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  • Belgium defender Van Buyten announces retirement August 14, 2014

    Brussels: Veteran Belgium defender Daniel van Buyten announced his retirement on Thursday, ending speculation he was to join champions Anderlecht for the season. The 36-year-old, one of the outstanding performers at the World Cup in Brazil, came to the end of his contract with Bayern Munich in June and although he...
  • Goodbye, modelling? Belgian football fan who landed a L'Oreal ad has been dropped due to her controversial hunting photos on Facebook July 13, 2014

    It was a fairy tale journey for 17-year-old Belgian teenager Axelle Despiegelaere who was spotted on the stands during the FIFA World Cup 2014. Her photos went viral on internet and she soon landed a L'Oreal deal! Her dream run as a model came to an abrupt end after her...
  • World Cup 2014: Hair to stay? Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini cuts his famous afro locks July 11, 2014

    Marouane Fellaini endured a tough first season at Manchester United but the midfielder was always one of the most recognisable players on the pitch thanks to his dark flowing afro. However the Belgium international, who was on Thursday pictured at a hair salon in Brussels sporting a much shorter look, won't...
  • From football stands to L'Oreal deal: how a Belgium supporter's life changed after her photos taken on the stands went viral July 10, 2014

    17-year-old Belgian girl Axelle Despiegelaere did not know what fate had in store for her when he landed in Brazil to support Belgium in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Axelle was in the stands, cheering for her country when someone took her photos. These pictures soon went viral on Twitter...
  • World Cup 2014: Referee easy on Messi, says Belgium's coach Wilmots July 6, 2014

    Brasilia: Belgium's coach Marc Wilmots said on Saturday that Italian referee Nicola Rizzou had gone easy on Messi during the World Cup quarter-final. Argentina ousted Belgium 1-0 to advance to the semis for the first time in 24 years. Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner in the eighth minute, reports Xinhua. Wilmots told...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina enter semis after win over Belgium July 5, 2014

    Gonzalo Higuain's first goal of this World Cup sent Argentina into the semifinals on Saturday with a 1-0 win over a disappointing Belgium. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Gonzalo Higuain powers Argentina into semifinals July 5, 2014

    Brasilia: Argentina reached the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup, for the first time in 24 years, after a hard fought 1-0 win over Belgium at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia here on Saturday. Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal in this year's tournament with a brilliant first time volley in...
  • As it happened: Argentina vs Belgium, World Cup 2014 quarterfinals July 5, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the third quarterfinal match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional stadium in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) So far none of Argentina's opponents has been able to stop Lionel Messi. Perhaps Belgium have what it takes. But even if doesn't, the...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch in the last two quarter-finals July 5, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: The world's best player goes up against perhaps the world's best goalkeeper. The highest-scoring line-up in the World Cup takes on the tournament's most surprising team. There are two remaining quarter-finals to be played on Saturday at the World Cup and both create intriguing matchups as Argentina face...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium boys are men now, face Argentina July 5, 2014

    Brasilia: When World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium last qualified for the tournament in 2002, the current squad were a disparate gaggle of schoolboys poised unknowingly on the brink of global stardom. Eden Hazard, then a small, slender 11-year-old, was making a name for himself as a skilful winger with the junior...
  • World Cup 2014: Facing Belgium, Argentina may need more than Messi July 5, 2014

    So far none of Argentina's opponents has been able to stop Lionel Messi. Perhaps Belgium have what it takes. But even if doesn't, the Red Devils present a fresh challenge for Argentina at this World Cup. For the first time in Brazil, Argentina face an opponent with attacking potential that rivals...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium unveil Messi plan with a Hazard of their own July 4, 2014

    Salvador: Belgium pointed to Eden Hazard as a potential match winner as they laid out a strategy to combat Lionel Messi and Argentina when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday. "Hey, we've got Eden," teammate Kevin Mirallas said on Thursday as reporters sought answers to the...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium tie sharpens Messi-Maradona focus July 3, 2014

    Brasilia: As the former Argentina international Jorge Valdano once observed: "One does try to avoid comparing Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. The problem is that Messi doesn't help." The comparisons will only increase ahead of Argentina's World Cup quarter-final with Belgium on Saturday, for it was against the Belgians that two...
  • The Beautiful Game: Round of 16 surprisingly didn't had any upsets July 2, 2014

