Belgium’s Chelsea connection

Watching the Netherlands-Belgium game last night with its plethora of Belgians who play, or have played, for Chelsea, a chance conversation led to a challenge to pick an eleven of such players. I tried but I needed to take a little poetic licence in order to field a full team; I did this by adding… Read More »

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 »

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 »