FIFA World Cup is about to commence in a span of few days and the fans are overly anxious to witness some cracking battles that they have been waiting past 4 years. Belgium, the Red Devils, is one team, that had steered their way into the quarters, back in 2014 World Cup, unfortunately losing to the mighty Argentinian unit led by Messi. Over the time though, they have been the only team to have given out of the box performances to ensure their seat in the knockout stages of some major nerve-wracking tournaments.
Even at Euro Cup 2018, Belgium failed to get the better of Wales and lost their way in a similar fashion on the French soil. Now that FIFA World Cup 2018 is approaching, will Belgium turn out to be underdogs or will they turn out to be the dark horse is something no one can predict at the moment.
To start off, the red devils have quite an experienced unit on board with 18 of the 23 players to have played either 2014 World Cup or 2016 Euro Cup and astonishingly 12 have managed to be a part of both the contests. Though their average might not have been highly impressive, yet the players have managed to play together for quite a long time.
Russia might be just the right opportunity for the Belgium unit to strike hard when they’re together as who knows what their lineup might become till the Qatar World Cup.
One thing that can prove advantageous for them, is that some of their players play for the European clubs on a regular basis which certainly has elevated the player’s level to new heights. For them, the only team that can pose a threat during the group stages could be England.
Their take on Brazil would also be worth witnessing. If they manage to get the better of Neymar’s Brazil, then there won’t be stopping for them as it would be a victory all the way for them. Also, a victory against one of the best football nations would boost up their confidence and morale to another level.
Belgium’s lineup for the World Cup campaign
Belgium’s starting 11 can knock off any team of the European club. Thibaut Courtois shielding the goal, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier. In the middle, they have Axel Witsel and Mousa Dembele.
Finally the pack of Kevin De Bruyne, highly attacking Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens along with Romelu Lukaku can give them the much-needed breakthroughs. Also, they have supporting players like Yannick Carrasco, Marouane Fellaini, Vincent Kompany and Michey Batshuayi to give the team the contribution when needed.
Belgium needs the services of some great players of the likes of Hazard, KDB, and Lukaku if they want to give the other countries a run for their money. They need to go all guns blazing regardless of who they are up against and put faith in themselves that they can make it big in this campaign.
It’s a pity that a team with so many match winners is not even in the race of Favorites for the World Cup. It would be onto Roberto Martinez to bring out the best from this unit and how effectively he does that would be the crux of the story.