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Oud-Heverlee Leuven has only been assured of the promotion for one week and can open the competition in-house against Eupen. Do they provide a good start? Or will the Oostkantonners run with the three points?
The promotion final is over and now Oud-Heverlee Leuven still has a week to prepare for the competition start in the Jupiler Pro League. Only a week, which is a big disadvantage, says Marc Brys. “That promotion final has taken us hostage in recent months,” Marc Brys responded after 1B’s denouement. “So we start with a disadvantage to the competition. This is unfair to us and Beerschot. There will be reinforcements to come and they have to adapt to the group and the philosophy and prepare themselves conditionally. That can take five to six weeks ”
Oud-Heverlee Leuven had a problem for the promotion final. Many of their players were out of contract on June 30. Thanks to a mini contract extension, they could still be on the competition sheet during the final and now there is also clarity about their future. The OH Leuven players who were at the end of their contract on June 30 and could then leave for another team for free. Like goalkeeper Henkinet, who went to Standard. In the end, the club was allowed to extend players until just after the promotion final, which happened. What’s more, the players who signed a mini contract extension have also put their cribbing under a new contract that will run until at least the end of the 2020/21 season.
Beerschot won the promotion final, but OH Leuven is also preparing for 1A. Both clubs want to strengthen themselves, but they have to do it with fewer resources. The TV money for Beerschot and OH Leuven will be calculated for the next two seasons as if the PhD students were still playing football in 1B. That was decided at the General Assembly of the Pro League. The clubs did protest, but in the end they both agreed as a sign of their willingness for an eighteen-team competition. The loss compared to the competitors is one million euros.
Eupen was already going strong on the transfer market. The Pandas are determined not to end up in relegation worries next season. It has to be said, the names that the people of East Canton have already managed to bring in are really worth it: Amara Baby, Knowledge Musona, Senna Miangue and Stef Peeters.
In 24 hours it was done: negotiations, medical tests and contract signing. Benoit Poulain must have set a Belgian record transfer settlement. But the French defender is looking forward to it. Poulain took two titles with Club Brugge, but also knows that the ambitions in the East Cantons are slightly lower. “I have no personal ambition,” he said yesterday after the practice match between Eupen and Union. “I want to help the club finish as high as possible. If that is with me as an important player, so much the better. ”
A young talent from Eupen has signed with OGC Nice. Junior Diomandé has signed a two-year internship contract. The right back enjoyed the interest of many European clubs, but decided to pursue his career with the Aiglons. “I am proud to be able to participate here and to have signed my first contract with a club like OGC Nice,” Diomandé wrote on his Instagram account. According to the French press, the former player of Eupen can get a professional contract if he meets certain conditions.
Leuven vs Eupen head to head matches
10.07.19 CF Leuven Eupen 2 : 2
24.05.15 JL Eupen Leuven 0 : 1
10.05.15 JL Leuven Eupen 1 : 1
19.12.14 PL Eupen Leuven 1 : 1
29.08.14 PL Leuven Eupen 2 : 0