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Category: Belgium

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Leander Dendoncker: ‘There had to be a reason I wasn’t in Wolves’ team’

He had to wait until December for his big chance but there was no banging on the door by the midfielder from PasschendaeleGiven it was hailed as a coup when Wolves signed Leander Dendoncker last summer, it was surprising to see him sitting on the bench…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Chelsea should try to sign Thorgan Hazard – especially if Eden leaves

Thorgan Hazard was an inexperienced teenager when he signed for Chelsea in 2012. Now he is a star in the BundesligaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredSaturday was a good day for the Hazard family, with both Eden and Thorgan playing decisive roles in victo…

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Manchester United’s next manager must get more from Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker did not have a single shot against Liverpool on Sunday and still has a lot to proveBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredIt’s official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager of Manchester United, with the club giving him the sack after a…

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Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

• Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added wei…

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Nations League roundup: Swiss stun Belgium with comeback to reach finals

• Haris Seferovic hat-trick as Switzerland win 5-2• Relegated Northern Ireland lose 2-1 to AustriaHaris Seferovic scored a hat-trick as Switzerland recovered from conceding two early goals to beat World Cup semi-finalists Belgium 5-2 on Sunday and qual…

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Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

• Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Za…

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José Mourinho criticises national teams over Manchester United injuries

• Fellaini, Dalot, Sánchez and McTominay not sent back home• Manager says injuries to blame for Sánchez’s strugglesJosé Mourinho has criticised Belgium, Portugal, Chile and Scotland for their treatment of Manchester United players over the recent inter…

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Belgium top Fifa rankings while win in Spain lifts England to fifth

• Belgium take outright top spot after sharing it with France• England’s ranking is their best for more than five yearsBelgium have edged ahead of France to take outright top spot in Fifa’s world rankings while England have moved into the top five off …

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Miranda edges Brazil past Argentina while Belgium and Holland draw

• Goal in stoppage time settles South American derby• Arnaut Groeneveld equalises for Holland in BrusselsA stoppage-time goal from Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a foul-strewn friendly in Saudi Arabia. The central defender beat the…

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Goalkeeper scores spectacular injury-time equaliser in Belgium – video

Goalkeeper Kevin Frans salvaged a point for K.R.C. Gent in the fourth tier of Belgian football with an acrobatic goal in the final moments of their match against Olsa Brakel. Gent had gone into the second half trailing Brakel by two goals, but wer…

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Belgian football clubs raided as part of fraud and match-fixing inquiry

• Forty-four raids held across Belgium after year-long inquiry• Clubs in other countries, including France, also investigatedBelgian authorities have carried out a series of raids and arrests at football clubs across the country linked to investigation…

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International roundup: Klich denies Republic of Ireland win over Poland

• Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien scores on debut in 1-1 draw• Northern Ireland coast to 3-0 friendly win over IsraelAiden O’Brien marked his senior international debut with a goal as the Republic of Ireland came within minutes of ending a turbulent week with…

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Sparse crowd at Hampden see Alex McLeish’s men put to the sword thanks to rampant second-half display by Belgians

Sparse crowd at Hampden sees Alex McLeish’s men put to the sword thanks to rampant second-half display by BelgiansWhat a morale-sapping exercise this quickly regressed into for Scotland. Those unconvinced by the regime of Alex McLeish – and there are p…

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Top Belgian football TV presenter charged with armed robbery

Stephane Pauwels arrested in major police probeSuspected of armed robbery with firearm as part of gangOne of Belgium’s top football TV presenters has been charged with armed robbery during a raid in an affluent Brussels satellite town, prosecutors said…

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Thierry Henry hopes to land Bordeaux manager’s job after holding talks

• Former striker keen to take role with Ligue 1 club• Henry, an assistant with Belgium, is favourite for jobThierry Henry is edging closer to securing a first managerial position after holding talks with Bordeaux, with the former Arsenal striker and cu…

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…