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TALENTS OUTSIDE BIG FIVE - BY @Kierans91 First 15 talents... Johan Hove (19 years old, Strømsgodset) Georgios Vagiannidis (18 years old, Panathinaikos) Ajdin Hasic (18 years old, B

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Predictions Jupiler Pro League Watch out: these predictions are after 20 games. Still a lot can happen ! For the first time I predict downgrades, but we're close to the Winter. Possibly some play

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After this week all the clubs are 26 games away. 4 weeks to go in our Belgian regular competition. At that moment a 3th update about the Belgian risers will be there. 

Next week we'll make an overview about the first 26 games and what we predict in the last 4 games. Something to look out for.. :)

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10. Excel Moeskroen
A team that plays beyond their means. Perhaps one of the best years that Excel Mouscron experienced in his career at the highest level. The coach Bernd Hollerbach - who is struggling with a serious illness - set up an organization with quality players in key positions. Diogo Queiròs is one of the revelations at Excel Mouscron at the start of the season. Now these players are especially Alessandro Ciranni, Deni Hočko and the goalkeepers Vaso Vasic and Jean Butez. Perhaps - still sometimes irregular - Frank Boya is the most important player par excellence. Purely offensive, this team misses one and the other, as a result of which Excel Mouscron will not claim Play-Off 1.

11. KV Kortrijk
A team full of players who have been competing for years in the highest level in Belgium. Players like Timothy Derijck, Kristof D'Haene, Julien De Sart, Hannes Van Der Bruggen, Hervé Kagé and Petit-Pelé Mboyo. All are players who can play perfectly with a Belgian subtop team. It's a team par excellence for players with experience who still play at a decent level. This is a team with a reasonable amount of footballing power. Lucas Tuta and Adam Jakubech are 2 young players who know their breakthrough year. The problem with KV Kortrijk was mainly that they do not excel in attack. Fraser Hornby is a player from Scotland, who had a good start, but his productivity was not that high.

That's why KV Kortrijk went in search of a striker such as Terem Moffi and Pape Habib Gueye, which also ensures that KV Kortrijk can win his games. Partly thanks to the new purchases and the experienced players - who can play perfectly in the subtop - KV Kortrijk is doing well.

12. STVV
This team did quite well under Marc Brys where they showed a constant, but it depended quite strongly on Yohann Boli. The Japanese owners, however, were not satisfied enough with the Belgian coach. The new Slovenian coach Milos Kostic has chosen for more offensive, dominant football. This makes STVV fairly irregular nowadays. This team has some revelations in the team. Samy Mmaee, Ibrahima Sory Sankhon and Santiago Colombatto.

The new coach also typifies direct football, which is difficult to be successful here in Belgium. However, STVV has excellent players in defense and midfield, which means that they will end in the middle bracket in the Belgian competition. Facundo Colidio is a player who finally after a few months make some impression. Not a goal machine, but a player who can excel in collectivity. Yuma Suzuki is also a player who collectively brings a lot, but he also misses the individual class.

13. KAS Eupen
This team from the German community of Belgium has beautiful years in the Jupiler Pro League. It has been in the Belgian highest level for 4 years. It has never been in the first division for such a long time and in addition to that there will certainly be another year.

This team is known for the Aspire Academy from Qatar. The involvement of the Academy has been somewhat reduced in the team over the years. Isaac Nuhu is the only new player from this winter from the Aspire Academy. Although KAS Eupen has some strong connections and always brings in good experienced players like Andreas Beck, Omid Ebrahimi and Danjiel Milicevic. Beñat San José has created a team based on passion and very eccentric football. Oliver Verdon - rented from Deportivo Alaves - also adds quality to the defense. If the tempo in the game is a little slower, KAS Eupen plays good.

There is not enough speed and finesse in the attack, but KAS Eupen acquired Knowledge Musona and Smail Prevljak this winter, which brings in more finesse for the next weeks/months.

14. KV Oostende
A strong start to the season, but not a constant level. The injuries of Ante Palaversa and Andrew Hjulsager were the start of the major relapse of KV Oostende. The club also has financial problems, but they seem to be gradually resolved with the new acquisition by the American Pacific Media Group. This team mainly misses someone with creativity this season, but a Fashion Jr. Sakala for example is still important. Jelle Bataille knows his breakthrough year as a KV Ostend youngster this year. The midfield is still pretty nice, but in both the defense and the offense it misses someone so they could already be saved.

