BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian soccer federation has elected a female president for the first time.
The RBFA board on Monday appointed Pascale Van Damme as the replacement for the departing Paul Van den Bulck, who resigned after less than one year in charge.
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Swedish golfer Simon Forsstrom stayed on course for a wire-to-wire victory at the Soudal Open on the European tour by shooting 4-under 67 in the third round on Saturday.
Belgium's Thomas Detry was making a run at the title in his home country, however, after moving into second place — one stroke behind Forsstrom — with a round of 66.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Veteran midfielder Axel Witsel is the latest member of Belgium's so-called Golden Generation to end his international career.
The 34-year-old Witsel made 130 appearances in a 15-year career with Belgium, scoring 12 goals.
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WWI soldier finally finds resting place in Flanders FieldsMay 10, 2023 GMT
YPRES, Belgium (AP) — A World War I soldier finally found his resting place on Wednesday after he went missing at the height of the carnage in 1917 and his remains were found four years ago.
The brutality during the 1914-1918 war was such that hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed in Belgium's sector on the Western Front but some were never accounted for.
US Soccer Federation hires Onyewu as vice president of sportingMay 10, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Former defender Oguchi Onyewu was hired Wednesday by the U.S. Soccer Federation as vice president of sporting, a newly created role the governing body said is not a replacement for departed men's general manager Brian McBride.
Sports on TV for May 8-14May 5, 2023 GMT
Belgium detains 7 on suspicion of planning terror attackMay 4, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities have detained seven people, most of them Chechen origin, on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Belgium, the federal prosecutor's office said Thursday.
The office said in a statement that the suspects had not yet selected a precise target but police decided to pick them for questioning anyway.
Sports on TV for May 8-14May 3, 2023 GMT
German officials seize cooked bats near Belgian borderApril 12, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — German officials seized cooked bats and nearly a ton of unrefrigerated fish after police stopped a van that had entered the country from Belgium, authorities said Wednesday.
Federal police said a patrol on Monday stopped the vehicle at a highway exit on the edge of the border city of Aachen, and found the bats under the fish.
De Bruyne stars, leads Belgium to 3-2 win in GermanyMarch 28, 2023 GMT
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne steered Belgium to a 3-2 friendly win over Germany in new coach Domenico Tedesco’s return home on Tuesday.
De Bruyne set up both opening goals then sealed the victory just as Germany was threatening an equalizer after recovering from a very poor opening half hour.
Police in Belgium arrest 8 people in counterterrorism raidsMarch 28, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Police officers in Belgium have arrested eight people during counterterrorism raids across the country as part of operations aimed at thwarting possible attacks, the federal prosecutor's office said Tuesday.
South Africa’s Ramaphosa welcomes Belgium’s King PhilippeMarch 23, 2023 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilda to the capital Pretoria, lauded the European country for its assistance to Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
European competition draw listsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Champions League
Belgium bans TikTok from government phones after US, EUMarch 10, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is banning TikTok from government phones over worries about cybersecurity, privacy and misinformation, the country's prime minister said Friday, mirroring recent action by other authorities in Europe and the U.S.
EU legal advisor: Homegrown player quotas clash with EU lawMarch 9, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior legal adviser said Thursday that UEFA rules on homegrown players are partially incompatible with the European Union's free movement laws, although quotas might be legitimate in order to develop and recruit youngsters.
Benfica routs Brugge, reaches Champions League quarterfinalsMarch 7, 2023 GMT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica made it look easy again.
The Portuguese team continued its good run with a comfortable 5-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday to seal its spot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second straight season.
Belgium defender Alderweireld quits international soccerMarch 6, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Defender Toby Alderweireld, who was part of Belgium's so-called “Golden Generation” of players who finished third at the 2018 World Cup, is quitting international soccer, the Belgian federation said on Monday.
Massive farmers protest disrupts Brussels trafficMarch 3, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of tractors driven by angry farmers protesting a plan to cut nitrate levels converged on Brussels on Friday, creating major traffic disruption in Belgium's capital city.
The BB farmers union and several others combined efforts to gather more than 2,700 farm vehicles, according to Brussels police.
LuLa back with goals as Inter Milan prepares to face PortoFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
MILAN (AP) — The LuLa attack is back for Inter Milan, just in time.
Both Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez scored for Inter in a 3-1 win over Udinese in Serie A, four days before the team faces Porto on Wednesday in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Club Brugge looking for Champions League spark vs. BenficaFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Three months ago, Club Brugge was hailed as the Bayern of Belgium.
Now it's only in fourth place in the Belgian league as new coach Scott Parker struggles to spark a revival, and the Champions League will provide another tough test when two-time European champion Benfica visits in the round of 16 on Wednesday.
