The Jupiler Pro League will resume its rights from July 23. The clubs are continuing their preparation to start the season on the right foot. In order to start the championship as well as possible, we have decided to present the different teams of division 1A. In this paper, we will focus on the graduates, theUnion Saint-Gilloise and the RFC Seraing, who find the elite after long years of absence.
The Union back in the elite
After 48 years of absence, Union Saint-Gilloise returns to division 1 thanks to its coronation in division 1B last season. Felice Mazzu, the former Zebras coach, has a varied squad. He has a group that combines youth and experience. In its workforce, the capital club includes familiar faces from Division 1A. We find in its ranks Felipe Avenatti, the former Standard de Liège striker. The Uruguayan center forward is on loan from the Liège club until June 2022. But this is not the only element of experience present within the nucleus. There are also former players of Sporting de Charleroi, Damien Marcq and Guillaume Francois.
This high level knowledge could help the Union to hang on to the maintenance. In addition to seasoned players, Felice Mazzu can also rely on his attacking force. The 23-year-old Belgian striker, Dante vanzeir, scored 27 times and delivered 9 assists under the Union tunic.
To prepare for the best, Felice Mazzu’s men began their preparations in mid-June. They played several friendly matches. The Union faced Zulte Waregem, the Standard, Deinze or the RC Lens. The band at Mazzu won all their games except for a split against the Standard. To close their preparation, the Apaches will face Valenciennes and Amiens ahead of their first league match scheduled for July 25.
The Union will attack its return to the elite with a hearty menu. In the first two days, Felice Mazzu’s men will go to challenge Anderlecht and will receive the Club de Bruges. A solid start to the championship which will allow us to quickly judge the level of the Union.
Seraing, the good surprise
The return of Seraing in D1, we did not expect it. Before the start of the season, the Seresian club were aiming for maintenance, not climb. A nice surprise therefore for the Steelworkers to find themselves in the big leagues. To achieve this, the men ofEmilio ferrera came to the end of Waasland-Beveren au tour final. After a division at the Pairay stadium, the Reds and Blacks beat Waasland 2-5. This victory gives them their ticket to the top division. They therefore find the elite 25 years after their merger with Standard.
It was a turbulent summer in Seraing. The Steelworkers have lost their coach Emilio Ferrera, the main architect of their success. He left for Ghent and is replaced by the Spanish coach, Jordi Condom. The Catalan coach has already passed through Belgium. He trained KAS Eupen between 2015 and 2017.
Another start, Georges Mikautadze, the top scorer of the Reds and Blacks returned to Metz. The striker had scored 23 pawns in 25 games. These departures are therefore detrimental for the club since Seraing loses two elements which partly forged its success last year. To compensate for this departure, the leaders recruited Marius Mouandilmadji. The Chadian striker will have the difficult task of replacing his predecessor.
The promoted lost to Eupen (2-1) and to Racing Luxembourg (3-2) during their preparation. The Steelworkers face Metz on July 17.
For the return to division 1A, Seraing will travel to Kortrijk before hosting Mechelen at the Stade du Pairay. The start of the Steelworkers seems more affordable than that of the Union Saint-Gilloise. The Seraing club will still have a lot to do to start its season well.