With the World Cup right around the corner, many have made the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Germany the favourites for victory. However there is a country who have a generation of players that could spring a surprise and even win the tournament. This team is Belgium.
Belgium qualified automatically for the World Cup through a group that consisted the likes of Serbia, Wales and Croatia. The Belgians had an unbeaten qualifying campaign, winning eight and drawing two of their matches.
Belgium's group in this World Cup consists of Algeria, Russia and South Korea. These are all teams which the Belgians should beat and make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has named an exciting 23-man squad full of young talent for the upcoming tournament. Belgium have players that can make a difference on the big stage.
In defence, the Belgians boast Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen, giving them a strong, solid backline full of experience and leadership to help guide them through the competition.
The midfield consists of powerful and creative central midfielders in Moussa Dembele, Axel Witsel and Kevin de Bruyne who can easily win the ball back off the opposition and produce opportunities.
Belgium also have pace in abundance on the wings with Kevin Mirallas, Dries Mertens and Adnan Januzaj which make them a huge danger on the break.
Most significantly, Belgium have two special players who can win a game in an instant. One is Chelsea Player of the Year Eden Hazard, who has just had an exceptional season scoring 17 goals and providing seven assists in all competitions.
Hazard is fast, creative and an exceptional dribbler with flair, who, despite his size, is not easily shrugged off the ball. The 23-year-old can win games on his own and has an eye for the extraordinary.
Also, they have Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored 16 goals in 33 appearances during his loan spell at Everton last season. The tall, quick, powerful striker is a nightmare for defenders.
This could be Belgium's coming of age year. They can challenge for the World Cup and maybe even win the tournament.
With a solid defence, strong midfield, pace on the wings and special players like Hazard and Lukaku, Belgium can score goals in many ways and dominate games. This makes them a dangerous team.
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