2014–15 Belgian Pro League
The 2014–15 season of the Belgian Pro League (known as the Jupiler Pro League for sponsorship reasons) is the 112th season of top-tier football in Belgium. It started on 27 July 2014 and finished in May 2015. K.A.A. Gent won the league, making it the first championship title in their 115-year history.
1st league title
|Goals scored||848 (2.86 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Aleksandar Mitrović (20 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Charleroi 6–0 Lierse (regular season)|
K.R.C. Genk 7–1 Waasland-Beveren (UEL play-offs)
|Biggest away win||Lierse 0–6 Club Brugge|
|Highest scoring||Standard Liège 3–5 Oostende|
|Longest winning run||5 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||19 games|
|Longest winless run||13 games|
|Longest losing run||10 games|
Following the 2013–14 Belgian Pro League, R.A.E.C. Mons were relegated to the 2014–15 Belgian Second Division after losing their relegation playoff series against OH Leuven. Mons is replaced by 2013–14 Belgian Second Division champions K.V.C. Westerlo, who returned to the highest level after their relegation during the 2011–12 season.
Stadia and locations
|Anderlecht||Anderlecht||Constant Vanden Stock Stadium||21,000|
|Cercle Brugge||Brugge||Jan Breydel Stadium||29,945|
|Charleroi||Charleroi||Stade du Pays de Charleroi||25,000|
|Club Brugge||Brugge||Jan Breydel Stadium||29,945|
|K.R.C. Genk||Genk||Cristal Arena||24,900|
|K.A.A. Gent||Ghent||Ghelamco Arena||20,000|
|Mechelen||Mechelen||Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne||13,123|
|Mouscron-Péruwelz||Mouscron||Stade Le Canonnier||10,800|
|Standard Liège||Liège||Stade Maurice Dufrasne||30,000|
Personnel and kits
|Anderlecht||Roger Vanden Stock||Besnik Hasi||adidas||BNP Paribas Fortis|
|Cercle Brugge||Paul Vanhaecke||Dennis van Wijk||Masita||ADMB|
|Charleroi||Fabien Debecq||Felice Mazzu||Maps||belgacom|
|Club Brugge||Bart Verhaeghe||Michel Preud'homme||Nike||proximus|
|Genk||Herbert Houben||Alex McLeish||Nike||beobank|
|Gent||Michel Louwagie||Hein Vanhaezebrouck||Masita/Jartazi||VDK|
|Kortrijk||Joseph Allijns||Yves Vanderhaeghe||Jako||AGO Jobs|
|Lierse||Maged Samy||Olivier Guillou||Jako||Wadi Degla|
|Lokeren||Roger Lambrecht||Peter Maes||Jartazi||QTeam|
|Mechelen||Johan Timmermans||Aleksandar Janković||Kappa||Telenet|
|Mouscron-Péruwelz||Edward Van Daele||Fernando Da Cruz||Nike||TradeCo|
|Oostende||Marc Coucke||Frederik Vanderbiest||Joma||Versluys|
|Standard Liège||Roland Duchâtelet||José Riga||Joma||BASE|
|Waasland-Beveren||Jozef Van Remoortel||Guido Brepoels||Jako||Remo Frit|
|Westerlo||Herman Wijnants||Harm van Veldhoven||Saller||Soudal|
|Zulte Waregem||Willy Naessens||Francky Dury||Patrick||Record Bank|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Gent||Peter Balette||Replaced||End of 2013–14 season||Pre-season||Hein Vanhaezebrouck||5 May 2014|
|Kortrijk||Hein Vanhaezebrouck||Signed by Gent||End of 2013–14 season||Yves Vanderhaeghe||28 May 2014|
|Mechelen||Franky Vercauteren||Resigned||End of 2013–14 season||Aleksandar Janković||8 May 2014|
|Waasland-Beveren||Bob Peeters||Resigned||End of 2013–14 season||Ronny Van Geneugden||28 May 2014|
|Genk||Emilio Ferrera||Sacked||29 July 2014||11th||Alex McLeish||22 August 2014|
|Lierse||Stanley Menzo||Sacked||31 August 2014||16th||Slaviša Stojanovič||5 September 2014|
|Cercle Brugge||Lorenzo Staelens||Sacked||6 October 2014||14th||Arnar Viðarsson||6 October 2014|
|Standard Liège||Guy Luzon||Sacked||20 October 2014||11th||Ivan Vukomanović||5 November 2014|
|Mouscron-Péruwelz||Rachid Chihab||Sacked||29 December 2014||12th||Fernando da Cruz||29 December 2014|
|Waasland-Beveren||Ronny Van Geneugden||Sacked||30 December 2014||14th||Guido Brepoels||5 January 2015|
|Westerlo||Dennis van Wijk||Sacked||3 January 2015||13th||Harm van Veldhoven||6 January 2015|
|Lierse||Slaviša Stojanovič||Resigned||28 January 2015||16th||Herman Helleputte||28 January 2015|
|Lierse||Herman Helleputte||Resigned||30 January 2015||16th||Olivier Guillou||30 January 2015|
|Standard Liège||Ivan Vukomanović||Replaced||2 February 2015||5th||José Riga||2 February 2015|
|Cercle Brugge||Arnar Viðarsson||Sacked||18 March 2015||Relegation Playoff, 1st||Dennis van Wijk||18 March 2015|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Club Brugge||30||17||10||3||69||28||+41||61||Qualification to Championship play-offs|
|7||Genk||30||13||10||7||38||28||+10||49||Qualification to Europa League play-offs|
|15||Cercle Brugge||30||6||6||18||21||45||−24||24||Qualification to the Relegation play-offs|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of matches won; if teams are still tied a play-off is organised.
