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Belgium international: “Manchester United is the perfect club”

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Belgium star Thomas Meunier has described Manchester United as "the perfect club" in a recent interview. The Paris Saint-Germain right-back admitted to being a fan of us and praised the team that Jose Mourinho has put together. We are currently... Continue Reading →

[Video] Romelu Lukaku scores hat-trick on international duty

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick this evening as Belgium hammered Gibraltar 9-0 in Group H of the 2018 World Cup qualifying. The star striker scored in the 21st and 38th minute as Belgium led 6-0 at half-time... Continue Reading →

Belgian winger: Many clubs are interested in me - my goal is to play at Manchester United

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Of all the players who have failed to live up to expectations at Manchester United in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, Adnan Januzaj’s case has been the most interesting of all.

He made a strong impact straightaway after being introduced by David Moyes. His rise was meteoric. He quickly became the darling boy.

Eleven Sports

Belgian Jupiler League makes return to US TV and streaming

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EXCLUSIVE: The Belgian Jupiler League makes it return to Eleven Sports Network for the weekend of September 16-17, which marks the 7th round of the Championship.

Eleven Sports first picked up Jupiler League rights last season in April during the Championship Playoff stage.

Belgian Jupiler League makes return to US TV and streaming

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EXCLUSIVE: The Belgian Jupiler League makes it return to Eleven Sports Network for the weekend of September 16-17, which marks the 7th round of the Championship.

Eleven Sports first picked up Jupiler League rights last season in April during the Championship Playoff stage.

Belgian Jupiler League comes to US TV and streaming thanks to Eleven Sports

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Eleven Sports, the newly launched sports channel that formed from the ashes of One World Sport, has acquired US rights to the Belgian Jupiler League (Belgian First Division A). This weekend, the channel will show all 3 matches from the current Championship Playoff that features the top six clubs from the league’s regular season:

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Videos

VIDEO: Lukaku scores winner for Belgium

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Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini both started in Belgium's 2-1 win over Greece this evening. Jan Vertonghen took the lead in the 70th minute only for Greece to equalise three minutes later. Lukaku then hit back within a minute to give his country the win.


Lukaku's goal for Belgium vs Greece #MUFC pic.

World Cup Qualifiers: Belgium Hardman Axel Witsel Scores Stunning Bicycle Kick v Gibraltar, Sees Red Soon After For Reckless Challenge (Video)

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While the Deadline Day nonsense continued to spew out of every media orifice, some players were actually getting on with playing some serious football, courtesy of a slew of World Cup qualifiers.

One such game, featuring Roberto Martinez's Belgium and perennial minnows Gibraltar saw hardman Axel Witsel score a cracker and then get sent off within the space of about 13 minutes, the loon.

Greek Tweak: Belgium Forward Dries Mertens Picks Up Weirdest Yellow Card Of The International Break (Video)

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Saturday night's World Cup qualifier between Belgium and Greece was a feisty old affair, with the away side ultimately finishing the night with nine men on the pitch.

The game also saw a blizzard of yellow cards administered throughout, though you'll have to go some way to find an infringement weirder than the one that landed Dries Mertens in the book.

FAIL: Romelu Lukaku Misses Glaring Sitter As Belgium Squeak 1-1 Draw Against The Netherlands (Video)

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Mere hours after being told by his club manager that he could play for Barcelona if he wanted, Romelu Lukaku went and cemented his credentials by missing an absolute whopper of a sitter in Belgium's friendly against their beloved lowland neighbours, the Netherlands.

With Belgium trailing 1-0 to a first-half Davy Klaassen penalty, Roberto Martinez sent Lukaku and Thorgan Hazard on for the last 30 minutes or so.

Belgium: Goalkeeper Throws Ball At Ballboy’s Face In Second-Tier Clash Between Royal Antwerp And Tubize (Video)

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From Eden Hazard's infamous skirmish at the Libery Stadiumto West Ham 's Adrian being hurried up by a Palace ballboy, we've seen more than one heated incident between the players on the pitch and those young whippersnappers charged with returning the ball.

This weekend in Belgium, there was another ballboy drama in Belgium's Proximus league, withFC Tubize goalkeeper Quentin Beunardeau getting so worked up by the apparent time-wasting of a ballboy, that he threw the ball back in the youngster's face.

AFP

Belgium seal World Cup place, France held by Luxembourg

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Paris (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku’s goal allowed Belgium to become the first European nation to clinch qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday as much-fancied France were held to an embarrassing goalless draw by Luxembourg.

