Year Review: 2016

As Santa Claus is already back at the North Pole and the end of 2016 is near, I made a list of my best experiences last year. 2016 was quite a special year with my first European Championship game and my first Champions League game. I also visited Luxebourg, Norway, Portugal and Spain for the first time and made a lot of groundhop friends. In 2016 I visited 115 games, with a combined total of 333 goals in 9 different countries. This is my 2016 top 10.

1. 16-01-2016 Estoril - SL Benfica 1-2 

Beautiful game in a beautiful ground with great atmosphere in a beautiful country. Tickets in Portugal are very cheap, just like everything else. Lisbon is a great place to visit with a lot of football clubs as I could visit Belenenses, Estoril, Alético CP, Sporting CP, SL Benfica and the national stadium in just 3 days (only 2 with games).

2. 02-11-2016 Barakaldo CF - Real Madrid Castilla 1-1

I visited Bilbao with the very kind Drughi ultras from KRC Genk and I was lucky to find out that Barakaldo CF played at home. The "Baraka" have a rather new and special stadium but create a rather decent and special atmosphere. The home team managed to equalize in the last seconds, making their fans going crazy. Great evening out in the Bilbao suburbs!

3. 30-10-2016 Royal Antwerp FC - AFC Tubize 2-0

Completing the 1st and 2nd division of Belgian football were 2 of my goals this year and by visiting the oldest club in Belgium I managed to complete the 2nd division. Antwerp FC has an amazing stadium and great support, next time I will buy my ticket on 'Tribune 2' as it's a real beauty and I couldn't keep my eyes of it.

4. 03-12-2016 Eintracht Trier - TSV Steinbach 0-1

Eintracht Trier plays in the 4th tier of German football and has a very beautiful ground and some good support.You can easily combine them with a game in Luxembourg. I was lucky to visit them, followed by a game in Luxembourg and even one in Belgium.

5. 18-10-2016 Bayer Leverkusen - Tottenham Hotspur 0-0

My first Champions League games ever, resulting in a 0-0 score after a very good game. It was actually unbelievable how both teams managed not to score. The BayArena is a brand new ground but I kind of like it.

6. 03-09-2016 RFC Tilleur - RRC Waterloo 4-0

This game was only a friendly, but it doesn't really matter when the game is played in the beautiful Stade de Buraufosse. One of the best grounds to visit in Belgium, I guess.

7. 06-08-2016 Lillestrøm - Rosenborg BK 3-4 

Norway is much more expensive than Portugal but as I was on holiday, I had the chance to visit Lillestrom. The visitors took a lot of fans to the capital of Norway and created a great atmosphere. Cristian Gytkjær scored a hattrick before the break (0-4) but the home team also made an unbelievable comeback, resulting in a spectacular 3-4.

8. 03-12-2016 RLC Bastogne - ROC Meix 0-5

Despite the home team having a terrible evening, I had a great one. RLC Bastogne has a very beautiful ground in the Belgian Ardennes, which is really worth the visit.

9. 14-06-2016 Belgium - Italy 0-2

A 10 hour bus trip took me to Lyon, to watch my first European Championship game. I already experienced 2 Europa League Finals and this game made me remind them, with the show before the game etc. The Belgians didn't stood a chance against the tactically stronger Italians.

10. 19-01-2016 Os Belenenses - Ground Visit

It may seem strange, taking a ground visit over 100 other games.. but Os Belenenses really has a rather modern but beautiful ground with an amazing view. I will return one day to visit a game of "The ones from Belém".

Visited games in 2016:

