STARS IN EUROPE - GAMBIA - CLUB - BUBACARR SANNEH MOVES TO BELGIUM CHAMPIONS ANDERLECHT

Sanneh moves to the most successful Belgian football team in European competitions.

3 Sep 2018
NATIONAL TEAM - GAMBIA - COACH - Tom Saintfiet named new Gambia coach

Saintfiet takes over from former Gambia international Sang Ndong.

18 Jul 2018
2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 24 - THIRD PLACE - BELGIUM VS ENGLAND 2:0

Belgium beat England in World Cup third-place playoff 

14 Jul 2018
2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 22 - SEMI-FINALS - FRANCE VS BELGIUM 1:0

France beat Belgium to reach the World Cup final.

10 Jul 2018
2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 20 - QUARTER-FINALS - BRAZIL VS BELGIUM 1:2

Belgium advance to semi-finals

6 Jul 2018
2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 18 - LAST SIXTEEN - BELGIUM VS JAPAN 3:2

Belgium advance to quarter-finals

2 Jul 2018
2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 15 - GROUP G - ENGLAND VS BELGIUM 0:1

Both teams advance to the round of the last sixteen.

28 Jun 2018
2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 10 - GROUP G - BELGIUM VS TUNISIA 5:2

afrofootball - Tunisia lost their second match.

23 Jun 2018

‪Belgium‬
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 5/2014


Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. 

Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi), and it has a population of about 11 million people. Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community (which constitutes about 59% of the population), and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population (which comprises 41% of all Belgians). 

Additionally, there is a small group of German-speakers who are officially recognized. Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of WalloniaThe Brussels-Capital Region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region.

A German-speaking Community exists in eastern Wallonia. Belgium's linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in its political history and complex system of government.

Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries, which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current Benelux group of states. 

The region was called Belgica in Latin, after the Roman province of Gallia Belgica, which covered more or less the same area. 

From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, the area of Belgium was a prosperous and cosmopolitan centre of commerce and culture. 

From the 16th century until the Belgian Revolution in 1830, when Belgium seceded from the Netherlands, the area of Belgium served as the battleground between many European powers, causing it to be dubbed the "Battlefield of Europe" a reputation strengthened by both World Wars.

Upon its independence, Belgium participated in the Industrial Revolution and, during the course of the 20th century, possessed a number of colonies in Africa.

The second half of the 20th century was marked by rising tensions between the Flemish and the Francophones fueled by differences in language and the unequal economic development of Flanders and Wallonia

This continuing antagonism has led to several far-reaching reforms, a transition from a unitary to a federal arrangement. The formation of the last federal government in 2010 lasted 18 months.


Kingdom of Belgium
Royaume de Belgique  


Motto: 
"L'union fait la force" (French)
"Strength through Unity" (literally, "Unity makes strength")

Anthem: The Brabançonne

Capital and largest city:
Brussels (50°51′N 4°21′E)

Official languages
• Dutch 
• French 
• German

Demonym: 
Belgian

Government:
Federal parliamentary /
constitutional monarchy
• King
• Prime Minister

Legislature:
Federal Parliament
• Upper house:
Senate
• Lower house:
Chamber of Representatives

Independence

Declared from the Netherlands:
4 October 1830 

Recognised:
19 April 1839 

Founded the EEC (now the
European Union):
1 January 1958 

Area
• Total: 30,528 km2 (140th) 11,787 sq mi
•  Water (%): 6.4

Population: 2013 census 11,099,554 (76th)
Density: 363.6/km2 (33rd) 941.68/sq mi

GDP (PPP): 2014 estimate
• Total: $434.503 billion (30th)
• Per capita: $38,826 (20th)

Currency: Euro (€)b (EUR)
Time zone: 
• CET (UTC+1) - Summer (DST)
• CEST (UTC+2)

Drives on the right
Calling code: +32
ISO 3166 code: BE
Internet TLD: .be