Belgium is one of the biggest teams in European football. Additionally, they have earned themselves a 3rd position spot in the recent world FIFA ranking. Arguably, the Belgium team comprises the strongest squad for Russia and will be aiming to equally content for the titles other football giants.
In their qualifying campaign against some of the best European teams, Belgium proved to be more confident and focused to get to the grandest football event. They won against Bosnia-Herzegovina who was perhaps their main rivals in the group. Throughout the qualifying matches, the team was able to net 43 goals while only conceding only six.
The seemingly hard group match for Belgium in Russia will be against England. Both teams are the favorites to top the group and qualify for the round of 16. Therefore, given that Belgium does not stumble against England, the team should be able to proceed without feeling inferior. Most of the team’s stars play in English teams that play in the English Premier League.
The Belgium team is full of football stars renowned all over the world for their prowess. Below are some of them.
Kevin De Bruyne is coming on the back of his best season with Manchester City and could be instrumental in the midfield for Belgium this summer. He scored 8 goals and provided 16 assists in his 36 Premier League appearances this season and will be eager to translate the form for the national side.
Eden Hazard had an ordinary season with Chelsea in the 2017/18 English Premier League. However, he is a different prospect when comes to the national team. He is the main link between the team’s attack and midfield and his direct runs can make life difficult for opposition defenses.
The History of Belgium at the World Cup
The Belgians have made 12 appearances in the world cup including the most recent one in Rio de Janeiro. Despite their unfortunate results at the world cup, they still make the threshold at the qualifying campaigns quite often.
Belgium featured in the 2014 tournament where they were edged out of the competition at the quarterfinals. This followed their defeat by their South American rivals, Argentina in a match that ended 1-0.
Before that, Belgium had defeated Algeria, Russia and South Korea in their group stages encounters. Moreover, their victory against the USA in the round of 16 propelled them into the quarter-final.
Having drawn against a relatively strong and equally focused Portugal is a clear indication that the team is ready for Russia. They still have 2 more warm-up matches against fellow contestants Egypt and Costa Rica. Maybe this will give a clearer picture of the preparedness of the team. Despite the defensive concerns and injuries in the Belgian team is going to Russia to win the tournament. This is according to head coach Roberto Martinez, the former Everton and Swansea coach.