LIVE World Cup. Batshuayi in his batmobile, Vanaken in his Porsche, Tielemans in a Berlingo: Devils flood into Tubize

With Qatar 2022, the FIFA World Cup is ready for one of its most special editions. Het Belang van Limburg ensures that you don’t have to miss any news from the Red Devils and the other World Cup participants. Follow it all live here!

The football editors

  • The German international Antonio Rüdiger supports eleven children in Sierra Leone with part of his World Cup premium. The 29-year-old Real Madrid defender, in partnership with aid agency BigShoe, is funding treatments for patients in the provincial town of Lunsar, most of whom suffer from congenital clubfeet, according to a press release from the organization.

    “In Germany, I have been given the opportunities that many people in Sierra Leone, my mother’s homeland, are denied,” Rüdiger said in the statement. He goes on to say that he appreciates “the privileged situation I am in”. “Helping here is a matter of honor for me.”

    In the coming year, Rüdiger wants to officially launch the ‘Antonio Rüdiger for Sierra Leone Foundation’.

  • Everyone has arrived in Tubize, where a press conference will be held at 4.15 pm. Eden Hazard and Wout Faes will be there.

  • Man in shape Dries Mertens arrives in Tubize with a big smile, together with his wife Kat Kerkhofs.

  • Bat(s)man Batshuayi

  • The most colorful of the Red Devils arrives about last. Michy Batshuayi arrives in a kind of batmobile, the fixed car with which he travels to the Belgians. (jug)

  • Dries Mertens, Zeno Debast, Lois Openda, Arthur Theate and Amadou Onana and Jeremy Doku… they are all there. All the Devils are stormed by the group of fans at the entrance. (pjc, jug)

  • Romelu Lukaku is in Tubize. He drove up in his Porsche Cayenne. The striker waved to the supporters, who begged him to stop for a photo and an autograph, but the injured striker did not. (pjc)

  • It is now a matter of vehicles arriving and departing at the national training complex in Tubize. One by one the World Cup visitors arrive. Jan Vertonghen (with partner and children), Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans,… The latter was dropped off in a Citroën by a family member. (pjc, jug)

  • You don’t see it, but it is indeed Hans Vanaken who arrives here in Tubize. The Porsche of the Club Brugge midfielder is immediately surrounded by the fans, Vanaken is happy to hand out some autographs. (jug)

  • The first Red Devils arrive at the national training complex in Tubize. Toby Alderweireld bit the striker, moments later Wout Faes and Leander Dendoncker also arrived. The defenders are Martinez’s most diligent students. (pjc, jug)

  • At 3 pm the Red Devils will gather at the training complex in Tubize. A dozen journalists and supporters are waiting for the players at the entrance. (pjc)

  • The Germans left Frankfurt for the Middle East. They first fly to Oman, where another training camp is planned. Striking: the German Lufthansa player plane bears the message “Diversity Wins”.

    Photo: AP
  • The day after his brilliant performance at Anderlecht, Bilal El Khannouss (18) reported to Zaventem. After all, the great revelation of leader Racing Genk is also allowed to go to the World Cup. Not with Belgium, where he was born and raised and despite Roberto Martinez’s insistence; with Morocco, the country of his grandparents. And so he is ready to fly to Qatar together with Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) and Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich). The two top players warmly welcomed their newest addition to the airport. (DVD)

    Ziyech left, Mazraoui right, someone from the airport central
  • Steven Martens, former CEO of the Belgian Football Association, is also leaving for Qatar. Logical, because he has been technical director at FIFA for several years. At the World Cup, he and his department will mainly focus on supplying data, both for the participating countries and the TV viewer. “And I will also have to attend a lot of meetings,” he says. “But I’m there at the matches of the Red Devils. All. Hopefully until the final.” (DVD)

  • Thanks to this German face mask, Thomas Meunier will soon be at the World Cup in Qatar

    The Importance of LimburgThe Red Devils are training for the first time this afternoon in the run-up to the World Cup. It remains to be seen when Thomas Meunier will be on the field. The winger suffered a cheekbone fracture on October 19 and has not played with Dortmund since. To participate in the World Cup, a protective face mask was made in Germany.

  • Karim Benzema has also reported to Les Blues. Like all French people, he was dropped off in a striking van at the national training center of Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines.

    photo: EPA
  • Club Brugge players Tajon Buchanan and Cyle Larin board a plane in Zaventem to the Qatari capital Doha. The two Canadians will open their tournament on Wednesday 23 November with a match against the Red Devils. “We’re excited to go”, they told our reporter.

  • The World Cup football ensures that the transfer rumor mill also turns in the winter. Two Red Devils appear in the Spanish newspapers today. For example, according to Mundo Deportivo, the ailing FC Barcelona has set its sights on Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) now that it appears that the German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City is not feasible.

    Godbetert Aston Villa would then again be angling for the services of Eden Hazard. According to El Nacional, Spanish coach Unai Emery in particular would insist on the arrival of the winger who will keep the bench warm at Real Madrid.

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