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Starting lineup - published: 21.03.18

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GK Sammy BOSSUT Tielt

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GK Thomas DIDILLON Seclin

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GK William DUTOIT Roncq 

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DC Raphaël VARANE Lille

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DRC Brandon MECHELE Bredene

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DRC Sebastian DEWAEST Poperinge

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DLC Jan VERTONGHEN Saaint Niklaas

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DLC Nicolas LOMBAERTS Brugge

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DLC Rick VAN DRONGELEN Axel

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DR Mathieu DEBUCHY Fretin

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DLC/ML Jelle VAN DAMME Lokeren

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DL Laurens DE BOCK Dendermonde

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DL/ML Artur MASUAKU Lille

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DRC/DMC Benjamin PAVARD Maubeuge

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DC/DMC Bjorn ENGELS Kaprijke

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DMC Adrien TAMEZE Lille

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DMC/DC Leander DENDONCKER Passendale

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MC Birger VERSTRAETE Oostende 

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MC Nabil BENTALEB Lille

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MC Vadis ODJIDJA OFOE Gent

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MC Yohan CABAYE Tourcoing

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AMC Thomas BUFFEL Brugge

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AMRLC Anthony KNOCKAERT Roubaix

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AMRLC Brecht DEJAEGERE Handzame

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AMRLC Kevin DE BRUYNE Drongen

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AMRL Martin TERRIER Armentières

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FRLC Alassane PLEA Lille

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FRLC Andre AYEW Seclin

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FRLC Divock ORIGI Ostend

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FRLC Maxime LESTIENNE Kortrijk

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FC Obbi OULARE Waregem

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FC Tom DE SUTTER Gent

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(Today western Belgium, part of northern France and southern Netherland)

By creating the county of Flanders, the West Franks kings attempted to secure the northern borders of their country which were often attacked by Vikings, but the counts themselves, over time, gained independence from the central rule from Paris. Although they were politically united under the supreme rule of the Count of Flanders, the citizens of Flanders were far from homogenous. While in the southern parts mostly Romance languages held sway, in the north, which was also far more populous, forms of Germanic languages were dominant, and the coastal regions were the home to people of Saxon or Frisian origins.

 The accelerated economic and social development of the cities imposed more and more the concept of social organization which was different from the feudal one, and the Flemish cities in particular developed faster than the lumbering feudal states. The cloth industry, which mostly collaborated with English wool merchants, produced high-quality textiles. Merchants from all countries started coming to Flanders, and sea trade that went through Bruges, made the city the center of European trade. Flanders profited from its geographical position as it enabled it to become a mediator between the Mediterranean, Scandinavian, and Baltic countries, as well as England and Rhineland, especially Cologne. In order to protect their independence, Counts of Flanders often went to war against the Kings of France, but they found a greater problem in the attempts of rich Flemish cities to become independent.

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