Belgian football team fansite proves a big hit for Bushey webmaster

Belgian football team fansite proves a big hit for Bushey webmaster

Belgian football team fansite proves a big hit for Bushey webmaster

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

While England football fans are kicking themselves at the team’s early exit, two friends have created their own fan site about the Belgian international team which is receiving more than 5,000 hits on match days.

Daniel Tannenbaum and his Belgian friend Roy Skop launched belgiumtowineuro2016.com three months ago after a conversation about the "promising" national team.

In the run up to the World Cup in Brazil, the site, which consists of comment pieces of Belgium’s games, was receiving about 1,000 hits a day.

During match days the site is receiving more than 5,000 unique visits and has a following of 7,000 on Twitter.

Mr Tannenbaum said: "My two passions in life are internet and football. I went to see England play Belgium in a Euro 2012 friendly and suddenly had the idea after seeing all the promising young players Belgium had.

"I knew the team was going to be a powerhouse in the next couple of years.

"And so the fan site was born. I knew the team was still very young and the World Cup in Brazil was a bit soon for them to cause win but I think they could enter as favourites in the Euro.

"Saying that, the team have done so well so far and the site is flying. I am over the moon to be able to chat with fans, and we hope to keep growing."

Mr Tannenbaum and Mr Skop met while playing football at University. Mr Skop contributes to the site from his home in Antwerp.

Mr Tannenbaum who runs the site from his bedroom off Little Bushey Lane continued: "For something that is a hobby the response is fantastic. We cannot believe the success. I am having a ball with it. As far as I know we are the only English fan site for the team."

The 24-year-old said he was an England fan "first and foremost" and he was "bitterly disappointed" at their early knockout.

Mr Tannenbaum, who is also a Spurs fan, added: "England is similar to Belgium; they both have young players coming through.

"After England, Belgium has the most premier league players, but people do not think of them as a big team. This World Cup is a stepping stone for them. It is nice to be able to get English fans excited about the team."

The website has lead to interest from the BBC, The Huffington Post and The Metro, where Mr Tannenbaum now writes comment pieces after Belgium’s games.

The digital marketing manager, who played football for Immanuel College and in Watford’s friendly league, has been busy updating the website before and after work.

Belgium qualified for their first finals since 2002. So far they have beaten Algeria and Russia and face Korea in their final game on Thursday.

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