Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Belgian Prime Minister offers Barack Obama beer bet over World Cup clash

Reuters | Brussels | Posted: June 27, 2014 3:28 pm | Updated: June 27, 2014 3:43 pm

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo challenged U.S. President Barack Obama to a bet over Belgium’s impending World Cup knock-out match against the United States, offering the prospect of some “great Belgian beers” should the U.S. team win.

On Thursday, Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 to top Group H, setting up a clash with the United States after Juergen Klinsmann’s team pipped Portugal to second place in Group G on goal difference despite losing to Germany.

As of Friday morning, the U.S. President had not replied to the challenge.

He may be well advised to abstain from such a bet, as Belgium are the bookies favourites going in to last 16 match on Tuesday.

Obama should also be warned that a large number of Belgian beers have a very high alcohol content. It was not clear precisely what beers Di Rupo was offering in the bet.

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