Time to stand up and be counted

That was then I’ve been writing about Belgian football since the last century and there have been enormous changes since that time. A team that was seen as no-hopers and 77th in the FIFA rankings has moved up – in those rankings – to be the best in the world. No one has ever believed… Read More »

Contenders for Belgium’s Euro squad

Overview Marc Wilmots will announce his squad for Euro 2016 at 12.00 today, local time. He is expected to announce 24 names with one extra player to cover for the possible absence of Divock Origi. I see 18 certainties with the other five being made up of three defenders (difficult to choose as many are… Read More »

Another Italian job for Lucky Luciano?

Back in 2008, Standard Liege were champions of Belgium, their midfield was composed of Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel and Steven Defour, and the man ‘in charge’ of the club was Luciano D’Onofrio. Yesterday morning’s Italian press made much of Fellaini watching Roma-Napoli, along with D’Onofrio. To some, this meant the Manchester United target man was… Read More »

End of the season in Belgium- now it really starts

Sunday is the final day of the ‘classic’ season. All eight matches will start at the same time. Five places of the six in the playoffs (PO1) have been settled and any of three clubs can join them: Standard, Zulte Waregem and Kortrijk. As for relegation, one of three clubs will go to the second… Read More »

Super Sunday in the JPL

1. The clasico and a major clash in Genk Two big games today in the JPL. In Brussels, it’s the 200th Clasico as Yannick Ferrera brings his men to face Anderlecht. The Brussels team will be feeling on the top of their game following the frenzied Europa League win in Athens. For their part, three… Read More »

Playoff qualification goes to the wire

1. A crazy weekend for some of the big boys How did that happen? Of the eight clubs still in with a shout for the Playoffs, only three took maximum points: Club Brugge, Oostende and Standard. Genk could only draw at Lokeren while the rest all lost – including Gent and Anderlecht. Gent were thrashed… Read More »

Count down to the JPL Playoffs – four games to go

The incoming transfers in January gave the Jupiler Pro League a certain amount of glamour. With the Belgium national team leading the FIFA rankings, the league was able to attract a few names. These included a few notable loans – Victor Valdés from Manchester United, Mbark Boussoufa from Locomotive Moscow and Filip Djuricic from Benfica.… Read More »