15. Waasland-Beveren
A team that does not excel in quality, so that the coach chooses a defensive approach. Waasland-Beveren mainly chooses Belgian youth who cannot make it to the top. Nordin Jackers, Jur Schryvers, Maximiliano Caufriez and Daam Foulon are some examples. Aboubakary Koita is also a young Belgian who has his potential, but doesn't stay in the match for the full 90 minutes. Aleksandar Vukotic is also still a very important factor. Yuki Kobayashi - with a long adjustment period - is another player who is still doing pretty well.

16. Cercle Brugge
A pretty nice team, but not efficient. This team has a large number of mercenaries from AS Monaco, of which 3 to 4 players have already been returned. A search was made in the winter mercato for players who are 100% committed to the team. With Chatziisaias and Hotic (record transfer) it gained immediate reinforcement that immediately made an impression. Throughout the season it is mainly Biancone, Peeters and Lassana Coulibaly that are important.


Predictions
We expect that Cercle Brugge Waasland-Beveren will make it particularly difficult. KV Oostende will also have to pay attention. KAS Eupen and STVV seem to have a quiet season, for which there is not much more at stake. KV Kortrijk will make it difficult for some teams, but the gap at No. 6 is too big, which means that KV Kortrijk can finish their season without pressure.

Excel Mouscron is a team that is close to the No. 6 in the competition, but they are not good enough in the attack to make it exciting in the battle for Play-Off 1.

Next time: Nr. 9 to Nr. 5, possibly tomorrow

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5. Standard Luik
This team is not good one week, then good to fairly strong the next week. Being a regular is a big problem with this team. Standard has an adjustment in terms of playing this year, which means it takes some serious time to participate in the 4 best teams currently. Standard Liège is another team where the offense is not running 100%. Attacking it is still a bit too short to fight for a top 3 place. Standard Liège is in midfield and defensive still pretty good. Arnaud Bodart, Samuel Bastien and Selim Amallah are 3 players who prove to possess the necessary potential to break through at the highest level. Nicolas Gavory, Kostas Laifis and Gjoko Cimirot are the players with experience that are important in the team with their footballing qualities. Maxime Lestienne is a player who is back at the highest level in Belgium and is certainly not doing badly. Zinho Vanheusden is also a player with a nice amount of potential, but does not have his best season this year.

6. KRC Genk
This team is now known throughout Europe because of its youth academy and their excellent scouting. Leandro Trossard, Ruslan Malinovskiy, Alejandro Pozuelo, Joseph Aidoo, Sander Berge and Mbwana Samatta all left KRC Genk in one year. A large number of quality took the step forward. Finding a follow-up in a short period of 1 year was definitely not easy. Carlos Cuesta, Ianis Hagi, Paul Onuachu and Patrik Hrosovsky were seen as substitutes, but not all were successful.

KRC Genk knows the typical story that people cannot rely on talent from abroad every year. KRC Genk became champion last season, which is fairly unique in their team career, but that also has its consequences. Earlier this season they looked at the known players in terms of talent in their country. That brought nice players, but no more than that. The succession of a new trainer, on the other hand, was more a style break with the vision of the team. It chose a coach that was rather defensive. A few wrong choices and a little too much and wanting to go too fast, KRC Genk currently brings it into a normal level nowadays.

The players who make an impression this season are again Joakim Mæhle and Junya Ito. Paul Onuachu is growing in his role and is becoming increasingly important. The full selection could be called too small for injuries. It's important not top much will happen.

7. KV Mechelen
The team that has just been promoted from the 2nd division of Belgium is one of the revelations. KV Mechelen is mainly collective and mentally strong this season. Joachim Van Damme is the player par excellence of this mentally and collectively strong team. KV Mechelen does not have too many individual revelations within the team. If there are still players to be named, it seems to me deserved to mention Thibault Peyre and Nikola Storm. Gradually the talents Issa Kabore - from Burkina Faso - and Aster Vranckx are getting more and more chances.

