams from the regular season enter the Championship play-offs, with each team playing their opponents twice. Each team starts with half of the points.
Group A of the play-offs will consist of the teams finishing in positions 7, 9, 12 and 14 during the regular season and the first and third placed team in the qualifying positions in the Division B. The teams finishing in positions 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15 will join the second placed qualifier from the Division B in group B.
The winners of both play-off groups compete in one match to play the fourth-placed or fifth-placed team of the championship play-offs for a spot in the final. The winner of the Europa League play-off semi-final and the fourth-placed or fifth-placed team of the championship play-offs (depending on cup winner) will play one match to determine the Europa League play-off winner.