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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Red Devils lose key sponsor

Red Devils lose key sponsor

The Verelst Construction Company, a key sponsor of the Belgian Football Federation, URBSFA, for 10 years now, has ended its collaboration with the federation. The contract was normally scheduled to run up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but its clauses allowed the parties to end it earlier. “From a commercial point of view, Russia is not at all interesting for us,” Verelst Chief Executive Officer Kurt Geens said on Thursday. URBSFA and Verelst announced on Thursday that their collaboration would end at the end of October. The construction…

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Nafissatou Thiam one of four finalists for European Athlete of the Year

Nafissatou Thiam one of four finalists for European Athlete of the Year

Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam has every chance of being elected Female European Athlete of the Year for 2017. The European Athletic Association (EAA) announced on Twitter on Wednesday that the world heptathlon champion was one of four finalists for the title. Thiam (23) is also among 10 athletes shortlisted on Tuesday by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) for the World Athlete of the Year title. In addition to her world title in London, the first won by a Belgian, Nafi Thiam has also become the third best athlete in history…

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Red Devils begin preparations for last two World Cup qualifiers

Red Devils begin preparations for last two World Cup qualifiers

The Red Devils today begin preparations for their last two qualifiers for the 2018 Football World Cup: against Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Saturday, October 7, and on Tuesday, October 10, against Cyprus. They need wins in both matches to be among the eight top teams at the World Cup draw in Moscow on December 1. Twenty-seven players are scheduled to go to Tubize, but the actual number on the field of the Belgian Football Center is certain to be lower. Manchester City trainer Pep Guardiola has, in fact, announced that Vincent Kompany…

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Belgian Football Union awaits word from FIFA on cyber security at Russia 2018

Belgian Football Union awaits word from FIFA on cyber security at Russia 2018

Belgium’s soccer authorities say they are awaiting word from FIFA on cybersecurity measures following fears expressed by England’s Football Association (FA) regarding potential activity by Russian hackers at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The FA had expressed concern to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) that Russian hackers could leak the preparations and tactics of national teams during the World Cup. The spokesman of Belgium’s football union, URBSFA, Pierre Cornez, said on Wednesday that the union was waiting to hear from FIFA on steps it would take to…

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Belgian duos win gold at Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup

Belgian duos win gold at Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup

Two Belgian pairs won gold at the Acrobatic Gymnastics 2017 World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal, where the last of the four rounds for this season was held at the weekend. Kilian Goffaux (Sportac Deinze) and Robin Casse (VGL Niel) placed first in the men’s event, while the women’s went to Noémie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe of Sportac Deinze. The Belgians had already won gold at the first two rounds, held in Puur (Belgium) and Maia (Portugal). Absent at the third round, in Geneva, they went to Lisbon determined to…

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EuroBasket: Belgium gets off the mark with win over Britain

EuroBasket: Belgium gets off the mark with win over Britain

The Belgian Lions got off to a perfect start at EuroBasket in Istanbul, beating Britain on Friday by 103-90. Eddy Casteel’s men had trailed 24-26 in the first quarter, but a more effective offence in the second quarter enabled them to return to the dressing rooms with a one-point advantage (54-53). After half-time, the Lions gradually dominated their British opponents, thanks mainly to an in-form Maxime De Zeeuw, best scorer on the Belgian side with 21 points and seven rebounds. The game ended on a final score of 103-90. Other…

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