8. Zulte Waregem
A team that has been in the Belgian subtop for years. This year is no different. Zulte Waregem has taken a financial step forward in the last 2 years, so that they can aim players from a higher level. Cyle Larin and Saïdo Berahino are examples of this. This team has also been supplemented by the 38-year-old Davy De Fauw and the 39-year-old Olivier Deschacht who still brings a lot and certainly with their experience. This was added once again with their own youth Ewoud Pletinckx and the Ghanaian rental player - from RedBull Salzburg - Gideon Mensah. Abdoulaye Sissako is the next French talent that Zulte Waregem can launch after Soualiho Meîté and Abdou Diallo.

Due to the many injuries and not being able to continue their good level, Zulte Waregem is currently in 8th place in Belgium. The arrival of Jelle Vossen - another experienced Belgian - should improve the productivity problem of the attackers. Cyle Larin is currently experiencing a dip, but after a season of inactivity at Besiktas, immediately moving to almost all matches is a big step.

9. RSC Anderlecht
A Belgian top team that has had mismanagement for years has not had an easy time this season either. Small steps have been taken, but there is still no stability and the right structure to get back to the top in Belgium.

RSC Anderlecht has the youth center 'Neerpede' that is quite well known throughout Europe. Where players like Vincent Kompany and Romelu Lukaku were made as great examples. This year RSCA has one of its youngest squads ever with young players such as Marco Kana, Killian Sardella, Sieben Dewaele, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Francis Amuzu, Yari Verschaeren, Jeremy Doku and Antoine Colassin.

Other youngsters such as Rik Vercauteren, Anouar Ait El Hadj and Lucas Lissens are making the move to the A-team. The big problem is that there are mainly financial problems that make them creative in strengthening the team. The team is not sufficiently committed to the game and the focus in and out every week remains a problem. Kemar Roofe and Nacer Chadli are 2 players with experience that bring added value. Hendrik Van Crombrugge saved his team already a lot of times.

Predictions
The battle for the Play-Off 1 this year is between Standard De Liège, KRC Genk, KV Mechelen, Zulte Waregem and RSC Anderlecht. Fairly unexpected from KV Mechelen.

Standard De Liège - despite some limitations with the attackers - seems almost certain of Play-Off 1 thanks to their victory last weekend against KRC Genk. KRC Genk is still irregular, but the team has a strong right flank with Mæhle and Ito. If that catches on, KRC Genk certainly has a chance. After a dip, KV Mechelen has found new breath and will certainly make it exciting until the last match day. Zulte Waregem has a too big dip and RSC Anderlecht is far too irregular and mentally not strong enough to participate in this fight.

Our prediction is therefore that it only goes between KV Mechelen and KRC Genk. Last match day KRC Genk vs KV Mechelen will be very interesting.

Tomorrow: No. 4 -> No. 1

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1. Club Brugge
Throughout the season Club Brugge is at the head of the competition. Club Brugge had a lot of strong performances in the first 20 matchdays. The biggest example was the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid. In the last few weeks it has been a bit more difficult to continue the level, so that good teams like KV Kortrijk can take points against Club Brugge.

Club Brugge has a lot of power, technical ingenuity and experienced players in midfield with Ruud Vormer and Hans Vanaken. The role of the defending midfielder is very different this season with Mats Rits and Eder Balanta. The one mainly has his discipline on the field (Rits) and the other is especially footballing ability better with more power (Balanta). Offensive Club Brugge has a lot of speed in which especially Krépin Diatta impresses. Defensively Clinton Mata in particular makes the most impression, where Simon Deli and Eduard Sobol also deserve to be named. Club Brugge also has the number 2 of our Red Devils Simon Mignolet in the goal, who is doing very well. Emmanuel Dennis is an irregular player, but has the talent to become a nice player. biggest sensation within the team is 18-year-old Charles De Ketelaere. It is still early, but it still seems to be a great asset to the No. 1 in Belgium.

Club Brugge must be especially careful that they stay fit and fresh, then they are at their best. There is a certain lack of efficiency in the attack, where players like Percy Tau and David Okereke are not strong enough at the moment. That is why Club Brugge has long invested in the arrival of Adolfo Gaich, but due to a too high asking price - € 18 million - it choses backup Michal Krmenčik. He has not yet made a big impression, but has the necessary adjustment period.

