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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

Jan Vertonghen celebrates his goal for Belgium against South Korea

Belgium v United States: World Cup 2014 match preview

We look ahead to the last match of the round of 16, with the much-fancied Belgium taking on surprise package USA

Kevin Mirallas of Belgium

World Cup 2014: Player profile - Kevin Mirallas, the Belgium midfielder

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku pictured receiving treatment during the Merseyside derby

Everton relief with news Romelu Lukaku injury will keep him out for 'weeks rather than months'

The on-loan striker was taken off during the 4-0 drubbing being dished out by Liverpool

The cruise liner Lyubov Orlova, shown here among ice in Antarctica, has been drifting without a crew in the north Atlantic for the past year

Lyubov Orlova: 7 things you need to know about the cannibal rat ghost ship

The rats have yet to master our language but may be plotting a government coup

Spain won the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy

Euro 2016: Hosts France to take part in qualifying - but no points will be awarded

The games involving Les Bleus will be classed as friendlies

The rise of Adnan Januzaj is in line with United's tradition of giving youth its chance

Reaching the Pope is easier than speaking to the father of Manchester United forward Adnan Januzaj, claims Albania coach

The 18-year-old could be eligible to play for a number of countries - with the battle for his services well under way

Steven Defour

Transfer news: Fulham showing interest in Porto midfielder Steven Defour, reveals agent

The Belgium international is keen on a move to the Premier League

Postcard from... Brussels

Michy Batshuayi

Transfer news: Benfica could hijack Everton move for Michy Batshuayi - reports

Toffees' pursuit of Standard Liege striker at risk

French actor Gerard Depardieu poses with people from Estaimpuis during a ceremony held in his honor at the Chateau Bourgogne

'It’s an honour to have him here': Gérard Depardieu’s ever-expanding business empire a big hit with Belgians

Mayor of Estaimpuis credits French star with boosting the economy, creating jobs and bringing new visitors to the small corner of Wallonia

Grant Holt is closing in on a return to the Premier League with a loan move to Aston Villa expected to be confirmed

Transfer news: Grant Holt completes loan switch from Wigan to Aston Villa

Paul Lambert confirmed he wanted to sign the striker who he worked with at Norwich

Both Heather Watson and Laura Robson were knocked out of the Australian Open on the opening day's play

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crash out in first round, ending British interest in women's singles

Robson was the first player knocked out of the opening Grand Slam of the year after she lost to Kirsten Flipkens while Watson went down swinging in a three-set defeat to Daniela Hantuchova

Eden Hazard has learnt to work for the team and seeks to dominate games, claims Jose Mourinho

Chelsea's Eden Hazard is worth £100m, says Jose Mourinho, but he’s not for sale

Eden Hazard would cost the best part of £100m, if Chelsea were open to selling him, Jose Mourinho said yesterday.

Laura Robson was forced to pull out of her comeback from injury at the Hobart International

Laura Robson return ruined just before Australian Open after retiring injured with wrist injury in Hobart International

Robson won the first set before retiring hurt which comes as the latest blow in an effort to be fit for the Australian Open

Belgian tycoon Roland Duchâtelet completes £20m Charlton Athletic takeover

The takeover of Charlton Athletic was completed yesterday when Belgian businessman and politician Roland Duchâtelet saw a deal thought to be worth £20m go through.

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