A good evening for our Europa League clubs

A good evening for our Europa League clubs

It was an evening of relative success for the two Belgian teams still competing in the Europa League. In the first-leg of their respective ties, KRC Genk drew 0-0 away at Slavia Prague, while later in the evening Club Brugge beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 in Bruges’ Jan Bredyel Stadium. Club Brugge’s victory came despite them having gone behind to a first half goal from Salzburg’s Junuzovic on 17 minutes. The half finished 0-1 to Red Bull Salzburg. However, the tide was set to turn and Denswil put the Belgian…

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Tense Bruges derby ends in a massive brawl

Tense Bruges derby ends in a massive brawl

In football, the derby between Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge has ended in a 2-all draw. This was especially frustrating for Club, who squandered a 1-2 lead, and who see title favourites KRC Genk widen the gap. Club Bruges dominated the first half, building a 1-2 lead. However, Cercle came back after the break, when Irvin Cardona equalised. Club had the chance to score another one, but failed and had a frustrating afternoon on their home ground. Things ran out of hand in the end, with Club skipper Ruud Vormer…

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Sanne Cant makes it three in a row

Sanne Cant makes it three in a row

The Fleming Sanne Cant has won her third straight World Championship. She did so on Saturday in the Danish town of Bogense. Her success comes in a female cyclocross season that has been dominated by Dutch riders. So it was no surprise to see Lucinda Brand (The Netherlands), Marianne Vos (The Netherlands), Denise Betsema (The Netherlands) and Annemarie Worst (The Netherlands) at the front of the race with Cant. When Neff slipped out on a corner in Lap 4, it was down to Cant with a little over three laps…

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Nine ski centres open in Liège and Luxembourg

Nine ski centres open in Liège and Luxembourg

Nine ski centres in the provinces of Liège and Luxembourg are open this week thanks to heavy snowfall in the past few hours. A layer of about 20 centimetres of snow was recorded in various centres. The centres include Signal de Botrange, Baraque Michel, Maison du Parc – Botrange and Mont Spinette in the Hautes Fagnes, along with Manderfeld, Losheimergraben and Rocherath (Eifel Ski Centrum). The Thier des Rexhons resort was scheduled to open at midday, with only the cross-country ski and toboggan runs accessible to the public. The alpine…

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Victories for RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge

Victories for RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge

Club Brugge narrowed the gap between second and first in the league to 7 points thanks to a win against KV Oostende on Sunday. Sporting Anderlecht too came back from behind to beat KAS Eupen on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sporting Lokeren’s came a step closer to relegation after a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of Zulte Waregem. With just 7 matches to go Lokeren are 8 points from safety. The weekend’s results RFC Antwerp 1 – 1 Standard de Liège Sporting Charleroi 2 – 2 Waasland-Beveren Cercle Brugge 1 –…

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Wins for AA Gent and Excel Mouscron

Wins for AA Gent and Excel Mouscron

In Sunday evening’s Belgian First Division games AA Gent beat Sporting Anderlecht by a single goal, while later in the evening Excel Mouscron enjoyed a 2-1 home win against KV Oostende. Sporting Anderlecht’s new coach Fred Rutten saw his team lose their first competitive game since he took charge. The 34-times champions remain joined fifth in the league alongside the team that beat them on Sunday evening AA Gent. The only goal of the game came from the Buffaloes new signing Alexander Sorloth on 75 minutes. Anderlecht played the latter…

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Gaming Commission launches investigation into national men’s hockey team

Gaming Commission launches investigation into national men’s hockey team

The Gaming Commission has launched an investigation into allegations of illegal gambling by member of our national men’s hockey team the Red Lions during the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup in India. The Belgian Hockey Federation has confirmed that an investigation is under way in a statement given to the press agency Belga. Our men’s team won the World Cup after an exciting shoot out at the end of a goalless final against The Netherlands. The Francophone dailies ‘La Dernière Heure’ and ‘La Libre’ first broke the story that our…

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Toon Aerts is new Belgian champion cyclocross

Toon Aerts is new Belgian champion cyclocross

Toon Aerts won the Belgian cyclocross championships at Kruibeke on Sunday. The rider raced to the front on one of the most arduous circuits in recent years. Protracted rain had turned the route of the race into a pool of mud. Riders struggled to complete the course in the East Flemish town of Kruibeke slipping and sliding throughout. Wout van Aert had won the event three times in a row. In the lead he may have hoped to make it a fourth but it was not to be. Toon Aerts…

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Flemish Sport Minister candidate for World Anti-Doping Agency presidency

Flemish Sport Minister candidate for World Anti-Doping Agency presidency

The Flemish Sport Minister Philippe Muyters (nationalist, photo above) has put himself forward as a candidate for the presidency of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). A final decision on who become WADA’s new president will be made in June. The post is unpaid with only the expenses incurred by the agency’s president when carrying out his/her duties being refunded. WADA’s current President is the Scot Craig Reedie. At the end of the month the Council of Europe will decided which European candidate will be put forward. In addition to Mr…

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Dutchman Fred Rutten is Sporting Anderlecht’s new coach

Dutchman Fred Rutten is Sporting Anderlecht’s new coach

Sporting Anderlecht have appointed a new coach. In a press statement released on Sunday the 34-times Belgian League Champions announced that the Dutchman Fred Rutten will be the successor to Hein Vanhaezebrouck who was sacked last month after a string of disappointing performances and results. fred Rutten starts work on Monday and will travel with Anderlecht’s first team to their training camp in Pinatar in the south of Spain. Fred Rutten’s appointment brings to an end several weeks of uncertainty at Anderlecht. There had been much speculation about who would…

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