# Date Game Ground
1. 09/01/2016 Beerschot Wilrijk - Tempo Overijse Olympisch Stadion "Het Kiel"
2. 10/01/2016 FC Cappellen - KVK Tienen Jos Van Wellenstadion
3. 16/01/2016 Estoril - SL Benfica Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota
4. 17/01/2016 Atletico CP - Leixoes Estadio Tapadinha
5. 20/01/2016 Lazio Roma - Juventus Stadio Olimpico
6. 30/01/2016 RC Mechelen - KSV Temse Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion
7. 06/02/2016 Tempo Overijse - KVK Tienen Begijnhofstadion
8. 14/02/2016 KV Oostende - Club Brugge KV Albertparkstadion
9. 21/02/2016 KVK Tienen - Grimbergen Bergestadion
10. 27/02/2016 Sprimont - KVK Tienen Site du Tultay
11. 06/03/2016 KVK Tienen - FC Liege Bergestadion
12. 13/03/2016 RW Walhain - KVK Tienen Stade des Boscailles
13. 18/03/2016 FC Eindhoven - VVV Venlo Jan Louwersstadion
14. 19/03/2016 KVK Tienen - Kelmis Bergestadion
15. 21/03/2016 KRC Genk B - Club Brugge KV B Cristal Arena B
16. 25/03/2016 KVK Tienen - Diegem Sport Bergestadion
17. 26/03/2016 Victoria 'S Herenelderen - KMR Biesen 'S Herenelderen VV Stadion
18. 27/03/2016 KSK Thor Hasselt - VC Kesselt Ten Hove
19. 28/03/2016 Belgium U21 - Montenegro U21 Den Dreef
20. 01/04/2016 VVV Venlo - FC Den Bosch Season Stadion "De Koel"
21. 02/04/2016 KV Oostende - Club Brugge KV Schiervelde
22. 03/04/2016 Woluwe Zaventem - KVK Tienen Stedelijk Sportstadion
23. 08/04/2016 KRC Genk - KV Oostende Cristal Arena
24. 09/04/2016 Club Brugge KV - KAA Gent Jan Breydelstadion
25. 10/04/2016 KFC Rupel Boom - KVK Tienen Gemeentelijk Parkstadion
26. 17/04/2016 RRC Hamoir - KVK Tienen Terrain du RRC Hamoir
27. 20/04/2016 KRC Genk - Club Brugge KV Cristal Arena
28. 22/04/2016 Fortuna Sittard - Go Ahead Eagles Fortuna Sittard Stadion
29. 24/04/2016 KRC Genk - KAA Gent Cristal Arena
30. 01/05/2016 KVK Tienen - RUW Ciney Bergestadion
31. 04/05/2016 Vlijtingen VV - Lutlommel VV Allewijstraat
32. 06/05/2016 KRC Genk - Zulte Waregem Cristal Arena
33. 11/05/2016 KRC Genk B - RSC Anderlecht B Cristal Arena B
34. 19/05/2016 KRC Genk - RSC Anderlecht Cristal Arena
35. 26/05/2016 KSK Hasselt - La Louviere Stedelijk Sportstadion
36. 29/05/2016 KRC Genk - Sporting Charleroi Cristal Arena
37. 05/06/2016 Belgium - Norway Koning Boudewijnstadion
38. 14/06/2016 Belgium - Italy Parc Olympique Lyonnais
39. 02/07/2016 KVK Tienen - YR KV Mechelen Bergestadion
40. 06/07/2016 KVK Tienen - Sint-Truiden VV Bergestadion
41. 08/07/2016 KAA Gent - Olympiakos Piraeus Ghelamco Arena
42. 09/07/2016 SK Lierse - KRC Genk Sint-Jannekestadion
43. 16/07/2016 ASV Geel - YR KV Mechelen De Leunen
44. 17/07/2016 FC Eindhoven - KRC Genk Mijnstadion
45. 23/07/2016 Lokeren - Newcastle United Daknam
46. 24/07/2016 HIH Hoepertingen - KVK Tienen Hoepertingenstadion
47. 29/07/2016 KRC Genk - Cork City Luminus Arena
48. 31/07/2016 KAC Betekom - RCS Brainois Stadion Grote Baan
49. 31/07/2016 SC Aarschot - KOVC Sterrebeek De Laak
50. 03/08/2016 Lanaken VV - Zutendaal VV Sportpark Pietersheim
51. 06/08/2016 Lillestrom SK - Rosenborg BK Arasen Stadium
52. 10/08/2016 Eendracht Termien - Patro Eisden 't Heke
53. 13/08/2016 KFC Schoten SK - KVK Westmalle Gemeentepark Schoten
54. 13/08/2016 KGR Katelijne - Heur-Tongeren Domstadion
55. 13/08/2016 KVK Tienen - FC Dender EH Bergestadion
56. 14/08/2016 Antonia FC - VW Hamme Antonia FC Stadion
57. 14/08/2016 KFC Turnhout - KSK Heist Stadsparkstadion
58. 15/08/2016 OH Leuven U21 - KAA Gent U21 OHL Opleidingscentrum
59. 21/08/2016 KFC Zwarte Leeuw - Sint-Lenaarts Louis Van Roey Stadion
