Belgium (i/ˈbɛldʒəm/; Dutch:België[ˈbɛlɣijə]; French:Belgique[bɛlʒik]; German:Belgien[ˈbɛlɡiən]), officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts several of the EU's official seats and as well as the headquarters of many major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787sqmi) and has a population of about 11million 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 live in the East Cantons located around the High Fens area, and bordering Germany.
Belgian wine is produced in several parts of Belgium and production, although still modest at 1,400 hectoliters in 2004, has expanded in recent decades.
Belgian wine first appeared in the Middle Ages, around the 9th century. It is unlikely that wine was made in the area now known as Belgium before that, since the climate was not suitable and Gaul was covered with thick forests. However, there are mentions of Paris vineyards in the 4th century. From that time, vine cultivation spread northward and in the 8th century the banks of the Rhine were covered with vineyards. The first attempts at viniculture in Belgium were made around the same time. Moreover, the vineyards were already well established in Amay. The vineyard at Vivegnis, in the north of the province of Liège, was already considered old in the 9th century, as well as the vineyard at Huy, which belonged in part to the Bishop of Liège. The edges of the Meuse River were intensively cultivated because they offered well-exposed hillsides.
Belgium star Eden Hazard announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, days after the team crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage ...Hazard was the standard-bearer of Belgium's much-vaunted "golden generation", which reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia ... Belgium.
The FIFA football world cup in Qatar is in the crucial knock-out phases, with the quarter finals on the weekend. Shock exits have come from Germany, Belgium and Spain. But the game itself is overshadowed by corruption surrounding governing body FIFA ... how did Qatar get hosting rights (was it the fighter jet or the gas deal?) ... FIFA Uncovered ... Cr ... Cr ... Cr ... Cr.
The cold snap is expected to last through the weekend, though a low-pressure system will move across by the following week, which could initially bring sleet and snow to many parts of the UK, after which temperatures are expected to gradually increase closer to average.
A hobbled Romelu Lukaku will be the scapegoat, but the fact is Belgium was stale, awful and, in Kevin De Bruyne’s words, “too old,” to compete at this World Cup... Beside him, with a hand on his shoulder, stood Belgium’s assistant coach, Thierry Henry ... Lukaku missed multiple chances to score the goal Belgium needed to stay alive at the World Cup.
--Croatia 0, Belgium 0 ... Dominik Livakovic made three saves for Croatia, which finished with five points -- one more than Belgium. Thibaut Courtois turned aside four shots for Belgium ... 5 things to do this weekend in Rockdale and Newton County. This weekend in Rockdale and Newton County is Christmas celebration heavy.
Brussels was among the cities to see rioting after Morocco defeated Belgium last week ... Brussels was the scene of violence last weekend after Morocco fans celebrated their shock 2-0 victory over Belgium ... Thursday sees a decisive round of World CupGroup F matches involving Belgium and Morocco, as they bid to reach the knockout stages in Qatar.
Kevin De Bruyne could not have imagined what he was starting when he said at the weekend, in advance of the Morocco match, that Belgium have “no chance” of winning the World Cup because they are “too old” and that their best chance came and went in Russia four years ago when they finished third.
Belgium was eliminated after scoring one goal in three games and failed to live up to its status as the second-ranked team and one of the tournament favorites. Needing a win to be sure of advancing, Belgium produced its best performance of the World Cup and wasted two clear chances that fell to Romelu Lukaku... Belgium.
Riot police were deployed in Brussels for the match between Belgium and Croatia on Thursday following riots at the weekend after the nation's shock 2-0 defeat to Morocco. Belgium tumbled out of the group after a 0-0 draw in a game that kicked off at 3pm GMT... over Belgium on Sunday.
Football fans rioted in Belgium and the Netherlands over the weekend after a pivotal World Cup match – and videos shared on social media show just how dangerous they became ... It was a blow for Belgium, as the team now needs to win against Croatia in their final group match to make it into the knockout stages of the tournament ... Belgium...
... of Brussels, Philippe Close, said on Monday that authorities could have done more to prevent the damage caused over the weekend in the city center following Morocco’s world cup victory against Belgium.
The huge international operation seized 30 tonnes of the drug and also involved arrests in France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, the EU's police agency said in a statement ...Thirteen people were arrested in Spain, six in France and 10 in Belgium, while 14 people were arrested in 2021 in the Netherlands as part of the same operation, it said.
Morocco pulled off another shock at the World Cup on Sunday, beating Belgium 2-0 to leave Kevin de Bruyne and the 2018 semifinalists in peril of a group-stage exit. SubstituteAbdelhamid Sabiri got one past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois by whipping in a free kick from a tight angle at the near post in the 73rd minute for Morocco's first goal.