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 »

Selection problems for Martinez

With World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, Roberto Martinez will have to deal with the problems that were often faced by his predecessor Marc Wilmots, namely injuries and a lack of the playing time by many squad members. The wear and tear on those playing regularly in the Premier League is well documented and, ironically,… Read More »

10 things we learnt from Belgium-Spain

1. Roberto Martinez has a lot of work to do but he has to be given time. Marc Wilmots made no progress with the team in the last two years and there had to be change. 2. Thierry Henry will be useful if he can find a way of making his 150 million euro strike… Read More »

Martinez to decide on youth or experience

Today, Roberto Martinez will reveal his first Belgium squad after replacing Marc Wilmots in the summer. The main interest will be on the number of new faces he may bring in. If Martinez wants an injection of youth, the best bets seem to be Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans, Mönchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard and Club Brugge’s Bjorn Engels.… Read More »

The Tuesday Takeaway – in which Roberto Martinez enters the fray

It’s all happening in the world of Belgian football with the draws for the Champions and Europa League group stages and the chance for new supremo Roberto Martinez to take centre stage when he announces his squad to face Spain and Cyprus. Belgians abroad One of the problems that Martinez faces is that candidates for… Read More »

Lean and mean Belgian second division starts tonight

The Belgian second division starts tonight and – surprisingly – it only has eight clubs. In an effort to reduce the number of clubs facing financial ruin, the number of professional clubs in Belgium has been reduced from from 34 to 24: 16 in the Jupiler Pro League (the first division) and eight in the… Read More »

Lean and mean Belgian 2nd division starts tonight

The Belgian second division starts tonight and – surprisingly – it only has eight clubs. In an effort to reduce the number of clubs facing financial ruin, the number of professional clubs in Belgium has been reduced from from 34 to 24: 16 in the Jupiler Pro League (the first division) and eight in the… Read More »

Club Brugge looking to retain their title

Although there have been changes in the structure of the professional game in Belgium, it looks like being the ‘same as usual’ next season with the ‘Big Five’ – Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Gent, Racing Genk and Standard Liège – challenging for honours. Last season, Michel Preud’homme’s Club Brugge took the title as they were the… Read More »

The Wilmots era and beyond

In the week that followed Belgium’s EURO elimination by Wales, there was much discussion about Marc Wilmots’ position. He’s still in charge at the moment but this week will be important in regard to his future. The ‘strong man’ in Belgian football these days is Bart Verhaeghe, President of Club Brugge and First Vice President… Read More »

Belgium leave France by the back door

Highlight of the tournament Toulouse was the location for the highpoint of Belgium’s EURO 2016 campaign. Hungary were the opponents and it was the only time in France that Marc Wilmots’ men turned on the style. The first half was fairly even but after Belgium took the lead, Hungary threw caution to the wind and… Read More »