60. 24/08/2016 KFC Diest - SC Aarschot Warandestadion
61. 25/08/2016 KRC Genk - Lokomotiva Zagreb Luminus Arena
62. 26/08/2016 NAC Breda - FC Den Bosch Rat Verlegh Stadion
63. 28/08/2016 Berg en Dal VV - Verbroedering Zwijndrecht Kattenstadion
64. 03/09/2016 RFC Tilleur - RRC Waterloo Stade de Buraufosse
65. 04/09/2016 Berchem Sport - KVK Tienen Ludo Coeckstadion
66. 07/09/2016 KDH Jeuk - ESJ Alken Gemeentelijk Sportterrein
67. 10/09/2016 Zepperen-Brustem - Vlijtingen VV Het Dekken
68. 11/09/2016 Zutendaal VV - KEWS S. Beverst Kerkeberg
69. 17/09/2016 KVV Thes Sport - KVK Tienen Gemeentelijk Sportpark
70. 20/09/2016 KFC Dessel Sport - Exc. Mouscron Armand Melis Stadion
71. 21/09/2016 KSK Hasselt - YR KV Mechelen Stedelijk Sportstadion
72. 24/09/2016 KVK Tienen - Hoogstraten VV Bergestadion
73. 25/09/2016 KFC Helson Helchteren - KFC Diest DMW Stadion
74. 26/09/2016 KRC Genk U21 - KAA Gent U21 Cristal Arena B
75. 29/09/2016 KRC Genk - US Sassuolo Luminus Arena
76. 01/10/2016 MSV Duisburg - Chemnitzer FC Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena
77. 01/10/2016 RC Hades - KVK Tienen Kiewitstadion
78. 06/10/2016 Kazakhstan U19 - Belgium U19 Patrostadion
79. 08/10/2016 KVK Tienen - Olympia Wijgmaal Bergestadion
80. 11/10/2016 Royal Union Oreye - FC Jupille Complex Sportif
81. 16/10/2016 Spouwen Mopertingen - KVK Tienen Norbert Beuls Stadion
82. 18/10/2016 Bayer Leverkusen U19 - Tottenham Hotspur U19 Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion
83. 18/10/2016 Bayer Leverkusen - Tottenham Hotspur BayArena
84. 20/10/2016 KRC Genk - Athletic Bilbao Luminus Arena
85. 22/10/2016 KSC Grimbergen - Sp. Mopertingen Prinsenbosstadion
86. 22/10/2016 KVK Tienen - Rupel Boom Bergestadion
87. 27/10/2016 PEC Zwolle - VVV Venlo MAC3PARK Stadion
88. 28/10/2016 FC Twente - Roda JC Grolsche Vest
89. 29/10/2016 Jong Vitesse - Kozakken Boys Papendal
90. 29/10/2016 Vitesse - PSV GelreDome
91. 30/10/2016 R. Antwerp FC - AFC Tubize Bosuilstadion
92. 30/10/2016 KSV Bornem - KFC Izegem Stadion Het Breeven
93. 30/10/2016 YR KV Mechelen - KAA Gent AFAS-Stadion
94. 02/11/2016 CF Barakaldo - Real Madrid Castilla Estadio Nuevo Lasesarre
95. 03/11/2016 Athletic Bilbao - KRC Genk San Mames
96. 12/11/2016 KFC Zwarte Leeuw - KVK Tienen Louis van Roeystadion
97. 13/11/2016 K. Herk FC - Melosport Zonhoven Maurice Baens Stadion
98. 19/11/2016 KVK Tienen - KFC Duffel Bergestadion
99. 22/11/2016 Eendracht Louwel - Nevok Gruitrode Op 't Heike
100. 24/11/2016 KRC Genk - Rapid Wien Luminus Arena
101. 25/11/2016 Fortuna Dusseldorf - Hannover96 Esprit-Arena
102. 26/11/2016 Royal Waremmien - RES Acrenoise Stade Edmond Leburton
103. 27/11/2016 Torpedo Hasselt - Nieuwerkerken VV Martinus
104. 03/12/2016 Eintracht Trier - TSV Steinbach Moselstadion
105. 03/12/2016 Alliance Aischdall - Lorentzweiler Stade Koericherberg
106. 03/12/2016 RLC Bastogne - ROC Meix Stade des Recollets
107. 10/12/2016 KFC Nijlen - Diegem Sport Ophoven
108. 11/12/2016 KVK Tienen - KSC Grimbergen Bergestadion
109. 16/12/2016 Lommel United - R. Antwerp FC Soevereinstadion
110. 17/12/2016 Sint-Gillis Waas - Eendracht Wervik Houtvoortstadion
111. 17/12/2016 RFC Meux - ROC Charleroi Complexe du RFC Meux
112. 18/12/2016 KVK Tienen - Berchem Sport Bergestadion
113. 21/12/2016 KFC Houtvenne - KFC Esperanza Pelt Complex KFC Houtvenne
114. 27/12/2016 KRC Genk - KAA Gent Luminus Arena
115. 27/12/2016 Zonhoven VV - KVVZ Diepenbeek De Basvelden

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