Manchester United striker Lukaku headed in a Thomas Meunier cross in the 74th minute in Piraeus for the decisive goal in a 2-1 Belgium win that guaranteed them top spot in European qualifying Group H.

Hazard to return from injury for Belgium

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Brussels (AFP) – Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will make his first appearance of the season in Belgium’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar on Thursday after recovering from a fractured ankle.

The 26-year-old has been out of first-team action since the start of June, but did play 74 minutes for the Chelsea under-23 side last week.

Hazard to return from injury for Belgium

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Brussels (AFP) – Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will make his first appearance of the season in Belgium’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar on Thursday after recovering from a fractured ankle.

The 26-year-old has been out of first-team action since the start of June, but did play 74 minutes for the Chelsea under-23 side last week.

Conte questions Hazard’s Belgium call-up

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expressed surprise on Friday over Eden Hazard’s call-up by Belgium.

Hazard, 26, has not yet played for Chelsea this season after fracturing his right ankle on international duty in June.

But he has been called up by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Gibraltar and Greece.

Conte questions Hazard’s Belgium call-up

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expressed surprise on Friday over Eden Hazard’s call-up by Belgium.

Hazard, 26, has not yet played for Chelsea this season after fracturing his right ankle on international duty in June.

But he has been called up by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Gibraltar and Greece.

Netherlands, Denmark reach women’s Euro quarters

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Hosts Netherlands beat neighbours Belgium 2-1 to advance to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Denmark, who edged 2013 runners-up Norway 1-0 in Group A on Monday.

In Tilburg, Sherida Spitse converted a penalty - her second in two games - in the 27th minute to put the Netherlands ahead after Maud Coutereels had brought down Jackie Groenen in the box.

Newcomers Belgium stun Norway, Dutch down Danes

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Elke Van Gorp and Janice Cayman gave Belgium their first-ever win at the women’s Euros as the Red Flames stunned 2013 runners-up Norway 2-0 in Breda on Thursday.

In the day’s other Group A game in Rotterdam, Sherida Spitse’s penalty gave the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Denmark.

Newcomers Belgium stun Norway, Dutch down Danes

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Elke Van Gorp and Janice Cayman gave Belgium their first-ever win at the women’s Euros as the Red Flames stunned 2013 runners-up Norway 2-0 in Breda on Thursday.

In the day’s other Group A game in Rotterdam, Sherida Spitse’s penalty gave the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Denmark.

Newcomers Belgium stun runners-up Norway at women’s Euro

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Elke Van Gorp and Janice Cayman gave Belgium their first-ever win at the women’s Euro as the Red Flames stunned 2013 runners-up Norway 2-0 in Breda on Thursday.

Van Gorp slammed in a rebound in the 59th minute past Norway keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth who had cleared Tessa Wullaert’s header following a cross from Belgium’s Davina Philtjens.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Belgium’s Marc Wilmots named new Ivory Coast coach

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Abidjan (AFP) – Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been appointed to lead Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying bid, the country’s football authorities said on Tuesday.

Wilmots, 48, is one of an elite band of players to have played at four World Cups, and also led Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

Belgium’s Marc Wilmots named new Ivory Coast coach

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Abidjan (AFP) – Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been appointed to lead Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying bid, the country’s football authorities said on Tuesday.

Wilmots, 48, is one of an elite band of players to have played at four World Cups, and also led Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

Belgium rampant, Portugal survive scare in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) Belgium hammered Estonia 8-1 to go clear in Group H, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal survived a scare before overcoming Latvia 4-1 in World Cup qualifying on Sunday.

There were braces from Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens as Belgium ran rampant with further goals from Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal to make it four wins from four.

Netherlands, Belgium in low-key friendly draw

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Amsterdam (AFP) The Netherlands and Belgium played out a 1-1 friendly draw Wednesday where Premier League stars Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard struggled and the Dutch suffered injury setbacks ahead of a key World Cup qualifier.

A penalty from Davy Klaassen gave the Dutch a 38th-minute lead from the penalty spot before Yannick Carrasco levelled eight minutes from the final whistle.

Netherlands, Belgium in low-key friendly draw

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Amsterdam (AFP) The Netherlands and Belgium played out a 1-1 friendly draw Wednesday where Premier League stars Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard struggled and the Dutch suffered injury setbacks ahead of a key World Cup qualifier.

