Category Archives: Profiles

Lukaku Mark II is ready to fly

Jordan Lukaku will be 18 next month. Unlike his elder brother at that age, he’s not a regular in the Anderlecht first team. Also unlike his brother, he’s an extremely confident young man. Not that Romelu is a shrinking violet, but young Jordan likes to take life head on. Towards the end of last season,… Read More »

Charly Boy joins exodous to Chelsea

The news that the three Musonda brothers are likely to join Chelsea comes as somewhat of a surprise. About a year ago, Anderlecht announced that the elder boys – Lamisha and Tika – were being awarded professional contracts and that the club hoped to do the same with Charly Junior when he reached the age… Read More »

Kevin says a painful goodbye to the Jupiler League

Image by John ChapmanLast night, Kevin De Bruyne played his last game for Genk. Against Anderlecht, he left the field after 10 minutes with a broken toe. He’s hoping to be fully recovered in four-five weeks. This is very bad news for Genk – who lost heavily without him – but should not impact his move to Chelsea. Here are some facts about the boy:

The Belgofoot interview: Philippe Albert (part 1)

Philippe Albert, one of most popular foreign imports into the English game, looks back on his time with Newcastle United and said that those five years were the best years of his life – by far. I met him at his home in Wanfercée-Baulet, between Brussels and Charleroi, where he lives with his wife, children and a couple of horses. “I’ve always been lucky in my life”.

Belgium’s bands of brothers

A few days ago I read an article in La Dernière Heure reporting that a young 17 year-old midfielder had signed a three-year contract with Standard Liege. The player in question was Reda Jaadi, an U17 Belgium international not really on my radar.

Then today, the same paper announced that his brother Nadil, 15, is likely to sign a three-year contract with Anderlecht. He is said to be brightest star in his age group. But wait; there are two even younger brothers – both already signed up with clubs in Belgium.

This got me thinking about the bands of brothers that are breaking through in the various levels of Belgium’s international teams and wondering how many will make it to the top…

Top ten Belgian transfer targets

Belgians are the flavour of the month; not a day goes by without clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City or Real Madrid being linked to a likely Belgian lad. Eden Hazard is a top favourite, but Jan Vertonghen and Axel Witsel are not far behind when it comes to rumours. So, a bit early… Read More »

Jupiler League’s Top Ten Young Talents

As we approach the Playoffs, here’s my idea about the ‘Top Ten Talents’ coming through in the Jupiler League. My criteria are that they must be aged 20 or less and have played in the Jupiler League, at least for a few minutes. That rules out any of Anderlecht’s Musonda brothers (no games yet) and… Read More »