Category Archives: Players

Jan Vertonghen – top class and on the move?

Jan Vertonghen (24, Ajax) Vertonghen is from the Beerschot-Ajax production line, following in the footsteps of friend and international colleague Thomas Vermaelen. Vertonghen is the more flexible of the two: he’s played midfield and full back for Belgium, while cementing his position as centre back and captain for Ajax. Ex-Belgium boss Dick Advocaat reckons that… Read More »

We need to talk about Kevin

Last weekend, Racing Genk’s Kevin De Bruyne played a large part in the demolition of Leuven – admittedy not too difficult a task – with two goals in the opening 15 minutes. He looked ‘up’ for the game and that’s not been true for all of this season; sometimes his head has looked elsewhere. That… Read More »

Top ten Belgians who could be on the move

Last season saw several high profile Belgian players move out of the Jupiler League (including Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Steven Defour and Axel Witsel) and some earn transfers between clubs outside of Belgium (e.g. Dries Mertens from Utrecht to PSV). There could be similar transactions this season; here’s my view of Belgians who could change… Read More »

Latest on top 10 ‘Belgian’ transfer targets

Here’s the latest situation on my idea of the top 10 potential transfers linked to Belgium (in some way). We’ve lost Thibaut Courtois (which surprised me but the fee was hard to refuse) and Axel Witsel. I’ve replaced them by two incoming possibilities: Milan Jovanovic (so beloved by many Liverpool fans) and Dieumerci Mbokani, another… Read More »

Eight to watch in Belgium U19 squad

Belgium’s U19 squad plays Spain on Wednesday in their first match of the European championships. They are in a tough group, with Turkey and Serbia as well as Wednesday’s opponents. Belgian media reports have mainly highlighted two players: Marnick Vermijl, because he plays at Old Trafford, and Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan – because he’s… Read More »

Nine Jupiler League stars who could move … and a word of warning

Axel Witsel (22) is one of the few Standard Liège players to remain from the 2009 championship-winning side. Elected Player of the Year in 2008, he’s now a much better all-round midfield performer. Witsel was often in Steven Defour’s shadow but in Defour’s absence he’s emerged recently as a leader in his own right. He… Read More »

Good Kompany

I went along to the Belgian team press conference this morning; as usual, a few players were available: this time, Axel Witsel, Marvin Ogunjimi and Vincent Kompany. I sat in while the local journalists fired questions at Kompany in both French and Dutch. He handled both with aplomb. That’s not that unusal; many Belgians speak… Read More »

Romelu Lukaku; the next big thing but too young to party

Belgian internationals Marvin Ogunjimi, Nacer Chadli and Dries Mertens were sitting around and planning a summer trip to Miami. A youngster overheard them and asked if he could go along. “No way”, they said, “you’re not old enough.” The teenager in question was Romelu Lukaku and he’s 18 today. Lukaku is the biggest thing to… Read More »

In the footsteps of Preud’homme and Pfaff

Belgium has a history of top goalkeepers with Michel Preud’homme and Jean-Marie Pfaff both being named world’s best goalkeeper in their time. Preud’homme, with KV Mechelen and Benfica, and Pfaff, of Beveren and Bayern Munich, spread the word about Belgian keepers far and wide. Head off to see Standard Liege and you’ll still hear fans… Read More »

‘Pelé’ Mboyo takes the road less travelled

On Friday night, January 28, it was announced that Ilombe ‘Pelé’ Mboyo was being transferred from Kortrijk to Gent. It didn’t cause many headlines outside of Flanders and certainly did not rival Luis Suárez’s move from Ajax to Liverpool on the same day. However, in its own way, this transfer was just as important as… Read More »