Materialise: Q4 Earnings SnapshotFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
LEVUEN, Belgium (AP) — LEVUEN, Belgium (AP) — Materialise NV (MTLS) on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $4.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
The Levuen, Belgium-based company said it had a loss of 8 cents per share.
EU lawmaker held for questioning in corruption scandalFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — A EU lawmaker linked to a corruption scandal that rocked the bloc's Parliament in December was detained for questioning as police conducted further raids, Belgium's federal prosecutor's office said Friday.
Polish bus comes off German highway and overturns; 35 hurtFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — A bus traveling from Poland to Belgium came off a highway in eastern Germany on Friday and overturned, injuring 35 people, six of them seriously, officials said.
The accident happened on the A2 highway near Magdeburg, west of Berlin, in the early hours of the morning.
Belgian police seize $1.6 million in sex trafficking probeFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — About 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in cash were seized during raids in Belgium targeting an alleged criminal organization suspected of sending Chinese women to Europe and forcing them into prostitution, the federal prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.
Domenico Tedesco appointed as Belgium’s new head coachFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Domenico Tedesco has been appointed head coach of Belgium's national team with a mission to rebuild in the aftermath of the Red Devils' World Cup disappointment.
The Belgian federation said Wednesday that the 37-year-old German-Italian, who previously coached Schalke, Spartak Moscow and Leipzig, has signed a deal until after the European Championship next year in Germany.
Belgian police detain 25 in Chinese sex trafficking probeFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police detained 25 people Tuesday as part of a human trafficking probe targeting an alleged criminal organization suspected of sending Chinese women to Europe and forcing them into prostitution, the federal prosecutor's office said.
Olympic bans and boycotts go back a centuryFebruary 3, 2023 GMT
Ukraine and the three Baltic countries, all former Soviet republics, moved a step closer Friday to boycotting next year’s Paris Olympics because of the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes.
Belgian carnival town celebrates again after COVID hiatusFebruary 3, 2023 GMT
BINCHE, Belgium (AP) — On a sunny winter morning heralding a radiant Mardi Gras, Beatrice and Karl Kersten don’t have a minute to spare.
In their warm workshop decorated with ancestral photos, the couple bend over their sewing machines.
9 held in Netherlands, Belgium over German ATM explosionsFebruary 2, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Nine men suspected of involvement in blowing up dozens of cash machines in Germany and stealing some 5.2 million euros (nearly $5.7 million) have been arrested in the Netherlands and Belgium, German authorities said Thursday.
France braces for major transport woes from pension strikesJanuary 30, 2023 GMT
PARIS (AP) — France's national rail operator is recommending that passengers stay home Tuesday to avoid strikes over pension reforms that are expected to cause major transport woes but largely spare high-speed links to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Germany to host Belgium for friendly as both teams rebuildJanuary 27, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany will host Belgium for a friendly match in March as both teams look to move on from disappointing group-stage exits at the World Cup, the German soccer federation said Friday.
Arsenal sign Belgium winger Leandro Trossard from BrightonJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Premier League leader Arsenal completed the signing of Brighton forward Leandro Trossard on Friday, one week after missing out on long-time transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk.
Belgium imposes tougher sanctions in fan violence crackdownJanuary 17, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — More than 1,800 stadium bans were imposed in Belgium during the 2021-22 soccer season along with larger fines as authorities tried to crack down on fan violence.
The sanctions “are a clear signal that bad behavior has no place in our soccer stadiums,” Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said Tuesday.
Spain drops sedition charge against former Catalan leaderJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has dropped sedition charges against former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont for his role in the region’s illegal secession push in 2017 that brought Spain’s most serious political crisis for decades.
Iran sentences Belgian aid worker to prison, lashesJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has sentenced a Belgian aid worker to a lengthy prison term and 74 lashes after convicting him of espionage in a closed-door trial, state media reported Tuesday.
Victims from Belgium describe NYC bike path attack at trialJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Belgium women, one who lost her legs and another whose sister died, were among several witnesses who gave dramatic and sometimes emotional testimony Tuesday at the trial of a man facing terrorism charges for killing eight people and seriously injuring a dozen others in an attack on a New York City bicycle path five years ago.
Despite record cocaine seizures, drug cartels roil EuropeJanuary 10, 2023 GMT
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Each tiny plastic package was barely the size of a fingernail and weighed all of 0.2 grams. Still, the bags of white powder police seized in a Brussels cellar were yet another indication that a surge in cocaine and crack supply is hitting Europe hard.
New Portugal coach Martínez pledges to talk to RonaldoJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Belgium coach Roberto Martínez was hired to lead Portugal's national team on Monday and pledged to respect Cristiano Ronaldo's history with the squad.
