Axel Witsel of Red Devils awarded best goal for 2017

Axel Witsel of Red Devils awarded best goal for 2017

Axel Witsel produced the best goal of 2017 for the Red Devils. This was announced yesterday by the Belgian Football Union. Witsel succeeded in a magnificent return in the match against Gibraltar (9-0), on August 31st, during the qualifications for the World Cup in 2018. Witsel’s goal was tremendously popular, voted for by 3,808 supporters. The second and third places go to two goals scored against Greece. On September 3rd, the strike from outside of the box produced by Jan Vertonghen in Athens (1-2) got 936 votes. On March 25th,…

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Fifa investigates after Rhian Brewster tells of racist abuse in Under-17 World Cup final

Fifa investigates after Rhian Brewster tells of racist abuse in Under-17 World Cup final

Fifa has opened an investigation after Rhian Brewster told the Guardian his England team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused by a Spanish opponent during the Under-17 World Cup final. Brewster made the allegation in an interview with the Guardian last week. The 17-year-old Liverpool player said he had personally experienced racial abuse or witnessed it on a football pitch seven times, including five occasions in the past seven months. Two of those alleged incidents – all against overseas opposition – took place on England duty, with the most recent being…

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Euro 2020 would have earned Brussels up to 123 million euros – researcher calculates

Euro 2020 would have earned Brussels up to 123 million euros – researcher calculates

Hosting the Euro 2020 football tournament would have earned Brussels about 100.3 million to 123 million euros, l’Echo daily reported on Thursday, based on the memoir of a student of the Solvay Brussels School. Luc Jérôme, who obtained a distinction for his work, calculated the positive economic impact of the sporting event on the basis of four scenarios. Under the most optimistic one, Brussels would have earned an estimated 123 million euros from hosting the opening match, three other matches and the press centre. Under the second scenario, the opening…

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool strike force will have last-16 rivals worried

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool strike force will have last-16 rivals worried

Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool’s formidable attacking quartet will strike fear throughout the Champions League after his team swept into the last 16 with a 7-0 destruction of Spartak Moscow. Philippe Coutinho, with the first hat-trick of his Anfield career, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah scored as Liverpool struck seven without reply for the second time in the group campaign. Victory ensured Klopp’s side advanced into the knockout phase as group winners and means the Premier League has five clubs in the last 16 of the competition for the…

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Vardy gives Mauricio Pochettino a reminder of failed title bid

Vardy gives Mauricio Pochettino a reminder of failed title bid

Vardy scores his seventh of the season to put Spurs on the back foot. Tottenham Hotspur’s fading title hopes were surely extinguished here, as Leicester City fans crowed “It’s happened again”. This was a damaging defeat by the team who beat them to the 2015-2016 title and Spurs could be 16 points behind the leaders Manchester City by close of play tonight. This was no way to mark their 4,000th league game, and they rallied only when Erik Lamela arrived late on for his first appearance in 13 months. Lamela…

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IAAF athlete of the year – Nafissatou Thiam is voted female athlete of the year, a first for Belgium

IAAF athlete of the year – Nafissatou Thiam is voted female athlete of the year, a first for Belgium

Nafissatou Thiam has been voted female athlete of the year 2017 by IAAF, the International Athletics Federation. The decision was announced during the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on Friday evening. She is the first Belgian to receive the award. This season, Thiam passed the mythical 7,000 point barrier in Götzis, before winning the world title in London. This is all just a year after her Olympic gold medal in Rio. The 23 year old heptathlete was one of three finalists for the award. IAAF drew up a shortlist of…

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World Cup 2018 qualifications – the riots in Brussels leave 22 police officers injured

World Cup 2018 qualifications – the riots in Brussels leave 22 police officers injured

22 police officers were injured during riots in Brussels city centre on Saturday evening. This was according to an updated summary by Olivier Slosse, the Commissioner for the Bruxelles-Capitale Ixelles police force, on Sunday morning. Another person was also taken to hospital, but it has not been confirmed whether they were involved in the incidents. Two cars were burned and several shops were ransacked. No-one has been arrested yet, but police will use CCTV footage to identify the perpetrators. The riots started in Brussels city centre on Saturday evening, a…

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Interpol says terrorist and cyber threats increasing at sports events

Interpol says terrorist and cyber threats increasing at sports events

The Secretary General for Interpol spoke on Tuesday of his concern for cyber security and terrorist threats hanging over major international sporting events. These include the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. Speaking on the margins of a security conference in Doha, where the FIFA World Cup is to be held in 2022, Jurgen Stock indicated a “spectrum of threats” for event stakeholders to be aware of in any given case. Mr Stock told the press, “However, unfortunately these threats are on the increase. This has become international and…

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Adidas release World Cup kits for Belgium

Adidas release World Cup kits for Belgium

With over 200 days left to go until the World Cup gets underway, Adidas have released an entire gamut of new kits for many of the participating nations, many of which are inspired by past glories. We have been afforded a glimpse of the nifty strips that Spain, Germany, Belgium, Colombia and Japan will be sporting in Russia next summer. With Argentina, as they did in qualifying, leaving it until the last minute, ESPNFC reports. Belgium have traipsed even further back in time, with their new jersey featuring hallmarks of…

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FA inquiry leader receives counselling after hearing victims’ accounts of abuse

FA inquiry leader receives counselling after hearing victims’ accounts of abuse

The details relayed by child sex abuse victims to the Football Association’s independent inquiry are so harrowing that the barrister leading the investigation has begun seeing a counsellor to look after his own mental health. Clive Sheldon QC and some members of his team have taken up the offer of psychological help, paid for by the FA, as part of the inquiry into abuse suffered by players from the 1970s to 2005. The inquiry, which began last December following allegations first made by Andy Woodward to the Guardian, has now…

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