What is the problem with Belgium's golden generation?

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The list of superstars in the Belgium national squad goes on and on, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Radja Nainggolan, and Romelu Lukaku.

However, the list of their team accomplishments is practically non-existent, despite going into Euro 2016 ranked the second best national team, only behind Argentina.

By that ranking alone, the Euro 2016 final was the least that Belgium supporters would've expected from their so-called golden generation.


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But realistic football fans, football fans who saw how disappointing Belgium were in the 2014 World Cup, knew that they would fall short of these expectations.

The golden generation suffers the same problem as the 2004-2006 England squad. All superstars with great individual talent, but no team chemistry. Back then, the Three Lions team consisted of players like Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, and Michael Owen.

That team disappointed, and as it stands, Belgium are going the same way.

Losing to a weaker Italy team on paper in their opening game of Euro 2016 did not come as a surprise to many people.

Italy are almost the exact opposite of Belgium; not many superstar players, but they play as a team, one for all and all for one.

Afterwards came a comfortable 3-0 win against Ireland, which was expected, and then an unconvincing 1-0 win with another lacklustre performance, this time against Sweden.

Although they didn't truly reach their potential, Marc Wilmots' side navigated the group stages and booked their spot in the knockout rounds.

Then came a 4-0 destruction of Hungary, who managed to top their group above the likes of Portugal and Austria. Following this performance, it looked like Belgium were finally coming together and were finally ready to show their true potential.

However, the quarter-final will perhaps be the newest low point of this Belgium generation.

Although Wales do have players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, players that can influence a game by themselves, Belgium were expected to win that game, and by taking an early 1-0 lead, they seemed right on course.

Then Wales showed that they have something that Belgium clearly lack; team chemistry, passion, and the desire to win for each other.

After Ashley Williams made it 1-1, it was never in doubt, Wales were going to win that game.

The Belgian players play as if they are trying to impress the world with their individual talent, but when watching teams like Wales, and even world champions Germany, it is clear to see that they play for each other.

Which player gets the glory and the headlines mean nothing to them, just as long as the team is successful.

Another disappointing major tournament for Belgium, bowing out much earlier than expected. In the next two years, while they play friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, they will no doubt dazzle and play some of the best-looking football in the world, but nobody will be surprised to see the same old story again at the next major tournament.

England's golden generation are always remembered as the team that never got it done, and Belgium seem to be heading down the same road.

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