Belgium have topped their World Cup qualifying group with 25 points, and with a side like theirs, it's possible that they could reach the quarter-finals.
However, there will be a lot of competition, and surely one big team will get in Belgium's way, but assuming they play their cards right they have the potential to go far in the 2014 World Cup.
For the most part, Belgium have a very talented bunch of players, that much is known. Their national squad boasts the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku. All of whom are displaying their varied talents on the football field at club level. Belgium will be seen as the underdogs in this World Cup, but if the correct tactics and players are used, they could get far.
One reason is that they are not only fast, they are also strong. There is a lot of balance in the national squad. Their team isn't just filled with pacy midfielders and strikers, but also with strong holding midfielders such as Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini, as well as pacy, playmaking midfielders that can go forward and score goals such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.
This allows for attacking football to be played, as well as having two covering behind the lines in case the opposition takes the ball and use it on the counter attack, the defence are not left stranded.
As well as boasting a balanced midfield, the back line of the Belgians have a mixture of younger players and experienced players. Having the likes of Daniel Van Buyten, Nicholas Lombaerts, Thomas Vermaelen as the "veteran players", and players like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as the younger balance in the team, the young guns could learn a thing or two from the veteran players and get an idea as to how to defend against bigger teams, and to keep the line nice and tidy for offside traps. As well as boasting the fearful Vincent Kompany isn't enough to throw off teams, then you must rely on the other defenders.
The Belgians boast young attacking talent, with passion for the national team, pride in representing them and they convey that through the goals they bring to the team, particularly Lukaku's double against Croatia which saw them automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
The raw attacking talent boasts speed and strength, which is good for holding the ball upfield and bringing in support from out wide to provide crosses and the such.
Being able to hold the ball upfield has proven to be crucial and may be vital if Belgium are going to progress far into this World Cup.
They are also spoiled for choice with two very good goalkeepers between Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet. Courtois has been outstanding for At. Madrid in the season's he's been there for and Liverpool's new acquisition of Simon Mignolet is performing as an A grade keeper, the two will be at each other's necks for a World Cup spot.
Belgium are spoiled in terms of picking talent all around the field, and will look to utilise this to their advantage to progress through the rounds in the World Cup.
Despite a European nation never winning a World Cup on South American soil, Belgium will not be contenders to win it in Brazil, but will be the dark horses, more than likely, to proceed through the rounds.
Will Belgium ever win the World Cup?
In 2018, maybe.
But now, no. Now they only have the potential to go so far, as the World Cup is in South American soil, and Brazil are the favorites.
It will be interesting to watch how Belgium fair in the World Cup, which is only eight months away.
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