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Roberto Martínez: ‘Football is a chance to fight for your dreams in life’

Belgium’s manager on feeling ready to go all the way at Euro 2020, moving on from the golden generation and why he loves English footballUntil he took the Belgium job, Roberto Martínez felt much the same as any club manager: that there was rarely a tim…

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Standard Liège’s Obbi Oularé fined by Belgian police for holding barbecue

Former Watford forward issued with €250 fineOularé: ‘I don’t think I did anything wrong’The Standard Liège forward Obbi Oularé has claimed he did nothing wrong, after the former Watford player was fined by Belgian police for holding a barbecue.Oularé w…

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Belgian league set to be abandoned with leaders Club Brugge awarded title

League expected to officially end season on 15 AprilBrugge would also qualify for Champions LeagueThe Belgian league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final because of the…

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Euro 2020 draw: team-by-team guide to the 20 qualified nations

All you need to know about the teams entering the draw on Saturday for next summer’s European Championship finals Continue reading…

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Euro 2020 draw: team-by-team guide to the 20 qualified nations

All you need to know about the teams entering the draw on Saturday for next summer’s European Championship finals Continue reading…

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Euro 2020 qualifier roundup: Wijnaldum hat-trick sparks Netherlands rout

• Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Group C• Benteke and De Bruyne give Belgium 6-1 win over CyprusGeorginio Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as the Netherlands, who had already booked a spot at Euro 2020, eased to a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their final G…

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Lampard denies feeling pressure to pick Batshuayi and Giroud at Chelsea

• Belgium and France coaches complain about lack of games• ‘I have to pick squad for the best of Chelsea,’ Lampard saysFrank Lampard has warned Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud that he will not prioritise their international careers over Chelsea’s ne…

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Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort ends her life in Belgium

Vervoort was a strong advocate of the right to choose euthanasiaShe suffered from an an incurable, degenerative spinal diseaseParalympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life….

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Toothless Scotland crumble in face of Belgium’s superior attacking class

Steve Clarke raised eyebrows with his pre-match assertion that Belgium might prove the perfect opponents at the perfect time for Scotland. The manager’s attempts to boost the mood of a beleaguered football nation were undermined by harsh reality. Romel…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Northern Ireland v Germany, Scotland v Belgium and more – live!

Updates from all the action in the Euro 2020 qualifying matchesScotland left reliant on play-offs, Wales keep Euro dreams aliveEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 7.41pm BST The teams trudge out of the tunnel at Hampden Park, and lik…

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Steve Clarke trusts in Scotland players rising to Belgium challenge

• ‘Maybe it’s a good fixture – there’s no expectation,’ says Clarke • Roberto Martínez says Romelu Lukaku is ‘happy and refreshed’An encounter with the top-ranked team in the world would not be everyone’s idea of salvation, just days after a harrowing …

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Euro 2020 qualifiers roundup: Malen and Netherlands stun Germany

• Netherlands claim first win in Germany in almost 17 years• Belgium, Austria and Croatia win comfortablyDonyell Malen enjoyed a dream debut for the Netherlands after his goal helped give the Dutch their first win in Germany for almost 17 years.The PSV…

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Eddy Merckx casts lengthy shadow over current crop of Belgian talent

Fifty years after his first Tour de France win the Cannibal’s legacy sets a high benchmark for the likes of Wout van AertWhen Eddy Merckx took to the stage in the Grand Place in Brussels on Thursday, in front of a vast crowd chanting his name at the te…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Pierre Kompany’s long road from DRC camp to becoming Belgium’s first black mayor

Man City captain’s father is ex-student protester who fell foul of country’s 70s dictatorshipVincent Kompany’s life is the stuff of little boys’ and girls’ dreams. Scorer of a dazzling goal of the season, captain of Manchester City’s all-conquering Pre…

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Croatia beaten by Hungary, Hazard on target in Belgium win in Cyprus

The World Cup finalists Croatia continued their shaky start to qualifying with a 2-1 defeat to Hungary. They had taken an early lead in Budapest through Ante Rebic after 13 minutes but lacked defensive organisation and allowed Adam Szalai to draw Hunga…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Georginio Wijnaldum strikes for Netherlands

• Netherlands in easy 4-0 stroll against Belarus• World Cup finalists Croatia leave it late to beat Azerbaijan 2-1The Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored a rare goal as the Netherlands began their European Championship qualifying campaign i…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Giggs’s credentials under the microscope, Berahino’s Burundi opportunity and another international debut for RiceSpeaking to the Elis James Feast Of Football podcast last week, Ryan Giggs admitted Slovakia are his Wales side’s main rivals to qualify al…