Hazard saves the day

Hazard saves the day

Our national football team the Red Devils have won their opening European Championships qualifying group match. The beat Russia 3-1 in Brussels on Thursday evening with two goals, one of which from the penalty spot, from Eden Hazard and one goal from Youri Tielemans. With a number of injuries the national team coach Robereto Martinez made a several changes to the starting line-up. Celtic’s Dedryck Boyota was brought into defence and Timothy Castagne and Thorgan Hazard were brought in as wingers. Dendoncker and Tielemans formed a duo in midfield and…

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Plans unveiled for renovation King Boudewijn Stadium site

Plans unveiled for renovation King Boudewijn Stadium site

If everything goes to plan Belgium’s national football team the Red Devils will be playing their home games in the Golden Generation Arena from 2022. The Golden Generation Arena will be the new name from the King Boudewijn Stadium once it has been given a thorough revamp. The Golden Generation Arena will also be the home of the annual Ivo Van Damme Memorial athletics meeting, other events such as the Belgian Cup Final and concerts by big international artists. The plans were unveiled at a press conference held on Tuesday…

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The secret meeting of Belgium’s athletics bosses

The secret meeting of Belgium’s athletics bosses

The time and venue of a meeting of Belgium’s top athletics officials, announced for Wednesday, are being kept secret, according to the national Olympics committee, COIB. This is to make sure that “it can be held as calmly as possible to find a solution without pressure and put all the chances on our side,” COIB communications officer Luc Rampaer told Belga news agency on Tuesday. The meeting is seen as an opportunity to bring the different regional and national athletics bodies together around the same table. It will involve national…

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Lukaku hits back at Twitter critics

Lukaku hits back at Twitter critics

The Belgian international and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has hit back at those that have posted critical tweets about him on the social media platform Twitter. In a film posted on the Twitter wall of his sponsor Puma, the 25-year-old that was instrumental in Manchester United’s Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain last week reads out a number of the tweets and answers his critics. “Lukaku has invented a new position: the defensive striker”. “Newcastle wants the best Lukaku (Romelu’s brother Jordan).” “Solskjær is going to United. He will…

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Fellaini retires from international football

Fellaini retires from international football

The former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has announced his retirement from international football. The 31-year-old , who now plays his club football for Shandong Luneng Taishan in China, has been a regular with the Belgian national team for the past 12 years and has played in 2 World Cups and a European Championships. Marouane Fellaini said he had made his decision in order to allow a younger generation the chance of national team glory. Fellaini was one of the key player involved in Belgium’s best ever performance at a…

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Anderlecht back in the top 6, Lokeren relegated

Anderlecht back in the top 6, Lokeren relegated

In the final 2 First Division games of the weekend there were wins for Sporting Anderlecht and Royal Football Club Antwerp. In the 6pm kick-off Anderlecht beat Sporting Lokeren 1-2. Not only did the result see Anderlecht back climb up into the top 6, but it also saw Sporting Lokeren relegated to the Second Division. Anderlecht’s goals came from Ivan Santini on 16 minutes and Peter Gerkens on 16 minutes. An 81st minute goal by Lokeren’s José Cevallos proved to be too little, too late for the East Flemings. With…

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Goals a plenty on Saturday evening

Goals a plenty on Saturday evening

Four of the weekend’s eight first Division games were played on Saturday evening. Sporting Lokeren are now almost certain of relegation after a 1-0 defeat away against Excel Mouscron. The result was Mouscron’s 6th straight win. Excel Mouscron’s goal came from Taiwo Awoniyi on 52 minutes. With three games left Sporting Lokeren are 8 points adrift at the bottom of the league. The East Flemings have just 17 points from 27 games. Excel Mouscron continue to climb up the league table. They are now 10th with 35 points. Plenty of…

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Over and out for Belgian clubs in Europe

Over and out for Belgian clubs in Europe

It was a disastrous evening for our country’s Europa League clubs on Thursday evening. Club Brugge were outclassed and out played, losing the return leg of their tie against Red Bull Salzburg 4-0. Later in the evening KRC Genk threw away a one-goal lead to lose the return leg of their tie against Slavia Prague 1-4. The results mean that no Belgian club has survived the first knock out stage of the Europa League. Champions given a hiding in Salzburg Despite taking a one-goal advantage into the return leg of…

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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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