The 16th Cup Finals are always an adventure full of surprises. Often reunions with old acquaintances in amateur clubs or talents who are making their debut in the second division. Collected for you: 10 Scenes in Sketch Cup in the coming days.
Francs Borains: Mr. Chief Responsible, Brogno brothers on staff
From an early age he was fascinated by football as much as he was fascinated by politics.
MR President George Louis Bouches is also the strongman for Franks Buren. In April he was presented to the press in a strange way (to the tune of “We are the Champions”).
Also remarkable: Frank Buren’s coach is Charleroi legend Dante Progno. His brother Tony (ex-Charleroi and Westerlo, among others) is a T3.
George Louis Boches after a useful game in the shirt of Frank Buren
Pelicia Plzen: Nillis for the Hideout
We’d like him to be on the field again instead of off him. The most creative name among amateur clubs is undoubtedly Luc Nilis. The former Red Devil coaches Limburg integration club Pelicia Plzen.
For the legendary striker, it’s the baptism of fire as the head coach. Previously, Nilis was a coach and assistant striker at PSV, Kasimpasa, Gençlerbirligi VVV-Venlo and Ankaragücü, among others.
At the moment, Nellis is sixth in the second amateur category with 13 points from 8 matches. What will the team be able to do against AA Gent?
Luke Nellis and the Pelecia players.
Sports Shop: The bosom of Romelu Lukaku’s friend
Having passed through Anderlecht, Antwerp, Circle and Ostend, Nikesi Kodembana is by no means unknown to the Belgian football public.
At Purple & White, the goalkeeper was known as a mentor to many youngsters. Among them is also Romelu Lukaku. Even after their time at RSCA, the two remained close friends. Undoubtedly, Lukaku is aware of his friend’s results in Winkel Sport in his first amateur.
In the previous round of the cup, Kudimbana – like his brother – starred against Mandel United. Boris (25) kicked the seventh penalty kick in the net 4-4 in the penalty shootout, then the older brother Nikesi (34) stopped the decisive eleven penalty kick for Mandel.
Nesese Kodembana as Antwerp goalkeeper.
Knokke FC: A popular destination for ex-first division players
Knokke is not only popular among soccer players for a day or night trip.
In the past, the ambitious amateur club from the coastal municipality has had, among others, Frederic Boe, Peter van der Heyden, Quinn Persons and Tom de Sutter in the fall of their careers.
This season we see a lot of familiar faces again: Sven Doust (former club), Gertan Martins (former Ostend) and Sebastien Siani (former Ostend).
Kortrijk warned: Three years ago, Knokke ousted Standard on an unforgettable evening.
Knock stunt again?
La Louvière Center: A 40-year-old former striker who was initially a coach
night. Utrecht. West Bromwich. Celtic.
These are just a few of the clubs that were wearing the Marc Antoine Fortuny shirt. At the end of his career, the striker from French Guiana ended up at La Louvière.
When Fortuné replaced his soccer boots with a tracksuit in the former First Division, he seemed to put an end to his career.
Only: Earlier this month, La Louvière’s board of directors removed him from his position as coach due to disappointing results. The 40-year-old Fortune is now a player again.
Marc Antoine Fortune plays football again.
Onhaye CS: Record Keeper with two titles
Possibly the greatest unknown of the Sixteenth Finals.
Onhaye CS is a club from Namur that plays in the third amateur category. Only one name stands out in the selection: Jérémy De Vriendt.
Browse to the 35-year-old goalkeeper’s Transfermarkt page and you’ll find two Belgian league titles on it. De Vriendt was part of the successful Select Standard between 2007 and 2009.
The substitute goalkeeper currently still has an impressive track record to his name. In 5 matches with the Roche team, he conceded only 3 goals. No goalkeeper can do a better average in Standard since the year of the tournament.
Jeremy De Freindt works for The Standard.
KVK Tienen: Former Best Club Brugge talent
In the summer of 2016, Club Brugge supporters described it as significant. Terry Osei-Berkoe won the bronze medal with Belgium at the World Under-17 Championship. In the summer of 2016 he also hit twice In a training match against Knokke. Later that season, he repeated that trick in a youth league match against FC Porto.
Former coach Michel Briodome rewarded Osei-Berkoe with a place in the competition match against Charleroi and allowed him to go on winter training to Sotogrande.
Sadly, the official Blauw-Zwart debut for the 23-year-old winger has yet to come. This summer, it appeared that the son of former professional William would be on his way to Patro Esden – and the official announcement is still to be found on the club’s official website. In the end it moved towards Tienen.
Thierry Osei-Birko as a young player at Club Brugge.
FC Dender: The old champion is back
Do you remember Esteban Casagolda? Former player OH Leuven and Union, among others, caused quite a stir in Dender. In 2016, the striker crowned himself the title of third-place scorer with 23 goals.
Five years later, the Belgian with Spanish roots returned to Dender. His arrival was only officially completed in mid-September, but this weekend the sniper was immediately decisive by scoring the only goal against Mandel United.
Esteban Casagolda (right) in Ohio Leuven costume.
SK Deinze: New trick against Club?
There was no shortage of ambition. “The sky is the limit,” SK Deinze said when they reached 1B last season. However, unsuccessful transfers such as those of Renato Neto and Ronaldo Vargas proved unsuccessful. Then the acquisition of Denis Prychynenko – the absolute legend at Beeschot – was even better this year.
Can the captain lead Deinze to a new round against Club Brugge? Three years ago, the East Flemish club caused one of the biggest stunts in cup history by defeating Blue and Lions 2-0.
With four goals in nine games, Dylan de Bilder is the man to watch.
Deinze is an average driver in the 1B.
SK Lommel: Test lab for Manchester City
One of the games from Manchester City’s lively portfolio. At SK Lommel, the possibilities are endless since the acquisition of the group behind the English club.
Because let’s face it: Which second-tier side easily racks up millions in transfers? Arthur Sales came from Vasco da Gama for three million. Striker Koki Saito and defender Jesper Tolenson each cost more than two million players. In addition, five more talents were hired from Big Brother City.
So far with limited results. Lommel is third in 1B, ten points behind leader Westerlo.
Glenn Nevin is a constant value in Lommel’s defence.
Football Cup live in Sporza
We will keep you updated with every match in the Belgian Cup this week. Follow the 1/16 Finals live on sporza.be, in the Sporza Apps and in Sporza on Radio 1.
You can watch Westerlo – Antwerp Thursday night at Sporza on Canvas.
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