Italy and the UK – two countries, one pandemic

As a Mancunian living in Italy, I follow the Covid-19 situation in both countries with interest. There are differences and similarities, no surprise there. It’s become apparent that the residents of care homes have been ignored in many countries, with the tragedies in both Italy and the UK being well-documented. The lockdowns have shown that… Read More »

Belgium’s defence – still crazy after all this years

The BBC recently predicted that Belgium would win the World Cup. One of the factors that prompted this argument was the efficiency of their defence. Presumably this was based on their record in the qualifiers: six goals conceded in 10 games. Over half of those games were against opposition such as Estonia, Cyprus and Gibraltar.… Read More »

Belgium – Costa Rica: What the Papers Said

The Belgian media was united in its praise for the team’s performance last night against Costa Rica. It was seen as the ideal send-off for Russia and there was universal approval for captain Eden Hazard’s display of his talents. His main lieutenants were Romelu Lukaku (two goals and an assist), the hard-working Kevin De Bruyne… Read More »

Belgium – Portugal: What the papers said

The Belgian press on both sides of the language divide were not impressed by the teams’ performance last night but the criticism was tempered by arguments that this was only a friendly and the World Cup was not due to start yet. Vincent Kompany’s injury overshadowed events with confirmation of the extent of the injury… Read More »

Playoff qualification going to the wire

Last night, Racing Genk defeated Royal Antwerp 4-0. The visitors widely criticised for physical play and questionable tactics. They were down to 10 men by half time. **************************************************** Just three games to go in the JPL classic season and Playoff qualification is going to the wire. Three teams – Club Brugge, Charleroi and Anderlecht –… Read More »

JPL Playoffs – just four games to go

With just four games remaining in the JPL classic league, the front-runners are all faltering. Leaders Club Brugge looked a class above the rest prior to the winter break but they have only taken six points from their last five matches. Closest to them are Charleroi and Anderlecht and those two have identical form to… Read More »