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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Antonio Conte warns Spurs: Wembley will inspire your opponents

Antonio Conte warns Spurs: Wembley will inspire your opponents

Antonio Conte has warned Tottenham Hotspur that the grandiose surroundings of the national stadium may serve to inspire visitors to their temporary home in the season ahead, and praised the champions’ fighting spirit as Chelsea kickstarted their title defence. The Italian was forced to field a makeshift side against Spurs after suspensions and injury ate into his options, with David Luiz forced into midfield and Andreas Christensen handed a first start in the Premier League. Yet two goals from Marcos Alonso left Tottenham, unbeaten at White Hart Lane last season,…

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FA under pressure to explain £80,000 payment to Eni Aluko after bullying complaint

FA under pressure to explain £80,000 payment to Eni Aluko after bullying complaint

The Football Association is facing questions over why it paid “hush money” to international footballer Eni Aluko after it emerged that a bullying complaint against the England manager, Mark Sampson, included an allegation that he made a remark with “racial and prejudicial connotations” to another player. Aluko, one of England’s most recognisable female footballers with 102 caps, was paid around £80,000 to sign an agreement that the FA claims was to “avoid disruption” ahead of this summer’s Euro 2017. Aluko’s lawyers believe that the agreement she signed prevents her from…

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Mark Stoneman’s debut against West Indies offers chance of Ashes place

Mark Stoneman’s debut against West Indies offers chance of Ashes place

Mark Stoneman feels his Test debut against West Indies under lights this Thursday is justification for his winter move from Durham to Surrey as he prepares to become the latest batsman to try to crack the puzzle that is being Alastair Cook’s opening partner. At 30 years of age Stoneman will become the oldest specialist batsman to be handed a first England cap this century, and the hope from the selectors now is that this seasoned left-hander’s additional experience comes off in the three-match Investec series and ends the seemingly…

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT. Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season. The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m. The official announcement, which could come as soon as Wednesday, will scupper any hope that the…

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