Saturday, August 06, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1566

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1. Bruges look to Ceulemans to see off Anderlecht
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 20:31:46 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Bruges look to Ceulemans to see off Anderlecht

Club Bruges start a new era when they open the defence of their
Belgian league title against Excelsior Mouscron on Friday with a new
coach and captain.

Former Belgian international striker Jan Ceulemans took over in June
after his predecessor Norwegian Trond Sollied stunned the club by
leaving for Olympiakos of Greece after five successful years in
charge.

The club will also have been damaged by the loss of their club
captain and top player Timmy Simons to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven
in the close season.

Bruges are expected to fight it out once more with Anderlecht for the
title with Racing Genk, Standard Liege and Charleroi again hoping to
close the gap on the traditional top two.

Anderlecht coach Frankie Vercauteren has been busy in the transfer
market over the close season.

Belgium midfielder Bart Goor has come in from Dutch club Feyenoord,
Belgium's number one goalkeeper Silvio Proto from their opponents on
Saturday La Louviere and striker Serhat Akin from Fenerbahce, where
he was top scorer in Turkey last term.

Proto is sure to get a reception to remember when he takes to the
field against his old club on Saturday after his on-off transfer.

Vercauteren said he was delighted to have kept his best players from
last season at the Brussels club, for the short-term at least.

"It is a miracle that we have held on to Vincent Kompany and
Christian Wilhelmsson," he said. "But this may be their last season.
So we will prepare for that happening."

Goor has already proved his worth by scoring one goal and setting up
another as Anderlecht made easy progress past Azerbaijan's Neftchi
Baku to the third qualifying round of the Champions League, where
they will play Slavia Prague.

Ceulemans also has half an eye on Europe and his side's Champions
League qualifying tie against Valerenga in Norway next week.

"Getting to the second round of the Champions League is a priority
for us," he said.

KEEP PLAYERS

Former Anderlecht coach Hugo Broos leads Racing Genk into the new
season after replacing Rene Vandereycken.

Broos has been concentrating on retaining top players Koen Daerden,
Kevin Vandenbergh and Orlando Engelaar rather than making forays into
the transfer market.

Genk are away to Lokeren on Saturday before departing for Latvia and
a UEFA Cup tie with Metalurgs in midweek.

Standard Liege, who only lost out to Genk for a European place after
a playoff last season, start their campaign at home to Lierse.

Newly promoted Zulte-Waregem face a local derby with Ghent on their
first division debut, while the other side to be promoted, Roeselare
travel to St Truiden.

Beveren host FC Brussels, Westerlo entertain Cercle Bruges, while
Sunday sees Charleroi at home to Belgium Cup holders GBA.

The Antwerp club could be the surprise package after they were just
beaten on penalties by Bruges in the Super Cup last weekend.

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Let the show begin :)

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