It would take a very hard heart indeed to not have sympathy for Steven Defour after his weekend. The Belgium midfielder has always been a forthright figure, to say the very least. If you skimmed a news summary noting that he had been sent off for kicking the ball into the crowd on his return to former club Standard Liege with his current team (and Standard's archrivals) Anderlecht, you might have silently nodded in recognition to yourself.
There was a pretty major footnote, though. Defour was greeted...
Belgium international centre-back Laurent Ciman has signed a three-year deal with the Montreal Impact, the MLS club announced on Thursday.
Ciman, who joins Montreal on a free transfer from Belgian club Standard Liege, will not be a designated player, despite his international profile.
Standard Liege agreed to terminate his existing contract and allow him to leave after Ciman requested the move in part to seek medical care in Canada for his daughter, who is autistic.
"I'm very excited to join the...
Belgian centre-back Laurent Ciman is nearing a deal to join the Montreal Impact on a free transfer, a club official confirmed on Monday.
Ciman, who made Belgium's World Cup squad but did not get in a game in Brazil, has asked his club Standard Liege to terminate his contract so he can move to Canada.
The 29-year-old reportedly is seeking first-rate care for his daughter, who is autistic, and hopes that her health would be a reasonable reason to end his deal in Belgium.
Impact technical director...
Feyenoord eased to victory in Belgium to qualify for the Europa League knock-out stages as the winners of Group G.
Standard had no chances of making through and were no match for Fred Rutten's side, who completed a dominant display with a comfortable 3-0 win.
A Jens Toornstra free-kick had the visitors ahead at half-time, with goals from Jean-Paul Boetius and Manu wrapping up the three points.
Colin Kazim-Richards passed up a good early chance for Feyenoord, but it was the Turkey winger who won a 15th-minute...