Anderlecht end the year with a win

Anderlecht end the year with a win

The last Belgian First Division games ahead of the winter break were played on Wednesday and Thursday. Sporting Anderlecht finally gave their fans something to cheer about with a 3-0 home win against Waasland-Beveren. There were wins too for Standard de Liège, Club Brugge, KRC Genk and RFC Antwerp. Sint-Truiden was the only top 6 side not to win. Lokeren remain bottom after having beat at home by Club Brugge. The results Cercle Brugge 0-1 KAS Eupen KV Kortrijk 4-2 Zulte Waregem KV Oostende 1-1 Sint-Truiden RFC Antwerp 2-1 Excel…

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A convincing win for Club Brugge

A convincing win for Club Brugge

The reigning league champions Club Brugge have moved back up to second place in the Belgian First Division thanks to a resounding 5-1 home win against RFC Antwerp. The result sees Antwerp slip back into third place. Knowing that their match against Club Brugge was going to be tricky RFC Antwerp brought some extra muscle into the defence. There were a couple of early chances for Club Brugge’s Wesley and Dennis before things calmed down in front of the Antwerp goal. Club Brugge’s first goal came somewhat out of the…

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Czech and Austrian opponents for our Europa League teams

Czech and Austrian opponents for our Europa League teams

The draw has been made for the knock-out stage of this season’s UEFA Europa League. Two Belgian clubs were among the 32 that went into the draw. Last season’s Belgian League Champions Club Brugge qualified thanks to finishing third in their Champions’ League group. Ivan Leko’s men will take on the Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. Although not one of Europe’s top teams Red Bull Salzburg have dominated Austrian football in recent years, winning 5 consecutive league titles. It will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs. However,…

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Gymnast Nina Derwael awarded 2018 Flemish Sport Jewel

Gymnast Nina Derwael awarded 2018 Flemish Sport Jewel

Nina Derwael has been awarded this year’s Flemish Sport Jewel prize. It has been a very successful year indeed for the 18-year-old gymnast from Sint-Truiden in Limburg Province. She became both European and World Champion on the uneven parallel bar in Glasgow and Qatar respectively. The decision to award her the Flemish Sport Jewel was taken unanimously by the jury. Previously Nina Derwael won the Trophy for Sporting Achievement. The Flemish Sport Jewel is awarded annually to a sportsman or sportswoman that has made an exceptional achievement over the past…

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No goals, but plenty to talk about in Ghent

No goals, but plenty to talk about in Ghent

In a match in which the video referee played a crucial role AA Gent and RFC Antwerp shared the points. The result sees Antwerp move up to second place, just four points behind the league leaders KRC Genk. Both teams produced some enjoyable football. Antwerp took command early on but AA Gent gradually redressed the balance. An effort by AA Gent’s Tsjakvetadze resulted in a great double save by the Antwerp keeper Bolat. The Buffaloes thought that they had scored. However, the match referee ruled that the ball had not…

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De Block ready to scrap social security advantages for pro footballers

De Block ready to scrap social security advantages for pro footballers

Federal health minister Maggie De Block is reported to be considering scrapping social security advantages granted to professional football players, following the continuing revelations of corruption and match-fixing in the investigation known as Footgate or Operation Clean Hands (a reference to the Italian operation Mani Pulite against the Mafia in the 1990s). First-class football clubs make a substantial saving every year on reductions of social security contributions (RSZ), worth a total of €7o million a year, as well as cuts in corporation charges worth another €57 million. The latter concession…

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Football scandal: “My client collected the packaging of luxury watches”

Football scandal: “My client collected the packaging of luxury watches”

The lawyer of Mogi Bayat has spoken out after his client, Belgium’s leading football agent, was arrest on suspicion of money laundering and involvement in a criminal organisation. The football agent or broker organised transfers at practically all big Belgian clubs. Bayat’s fortune is estimated at some 15 million euros. During the last 6 years he made profits worth 9 million euros. At the federal prosecutor’s press conference prosecutors noted that luxury watches and packaging of luxury watches worth 8 million euros, jewels and cash were seized from Bayat. The…

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UFC ignores Conor McGregor’s troubles as it targets Nurmagomedov payday

UFC ignores Conor McGregor’s troubles as it targets Nurmagomedov payday

On a chilly Thursday afternoon in April, Conor McGregor stormed into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and proceeded to wreak havoc. The Irishman snuck into the building with the intention of confronting Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to compete for the vacant UFC lightweight title that weekend. McGregor, accompanied by an entourage, entered the building’s parking lot and began vandalizing a bus full of fighters before throwing a dolly through one of the windows. Several fighters were hospitalized and removed from their scheduled bouts. The entire scene was…

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Novak Djokovic handles Kei Nishikori to set up delicious Del Potro showdown

Novak Djokovic handles Kei Nishikori to set up delicious Del Potro showdown

Not long after Rafael Nadal had to quit against Juan Martin del Potro with a knee injury, Novak Djokovic inflicted more conventional pain on Kei Nishikori in straight sets on Friday night to reach the US Open final for the eighth time. The remarkable Djokovic, who lost on his last visit to the final two years ago to Stan Wawrinka, has won the title in New York twice, against Roger Federer in 2015 and Nadal in 2011, the best season of his career. Arthur Ashe Stadium had not long emptied,…

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Stoffel Vandorn to leave McLaren

Stoffel Vandorn to leave McLaren

Fleming-Stoffel Vandorn will leave McLaren at the end of the season of Formula 1. The announcement was made in a statement released by McLaren on Monday. McLaren didn’t say who would replace Vandoorne, but British reserve driver team Lando Norris is the leader in that position. Other candidates are Frenchman Esteban Ocon and his Force India team mate Sergio Perez, the Mexican who raced for McLaren in 2013. The tone of the statement suggested Vandoorne had secured a position elsewhere. Speaking about his departure from the McLaren Formula One team,…

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