2. KAA Gent
Perhaps the best Belgian football team at the moment. KAA Gent is taking great steps, again and again, through excellent scouting. The coach Jesse Thorup deserves all the praise for grinding a slightly unusual "4-4-2 diamond". KAA Gent has pure quality in their midfield with Sven Kums and Vadis Odjidja. This duo supported by one of the revelations within KAA Gent, Elisha Owusu. Midfield is further supplemented by the biggest sensation on the Belgian fields, namely Jonathan David. The Canadian reaches statics that not much has been seen in Belgium, that's why the interest is big with teams like FC Porto, Olympique Lyon, Ajax FC, SSC Napoli, AS Roma, Leicester City and RB Leipzig. KAA Gent is also praised for their offensive trio with Jonathan David, Laurent Depoitre and Roman Yaremchuk. Whoever also stands out is the Cameroonian Michael Ngadeu and the Ukrainian Ihor Plastun. A defense that stands like a house. Milad Mohammadi, on the other hand, is someone who needed a long adjustment period, but who has gradually become an important player on the left back.

KAA Gent is currently the biggest opponent of Club Brugge for the champion title in Belgium. However, I personally believe that the core of KAA Ghent is not wide enough, certainly in defense and also midfield. There should not be too much happening with players like Vadis Odjidja and Jonathan David, because KAA Gent is just a little too much dependent on their top players.

3. Charleroi SC
The surprise of the season this Charleroi. This year, Charleroi is extremely dangerous on the counter where many players has a good technic. Karim Belhocine - head coach - arrived at the start of the season, who knows his team perfectly. Kaveh Rezaei, Massimo Bruno and Ryota Morioka could not make it to the absolute top in Belgium, but now they make the collectivity of this team on top. Marco Ilaimaharitra is a player who is very important for the balance of the team. Defensively, Nicolas Penneteau is still very reliable as a goalkeeper and Dorian Dessoleil is one of the most underrated defenders in Belgium. Maxime Busi is a young revelation within the team. Shamar Nicholson - a 22-year-old Jamaican - is a talented striker, but needed a long adjustment period. However, much is still expected.

The only question is "what about injuries ...?", Because the selection is not that wide either. Certainly not midfield. That will be crucial for Charleroi SC to get a European ticket.

4. Royal Antwerp
A team that has already taken steps. This team is known as a very tough team, to which a lot of footballing ability has been added this year with players such as Dieumerci Mbokani, Didier Lamkel Zé, Aurelio Buta, Alexis De Sart and Wesley Hoedt. It is a team full of character and fighting spirit, making it difficult for the opponents. It performs very consistently, so Royal Antwerp deserves a place in the top 4.

Royal Antwerp has signed players such as Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas, but they do not live up to expectations to make the move to the top. It is still searching for Royal Antwerp to be able to take that step to the top.

Predictions
If KAA Gent and Club Brugge reach their level - it has been a bit less lately - then there is little to be done about it, but it is precisely the 2 most annoying teams behind the "Top 2" that have "counter-capacities" and "experienced and full of character" who keep in track of them. KAA Gent and Club Brugge will have to play at the highest level, otherwise it will be difficult games.

The title favorite? Still Club Brugge.

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Europa League

Club Brugge - Manchester United 1-1

1-0 Dennis

Mignolet; Mata, Mechele, Deli; Kossounou, Balanta (Ruud Vormer 46'), Rits, Vanaken, De Cuyper (Siebe Schrijvers 74'); Tau (Charles De Ketelaere 63'), Dennis

 

AS Roma - KAA Gent 1-0

Kaminski; Lustig, Plastun, Ngadeu, Mohammadi; Owusu, Kums (Sulayman Marreh 92'), Vadis, Bezus (Giorgi Chakvetadze 75'); Depoitre, David

 

Ajax lost against Getafe, AZ equals LASK Linz. @1000dB

KAA Gent not at his best, but come on.. It's a loss but still a lot can happen. @zsp2 ;)

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USA Talents

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At the beginning of this week, Giovanni Reyna (17) became known to the general public. This is a start of some beautiful years for the USA.

However, there are still talents ready to be part of the American national team. Joe Scally is such a player, who now plays at Mönchengladbach. Sergino Dest of Ajax FC is another talent that has a bright future. Reggie Cannon - another right defender -, Brenden Aaronson and Jésus Ferreira are all 3 major revelations also within their country. I personally see future top talents in Moses Nyeman, Danny Leyva and Gianluca Busio in particular.