The Spaniard replaces Fernando Santos, who quit in December after Portugal’s elimination against Morocco in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Goffin beats big-serving Bublik in AucklandJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Belgium’s David Goffin has ousted fifth-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the ASB Tennis Classic in a match which produced an engrossing clash of styles.
Bosnian ski resorts suffer as Europe sees record warm winterJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) — The new year's festivities are over in Bosnia, and visitors to the country's winter resorts are packing to go home. Spring-like temperatures have left little or no snow on the mountains, and it's unclear when the next visitors will arrive.
Amazon may breach trademark rights over fake Louboutin adsDecember 22, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon could be held responsible for breaching luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin's trademark rights over the sale of counterfeit red soled high-heeled shoes on its platform, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.
Rights body urges Belgium to better assist asylum-seekersDecember 21, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe’s top human rights body is urging Belgian authorities to provide better assistance to asylum-seekers after hundreds of people slept on Brussels streets in freezing temperature in recent weeks.
Italian court seeks data on Belgian prisons, in EU scandalDecember 20, 2022 GMT
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — An Italian court said Tuesday that it will seek information on prison conditions in Belgium before ruling on whether to turn over a woman for possible trial in Brussels in an influence-peddling scandal that has rocked the European Parliament.
Italy court OKs handover in EU Parliament corruption caseDecember 19, 2022 GMT
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — An Italian court ruled Monday that a suspect in a major corruption scandal linked to the European Union’s parliament could be handed over to Belgium, where prosecutors are investigating a plan to peddle influence on behalf of Qatar and Morocco.
Morocco’s diaspora in Europe rallies behind World Cup squadDecember 9, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — As early customers warm themselves up with hot drinks at the Café Tetouan in downtown Brussels, owner Hicham Achrayah buys Morocco’s flags from a street vendor who stopped by on a cold winter morning.
Belgium forward Hazard retires from international soccerDecember 7, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium forward Eden Hazard retired from international soccer on Wednesday, nearly a week after his country's aging generation of players was eliminated from the World Cup.
US, Belgium named among hosts for 6 F1 sprint races in 2023December 7, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and the famed Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium will host their first sprint races on the Formula One calendar for next season.
Japan, Belgium to cooperate in chip production, developmentDecember 6, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A newly founded Japanese semiconductor company aiming to revive Japan’s chip industry signed an agreement on Tuesday to collaborate with a Belgian research organization in developing next-generation chips for production in Japan.
Trial of 10 accused over Brussels suicide attacks underwayDecember 5, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — More than six years after the deadliest peacetime attack on Belgian soil, the trial of 10 men accused over the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a subway station started in earnest under high security on Monday.
Japan summons samurai spirit against Croatia at World CupDecember 4, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo has told his teammates they'll need to show “samurai spirit” in Monday's round-of-16 match against Croatia at the World Cup.
Survivors of Brussels suicide attacks seek closure at trialDecember 4, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Jaana Mettala was six months pregnant and on her way to work when the bomb exploded in the heart of Brussels' European Union quarter. She suffered severe burns, but Mettala and her baby survived — 32 other people did not.
Belgium’s golden generation is over, where now for Martinez?December 2, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — His eyes welling up, Roberto Martinez said his goodbyes and left, his next whereabouts unknown.
It is the end of an era for Belgium’s golden generation. But for the man who led it to third place at the 2018 World Cup, it is the beginning of something new.
Belgium out of World Cup as Croatia advances with 0-0 drawDecember 1, 2022 GMT
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — The ball reached Romelu Lukaku right in front of goal with seconds remaining. Score, and he'd send Belgium into the round of 16 of the World Cup.
Morocco reaches last 16 of World Cup, beats Canada 2-1December 1, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Walid Regragui stood in the middle of a team huddle as his players reached out and patted him vigorously on the head. Then they threw their coach in the air, almost as if they had already won the World Cup.
Belgium coach Martinez leaving team after World Cup exitDecember 1, 2022 GMT
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Roberto Martinez is leaving as coach of Belgium’s national team following Thursday’s World Cup exit.
“That was my last game for the national team,” the Spaniard said after a 0-0 draw with Croatia led to the team's elimination from the tournament in Qatar.
Belgium coach: ‘Golden Generation’ legacy is already setNovember 30, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Whether or not Belgium wins its decisive World Cup match against Croatia on Thursday, whether or not the Red Devils go on to finally win a major tournament, coach Roberto Martinez believes the legacy of the team’s “Golden Generation” is already firmly established.
Morocco looks to advance in World Cup, Canada hopes for winNovember 30, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — His nation on the verge of reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time since 1986, Morocco coach Walid Regragui downplayed his role.
“There are other coaches that like to make you think that they’re magicians, they’re the ones, they’re puppeteers,” Regragui said through a translator on Wednesday.