Selection problems for Martinez

With World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, Roberto Martinez will have to deal with the problems that were often faced by his predecessor Marc Wilmots, namely injuries and a lack of the playing time by many squad members. The wear and tear on those playing regularly in the Premier League is well documented and, ironically,… Read More »

10 things we learnt from Belgium-Spain

1. Roberto Martinez has a lot of work to do but he has to be given time. Marc Wilmots made no progress with the team in the last two years and there had to be change. 2. Thierry Henry will be useful if he can find a way of making his 150 million euro strike… Read More »

Lean and mean Belgian 2nd division starts tonight

The Belgian second division starts tonight and – surprisingly – it only has eight clubs. In an effort to reduce the number of clubs facing financial ruin, the number of professional clubs in Belgium has been reduced from from 34 to 24: 16 in the Jupiler Pro League (the first division) and eight in the… Read More »

Club Brugge looking to retain their title

Although there have been changes in the structure of the professional game in Belgium, it looks like being the ‘same as usual’ next season with the ‘Big Five’ – Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Gent, Racing Genk and Standard Liège – challenging for honours. Last season, Michel Preud’homme’s Club Brugge took the title as they were the… Read More »

The Wilmots era and beyond

In the week that followed Belgium’s EURO elimination by Wales, there was much discussion about Marc Wilmots’ position. He’s still in charge at the moment but this week will be important in regard to his future. The ‘strong man’ in Belgian football these days is Bart Verhaeghe, President of Club Brugge and First Vice President… Read More »

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 »