Belgian football clubs ready for start of new Pro League season on Friday
Season 2022-2023 of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League is set to start on Friday. In the 120st edition of the most important football competition in the country, favourite Club Brugge will attempt to secure its fourth national title in a row.
The club from Bruges is in a league of its own due to its succesful European campaigns and lucrative transfer windows in recent years. With the expected sale of youngster Charles De Ketelaere to AC Milan for more than 30 million euro, the club is expected to hit the jackpot once again this summer.
Potential challengers include two teams from Brussels: Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, which narrowly missed out on the title in its first top flight season in 48 years, and Anderlecht, Belgian record holder with 34 titles and 21 second places. Other outsiders include Antwerp, KAA Gent and KRC Genk.
The first game of the competition will take place on Friday evening in the stadium of Sclessin. Home team Standard de Liège will take on KAA Gent, winner of the most recent Belgian Cup. Other highlights of the upcoming weekend include the derby between KV Mechelen and Antwerp, and the clash between Club Brugge and KRC Genk.
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