Sven Kums is a shoo-in for Belgium’s Golden Boot

Tonight, journalists, coaches and past winners will decide who will be Belgium’s ‘Golden Boot’ for 2015. The award will be based on performances over the calendar year rather than a complete football season. That’s not universally liked but it’s a tradition. There is usually a clear favourite for the award and this year is no… Read More »

Vanderhaeghe enjoying life on the coast

At the halfway stage in the JPL, Oostende are on the top of the table and have been crowned ‘Autumn Champions’. It won’t mean much to coach Yves Vanderhaeghe who knows more than most that football is not a matter of life and death. Vanderhaeghe arrived late on both the national and international scenes. He… Read More »

Will Kevin De Bruyne be City’s 21st century Rodney Marsh?

It’s an unlikely scenario. Vincent Kompany storms into Manuel Pelliegrini’s office and shouts “Gaffer. We’ve got David Silva, Yaya Touré and Raheem Sterling. We don’t need Kevin De Bruyne.” Going back a few years – to 1972 – the then City captain Mike Doyle did exactly that, bursting into Malcolm Allison’s office to announce that… Read More »

Contenders for Belgium’s next squad

Marc Wilmots is due to announce his squad for the matches with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus in early September. I don’t expect many surprises as it’s early in the season and no-one has had a chance to stake a claim. Wilmots will probably stick with his usual squad except for one or two injuries. It must… Read More »

It may be July but the Belgian season starts here

It could be the first time that the Belgian League started before the Tour De France had reached the Alp d’Huez. But hey, that’s football. It will be an open competition this year. Normally Anderlecht start favourites but after failing to qualify for the Champions League and losing some important players – Alexsander Mitrovic and… Read More »

Big night for the Buffalos and Hein Vanhaezebrouck

They say 90 minutes is a long time in football. It’s true. Last Sunday at 18.00, Anderlecht were firm favourites to win a fourth successive Belgian title. With two home games and a visit to a totally demotivated Kortrijk, the championship was in the bag. At 19.45, Anderlecht’s dreams were in tatters. A home draw… Read More »

JPL Playoffs Round 8: Unfancied Gent stay top

Playoffs 1 Gent’s away from in the Playoffs has been excellent and they showed no sign of changing their habits with a 3-2 win at the Jan Breydel stadium. Obviously, Michel Preud’homme’s men are tiring after playing over 60 games but that shouldn’t detract from the job that Hein Vanhaezebrouck has done in his first… Read More »