Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have both had their ups and downs so far in the 2015 2016 season, with the former replacing their coach and the latter going through an early dry spell that saw star striker Harry Kane playing at a lower-than-expected level. However, after week five both teams have secured spots in the Europa League 201516 knockout phase, marking a turn in the fortunes of both clubs.
The Reds and the Spurs are two of the 15 teams in this year's Europa League that, with just one game day remaining in the group stage, have officially earned advancement into the knockouts. That statistic leaves nine slots up for grabs, with the remaining eight to be filled by third-place squads from the Champions League.
A Solid Premier League Showing
Liverpool secured their
Posted: August 22, 2015
22nd August 2015.
Four weeks in and we assess the 2015 - 2016 Belgian Pro League so far. An interesting narrative arc has begun to emerge concerning the division's current leader, KV Oostende. Oostende-who have won three games so far, and drawn the fourth-have never won the Belgian Pro League before. In fact, just three seasons ago, the football club was playing in Belgium's Second Division. They won the Second Division to earn promotion into the Pro League, but struggled in their first two years in the top-flight, finishing ninth in 2013 2014, and 10th in 2014 2015. Both seasons saw Oostende losing more matches (14, each year) than they won (11 in 2013 2014, nine in 2014 2015).
An Unexpected Frontrunner
In other words, KV Oostende would have been no one's pick as a frontrunner contender for the 2015 2016 Belgian Pro League. Now, though, four weeks into the
Posted: May 27, 2015
Most of the world's football leagues operate in the same manner, which makes them both reliably entertaining for old fans and readily accessible for newcomers, but the Belgian Pro League playoff system is different. The traditional system, used by most leagues, is simple, and it works: a number of teams compete in a round robin, division-based system, playing every other team in the league twice (both at home and away) in a lengthy run from late summer to mid-spring. Each win is worth three points, each draw is worth one point, and each loss is worth zero points. The soccer club with the most points in a division at the end of the season, naturally, wins the league.
If you've paid attention to the association football world at all, you are already familiar with this system. So why does the Belgian Pro League operate in a different way? And is Belgium's way of organizing their league season better or worse than the way most other countries do it?
Posted: May 17, 2015
Will RSC Anderlecht be able to manage their fourth consecutive Belgian Pro League title this year? With just three matches left in the 2014 2015 championship play-offs, the Purple and Whites are still in second place, trailing behind Gent for the leading position. However, with a substantial victory over Club Brugge this weekend, and with a big blowout game against Gent waiting for the final week of the 2014 2015 season, RSC might just have a chance to win Belgium's top-flight football title once more this year. Root for the team today, by picking up a brand new Anderlecht shirt at the Soccer Box store.
Shopping for Anderlecht gear? If so, Soccer Box is the place to be! Not only can you find 2014 2015 shirt designs-like the pink Adidas RSC Anderlecht away jersey 2014 2015-but we also recently got stock in of the brand new 2015 2016 Anderlecht home shirt. Purple with white stripes, the new home jersey design innovates upon the classic RSC look without losing the definitive elements.
Posted: February 25, 2015
Belgian football fans had high hopes for RSC Anderlecht in this year's UEFA Champions League. Drawn into a group with Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, and Galatasaray, the Purple and White looked as if they had a great shot at progressing to the knockout phase. After all, Arsenal-while reliably solid in the English Premier League-has never won a UCL title. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund is currently in the midst of their worst season in recent memory. If the wearers of the RSC Anderlecht jersey were ever going to get past the group stage, 2014 2015 would have been the year.
Unfortunately, the Purple and White only won one match in Group D, and ended up in third place behind Dortmund and Arsenal. Now, though, the Belgian squad has a chance to contend in the 2014 2015 UEFA Europa League, and you
Posted: August 11, 2014
The Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, one of the top teams in the Belgian Pro League, has never been like most other clubs. Where most soccer teams have uniforms using "powerful" primary colors like red and blue, Anderlecht's trademark home jersey hue is a deep purple color. And this year, with a new away Anderlecht football shirt, the team has doubled down on the unusual color schemes.
Indeed, the RSC Anderlecht away jersey 2014 2015 is a vibrant new direction for a shirt that has, at least recently, just been an inverted color version of the team's home shirt. Last year's away jersey was a traditional white kit with purple trim. This year's away shirt, meanwhile, is a vibrant neon pink, with the same purple trim, as well as a green square in the center of the torso, the logo of team sponsor,