Category Archives: Opinion pieces

What if Wallonia had a football team as well as voting rights?

Wallonia has been in the news recently. Its regional government voted against the EU-wide trade deal with Canada, prompting comments of “this obscure place” from UK Tory politicians. (ED: more people live in Wallonia than in Wales.) But Belgium politics is not that simple – there are seven regions and communities that would have to… 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 »

Ten things about Belgium’s team you may not know or care about

Belgium play in Andorra tonight and against Israel in Brussels on Tuesday. Two points from those two games will see them qualify for the European Championships but what’s bubbling under the surface. Let’s have a look. Ten things you may not know 1. Lukaku plays tonight but it’s not ‘Big Rom’ but smaller-sized Jordan –… 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 »

Belgian young guns challenging for places at the Euros

There have never been so many Belgians in the Premier League. It’s a boom time but the 2016 Euros are fast approaching and young guns in Belgium, France, Germany and Spain – and even in the Premier League itself – will be battling for a place in Marc Wilmots’ squad. Wilmots has been notoriously loyal… Read More »