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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, center, Panama's Fidel Escobar, right, and Panama's Eric Davis, left, challenge for the ball during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku shows intent in Belgium’s opening game

By Shayne Dias | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 11:01 PM IST
Romelu Lukaku scored in the 69th and 75th minute to ensure Belgium’s victory over Panama after Dries Mertens drew first blood in the 47th minute
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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their third goal against Panama in a FIFA World Cup 2018 match.(REUTERS)
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their third goal against Panama in a FIFA World Cup 2018 match.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium outclass Panama as Romelu Lukaku scores brace

By Reuters | Reuters, Sochi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 10:49 PM IST
Belgium’s defeated World Cup debutants Panama 3-0 as Romelu Lukaku scored a brace. Dries Mertens also scored
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Belgium's Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku celebrate after scoring against Panama. Get highlights of Belgium vs Panama, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group G game, here.(REUTERS)
Belgium's Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku celebrate after scoring against Panama. Get highlights of Belgium vs Panama, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group G game, here.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium vs Panama highlights: Lukaku scores brace, BEL thrash PAN

By Abhishek Paul | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 10:30 PM IST
Belgium dominated Panama in their Group G opener at the FIFA World Cup 2018 to defeat then 3-0. Get highlights of Belgium vs Panama, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group G game, here.
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England's Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate during the press conference before their opening match at FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
England's Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate during the press conference before their opening match at FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: England eye a sterling start against Tunisia

By Bhargab Sarmah | Hindustan Times, Moscow
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2018 11:14 PM IST
With Tunisia and Panama in the group, Gareth Southgate’s team could seal pre-quarter finals berth before playing Belgium
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Belgium will not be taking Panama, who are making their debut in the FIFA World Cup, lightly.(REUTERS)
Belgium will not be taking Panama, who are making their debut in the FIFA World Cup, lightly.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium expecting tough test against debutants Panama

By Reuters | Reuters, Sochi
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2018 10:45 AM IST
Belgium are favourites to enter the next round but the team’s key striker has conceded that Iceland’s draw against Argentina is a warning that smaller teams should not be taken lightly.
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Tunisia will start their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign as underdogs.(AFP)
Tunisia will start their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign as underdogs.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018 team profile: Tunisia look to punch above their weight

By Ankit Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2018 04:37 PM IST
Tunisia football team will be placed in a tough group alongside England, Panama and Belgium in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
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Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ will look to avoid a repeat of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ will look to avoid a repeat of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018 team profile: Belgium look to fulfil potential

By Ankit Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 04:42 PM IST
Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ will look to avoid a repeat of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
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Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the international friendly football match between Belgium and Costa Rica at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on June 11, 2018.(AFP)
Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the international friendly football match between Belgium and Costa Rica at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on June 11, 2018.(AFP)

Belgium rip into Costa Rica in final FIFA World Cup 2018 warm-up game

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Brussels
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 09:29 AM IST
Belgium were just too much for Costa Rica, who opened brightly but ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline in a warm-up match ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
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Kevin de Bruyne is the talisman for the Belgium team and with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany, the team are looking in good shape in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)
Kevin de Bruyne is the talisman for the Belgium team and with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany, the team are looking in good shape in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stakes high for England, Belgium in easy draw

By Sarthak Bal | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 11:24 AM IST
Belgium and England -- are certainly favoured to make the round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 as both sides aim to make an impact in the tournament.
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Belgium are the most attacking side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, going by their goalscoring statistics from the last three-and-a-half years.(AP)
Belgium are the most attacking side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, going by their goalscoring statistics from the last three-and-a-half years.(AP)

Belgium most attacking, Morocco most miserly at 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Shijith P Kunhitty | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 11:31 AM IST
Data from the football website eloratings.net for the period Jan. 1, 2015 to June 6, 2018 shows that Belgium has scored 100 goals in 37 matches, at a rate of 2.7 goals scored per game
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Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (C) vies for the ball with Egypt's midfielder Tarek Hamed (R) during the international friendly football match between Belgium and Egypt at the King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, on June 6, 2018.(AFP)
Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (C) vies for the ball with Egypt's midfielder Tarek Hamed (R) during the international friendly football match between Belgium and Egypt at the King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, on June 6, 2018.(AFP)

Belgium cruise past Egypt to settle FIFA World Cup 2018 nerves

By Reuters | Reuters, Brussels
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 09:27 AM IST
Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini found the back of the net as Belgium beat Egypt 3-0 in a FIFA World Cup 2018 warm-up game at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Egypt on June 6, 2018.
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Five Armenians were among 13 people detained in Belgium on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Five Armenians were among 13 people detained in Belgium on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