A penalty from Davy Klaassen gave the Dutch a 38th-minute lead from the penalty spot before Yannick Carrasco levelled eight minutes from the final whistle.

Bill Hamid

Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

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Forbes claims D.C. United's value has increased this past year

Hello! I'm back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let's get started!

Some Soccer News for Oct 11, 2016

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It's Day 285 of 2016.


It took Belgium 8.1 seconds from kickoff to score against Gibraltar in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Christian Benteke got the goal. Belgium won 0-6.
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USA Mens National Team friendly:
-Tue Oct 11
USA v New Zealand - RFK Stadium, Washington DC - 7:00pm CT on on ESPN + UniMas

Here is the Roster for the Cuba game:
  • G: David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes, Bill Hamid - DC United, William Yarbrough - Leon
  • D: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Steve Birnbaum - DC United, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle
  • M: Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Perry Kitchen - Heart Of Midlothian, Sacha Kljestan - New York Red Bulls, Danny Williams - Reading
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Terrence Boyd - RB Leipzig, Julian Green - Bayern Munich, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

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A preview of tonight's game.

Arsenal

Official-ish: Everton Complete £7m Deal For Teenage Prodigy Henry Onyekuru (Photo)

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Everton have sealed adeal to sign prodigious 19-year-old forward Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side KAS Eupen.

Not so very long ago it was reported that Arsenal were within a whisker of getting him on board, but Onyekuru has today posted a photo of himself standing in front of Everton livery on his official Instagram account.

Blow for Liverpool as Nigerian star admits to dreaming of Arsenal move

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Chelsea

Manager confirms top class Chelsea star's injury, he could miss these three matches

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will remain sidelined for a few more days with a calf injury.

The Belgian picked up the injury before the match against Stoke City and will miss Belgium’s World Cup Qualifier against Greece on Saturday and the friendly with Russia on Tuesday as a result.

‘I Just Liked His Surname’ – Belgian R&B Artiste Name-Checks Chelsea ‘Keeper Thibaut Courtois On Latest Track (Video)

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In what surely must be a first, Thibaut Courtois has hada new R&B track named after him.

However, according to Belgian pop star Shay, the artiste responsible, the link to the Chelsea goalkeeper doesn't really go beyond the title.

Indeed, she only picked Courtois because she heard his name mentioned in conversation and liked the way it sounded.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois calms fears over eye injury

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A graphic photograph of Thibaut Courtois’ bloodshot eye (above, right) surfaced last night which left the internet wondering what was up with his eye. Courtois, pictured on the Belgian national team bench, was left out of the starting XI in the 1-1 draw against Netherlands on Wednesday.

Eden Hazard is back to his best, but can he lead Chelsea to the title?

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It’s unfair to single out one single player in the Chelsea team last season who was poor. The entire group was below par, as the Blues slumped to a 10th placed finish following the title win the year before. However, the fact remains that the expectations differ from individual to individual.

Eden Hazard was the star of the 2014/15 title-winning campaign, picking up the PFA Player of the Year award for his performances.

Eden Hazard is back to his best, but can he lead Chelsea to the title?

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It’s unfair to single out one poor player in the Chelsea team last season. The entire group was below par, as the Blues slumped to a 10th place finish following the title win the year before. However, the fact remains that the expectations differ from individual to individual.

Eden Hazard is back to his best, but can he lead Chelsea to the title?

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It’s unfair to single out one poor player in the Chelsea team last season. The entire group was below par, as the Blues slumped to a 10th place finish following the title win the year before. However, the fact remains that the expectations differ from individual to individual.

The Rest

U.S. youth international Juan Pablo Torres signs in Belgium

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American youth international Juan Pablo Torres has signed a three-year deal with Belgian club Sporting Lokeren.

OFFICIEEL: @juanptorres7 tekende zonet zijn contract voor 3 seizoenen bij Sporting Lokeren! #WelcomeTorres
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Zenit Present Departing Nicolas Lombaerts With Special ‘Hybrid’ Shirt Made From All 10 Jerseys He’s Worn For The Club (Photos)

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Having first joined the club way back in 2007, Nicolas Lombaerts is all set to up sticks and leaveZenit St Petersburg this summer to return to his native Belgium.

Indeed, the 32-year-old defender has agreed a three-year deal with KV Oostende, which will begin when his current Zenit contract dwindles to nowt in a few weeks' time.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.