News from D1A and D1B: a Beerschot with Belgian accents, an American in Kuipje and a new technical coordinator in Genk – Foot national


Every day we’ll be covering important behind-the-scenes information from D1A and D1B clubs. Today, here is news about Genk, Beerschot and Westerlo.

A more black-yellow-red Beerschot

The Beerschot offers a very Belgian transfer window. After Robbe Quirynen, Thibaud Verlinden, Thibo Baeten, Bill Lathouwers and Mordecai Nzitathem Rats should, according to Gazet van Antwerpenengage Hervé Matthys, 26 years. Trained in Anderlecht, this left-handed central defender was coming to the end of his contract with ADO La Haye. But before formalizing the arrival of the latter, the Antwerp club announced the transfer ofIbrahim Alhassan, a 25-year-old Nigerian, who plays as a defensive midfielder and arrives free from Portuguese club Nacional. During the 2017-18 season, Alhassan played alongside an old acquaintance from Kiel, Raphael Holzhauser (left since then at OHL), during a visit to Austria Vienna.

Beerschot was also unhappy with the schedule for the Challenger Pro League, the new name with which the D1B will be given is now called. The Mannekes have to play their first two home games behind closed doors and these are great duels against Beveren and Lierse. A big loss financially since these opponents would probably have filled Kiel well.

An American in Westerlo

Westerlo continues to strengthen for his return to the top flight. After the Guardians Nick Gillekens and Sinan Bolata third summer transfer has arrived in Campine: Bryan Reynolds. Westerlo will rent him for a season at AS Roma.

he 20-year-old American will not be out of place since he had already been loaned to Kortrijk for the past six months, when his name had first been mentioned at Anderlecht and FC Bruges. This first loan in our country did him good, as he confided to Gazet van Antwerpen. « I really needed this because at AS Roma I had lost the sense of competition. I needed playing time. In Kortrijk, however, I did not reach my best level. I do not I didn’t feel as good there as I did in MLS. There, I really felt like I could win every game, which gave me a lot of confidence. »he explains.

At Kuipje, Reynolds hopes to recapture that old form. And he is ready for anything. He even ignored the advice of Jose Mourinho, his coach at AS Roma. The American laughs about it: « Mourinho spoke to me in Italian, although I don’t speak Italian. So, it’s time to find you an Italian girlfriend, he replied. But for now, I only want to focus on the football, which might work better if I don’t worry about finding a girlfriend. »does he think.

Bryan Reynolds also wants to use Westerlo as a springboard to the US national team. In recent months, he has not been called. “The period before the World Cup is short, but if I reach my best level, I definitely have a chance of being picked up”he believes.

In addition to Reynolds, Westerlo would also like to attract one of his countrymen, Griffin Yow. Les Campines have reached an agreement with DC United (the club where Nicholas Frutos is still in the staff) to permanently transfer the young 19-year-old winger. The Turkish central defender Ravil Tagir (19) is also on his way to Kuipje. The junior international would be hired for a season at Basaksehir.

The job of your life

The sports management of KRC Genk will soon be expanded. According Het Belang van Limburgthe former goalkeeper Sem Franssen (38 years old) will become the ‘Football Technical Coordinator’. With the « Head of Football » Dimitri de Conde and the « Head of Scouting » Dirk Schoofs, he will define the sporting lines of the Limburg team. Franssen will not be fully operational until mid-September. Until then, he remains in post as CEO, for the Flemish region, of the HR group Q Jobs.

Dimitri de Condé explains this arrival in the columns ofHet Belang van Limburg. « For 25 years, we have been the third most successful club in Belgium, and even number 2 for the last five years »he begins. « We want that to still be the case, so it’s important to create a high-level sporting climate. It’s also important that we don’t lose our local roots. »continues De Condé.