The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the playoff: Club Brugge 31 points, Gent 29, Anderlecht 29, Standard 27, Kortrijk 26 and Charleroi 25. Had any ties occurred at the end of the playoffs, the half point would have been deducted if it was added. However, as all six teams received the half point bonus, this did not make a difference this season.
|1||Gent (C)||10||6||2||2||18||11||+7||49||Qualification to Champions League group stage||—||2–2||2–1||2–0||1–1||2–0|
|2||Club Brugge||10||5||1||4||16||16||0||47||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round||2–3||—||2–1||2–1||3–1||1–0|
|3||Anderlecht||10||5||2||3||18||13||+5||46||Qualification to Europa League group stage||2–1||3–1||—||1–1||1–0||5–1|
|4||Standard Liège||10||4||1||5||14||13||+1||40||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round||1–3||1–0||3–1||—||2–0||4–0|
|5||Charleroi||10||3||2||5||13||15||−2||36||Qualification to Testmatches to Europa League||2–1||2–3||0–1||1–0||—||5–2|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) points after deduction of (possible) half points added due to rounding; 3) number of wins; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) number of away goals scored; 7) number of away wins.
- Since winners of the 2014–15 Belgian Cup, Club Brugge, qualified for the Champions League based on league position, the spot awarded to the Cup winner (Europa League group stage) was passed to the third-placed team and the other spots were adjusted accordingly.
- The team finishing in fifth place, Charleroi, will play the testmatches against the winner of the Belgian Europa League playoff final, for a spot in the Europa League second qualifying round.
Europa League playoff
Group A contains the teams finishing the regular season in positions 7, 9, 12 and 14. The teams that finish in positions 8, 10, 11 and 13 were placed in Group B.
|1||Mechelen (A)||6||5||0||1||14||3||+11||15||Playoff Final||—||4–0||3–0||4–1|
|1||Lokeren (A)||6||4||1||1||19||9||+10||13||Playoff Final||—||2–1||6–1||1–1|
Europa League playoff final
The winners of both playoff groups, Mechelen and Lokeren, compete in a two-legged match to play the fourth-placed team of the championship playoff, called Testmatch. The winners of this Testmatch will be granted entry to the second qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
|Ngolok 34', 56'||Report||Veselinović 11'
|Report||Marić 90+2' (pen.)|
Mechelen won 4–3 on aggregate.
Testmatches Europa League
The Europa League playoff final was played over two legs between the Europa league playoff final winners, Mechelen, and the fifth-placed finisher of the championship playoff, Charleroi. The winners qualifies for the second qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
Charleroi wins 3-2 on aggregate
The teams that finished in the last two positions will face each other in the relegation playoff. Lierse was sure of ending up in the relegation playoff after losing away to Gent on 7 March 2015, while Cercle Brugge qualified one week later after losing 2–3 at home to Mechelen.
The winner of this playoff will play the second division playoff with three Belgian Second Division teams, with only the winner of that playoff playing at the highest level the next season. Lierse failed to win the Belgian Second Division playoff resulting in their relegation, in addition to Cercle Brugge.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Lierse (R)||4||3||0||1||8||4||+4||9||Belgian Second Division Final Round|
|2||Cercle Brugge (R)||4||1||0||3||4||8||−4||6||Relegation to 2015–16 Belgian Second Division|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
The matches in the table below were played from left to right:
Source: Sport.be (in Dutch)
Up to and including matches played on 24 May 2015.
|Geoffrey Mujangi Bia||Standard Liège|
|José Izquierdo||Club Brugge|
|4||Player scored four goals|
|*||The home team|
|Nicolás Castillo||Club Brugge*||Westerlo||5–0||9 November 2014|
|Moses Simon||Gent||Lokeren*||3–3||1 February 2015|
|Ivan Santini4||Kortrijk*||Westerlo||6–0[permanent dead link]||21 February 2015|
|John Jairo Ruiz||Oostende||Zulte Waregem*||1–4[permanent dead link]||15 March 2015|
|Zinho Gano||Mouscron-Péruwelz||Westerlo*||0–3[permanent dead link]||4 April 2015|
- Vukomanović had initially been appointed as caretaker manager following the sacking of Guy Luzon on 20 October 2014, but was appointed head coach on 5 November 2014 until the end of the season, due to good results.
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- "Peeters terminates contract with Waasland-Beveren" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-05-23.
- "Ronny Van Geneugden new trainer of Waasland-Beveren" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-05-28.
- "Racing Genk sacks coach Ferrera after one matchday" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-07-29.
- "Scotsman Alex McLeish is the new Genk trainer" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-08-22.
- "Lierse kicks Menzo to the curb" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-08-31.
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- "Cercle Brugge ends coöperation with Staelens" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-10-06.
- "Luzon no longer head coach of Standard" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-10-20.
- "Standard continues with coach Vukomanović" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-11-05.
- "Da Cruz succeeds Chihab at Mouscron-Péruwelz" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-12-29.
- "Waasland-Beveren says goodbye to Ronny Van Geneugden" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-12-30.
- "Brepoels:"show that success with STVV was not a coincidence" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2015-01-05.
- "Westerlo end cooperation with Van Wijk" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2015-01-03.
- "Van Veldhoven is the new coach at Westerlo" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2015-01-06.
- "Lierse-coach Stojanovič resigns" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2015-01-28.
- "Helleputte resigns as Lierse-coach after only two days" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2015-01-30.
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- "Standard loses 0–5 and will play one match without fans" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2014-10-28.
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- "KV Mechelen speelt dan toch niet "thuis" in Beveren, maar in Leuven". Sporza.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 May 2015.