Category: Europe

More foreigners than Belgians in their national leagueMore foreigners than Belgians in their national league

The Belgian Pro League will have more foreign players than Belgians for the first time in their history when they kick off tomorrow, the daily Het Nieuwsblad reported.

The newspaper said 217 foreigners and 216 Belgians will be playing for the Pro League’s 16 teams this season as Anderlecht seek to defend the title they won for a 31st time last season.

The number of foreign players is up 4.5 per cent from last season despite the league’s efforts to keep more Belgian nationals on the rosters. The league requires that eight of every 25 players on contract be homegrown.

Alexander Hleb returns home to Belarus and joins BATEAlexander Hleb returns home to Belarus and joins BATE

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Former Arsenal and Barcelona player Alexander Hleb has returned to the Belarusian club where he made his professional debut, the team, BATE Borisov.

The 31-year-old midfielder said he was especially motivated to revive his career at the club where he made his professional debut.

I’m glad to return to BATE. Here I made my first steps, I left for Europe from here. I want to thank my home club, to do everything possible to fulfill their desired goals.” Hleb said on the club’s website Thursday.

Hleb won the Belarusian title with BATE in his first season in 2000, and later played in the Bundesliga for spending three years at Arsenal from 2005 to 2008.

This was followed by four seasons at Barcelona, where he spent much time on loan and made just 19 appearances in four years.

Since then, a spell in the Russian league this spring with Krylya Sovetov yielded few first-team appearances and did not lead to a permanent deal.

Fabio Capello signs two-year deal with RussiaFabio Capello signs two-year deal with Russia

Former England coach Fabio Capello has signed for Russia, he said Thursday.

Local media has reported that Capello, who has won league titles in Spain and Italy, will earn up to €10million per year.

“It’s a great honor for me to be at the helm of the Russian national team,” the Italian said, adding that this is a team with “huge potential”.