The players with some question marks are the 15-year-old Gabriel Slonina (is he continuing to develop properly) and the older talents Paxton Pomykal, James Sands, Ulysses Llanez (VFL Wolfsburg) and Bryang Kayo (without club, still 17 years old and international). Despite their age, Pomykal and Sands are already quite experienced and will soon be moving to Europe - who knows, perhaps, to Belgium? - but for them it will take a long time to adapt.

2 American players are in Belgium. That is 2nd goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, backup of Simon Mignolet, and an American talent, named Chris Durkin. Durkin is a 20-year-old American who is steadily getting his chances at STVV. He's performing not that bad. Pomykal and Sands will mainly look for such teams as STVV in Europe to succeed here.

Not to forget:
USA also has nice players with Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Timothy Weah who have already put down a decent performance with their team. Christian Pulisic in particular has already taken the steps and set the example for American talents to break through in Europe.

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Kossounou was terrible. The game wasn't much to look at either.

Gent did well, deserved to get something from that game.

1 minute ago, thorgan lesar said:

I liked your "Big Five Belgians" and we're 1 month after the winter review ;)

Haven't watched much this season. Simply didn't find the time.

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1 hour ago, 1000dB said:

Kossounou was terrible. The game wasn't much to look at either.

Gent did well, deserved to get something from that game.

Haven't watched much this season. Simply didn't find the time.

Kossounou played on an unusual position, but this level is still too high for him. 

 

Not important you watched not so much.. It's searching but still interesting to see. :)

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4 hours ago, thorgan lesar said:

USA Talents

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At the beginning of this week, Giovanni Reyna (17) became known to the general public. This is a start of some beautiful years for the USA.

However, there are still talents ready to be part of the American national team. Joe Scally is such a player, who now plays at Mönchengladbach. Sergino Dest of Ajax FC is another talent that has a bright future. Reggie Cannon - another right defender -, Brenden Aaronson and Jésus Ferreira are all 3 major revelations also within their country. I personally see future top talents in Moses Nyeman, Danny Leyva and Gianluca Busio in particular.

The players with some question marks are the 15-year-old Gabriel Slonina (is he continuing to develop properly) and the older talents Paxton Pomykal, James Sands, Ulysses Llanez (VFL Wolfsburg) and Bryang Kayo (without club, still 17 years old and international). Despite their age, Pomykal and Sands are already quite experienced and will soon be moving to Europe - who knows, perhaps, to Belgium? - but for them it will take a long time to adapt.

2 American players are in Belgium. That is 2nd goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, backup of Simon Mignolet, and an American talent, named Chris Durkin. Durkin is a 20-year-old American who is steadily getting his chances at STVV. He's performing not that bad. Pomykal and Sands will mainly look for such teams as STVV in Europe to succeed here.

Not to forget:
USA also has nice players with Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Timothy Weah who have already put down a decent performance with their team. Christian Pulisic in particular has already taken the steps and set the example for American talents to break through in Europe.

And Joshua Pynadath from Ajax? What do u think? Do you know him? :)

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Proximus League (2nd division) - keep an eye on...

OH Leuven
Thomas Henry - 25 years old, France
Kamal Sowah - 20 years old, Ghana
Aboubakar Keita - 21 years old, Côte D'Ivoire

KVC Westerlo
Berke Özer - 19 years old, Turkey
Guillaume De Schryver - 22 years old, Belgium
Gilles Dewaele - 23 years old, Belgium
Kurt Abrahams - 22 years old, South Africa

Union SG
Ismaël Kandouss - 21 years old, Marocco
Casper Nielsen - 25 years old, Denmark
Federico Vega - 26 years old, Argentina
Serge Tabekou - 22 years old, Cameroon

Beerschot-Wilrijk
Mohamed Réda Halaimia - 23 years old, Algeria
Marius Noubissi - 22 years old, Cameroon
Yan Vorogovskiy - 23 jaar, Kazachstan

Excelsior Virton
Loïc Lapoussin - 24 years old, France

Lommel SK
Tomas Svedkauskas - 25 years old, Lithuania
Amine Khammas - 20 years old, Marocco
Kolbeinn Thordarson - 19 years old, Iceland
Abdoulie Sanyang - 20 years old, Gambia

Roeselare KV
Siemen Voet - 19 years old, Belgium
Yhoan Andzouana - 22 years old, Congo

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