Belgium champions Anderlecht make their first appearance in theChampions League this season since 2010/11 where they lost out in the play-off stage. You have to go back to 2006/07 for their last appearance in the Champions League group stages where they didn't progress from a group containing Lille, AEK Athens and AC Milan. The Belgian side do have some European calibre however, winning the old Cup Winners' Cup twice and also the UEFA Cup once, albeit you have to go back to 1983 for their last success. Manager for this coming season is John van den Brom who guided them to their 31st domestic title last season.
|Stadium:||Constant Vanden Stock Stadium|
|Manager:||John van den Brom|
|Qualified:||Won Belgian 1st Division|
|Current Odds:||not applicable|
There's a wave of good Belgium players in European football currently but unfortunately for Anderlecht the best have already flown the coop and are playing abroad. The bookmakers made the Belgium champions as big as 500/1 to lift the Champions League and they finished bottom of Group C.
|Zenit St Petersburg||6||2||1||3||6||9||-3||7|
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|18th Sep 12||AC Milan||0 - 0||Anderlecht|
|3rd Oct 12||Anderlecht||0 - 3||Malaga|
|24th Oct 12||Zenit St Petersburg||1 - 0||Anderlecht|
|6th Nov 12||Anderlecht||1 - 0||Zenit St Petersburg|
|21st Nov 12||Anderlecht||1 - 3||AC Milan|
|4th Dec 12||Malaga||2 - 2||Anderlecht|
Anderlecht don't have many household names but English football fans may remember the Serbian Milan Jovanovic who had a short and unsuccessful spell at Liverpool. Jovanovic previously played at Standard Liege and he's a tricky customer on his day. Captain in Argentinian Lucas Biglia but the signs are that Anderlecht will find it tough in this year's competition.