RSC Anderlecht finished the 2001-2002 season on third spot in the final ranking. The purple & white had to fight hard to be certain of that third spot and the resulting entry ticket for the UEFA Cup.
For the second year in a row, Sporting got the chance to participate to the Champions League that season. After surviving the preliminary rounds, things didn’t really work out the way the club had hoped. Anderlecht didn’t qualify for the second round with only 3 points out of 6 matches.
The Belgian Cup-adventure was also over before things had really started, Sporting was defeated by Lokeren in the first round: Anderlecht lost at home 3-4.