Dieumerci Mbokani named as the best paid player in Belgium
Twelve months ago, La Dernière Heure brought you their list of the best remunerated players in the Pro League and they’re at it again. Anderlecht striker and 2012 Golden Shoe winner Dieumerci Mbokani has edged ahead of teammate Milan Jovanovic. The Congolese earns a basic salary of €1.8m gross, not taking into account player bonuses. It is no surprise that the champions have the highest wage bill (€35m, a figure , which has reportedly doubled in the last two years) ahead of Club Brugge (€21m), Racing Genk (€19m) and Standard Liège (€18m).
At the other end of the scale, the Pro League has set a minimum salary of €9208 gross for a part-time player on a semi-professional contract. Players on full-time deals must earn at least double that, however, players from outside the European Union must be paid at least €73660 gross per year in order to avoid an influx of these players into the Pro League.
Het Nieuwsblad took it upon themselves to publish a list of the top 10 earners in Belgium and the top ten earning Belgians across Europe.
Top 10 earners in the Pro League
|4||Carlos Bacca||Club Brugge||€1.25m|
|5||Meme Tchité||Club Brugge||€1.2m|
|6||Tom De Sutter||Anderlecht||€1.1m|
|7||Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe||Club Brugge||€1m|
|8||Jelle van Damme||Standard||€1m|
Top 10 earning Belgians abroad
|1||Vincent Kompany||Man City||€9m|
|4||Daniel van Buyten||FC Bayern||€4.5m|
The Macedonian squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying double header with Belgium has been announced. There are three Belgian-based players included: goalkeeper Tome Pacovski (KV Mechelen) and forwards Aleksandar Trajkovski (Zulte Waregem) and Ivan Trickovski (Club Brugge). Napoli striker Goran Pandev is the country’s outstanding player. The games will take place on 22 March (in Skopje) and 26 March (Brussels).
Investment group seek to strengthen links with Beerschot as Cercle watch closely
German investment group Advancesport, who are based in Köln, are ready to hand Beerschot a way out of their current financial malaise. They are prepared to buy a 50% stake in the club and ensure they receive a licence for the following season on the condition that current owner Patrick Vanoppen is prepared to give them considerable say in how the club is run. Despite the club’s desperate situation, Vanoppen is believed to be reluctant to hand over control to outsiders, although Beerschot have dealt with Advancesport before.
Cercle Brugge, who are due to play Beerschot in Play-Off 3, are keeping a close eye on proceedings. They wish to avoid a scenario whereby they are relegated to the second tier before Beerschot potentially go bankrupt. This happened to Dender in 2008 -09 before Mouscron filed for bankruptcy and went out of existence. Should things worsen in the coming days for Beerschot, Cercle may attempt to avoid PO3 even taking place, which from a sporting point of view at least, would be most welcome!
Nuytinck to take penalties, Biglia to play on with a broken nose, De Sutter undecided, vanden Borre thanks Mbo Mpenza
A few snippets from Anderlecht. As of last weekend, Bram Nuytinck is the club’s new designated penalty taker. His spot kick in the lost shoot-out in Genk was much better than those taken by Biglia or Jovanovic to name but two. Anderlecht have missed nine penalties in open play this season.
Lucas Biglia will have to lead Anderlecht through the play-offs with a broken nose after sustaining the injury in the win over Mechelen. Tom De Sutter has not yet decided whether he will sign a new deal at Anderlecht or whether he will try his luck elsewhere in the knowledge that he won’t be first choice striker at the club even when Mbokani is sold. And Anthony Vanden Borre has publicly acknowledge the supportive role his former teammate Mbo Mpenza played in helping him along the road to his recent return to Les Mauve et Blanc.