I focus on the Belgian national team, the Belgian (JPL) league and on Belgian footballers, plying their trade abroad in the Premier League, Spain, the Bundesliga, Serie A and the Eeredivisie as well as those playing domestically. This doesn’t, of course, mean that I ignore those players in the Jupiler league who don’t have Belgian passports, such as Ruud Vormer, Marvelous Nakamba and Sofiane Hanni.
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I maintain a Twitter account – @Belgofoot – that currently attracts over 15,000 followers. As well as micro-blogging (and this blog of course) I have spoken about Belgian football on numerous radio talk shows, appeared on internet television and have been published in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, I covered Belgium for World Soccer, the Telegraph, Unibet and ‘When Saturday Comes‘ (see below)’. I will be covering the 2018 World Cup in Russia for World Soccer magazine and Unibet. Over the years, I have also been a contributor to FourFourTwo‘, Sports Illustrated, Australia’s Soccer International and several UK nationals. I regularly contributed to the Manchester Evening News, particularly when Manchester United’s link with Belgian club side Royal Antwerp was in rude health. I also worked extensively for now defunct football site onefootball.com as their ‘man in Belgium’.
I have spoken many times on the radio and online on the subject of Belgian football, on BBC FiveLive, BBC Radio Wales, CNN, Talksport, Sports Tonight TV, Sky Sports News Radio and ColourFul Radio amongst others. I have also taken part in various podcasts and provided information to the Russian, Swedish, Finnish and American media.
Born in Manchester, lived in Brussels for many years, now dividing time between Brussels and Bologna.
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Wow John, nice to know you were the Belgium correspondent for onefootball.com which I thought was a brilliant football site. No other site since has carried as much local news from the smaller football countries.
Yes, I worked for about four years at one football.com (freelance) as their man in Belgium. It was indeed a great site and there were some super people there. Sadly they never managed to develop a sustainable business model and it’s tough when sites like the BBC are free.
What was the business model at onefootball? Can’t remember whether there was an online store or subscriber content…
Great site. I love footie from Max and Mabel jiggle jiggle jiggle yeah hi nonno
Hi Max and Mabel, thanks for the nice comment, Jiggle, jiggle, yeah, N.O.Nno
I miss you very much nonno. Hopefully see you soon. And to anyone reading this, he has great football knowledge and is very kind!!