Why Barack Obama might become a fan of Belgian beers

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Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has challenged US 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 US 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.

"Hey @BarackObama, I am betting some great Belgian beers that our @BelRedDevils will make it to the quarter final!" Di Rupo tweeted in the early hours of Friday.

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

Obama has form when it comes to these friendly wagers, having bet cases of beer with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the outcome of the USA-Canada ice hockey match at the Sochi Olympics.


Unfortunately for the leader of the free world, the Canadians won the Olympic men's semi-final 1-0.

Obama may be well advised to abstain from such a bet this time around too, as Belgium are the bookies' favourites going in to last 16 match on Tuesday.

The President 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, but a Leffe certainly packs a stronger punch than a Miller. Will the Belgians be the same on the pitch next week?

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