December 4, 2022

Trial of 10 accused in 2016 Brussels terror attack begins on Monday

Survivors will give evidence in specially constructed court after Belgium’s worst peacetime atrocityTen men will go on trial accused of playing a role in the Brussels terror attacks of 2016 that killed 32 people and injured hundreds in what was Belgium’s worst peacetime atrocity.The trial, taking place in a specially constructed court in Nato’s former headquarters in the north of the Belgian capital, begins proceedings on Monday, more than six and a half years after the attacks on Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station on 22 March 2016. Continue reading...
December 3, 2022

England are World Cup contenders. Does it matter if they are any good? | Jonathan Wilson

Major tournaments are short and freakish things happen – and England, unlike more illustrious opponents, are still hereThree games into their World Cup campaign, 11 games into 2022, 79 games into Gareth Southgate’s reign, the question remains unanswered: are England actually any good?To which there are probably two answers. The first is simple: yes, reasonably. They finished top of their group. They were joint top-scorers alongside Spain. They kept two clean sheets. The second is a weary sigh as any discussion of England is immediately submerged by hackneyed debates about arrogance and expectation, set against a backdrop of implausible ideals of breezy attacking perfection. What even is good? Continue reading...
December 3, 2022

Watch as panellists debate EU gender quotas & Brussels football riots

Panellists spoke about a new EU directive for women on boards and the recent violent riots following the Belgium-Morocco football match.
December 2, 2022

Europe's largest energy storage facility begins operations in Belgium

The 40 lithium-ion mega-batteries ensure stable energy distribution from the public grid when wind or solar power inputs fluctuate.
December 2, 2022

Football Daily | Schadenfreude addicts, conspiracy theorists and permutations junkies

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!What the Human Rights World Cup lacks in equality, dignity, human rights and Scotland, it is more than making up for in drama. The last group games have been popcorn-gorging, brain-melting belters, with something for everyone: schadenfreude addicts, conspiracy theorists, historians and permutations junkies. Belgium and Germany went out on Thursday, and for a delirious couple of minutes, in which it was beyond the wit of man to utter anything other than “Oh my God!”, it looked like Spain might join them. Belgium’s exit was on the cards after their defeat to Morocco on Sunday, but nobody saw the manner of it coming. Poor Romelu Lukaku produced a tragi-cameo for the ages, with a personal xG of 1.98 and a G of 0.00. His only shot on target was when he rammed his fist into the dugout after the game.This is an extract from our daily football email … Football Daily. To subscribe for the full version, just visit this page and follow the instructions. Continue reading...
December 1, 2022

World Cup 2022: Argentina into last 16, crunch time for Germany and Belgium – live

Join Martin Belam for a look back on Wednesday’s action and all the buildup to the final games in Groups E and FElis James has actually made me laugh out loud at my desk with the line “Unlike the writers in some other newspapers, I am able to experience two emotions at once, with neither being anger”. Here he is with his reflections on a disappointing campaign for Wales that he still feels immensely proud of:Enormous pride that we qualified. Incredible disappointment that we are going home. But it is disappointment with context. It is far better to get knocked out of a World Cup than not to get to one in the first place. What was so frustrating about the great qualification failures of my time as a supporter – Euro 92, USA 94, Euro 2004 and Russia 2018 – was the feeling of unfinished business, a cosmic unfairness that prevented footballers who were good enough to play on the biggest stage from doing so. Continue reading...
December 1, 2022

Croatia v Belgium: World Cup 2022 – live

World Cup updates from the 3pm GMT / 10am ET kick-offAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts on the matchCroatia drew 0-0 with Morocco and then put Canada over their knee, coming from behind to win 4-1.Belgium followed a slightly unconvincing 1-0 win over Canada with an exceedingly unconvincing 2-0 defeat to Morocco on Sunday, after which the players reportedly had a row over which of them was farthest down the hill. Continue reading...
November 30, 2022

Belgium starts trial over 2016 suicide bombings

Salah Abdeslam, who was convicted in separate trial over 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, among accusedBelgium has launched its biggest criminal trial with the prosecution of alleged jihadists accused of directing or aiding suicide bombings on the Brussels metro and airport that killed 32 people in 2016.The prime suspect in the dock, Abdeslam Salah, 33, an electrical mechanic, confirmed his identity and occupation. Salah, who is French, was convicted in a separate trial in France for his role in attacks in Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people. Continue reading...
November 27, 2022

Belgium v Morocco: World Cup 2022 – live

Minute-by-minute updates on the Group F encounterAny comments? Feel free to email Rob“My wife, who is from Morocco and happens to be working in Marrakesh this week, will be hanging out with the bar staff at her 5-star hotel to watch the match,” writes Alistair Connor. “Quite possibly nipping out to the pool at half time, it’s a sunny 28° there. I should have gone with her, I’ve got nothing better to do than sit at home in France watching the football on TV...“Götterdämmerung is an emerging theme at this WC. Ronaldo, Bale, Neymar, even Messi, add your own favourites, use-by date. Belgium won’t be taken by surprise by this zippy Moroccan crew, but they may be overrun? Inshallah.” Continue reading...
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