Jupiler Pro League 2013-2014: Regular Season stats

So, that’s the end of the regular season in Belgium. All 16 teams have played 30 matches and in most European countries that means the end of the season, but not here. The top 6 teams in Belgium will play for the championship title, positions 7 to 14 will play for one (!) last Europa League ticket and the last two will play in Play Off 3 for a small chance to stay in the Jupiler Pro League. Why a small chance? The winner of Play Off 3 still has to win the Play Offs with the Second Division teams following that. Play Offs, Play Offs and Play Offs here in Belgium!

We would like to give you a round-up of the best players and some interesting stats.

Most Clean Sheets this season: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liège)

Kawashima had a very good season with Standard Liège and kept 18 clean sheets in 27 matches. Just to give you an idea, Thibaut Courtois kept 14 clean sheets in 27 matches this season. The Japanese goalkeeper wasn’t certain to start this season. The club bought the talented Yohann Thuram from Troyes but Kawashima has been excellent and Standard loaned the French youngster to another Duchâtelet acquired club, Charlton Athletic, not long after. Kawashima should also participate at the World Cup in Brazil with Japan.

Most assists: Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem)

1. Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem) 13
2. Danijel Milicevic (Charleroi/KAA Gent) 10
3. Frank Berrier (KV Oostende) 10
4. Maxime Lestienne (Club Brugge) 10
5. Fabien Camus (KRC Genk) 10

Most yellow cards: Standard Liège (78)

You don’t see it too often that the best side of the league picks up the most yellow cards. Standard Liège always has been a team with a great fighting spirit. This season, this has been encouraged by their coach Guy Luzon. The Israeli has a very passionate coaching style, that’s the least you can say.

Most efficient striker*: Hamdi Harbaoui (KSC Lokeren)

1. Hamdi Harbaoui (KSC Lokeren) – a goal every 115 minutes
2. Tony Watt (Lierse SK) – a goal every 119 minutes
3. Michy Batshuayi (Standard Liège) – a goal every 128 minutes
4. Habib Habibou (Zulte Waregem/KAA Gent) – a goal every 129 minutes
5. Aleksandar Mitrovic (RSC Anderlecht) – a goal every 148 minutes

*At least 900 minutes played in the regular season

Player involved in most goals for his team: Thorgan Hazard (43%) Zulte Waregem

Chelsea-loanee Thorgan Hazard scored 9 goals and gave 13 assists this season for Zulte Waregem. This means that he was involved in 43% of Zulte Waregem’s goals. No player did better than him this season. He picked up before where he left off from last season, with strong performances in the first half of the season. After January, and the transfer soap opera with Anderlecht, Hazard’s star wasn’t shining as brightly as before. Francky Dury kept his playmaker away from the media and tried to prepare him for the important Cup final against Lokeren and the last ten matches of the season.

Most minutes played: four goalkeepers followed by KV Kortrijk midfielder Gertjan De Mets

1. Parfait Mandanda (Sporting Charleroi) 2700
2. Mathew Ryan (Club Brugge) 2700
3. Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem) 2700
4. Colin Coosemans (Waasland-Beveren) 2700
5. Gertjan De Mets (KV Kortrijk) 2613

The Youngest player in the Jupiler Pro League: Youri Tielemans (RSC Anderlecht)

Youri Tielemans, a name we’ll see more often the next months and years in Belgium and even Europe. The midfielder played 1123 minutes for Anderlecht in the regular season. Already quite some minutes for a player of his age but John van den Brom should maybe have given even more playing time. He’s the type of player Anderlecht is missing this season but the Dutch coach maybe wanted to protect his young talent. Besnik Hasi, who recently took over from former Vitesse coach, let him start in his first match as head coach of Anderlecht. He played his first match under Dutch John van den Brom when he was 16 years, 2 months and 21 days old.

Best defence: Standard Liège

1. Standard Liège: 0.57 goals conceded per match
2. Club Brugge: 0,93 goals  conceded per match
3. RSC Anderlecht: 1.03 goals conceded per match
4. Sporting Lokeren: 1.03 goals conceded permatch
5. Waasland-Beveren: 1.17 goals conceded per match

The oldest player in the Jupiler Pro League: Timmy Simons (Club Brugge)

Good old Timmy Simons. He was 37 years, 3 months and 5 days old when Club Brugge played their last match of the regular season against city rivals Cercle Brugge. Club Brugge bought Timmy Simons to bring some experience in the group but also because Simons was one of the most important players when Club Brugge won their last title. The captain of Club Brugge can look back at a beautiful career. He had some great years in Holland with PSV Eindhoven before moving to the Bundesliga. Now he’s back in Belgium to win the title with the club of his heart.

Top scorer of the regular season: Michy Batshuayi (Standard Liège)

1. Michy Batshuayi: 18 goals (Standard Liège)
2. Hamdi Harbaoui: 16 goals (Sporting Lokeren)
3. Habib Habibou: 14 goals (Zulte Waregem/KAA Gent)
4. Ivan Santini: 13 goals (KV Kortrijk)
5. David Pollet: 13 goals (Sporting Charleroi/RSC Anderlecht)

Best forward duo: Michy Batshuayi and Imoh Ezekiel

We could already expect that this prize would go to Standard Liège. Batshuayi and Ezekiel played excellent together in the regular season. Batshuayi gets all the credit lately but without Ezekiel he wouldn’t have scored as many goals. The little Nigerian scored 10 goals this season and gave 8 assists. Michy Batshuayi scored 18 goals but only provided 3 assists. You could say that Batshuayi is a real striker who always wants to score and Ezekiel is more a team player.

Percentage of foreign players used in the Jupiler Pro League.

1. France: 16%
2. Serbia: 5.6%
3. Senegal: 5.2%
4. Netherlands: 4.7%
5. Congo DR: 4.2%

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