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Belgian First Division A
2016–17
Belgian Pro League
Season information
Winners Anderlecht
Relegated Westerlo
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Anderlecht & Club Brugge
Europa League Zulte Waregem, Gent & Oostende
Season statistics
Matches played 191
Goals scored 525
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The 2016–17 season of the Belgian First Division A was the 114th season of top-tier football in Belgium and the first following the structural changes in the Belgian football pyramid, reducing the number of professional teams to 24. It is scheduled to start on the 29 July 2016 and will finish in May 2017. The fixtures were announced on 8 June 2016. Club Brugge are the defending champions.

Team changes

Teams

Stadiums and locations

Club Location Venue Capacity
Anderlecht Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 21,000
Charleroi Charleroi Stade du Pays de Charleroi 14,000
Club Brugge Brugge Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
Eupen Eupen Kehrweg Stadion 8,363
Genk Genk Cristal Arena 24,956
Gent Ghent Ghelamco Arena 19,999
Kortrijk Kortrijk Guldensporen Stadion 9,399
Lokeren Lokeren Daknamstadion 9,560
Mechelen Mechelen AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne 13,213
Mouscron-Péruwelz Mouscron Stade Le Canonnier 10,571
Oostende Ostend Albertpark 8,000
Sint-Truiden Sint-Truiden Stayen 14,600
Standard Liège Liège Stade Maurice Dufrasne 28,278
Waasland-Beveren Beveren Freethiel Stadion 8,190
Westerlo Westerlo Het Kuipje 8,035
Zulte Waregem Waregem Regenboogstadion 9,540

Personnel and kits

Club Manager Captain Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
Anderlecht Switzerland René Weiler Flag of Algeria Sofiane Hanni Adidas BNP Paribas Fortis
Charleroi Belgium Felice Mazzu Flag of Spain Francisco Martos Hungaria Proximus
Club Brugge Belgium Michel Preud'homme Belgium Timmy Simons Nike Daikin
Eupen Flag of Spain Jordi Condom Aulí Flag of Spain Luis García Fernández BURRDA Aspire Academy
Excel Mouscron Romania Mircea Rednic Belgium David Hubert Patrick Star Casino
Genk Netherlands Albert Stuivenberg Belgium Thomas Buffel Nike Beobank
Gent Belgium Hein Vanhaezebrouck Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Danijel Milićević Jartazi VDK Spaarbank
Kortrijk Belgium Bart Van Lancker Flag of Serbia Nebojša Pavlović Jako AGO Jobs & HR
Lokeren Flag of Iceland Rúnar Kristinsson Belgium Killian Overmeire Jartazi QTeam
Mechelen Belgium Yannick Ferrera Belgium Seth De Witte Kappa Telenet
Oostende Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe Flag of France Franck Berrier Joma Willems Veranda's
Sint-Truiden Croatia Ivan Leko Belgium Steven De Petter Kappa Golden Palace
Standard Liège Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Janković Flag of Denmark Alexander Scholz Kappa BASE
Waasland-Beveren Flag of Macedonia Čedomir Janevski Flag of Senegal.svg Ibrahima Seck Kappa Circus
Westerlo Belgium Jacky Mathijssen Belgium Koen Van Langendonck Saller Soudal
Zulte-Waregem Belgium Francky Dury Flag of Senegal.svg Mbaye Leye Patrick Record Bank

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position Replaced by Date of appointment
Sint-Truiden Flag of Northern Ireland Chris O'Loughlin Sacked End of 2015–16 season Pre-season Croatia Ivan Leko 14 April 2016
Anderlecht Flag of Albania Besnik Hasi Mutual Consent End of 2015–16 season Switzerland René Weiler 21 June 2016
Kortrijk Belgium Patrick De Wilde Mutual consent End of 2015–16 season Flag of France Karim Belhocine 1 July 2016
Kortrijk Flag of France Karim Belhocine Did not possess Pro-licence diploma 29 August 2016 8th Belgium Bart Van Lancker 29 August 2016
Standard Liège Belgium Yannick Ferrera Sacked 6 September 2016 10th Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Janković 6 September 2016
Mechelen Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Janković Signed by Standard Liège 6 September 2016 7th Belgium Yannick Ferrera 12 September 2016
Westerlo Belgium Bob Peeters Sacked 13 September 2016 16th Belgium Jacky Mathijssen 14 September 2016
Lokeren Belgium Georges Leekens Sacked 26 October 2016 12th Flag of Iceland Rúnar Kristinsson 28 October 2016
Waasland-Beveren Belgium Stijn Vreven Sacked 28 October 2016 14th Flag of Macedonia Čedomir Janevski 7 November 2016
Excel Mouscron Belgium Glen De Boeck Sacked 5 December 2016 15th Romania Mircea Rednic 6 December 2016
Genk Belgium Peter Maes Sacked 26 December 2016 9th Netherlands Albert Stuivenberg 27 December 2016
Kortrijk Belgium Bart Van Lancker Belhocine obtained Pro-licence diploma 8 March 2017 10th Flag of France Karim Belhocine 8 March 2017
Standard Liège Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Janković Sacked 17 April 2017 Regular season: 9th
Europa League POs: 5th
Belgium José Jeunechamps (caretaker) 17 April 2017

Regular season

League table

Template:2016–17 Belgian First Division A Regular Season table

Championship play-offs

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: Anderlecht 31 points, Club Brugge 30, Zulte Waregem 27, Gent 25, Oostende 25 and Charleroi 25. The points of Anderlecht, Club Brugge and Charleroi were rounded up, therefore in case of any ties on points at the end of the playoffs, the half point will be deducted for these teams.

League table

Template:2016–17 Belgian First Division A Championship play-offs table

Europa League play-offs

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 2016–17 Belgian First Division B. The teams finishing in positions 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15 will join the second placed qualifier from the 2016–17 Belgian First Division B in group B.

Group A

Template:2016–17 Belgian First Division A Europa League play-offs Group A table

Group B

Template:2016–17 Belgian First Division A Europa League play-offs Group B table

Semi-final

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. This match will be played on the field of the highest ranked team in the regular competition. The winner of the semi-final will advance to the final to play for a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

27 May 2017 (2017-05-27)
20:30 CEST
Genk 3–0 Sint-Truiden Luminus Arena, Genk
Referee: Nicolas Laforge
Buffel Soccerball 32'
Boëtius Soccerball 43'
Samatta Soccerball 55'
Pro League
Soccerway

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. The winner qualifies for the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

31 May 2017 (2017-05-31)
20:30 CEST
Oostende 3–1 Genk Versluys Arena, Ostend
Referee: Lawrence Visser
Akpala Soccerball 27'
Rozehnal Soccerball 32'
Jali Soccerball 51'
Sporza Schrijvers Soccerball 45' (pen.)
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Supercups

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UEFA competitions

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International competitions

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