Football: the growing interest of investment funds

Football: the growing interest of investment funds

Investment funds in control of football clubs as varied as AC Milan, Burnley, Toulouse and Caen. What is their interest and how has financing football changed over the years? “Investment funds are only there for business. They have no business [being involved] in football!” Last April, these comments from Christophe Dugarry, part of the French team that won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship two years, made the pages of sports daily L’Équipe. And they sparked a lot of debate. The former striker, who has become one…

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Belgian Sport bar launches bacon beer

Belgian Sport bar launches bacon beer

Flavoured beers have been increasingly in style for a long time, but one Belgian burger bar is aiming to turn heads with its soon to be released bacon Beer. To celebrate the reopening of indoor dining the Huggy’s Bar worked in partnership with Brasserie C – a brasserie in the centre of Liege – to create the meaty draft. “Not all of our burgers have bacon, but when we add a few slices, it immediately becomes something else,” Thomas Mémurlin, CEO of Huggy’s Bar told the press. “So we thought…

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Euro 2020 prepares for the matches with fans

Euro 2020 prepares for the matches with fans

The Euro 2020 which was delayed to this Summer is preparing for games with spectators. So far, eight of the twelve host cities have guaranteed their matches will be attended by spectators. Philipp Lahm, head of the organising committee, said on Sunday that the German Foootball Federation (DFB) hopes to be able to host Euro 2020 matches billed for Munich in an Allianz Arena filled to half capacity. “There are different scenarios,” the former Bayern Munich and national team captain, said on Antenne Bayern radio. “I don’t think 100% capacity…

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Belgian Football Union also wants “test” events for return of supporters

Belgian Football Union also wants “test” events for return of supporters

The sports sector is hoping that it will be able to organise “test in-person” events following the announcement last week that a “test concert” will be held in the city of Spa by the end of March. “We have been contacted by the Belgian Football Union, which wishes to be on the side of those who come up with solutions” for the public’s return to the stadiums, the co-organiser of the Francofolies de Spa music festival, MR parliamentarian Charles Gardier, said on Sunday. The renewed interest in in-person events was…

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Netherlands Women hammer Belgium

Netherlands Women hammer Belgium

Netherlands Women booked their first victory of the year with a 6-1 victory over Belgium. Netherlands were the strongest side from the start with Lieke Martens hitting the bar early on before Vivianne Miedema made it 1-0 in the 33rd minute. Miedema also hit the bar and Netherlands had to wait until the 54th minute to make it 2-0 through Jill Roord. Marie Minnaert pulled one back for Belgium, but that proved to just be a consolation as Stefanie van der Gragt quickly made it 3-1 with a header. Martens…

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Belgium will play two of the opening World Cup qualifiers in provincial town Leuven

Belgium will play two of the opening World Cup qualifiers in provincial town Leuven

Belgium will play two of their opening World Cup qualifiers in Leuven, electing to stay in the provincial town they first used late last year, the Belgian football association said on Wednesday. The Group E opener against Wales on March 24, and a meeting with Belarus six days later at the start of the bid to qualify for Qatar 2022, will be hosted at Den Dreef in Leuven, about 30km from the capital Brussels, where the national team usually play all their matches. Belgium, who have topped the FIFA world…

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Diatta scores to help Club Brugge extend unbeaten run against 10-man Royal Antwerp

Diatta scores to help Club Brugge extend unbeaten run against 10-man Royal Antwerp

The Senegal international found the back of the net for the seventh time this season as the Blue and Black secured victory at Bosuilstadion. Krepin Diatta was on the scoresheet in Club Brugge’s 2-0 victory over Royal Antwerp in Sunday’s Belgian First Division A game. The midfielder played his 13th game of the season for the Jan Breydel Stadium outfit and made a significant impact in the encounter. The Senegal international registered his seventh goal of the season to ensure his side extended their unbeaten run.

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Guardiola: I hope Lionel Messi ends career at Barcelona

Guardiola: I hope Lionel Messi ends career at Barcelona

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is unsure what the future holds for Lionel Messi but hopes as a Barcelona fan that the Argentine forward will remain at the La Liga club until the end of his career. Guardiola, who has guided City to two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup following his arrival in 2016, signed a new two-year deal on Thursday that will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season. The former Barca manager’s extension at City has opened…

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Cases Covid-19 delaying the match for the sale and reject devices in Northampton

Cases Covid-19 delaying the match for the sale and reject devices in Northampton

The pandemic is wreaking havoc with Premiership’s grandstand finish after Sale’s final-round match against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium was postponed until Wednesday with the Warriors citing health and safety concerns caused by the Sharks recording 16 positive Covid-19 tests. However, the match will only go ahead if Public Health England is satisfied after another round of tests at the Manchester club on Tuesday and an investigation into the source of the outbreak finds Sale did not breach protocols. Meanwhile, Northampton’s match at Gloucester has been cancelled after a…

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Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge has rejected suggestions that the next generation of game-changing Nike shoes violate the spirit of sport, even though he has conceded that they could give him a major advantage in Sunday’s London Marathon. The world record holder confirmed that he would wear the Alphafly Nexts, which resemble platform shoes and are claimed to improve running economy by between 5-8%, for the first time in an official race. There have been calls for the controversial running shoes to be banned, especially after the Kenyan used them to become the…

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