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Belgium books place in Russia 2018 World Cup

Jan Vertonghen won his 92nd cap for Belgium in Greece (Image credit: Rex Features)

Belgium became the first European side to join hosts Russia at next summer’s World Cup finals as goals from Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku gave them victory in Greece. All three goals came in a five-minute second-half period, which began with Vertonghen firing Belgium ahead. Zeca brought Greece level soon after but Lukaku scored the final goal with a glancing ...

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Thierry Henry named as an assistant manager of Belgium


Former Arsenal, Barcelona and France striker Thierry Henry has been named as an assistant manager of Belgium. He joins the coaching team of Roberto Martinez, who replaced Marc Wilmots at the start of August. “Thierry is an important figure,” said former Everton boss Martinez. “He will bring something different. He agreed right away to join us.” Henry, 39, tweeted: “Honoured ...

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Marc Wilmots leaves Belgium as coach after Euro 2016 disappointment

Marc Wilmots

The Belgian FA has announced that Marc Wilmots has left his role as coach of Belgium following their Euro 2016 quarterfinal exit. Belgium, who are second in the FIFA Ranking, were tipped to impress at this summer’s tournament in France. But their form was inconsistent, with the side starting with a 2-0 loss against Italy. They recovered to beat Republic ...

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EURO 2016: Remarkable Wales shock Belgium to reach semis


Wales confirmed themselves as the cinderella act of UEFA EURO 2016 with a 3-1 quarter-final victory over a much-touted Belgium side. Chris Coleman’s unheralded outfit bounced back from Radja Nainggolen’s fine 13th-minute opener to level through Ashley Williams and then streak clear with Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes goals that bookended a scarcely believable second-half story. It was Belgium who ...

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EURO 2016: Wales v Belgium Preview


The message from both coaches is “same again please” as Wales and Belgium prepare to meet in Lille, though Chris Coleman and Marc Wilmots have had very contrasting news on the injury front. Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen out of finals with torn ankle ligaments; Eden Hazard should be fit Thomas Vermaelen is banned, so two of Laurent Ciman, Jason Denayer and ...

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EURO 2016: Hazard-inspired Belgium blow away Hungary


An early Toby Alderweireld header was the prelude to three late goals that sent Belgium past Hungary and into a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Wales. Hungary had a pre-match blow when László Kleinheisler was injured in the warm-up and Ádám Pintér was pressed into action. As if suitably emboldened, Belgium started just as Wales did in beating Russia 3-0 ...

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EURO 2016: Belgium’s Nainggolan floors Sweden with late strike


Radja Nainggolan’s deflected strike six minutes from time earned Belgium a place in the knockout stage of UEFA EURO 2016, in the process ensuring Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimović’s stellar international career ended on a losing note. A breathless encounter was heading for stalemate when the holding midfielder walked on to Eden Hazard’s cutback from the byline and unleashed a right-footed ...

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Belgium find best form to beat Ireland


Two second-half Romelu Lukaku goals capped a dominant Belgium display as they hit form to beat the Republic of Ireland in UEFA EURO 2016 Group E. Belgium were seeking to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Italy and Kevin De Bruyne, a pre-match injury doubt, started behind Lukaku and was soon controlling play. He set up Eden Hazard for ...

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Impressive Italy leave Belgium floored


Italy showed they remain a force to be reckoned with after starting their UEFA EURO 2016 Group E bid with an impressive 2-0 victory against highly rated Belgium. For all their gifted individuals, the Red Devils looked a disjointed force in the opening half as both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne ran into white shirts whenever they took possession. ...

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