Five Armenians charged in Belgium over tennis match-fixing

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Brussels
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 09:22 PM IST
Five Armenians have been charged with corruption, money laundering and other crimes as part of a major international investigation into match-fixing in tennis in Belgium.
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A criminal organisation with ties to Belgium and Armenia has been bribing professional tennis players since 2014 to fix matches.(Getty Images)
A criminal organisation with ties to Belgium and Armenia has been bribing professional tennis players since 2014 to fix matches.(Getty Images)

Tennis match-fixing row: Belgium detains 13 people

By Reuters | Reuters, Brussels
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 02:42 PM IST
Belgium has detained 13 people for suspected match-fixing in the lower ranks of professional tennis, mostly in rarely televised tournaments, such as the Futures and Challenger circuits.
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Vincent Kompany, who suffered a groin injury, was included the Belgium football team for the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)
Vincent Kompany, who suffered a groin injury, was included the Belgium football team for the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Vincent Kompany in Belgium final squad despite injury

By Associated Press | Associated Press, Brussels
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 03:25 PM IST
Vincent Kompany has been included in Belgium’s final squad for the FIFA World Cup 2018 despite suffering an injury in the friendly with Portugal on Saturday.
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Vincent Kompany in action during a friendly match between Belgium and Portugal at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on June 2, 2018.(AP)
Vincent Kompany in action during a friendly match between Belgium and Portugal at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on June 2, 2018.(AP)

Vincent Kompany exits early as Portugal hold Belgium to 0-0 draw ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018

By Associated Press | Associated Press, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2018 10:06 AM IST
Vincent Kompany’s career has been blighted by injuries, but he had appeared fit ahead of the pre- FIFA World Cup 2018 friendly vs Portugal at the King Baudouin stadium on Saturday. However, he was forced off with an injury after the first half.
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Kevin De Bruyne will be looking to provide his credentials for Belgium at the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)
Kevin De Bruyne will be looking to provide his credentials for Belgium at the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Kevin De Bruyne looks to shine for Belgium

By Himanshu Dhingra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 06:55 PM IST
Kevin De Bruyne, who guided Manchester City to the Premier League title this season, will be a major asset for Belgium at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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The national crisis centre, on high alert since past attacks by Islamic State in Paris and Brussels, said it was looking into whether terrorism might have been a motive for Tuesday’s attack.(AP File Photo)
The national crisis centre, on high alert since past attacks by Islamic State in Paris and Brussels, said it was looking into whether terrorism might have been a motive for Tuesday’s attack.(AP File Photo)

Gunman kills three in Belgium before being shot dead: Police

By Reuters | Reuters, Liege
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 11:33 PM IST
The alleged assailant was a 36-year-old Belgian who had been released on parole from a prison near Liege, public broadcaster RTBF said.
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Belgium will be the dark horses in the FIFA World Cup 2018 thanks to their talented squad.(REUTERS)
Belgium will be the dark horses in the FIFA World Cup 2018 thanks to their talented squad.(REUTERS)

Belgium seek to match potential with good performance in FIFA World Cup 2018

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 07:58 PM IST
Ranked third in the world,Belgium boast of top-level Premier League performers in their side and will be one of the firm favourites to lift the FIFA World Cup 2018 trophy on July 15 in Moscow.
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The Iran football team will be taking part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup without striker Kaveh Rezaei.(Iran Football/Twitter)
The Iran football team will be taking part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup without striker Kaveh Rezaei.(Iran Football/Twitter)

Iran announces 2018 FIFA World Cup squad without striker Kaveh Rezaei

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Tehran
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 06:53 PM IST
The biggest shock was the decision not to take Kaveh Rezaei to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 26-year-old coming off a blistering season for Belgium’s Charleroi, scoring 16 goals in 39 games.
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AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan has been left out of Belgium’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.(Reuters)
AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan has been left out of Belgium’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.(Reuters)

Radja Nainggolan ends Belgium career after 2018 FIFA World Cup snub

By Reuters | Reuters, Tubize
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 07:07 PM IST
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez sprung a surprise by not naming his final 23-man squad as expected, instead listing 28 players who will be whittled down after a friendly against Portugal on June 2. The list does not include Radja Nainggolan.
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Fritkot owner Kemal Vucitrna tosses fries in a fries stand in Brussels, Belgium.(REUTERS)
Fritkot owner Kemal Vucitrna tosses fries in a fries stand in Brussels, Belgium.(REUTERS)