    Eight teams have secured their quarterfinal berths after the round of 16 ended in the World Cup in Brazil. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Wacky haircuts a standout feature of the event July 2, 2014

    It was an odd place to find three international footballers on the eve of a crucial World Cup game, inside a small hair salon located on the forecourt of a gas station on the outskirts of a remote Brazilian city. But there they were, Nigeria stars Emmanuel Emenike, Kenneth Omeruo and...
  • 'Tim Howard for President': the funniest Tim Howard memes on the internet after his stunning performance in the World Cup July 2, 2014

    USA may have lost to Belgium in last night's World Cup match, but Tim Howard's stupendous effort with 16 saves will go down in history. Belgium fired at least 27 shots against 9 from USA; however, Tim Howard stood like an immovable wall and saved most of them making it...
  • World Cup 2014: US goalkeeper Tim Howard makes record saves in a World Cup game July 2, 2014

    Salvador: Despite conceding two goals in the extra time, 35-year-old veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard from the United States was chosen the best player of the knockout match which Belgium won 2-1 and advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals. Howard made 16 crucial saves in the duel, refreshing the World Cup record...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium hold on to beat USA 2-1 in a thrilling encounter July 2, 2014

    Salvador: Belgium recorded their fourth consecutive victory to reach the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after a thrilling 2-1 extra time win over the US at the Arena Fonte Nova here on Tuesday. Kevin De Bruyne scored the crucial opener for Belgium in the 93rd minute after US goalkeeper Tim Howard's heroics...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Belgium vs USA, Round of 16 July 2, 2014

    Catch all the updates from the round of 16 match played between Belgium and USA at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The United States' declaration of their attacking intentions may awaken the more thrill-seeking instincts of unbeaten but so far underwhelming Belgium as they prepare...
  • World Cup 2014: Klinsmann criticises referee choice for Belgium clash July 1, 2014

    Salvador: United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has criticised FIFA for appointing an Algerian referee to officiate his side's World Cup second-round match against Belgium on Tuesday. The US scored a late winner against Algeria in the World Cup four years ago that put them top of their group ahead of England...
  • World Cup 2014: US plan to attack unbeaten but underwhelming Belgium July 1, 2014

    The United States' declaration of their attacking intentions may awaken the more thrill-seeking instincts of unbeaten but so far underwhelming Belgium as they prepare for "war" in Tuesday's last-16 World Cup clash. The Belgians came through the group stage with three wins from three against Algeria, Russia and South Korea but...
  • World Cup 2014: Petulant Lukaku likely to lead line for Belgium June 30, 2014

    Salvador: Striker Romelu Lukaku is set to return but concern over captain Vincent Kompany is still clouding Belgium's build-up to their World Cup last-16 meeting with the United States in Salvador on Tuesday. Kompany skipped training again on Sunday as he battled with a groin problem, having now not worked out...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium's Defour could face longer ban June 28, 2014

    Belgium midfielder Steven Defour could face an extended ban at the World Cup after his red card against South Korea resulted in an automatic one-match suspension, FIFA said on Saturday. The governing body said its Disciplinary Committee had "opened proceedings" looking into Defour's two-footed, studs-up challenge on Kim Shin-wook in the...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium top Group H, face US in last 16 June 27, 2014

    Reduced to 10 men for over half the match, Belgium still beat South Korea 1-0 on Thursday to finish atop of Group H and eliminate the last Asian team from the World Cup. With a late goal yet again, Belgium made the difference in the 78th minute when defender Jan Vertonghen...
  • As it happened: Korea vs Belgium, Algeria vs Russia June 27, 2014

    Catch all the updates from both the Group H matches as Korea take on Belgium whereas Algeria face Russia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Struggling South Korea will need to rediscover the magical spirit of 2002 as they fight to rescue their dismal World Cup campaign against unbeaten Belgium. Algeria can...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 15 June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: It's the last day of the group stage at the World Cup, and seven teams are still vying for the last three spots in the Round of 16. While most teams are either on their way home or preparing for the knockout stage, there's still everything to play...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium captain Vincent Kompany to miss South Korea match June 26, 2014

    Belgium will start their final Group H encounter with South Korea without Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen, both of whom will miss the match through injury, coach Marc Wilmots said on Wednesday. "Everything had gone smoothly over the last month but we have two minor injuries," Wilmots told reporters at the...