During his tenure at Everton FC from 2013-16, Roberto Martinez managed three Belgian players: Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini.
Born to Congolese parents, Lukaku grew up in Antwerp, a large metropolis located in Belgium’s northern Flemish Region where Dutch is the main language. Mirallas, whose father was born in Spain, grew up in Liege, part of Belgium’s French-speaking Walloon Region. Fellaini, born to Moroccan parents, was brought up in Brussels, the focal point of the nation’s bilingual Brussels-Capital Region.
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Samuel Eto’o knows a thing or two about the FIFA World Cup.
The decorated forward represented Cameroon at four tournaments (2014, 2010, 2002, 1998) during his lengthy international career and is one of just three African players all-time to compete on soccer’s grandest stage four times. Continue reading “Samuel Eto’o Says 2022 World Cup Will Be ‘Best in the World’”
In 2016, pictures and videos of 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag while playing soccer in Afghanistan went viral on social media. Continue reading “‘Bring Your Kit to Work Day’ Helps Benefit At-Risk Children”
Lothar Matthäus knows what holding the World Cup trophy feels like. The former Bayern Munich midfielder captained West Germany to the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Continue reading “Soccer Legends Provide 2018 World Cup Predictions”
For the first time in more than 30 years, the United States men’s national soccer team will not be a participant in the FIFA World Cup. Continue reading “Who Americans Are Rooting for at the 2018 World Cup”
Former AC Milan and Italy defender Paolo Maldini has insisted he is not interested in coaching the Italy National Team despite having conversations with Alessandro Costacurta, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice commissioner. Continue reading “Paolo Maldini Not Interested in Coaching Italy”
There is no clear-cut favorite to win soccer’s ultimate prize ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The draw, which takes place Dec. 1, can certainly make the road to the final in Moscow harsher for one contending nation over another should they draw the “Group of Death”, for example. Or it can pave a favorable path for a Cinderella story to make a run. Continue reading “Louis Saha Has High Hopes for France at 2018 FIFA World Cup”