When in Brussels, you absolutely can’t miss having the famous local fries

By Reuters | Reuters, Brussels
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 05:43 PM IST
Belgians take great pride in their fries, traditionally sold doused in mayonnaise and in a paper cone from so-called “fritkots”, shacks found near the larger squares and main avenues of the city.
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The Belgium border region near France has become a magnet for migrants, with many heading towards Calais to try to board lorries and reach Britain.(File photo)
The Belgium border region near France has become a magnet for migrants, with many heading towards Calais to try to board lorries and reach Britain.(File photo)

Migrant toddler dies after police chase van in Belgium

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Brussels
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 10:29 AM IST
In the van intercepted by the police were 30 people including 26 adults, all of Kurdish origin.
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Jivya Soma Mashe was fascinated with tribal art since the age of 11.(HT)
Jivya Soma Mashe was fascinated with tribal art since the age of 11.(HT)

Globally-renowned Warli artist Jivya Shoma Mashe dead

By Ram Parmar | Hindustan Times, Palghar
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 11:22 AM IST
The 87-year-old popularised the tribal art form and won a host of international awards
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Harendra Singh, who was the India women’s hockey team coach, will coach men’s national team now.(AFP)
Harendra Singh, who was the India women’s hockey team coach, will coach men’s national team now.(AFP)

Champions Trophy litmus test for new Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh

By Navneet Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 11:58 PM IST
After Indian men’s hockey team’s poor show at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, under Sjoerd Marijne, Hockey India has decided to try out Harendra Singh at the helm. Champions Trophy will be his first tournament as the latest men’s hockey team coach
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Marc Wilmots’ claims about the leaking of Belgium national football team news at the Euro 2016 tournament has angered Chelsea FC goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.(REUTERS)
Marc Wilmots’ claims about the leaking of Belgium national football team news at the Euro 2016 tournament has angered Chelsea FC goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.(REUTERS)

Chelsea FC’s Thibaut Courtois to sue former Belgium football team coach Marc Wilmots

By HT Correspondent | OmniSport
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2018 01:48 PM IST
Marc Wilmots’ recent claims about the leaking of Belgium national football team news at the Euro 2016 tournament has angered Chelsea FC goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is taking legal action.
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Henri Michel made over 500 appearances for French side Nantes and won three league titles in a 16-year career with them. He was also capped 58 times by the national team between 1967-80 and scored four goals.(Getty Images)
Henri Michel made over 500 appearances for French side Nantes and won three league titles in a 16-year career with them. He was also capped 58 times by the national team between 1967-80 and scored four goals.(Getty Images)

Henri Michel, former France football manager, dies aged 70

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 07:30 PM IST
Henri Michel managed the team that won gold at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Under him, France made the semi-finals of the World Cup in Mexico two years later.
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Kevin De Bruyne played an integral part in Manchester City’s brilliant Premier League campaign this season.(AFP)
Kevin De Bruyne played an integral part in Manchester City’s brilliant Premier League campaign this season.(AFP)

Kevin De Bruyne eyes golden era for Premier League champions Manchester City

By AFP | AFP, London
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 05:12 PM IST
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne hopes the club’s Premier League title win is the beginning of an era of success.
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Germany have retained their position at the top of the FIFA world rankings.(AFP)
Germany have retained their position at the top of the FIFA world rankings.(AFP)

Germany top FIFA standings despite wobble, India climb to 97th

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Lausanne
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2018 08:10 PM IST
Germany have retained their place at the top of the FIFA world rankings despite failing to win their friendlies last month
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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified DNA variants that are associated with increased risk of IBS, but only in women.(Shutterstock)
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified DNA variants that are associated with increased risk of IBS, but only in women.(Shutterstock)

Genetic link to Irritable Bowel Syndrome identified in women

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, London
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 10:56 AM IST
In the study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, researchers found DNA variants that are associated with an increased risk of a doctor’s diagnosis of IBS in women but not in men.
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In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, Belgium's Prince Laurent, front right, and Britain's Prince Philip, front left, participate in a special Armistice Day ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The Belgian parliament has withdrawn part of the endowment of the ever-controversial Prince Laurent after he showed up at a Chinese diplomatic function in military uniform without the consent of the government.(AP Photo)
In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, Belgium's Prince Laurent, front right, and Britain's Prince Philip, front left, participate in a special Armistice Day ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The Belgian parliament has withdrawn part of the endowment of the ever-controversial Prince Laurent after he showed up at a Chinese diplomatic function in military uniform without the consent of the government.(AP Photo)

Belgian prince’s allowance cut over China contacts

By Agence France-Presse | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2018 11:12 AM IST
Lawmakers voted to reduce Prince Laurent’s 307,000-euro ($378,000) annual allowance by 15%, a cut of 46,000 euros, following a recommendation by Prime Minister Charles Michel.
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