Dimitri De Condé will have support in Genk., iStock
Dimitri De Condé will have support in Genk. © iStock

As a Limburger and former Genk player, Franssen will watch over the values, DNA and philosophy of KRC Genk. He must also make the link with the youth academy. De Condé also sees a trinity forming: « I also see it as personal support. Dirk Schoofs, Sem Franssen and I will form a trinity. »

Franssen played for Genk from the age of 13 until he was 21. He is delighted with this career change. On his profile LinkedInhe writes the following words: « What if you had a great job that you love doing with co-workers that you genuinely appreciate, and suddenly you could start working in your passion within your blue heart club? Then just take on this challenge. with great enthusiasm. »

The Beerschot offers a very Belgian transfer window. After Robbe Quirynen, Thibaud Verlinden, Thibo Baeten, Bill Lathouwers and Mardochée Nzita, the Rats should, according to Gazet van Antwerpen, hire 26-year-old Hervé Matthys. Trained in Anderlecht, this left-handed central defender was coming to the end of his contract with ADO La Haye. But before formalizing the arrival of the latter, the Antwerp club announced the transfer of Ibrahim Alhassan, a 25-year-old Nigerian, who plays as a defensive midfielder and who arrives free from the Portuguese club Nacional. During the 2017-18 season, Alhassan had played alongside an old acquaintance from Kiel, Raphael Holzhauser (who has since left for OHL), during a stint with Austria Vienna. Beerschot were also unhappy with the calendar of the Challenger Pro League, the new name which will be given to the D1B is now called. The Mannekes have to play their first two home games behind closed doors and they are great duels against Beveren and Lierse. A big loss financially as these opponents would probably have filled Kiel well. Westerlo continues to strengthen for his return to the top flight. After goalkeepers Nick Gillekens and Sinan Bolat, a third summer transfer has arrived in Campine: Bryan Reynolds. Westerlo will rent him for a season at AS Roma. he 20-year-old American will not be out of place since he had already been loaned to Kortrijk for the past six months, when his name had first been mentioned at Anderlecht and FC Bruges. This first loan in our country did him good, as he confided to Gazet van Antwerpen. « I really needed this because at AS Roma I had lost the sense of competition. I needed playing time. In Kortrijk, however, I did not reach my best level. I do not I didn’t feel as good there as I did in MLS. There, I really felt like I could win every game, which gave me a lot of confidence, » he said. this old form. And he is ready for anything. He even ignored the advice of José Mourinho, his coach at AS Roma. The American also laughs: « Mourinho spoke to me in Italian, when I don’t speak Italian. So, it’s time to find you an Italian girlfriend, he replied. But for Right now I just want to focus on football, which might work better if I don’t worry about finding a girlfriend. » Bryan Reynolds also wants to use Westerlo as a springboard to the US national team. In recent months, he has not been called. « The period leading up to the World Cup is short, but if I reach my best level, I certainly have a chance of being picked up, » he believes. In addition to Reynolds, Westerlo would also like to attract one of his compatriots, Griffin Yow. The Campinois have reached an agreement with DC United (the club where Nicolas Frutos is still in the staff) to permanently transfer the young 19-year-old winger. Turkish central defender Ravil Tagir (19) is also on his way to Kuipje. The junior international would be rented for a season at Basaksehir. KRC Genk’s sports management will soon be expanded. According to Het Belang van Limburg, former goalkeeper Sem Franssen (38) will become the ‘Technical Football Coordinator’. With the « Head of Football » Dimitri de Condé and the « Head of Scouting » Dirk Schoofs, he will define the sporting lines of the Limburg team. Franssen will not be fully operational until mid-September. Until then, he remains in post as CEO, for the Flemish region, of the HR group Q Jobs. Dimitri de Condé explains this arrival in the columns of Het Belang van Limburg. « For 25 years, we have been the third most successful club in Belgium, and even number 2 for the last five years, » he begins. « We want this to still be the case, so it is important to establish a high-level sporting climate. It is also important that we do not lose our local roots », continues De Condé. As a Limburger and former Genk player, Franssen will watch over the values, DNA and philosophy of KRC Genk. He must also make the link with the youth academy. De Condé also sees a trinity forming: « I also see him as personal support. Dirk Schoofs, Sem Franssen and I will form a trinity. » Franssen played for Genk from the age of 13 until he was 21. He is delighted with this career change. On his LinkedIn profile, he writes the following words: « What if you had a great job that you like doing with colleagues that you sincerely appreciate, and suddenly you could start working in your passion within the club of your blue heart So, just take on this challenge with a lot of enthusiasm. »



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