Belgium is one of the finest teams in the world. They have ample talents to clinch a trophy dominating others. This is Belgium’s Golden Generation. If they don’t crumble in the big stage they have pretty good chances to loft the trophy at the end.
But there is a long way up to the trophy. Belgium qualified in a decent manner with 9 win and 1 draw. After that the Belgium boss has faced really tough time to filter the 23 for FIFA World Cup Final. The boss Martinez is optimistic with his team.
But their success also depends on the proper execution in which they have failed in 2014.
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Belgium Russia World Cup Squad
Belgium has already announced their 23 men final squad. It was really a painstaking job as the depth of Belgium talents have risen up.
Goalkeepers: ThibautCourtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), KoenCasteels (wolfsburg)
Center Backs: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), DedryckBoyata (Celtic), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Vincent Kompany(Manchester City),
Full Backs: Thomas Meunier(PSG), Toby Alderweireld(Tottenham), Jordan Lukaku(Lazio) Christian Kabasele (Anderlecht),
Midfielder: MarouaneFelaini (Manchester United), MousaDembele(Tottenham), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), NacerChadii (West Bromwich), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Forwards: RomeluLukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli), MichyBatshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
Belgium has plenty of options for every position. In their provisional squad they have 4 names in this panel. Only Mats Sels of Newcastle united left out. ThibautCourtois is automatic first choice in between the sticks. But Simon Mignolet of Liverpool is assured too. Another contender will be KoenCasteels from Wolfburg. All of them are really spectacular in their respective position.
How special a defense the Belgians have! All of their defenders play in big clubs and crucial for their respective teams. The first name in this position will come up the captain of Man City Vincent Kompany along with the Tottenham Duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
This rock solid defense is stronger enough to prevent any wave of attack. DedryckBoyata has contributed to win two consecutive titles for Celtic and Barca. Center back Thomas Vermaelen will also join with that trio. This is really one of the mightiest defenses if they can stick with their plan and execute well.
This position is also enriched with veteran players. Toby Alderweireld may play also in the full back position if the boss Martinez prefers. Jordan Lukaku is in incredible form for his club Lazio might fly with the team in this summer. Christian Kabasele is another option to take charge of this position.
Kevin De Bruyne is always the prime concentration in Man City as well as Eden Hazard the playmaker for Chelsea. He is a clear choice for Martinez, while Manchester United Spine Marouanne Fellainiconcate with Kevin in national side.
Axel Witsel is another one to play at starting XI as winger. On the other side Mousa Dembele will make the pair. West Brom Midfielder NacerChadii is an unexpected inclusion for some extra pace in the wing.
The affluence of talents in Belgian Squad is remarkable. Their forward position fills with speed, skill and breathtaking success for their respective clubs. RumeluLukaku from Manchester United is eagle eyed in goal scoring.
He will team up with Napoli striker Dries Mertens. Now Martinez needs to find out the best combination and formation to execute plans in the pitch.
Christian Benteke has contributed splendidly for Crystal Palace but suffering from injury in the last part of the season. MichyBatshuayi is also in an injury hitch. But that didn’t make barrier in qualifying for FIFA World Cup Final.
Belgium Schedule FIFA World Cup 2018:
- 18 Jun 2018 – Belgium v Pnama – Fisht Stadium
- 23 Jun 2018 – Belgium v Tunisia – Spartak Stadium, Moscow
- 28 June 2018 – Belgium v England – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
- News: Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Stream Here
Who will change the game?
The most appealing thing about this team is the strength and versatility. There is no blank space in the pitch with enough alternatives. But if you want a game changer you have to look up RomeloLukaku.
Natural instinct of goal scoring has made him dangerous at the front line. Eden Hazard is the next but the best in making the game of his own. He loves to build the game for his team and a clear provider for his forwards. Kevin de Bruyne will also join this two to crush the opponent. You should keep an eye on Axel Witsel and Mertens too.
Belgium Predictions in FIFA World Cup 2018
Belgium is the dark horse of this world cup and has the potential to win anything. But the world cup is the stage of pressure and tremendous expectation. Belgium will play in quarter final and possibility to top the Group G. If they rush up to semi or final it would be more than expectation because they have to face the experience and the tradition.