Red DevilsTwo years after the start of the first lawsuit, the new headquarters of the Belgian Football Association (KBVB) officially opened this evening. In the presence of many celebrities.
Among others, Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo (Open VLD), Flemish Sports Minister Ben Wittes (N-VA) and BOIC Chairman Jean-Michel Saïve attended. Just like all the Red Devils, the Red Flames, and the national coaches Roberto Martinez and Ives Cernells. Tubize is now more than ever the center of Belgian football. The Red Devils and the VAR system have been active there for some time. Meanwhile, all administrative services have also moved from the Houba de Strooperlaan in Brussels to Tubize. The new association building has a spacious ground floor, basement and two floors with newer accommodation. From the fitness room and circular dressing room to office space and brasserie. The total cost was about 16 million euros.
Federation President: “I would like to organize the final of the Four Nations League”
Paul van den Polk, president of the Belgian Football Association (KBVB), was a satisfied man at the official opening of the new union building in Tubize. Van den Polk wanted to emphasize that the union is close to catching up in infrastructure. Belgium wants to stage the fourth Nations League final in June next year if they qualify next week. Bidding to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027 is also a priority.
“Good infrastructure is very important,” van den Polk explained. We have an international ambition. The Belgian Football Association has been absent from the international scene for a long time, despite the remarkable achievements of our national teams. We would rather organize the Women’s World Cup today than tomorrow. Together with the Netherlands and Germany, we are candidates for the 2027 edition and are looking forward to that.”
The Federation also wants to organize the fourth final of the Nations League, if the Red Devils manage to qualify next week. “It would be great for our fans if such a fantastic group of players could compete for a trophy in their country,” said Van den Polk. “We have an agreement with the City of Brussels to make some minor alterations to the King Baudouin Stadium. If we qualify, we are a great candidate for the organisation.”
“King Baudouin Stadium no longer meets the requirements of modern comfort,” Van den Bulck admitted. “This also applies to many club stadiums. Clubs are facing obstacles, including in the area of permits. We want to find a solution to this with the authorities. Good infrastructure is also important to the image of our country and its economy.”
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