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Thursday Roundup: Anderlecht Women in crisis

Also in today’s Roundup, Viviana Vila will call the men’s World Cup for Telemundo

Belgian champion Anderlecht are set to play the Champions League for the first time. (Getty Images)

Reports out of Belgium on Wednesday were that newly crowned Belgian champions Anderlecht would cease operating its women’s side next season. Those fears were later eased a bit but there is unrest at the top of the Belgian pyramid.

The players were informed Tuesday evening that the club did not intend to carry on next season. Wednesday management rolled back that decree and said there appeared to be enough sponsors within the club at large to keep the team going next season.

The club was recently sold and new owner and chairman Marc Coucke has apparently expressed concern about whether the women’s side made sense from a financial perspective.

Anderlecht won the Belgian league earlier this month, their first top-of-the-table finish since 1998. They are scheduled to participate in next season’s Champions League which would be their first appearance in that tournament.

Viviana Vila to call World Cup matches for Telemundo

Viviana Vila will be part of Telemundo’s coverage of the men’s World Cup this summer. Earlier this year, Aly Wagner was announced as part of FOX’s English language coverage. Vila and Wagner will be the first two women to call men’s World Cup matches.

Vila, from Argentina, is in her 20th season covering soccer. She has previously been on the microphone for Copa Liberatores and the 2016 European Championship.

The World Cup begins June 14 when host Russia plays Saudi Arabia.


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