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Interview with Thibaut Courtois (La Dernière Heure) on Cech, Mignolet and the World Cup

Ahead of the match with Scotland, Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois spoke to journalists from the Belgian paper La Dernière Heure. Here’s what he said about Chelsea, Peter Cech, the World Cup and Simon Mignolet. On staying at Atletico Madrid “Chelsea and José Mourinho wanted me to return to Stamford Bridge this season, either that or… Read More »

Monday Mash: There’s more than one Hazard in Belgium

Last Monday I said the Jupiler Pro League was becoming a two-horse race but Thorgan Hazard obviously didn’t read my thoughts. Playing for Zulte Waregem against Anderlecht, he scored one and had three assists – his best game by far in the JPL. The game was a great spectacle, enlivened by 45 minutes from Anderlecht’s… Read More »

Monday Mash: Guy Luzon – the unlikely hero

Standard Liege’s 3-0 demolition of Lierse was coach Guy Luzon’s fifth straight win. His appointment was heavily criticised but he’s proving everyone wrong. Ex Wolves winger Geoffrey Mujangi-Bia – Pele Mboyo’s cousin – scored all three goals for Les Rouches. Racing Genk and Anderlecht both scored four goals with Fabien Camus and Massimo Bruno, respectively,… Read More »

Monday Mash: Mixed results for three debutants

On the season’s first day, Club Brugge captain Timmy Simons was sent off on his debut while Lokeren’s Hans Vanaken (ex PSV youths and Lommel) scored two of the goals that sunk Anderlecht. For the champions, 16 year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans showed he is definitely one for the future after replacing the injured Sacha Kljestan.… Read More »

Belgian Super Cup preview

It’s time for Belgium’s first competitive match today as champions Anderlecht play cup-winners Racing Genk. The match takes place at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium and it looks like the weather and the timing will lead to quite a few empty seats. Many Anderlecht fans are concerned that the club has not done more to… Read More »

Belgium’s final training session before Serbia

Belgium had their final training session this morning in temperatures of 30 degrees. Eden Hazard was taking it easy and it’s certain he won’t be starting tomorrow against Serbia. Wilmots did not give much away and the big question is who replaces Vermaelen in central defence – Van Buyten or Lombaerts? Nacer Chadli could start… Read More »

Zulte Waregem exceed everyone’s expectations

In the Premiership, Belgian footballers are all the rage at the top clubs, with players like Eden Hazard showing they can mix it with the cream of European football. But in Belgium itself, a team who didn’t exist in its present form until the Premiership was 10 years old, and a different Hazard altogether are… Read More »

Final day – the title and 15 million up for grabs

Anderlecht play Zulte Waregem this afternoon and either side can take the Jupiler Pro League title. Anderlecht start favourites as they will be champions if they avoid defeat. Zulte Waregem need to win and they will take heart from that fact that they’ve already beaten Anderlecht twice this season. Thorgan Hazard, on loan at Zulte… Read More »

The Good, The Bad and The Playoffs

With four games left in the Jupiler Pro League playoffs, only five points cover the first five clubs. It’s been called the most exciting title race in Europe, but even those using that terminology agree that the playoffs format falsifies the championship. That’s because at the end of the classic season, the top six play… Read More »