Tag: Belgium

Dissecting Diego Maradona’s astounding goal against Belgium in 1986

"BEAUTIFUL VIEW. Magnificent desolation.” Some will recognise those, considering the circumstances, remarkably sparse words. Many others, for good reason, won’t. Buzz Aldrin’s utterance, moments after becoming the second man to step on…

The injury curse of Thomas Vermaelen and the road to recovery

THE CAMP NOU SIGHED IN UNISON as Samuel Umtiti hobbled off the pitch against Celta Vigo. With Argentine stalwart Javier Mascherano already out injured, the Blaugrana returned to worrying about centre-backs, as…

Jan Ceulemans and the route to Belgium’s greatest

Illustration by Federico Manasse Tall and rangy, socks rolled down, and with a hypnotic control of the ball that seemed at odds with his physicality, Jan Ceulemans was a footballing conundrum that…

The Ebony Shoe and The Belgian Lion

The Jupiler Pro League in Belgium is no different from the other leagues across Europe. At the end of the season, the best individuals are nominated for the player of the year,…

Belgium: twenty years for overnight success

IT WASN’T LONG AGO that the only Belgian name mentioned in relation to a transfer deal in the Premier League was Bosman. It’s easy to forget that prior to the Belgian revolution in…