Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Czechoslovakia I Division:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Czechoslovakia II Division Czechia:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Czechoslovakia II Division Slovakia:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Belgium I Division:

Belgium was enjoying fine turn of a decade: vice-champions of Europe and at club level – ranked 12th for 1981, but 5th for the more important 5-year table, kept by UEFA. Behind the numbers was inevitable reality – no matter how great a generation was, Belgium was small country, and, including foreigners, there were no more than 100 classy players or 4-5 stronger clubs. Nothing new and a look beyond those few strong teams the picture was just as it ever was: not so great. That was why only the champion of Second Division was directly promoted and the second promotional spot was decided by play-off tournament. The lower league was sharply divided – two absolute outsiders at the rear end: ROC Montignies s/S. - 15th, and SK St.-Niklase SK - 16th and last, both not only with 17 points, but with exactly the same goal-difference - 27:54. Since both clubs were going down to third level, final positions mattered only for the record – number of wins decided that: ROC had 5 – 2 more than St.-Niklase – and got the next to last place. Above them were three clubs with 25 points - KFC Diest, 14th, RC Jet de Bruxelles, 13th, and KRC Mechelen - 12th. In the safe middle part of the table all was placid enough up to the top 5 teams – those from 2nd to 5th place qualified for the final promotional play-off. Charleroi was perhaps a bit unlucky, finishing 6th with 32 points. The lucky ones were KV Mechelen - 5th with 33 points, SC Hasselt - 4th with 34, KSK Eendracht Aalst - 3rd with 37, and RFC Sérésien - 2nd with 40 points. Technically, it looked somewhat unfair to RFC Seresien, for they had strong season and finished clearly above a whole bunch so-so teams, but rules are rules, and they had yet to earn promotion. Which was not to be, for RFC Seresien lost steam and finished last in the round robin play-off tournament. Just the opposite happened to KV Mechelen, the weaker team in the championship – now they put a fine effort and finished comfortably on top with 3 wins, 1 tie, and 1 loss.
Standing from left: Freddy Verbelen, Stanley Brookes, Mark Talbut, Gustavo Lisazo, Dirk Crabbé, Henk van Rooy, William Janssens, Francis Spinnael
First row: Ronny Lambrechts, Robert Immens, Marc Decoster, Dirk Mertens, Bruno Charels, Karel Kesselaers.
Not a squad to brag about, but happily promoted.

That left the winners: KSK Tongeren practically had no rival this season – 18 wins, 9 ties, and 3 losses, 63-26 goal-difference, and 45 point – the nearest pursuer was 5 points behind. Going up again, but the real test would be next season. Same for KV Mechelen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

France II Division Group B:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

France II Division Group A :