BELGIUM is going to a major tournament for the third straight time Adidas Ultra Boost 4.0 Hombre España , and this once-in-a-lifetime team could thrive all the way to the World Cup final.

With two games to spare, Belgium became the first European nation to qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia. And it did so on Sunday by the measure that has marked so many great teams: winning ugly.

For 70 minutes, Greece held the star-studded Belgium team in check with a strategy that can only be called super defensive — a tactic which the Belgians deployed to near perfection whenever they considered themselves an underdog. Then, two sparks of brilliance, capped with a glancing header from Romelu Lukaku, led the way to a 2-1 victory.

With that , there is no more hiding from its role as a World Cup favorite. “Of course we go to Russia to win,” Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told the Het Laastste Nieuws daily. “You always want to be the best.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper, like so many others on the squad, has a proven record at club level. But internationally, he and others have underperformed.

The creative quartet of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard Comprar Adidas Ultra Boost 4.0 España , Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Manchester United’s Lukaku, along with defensive mainstays Courtois, Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen and City’s Vincent Kompany, reached the last 8 in Brazil three years ago. But back then, the excuse was still youth and inexperience as they lost to Argentina.

The 2016 European Championship in France was the next test, but Belgium again failed to get past the quarterfinals Nueva Adidas Ultra Boost 4.0 España , losing to Wales. Coaching blunders were blamed and Marc Wilmots left, replaced by Spanish coach Roberto Martinez.

After a decade of coaching Premier League also-rans like Swansea, Wigan and Everton, Belgium took the risk of hiring Martinez to mold its collection of talent into a tight team.

The victory extended Belgium’s unbeaten streak to 11 matches, and Martinez can get the national team record when his team plays Bosnia-Herzegovina next month.

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BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia is willing to consider funding itself in Chinese yuan, a senior Riyadh official said last week as the global oil markets are witnessing a rise of China and its currency.

The remarks made by Saudi's Vice Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed al-Tuwaijri raised the possibility of the renminbi (RMB) entering the oil kingdom's market.

Analysts are expecting more news from the world's largest oil exporter and its second largest consumer on the RMB front.


Obtaining some funds in Chinese yuan will diversify Saudi Arabia's financing channels after it borrowed tens of billions of U.S. dollars overseas last year. However, all these foreign bond issues and loans have been dominated entirely in the U.S. currency.

Since the second half of 2014, the price of crude oil has witnessed a significant drop, swamping the oil-dominated economy. In 2015 Adidas Ultra Boost 4.0 España , Saudi Arabia ran a record budget deficit of almost 100 billion U.S. dollars.

Aimed at extricating itself from the grip of oil prices, the government created its "Saudi Vision 2030," an "ambitious yet achievable blueprint" as the country describes, to reduce its dependence on oil and diversify its economy.

"One of our main objectives is to diversify the funding basis of Saudi Arabia," al-Tuwaijri said.

"We will do that through access to investors or bodies of liquidity in the markets. China is by far one of the top markets," he said.

Considering most projects under the "Saudi Vision 2030" require huge investments and feature slow capital return Hombre Adidas Ultra Boost Parley Marino Azul Blancas España , Cheng Xuan, general manager at Riyadh Branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), said multi-currency funding, particularly in renminbi, expands the Saudi government's financing channels and reduces costs to address its huge money demand.

Panda bonds are yuan-denominated debt sold by foreign countries and overseas agencies in China. Cheng also believes issues of such renminbi-denominated bonds will provide a solution for cost concerns in the development of "Saudi Vision 2030."

Saudi Arabia will evade rate risks in trade if it pays Chinese suppliers in renminbi, which is likely to be welcomed among Chinese exporters Mujer Adidas Ultra Boost Rosa Gris España , Cheng said.


During his visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said that China "supports Saudi Arabia in making its 2030 vision a reality, and would like to be a partner as the country diversifies its economy," adding that the two sides are negotiating a plan to merge the Belt and Road Initiative and the Saudi plan.

"The latest effort by Saudi and China to work more closely together on trade is an example of win-win goals," said Robert Savage, CEO and co-founder of CCTrack Solutions Adidas Ultra Boost Mujer Rosa España , a Citic Capital company specializing in fund management.

Stressing that economic cooperation is in the interest of both sides, Savage said Saudi needs to replace exporting oil to the U.S. and instead become the key provider of oil to China, which is interested in making the RMB a more global currency.

Since the 1970s, the primacy of U.S. dollar has been evident. Oil and gas are priced in dollars and international hydrocarbon transactions are settled in the greenback.

From 2008 to 2014, the petrodollar mechanism with high oil prices feeds the accumulation of dollar surpluses for energy producers, which can be "recycled" into U.S economy to cover its deficits.

However Hombre Adidas Ultra Boost Cookies and Cream Negras España , the fall in global oil prices has forced these oil producers to dip into their foreign currency reserves, even borrow money abroad to tackle economic challenges.

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