While football competitions are on hold in almost all of Europe due to World Cup qualifiers in South America, North America and Asia, Belgium is still playing as usual. The top match between Club Brugge and the surprising leader Union Sint-Gillis ended in 0-0.
What about the fact that the southern neighbors are kicking a ball at the highest level this week and not in the Eredivisie, for example? Simple answer: the overcrowded Belgian football calendar.
Genk is missing six players
A winter break, the regular competition matches and the play-offs for the national championship ensure that there is no more room to take an extra break. Racing Genk, which has to miss six players, is the biggest victim of this.
Club Brugge and Union Sint-Gillis were able to play at almost full war strength on Thursday evening. The gap between the two teams was nine points beforehand, in favor of the newly promoted players from Brussels.