BELGIAN STARS: A GENERATION WAITING TO EXPLODE
Belgium is one of the modest football playing nations in the world. But, in recent years, its football has been on the ascendancy courtesy of the avalanche of stars that plies their trade in major European club sides.
For the past ten years, they’ve qualified virtually for every major football competitions, but usually got eliminated in the knock out rounds.
The Red Devils have improved tremendously in FIFA ranking – little wonder they are ranked third in the world. Following the acrimonious departure of Marc Wilmot as Coach of the Belgium National Team after a not too impressive outing at Euro 2016 finals in France, Wilmot Contract had to be terminated by the Royal Belgium Football Association, and Spanish Coach, Roberto Martinez was brought in to Salvage an already Sour and tensed atmosphere in the Belgium National Team Set up.
Though, Wilmot Score card and win ratio as coach of the Red Devils was impressive, but his in ability to massage the over bloated ego of star players led to his exit. His predecessor Roberto Martinez has already steadied an almost sinking ship with a seem less effort in winning matches as well as a getting the team qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.
Indeed, Under Martinez, the team has continued to grow in strength and status and a lot of expectations are placed on a side that is touted as unarguably the greatest assemblage of Belgium Football Stars. With weeks away to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, this may well be the last opportunity for this generation of Belgium football stars to make a huge statement, and, lasting impression at a global football showpiece, as some of them are in the twilight of their careers.
From the foregoing, the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne may not win the world- but, getting to the Semi-Final of the 2018 World cup like their 1986 Compatriots, would be considered a respectable outing by many. Their critics would be silenced. And this will placed them in the elite league of world football power blog. With the rich vein of form of Belgian stars in the almost ending European Football Season, the stage is set for these amazing talents to storm the world cup with the prospect of firstly, navigating their way past their trickery group opponents; Tunisia, England, and Panama. The prolific prowess of the Belgium National team is not in doubt and with a solid team chemistry, discipline and organization during the group stage matches, they might send jilters down the spine of their imminent opponent in the knock out phase because they are expected to win and top their group.
Interestingly, the Belgium team is one of the few teams going to the World Cup with quality players in every department of the field. In other words, they are not short of talents and options. The exhilarating and imperious fashion to which they graciously dispatch their opponents during qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup gives credence and attestation to this fact. They are very imposing and direct in their team play- and Martinez’s Philosophy has given flair players like kevin De Bruyne, Kevin Mirallas, Eden Hazards and others the freedom and leverage to express themselves in the field of play, and, possibly make decisions within a split of second. There is no doubt the present Belgium Squad can hold their own against any of the following football traditional World Cup teams and top International Sides: Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay and France. Beating and dispatching any of these sides, will require little detail. Eden Hazard definitely has to come to the party with his trickery and dribbling skills. Kelvin De Bruyne imposing play and defense splitting passes could make the difference and pivotal to take these supposedly big sides to the cleaners.
With these arrays of big name Players in its ranks, the Red Devils could go all the away. But, they must have the essential ingredient that is necessary to attaining this feat which is; the right mental attitude, team spirit and unity could galvanize the Red Devils to tremendous success at the world cup.