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Often dubbed as one of the most talented footballing nations never to win a World Cup, Belgium are heading into this year’s tournament looking to finally get that monkey off their backs. The tale of the last 10 years has been ‘close, but not close enough’ from a Belgian perspective, and there are worries that a golden generation of top class players are going to finish their international careers trophyless. Players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois are all superstars with multiple honours for their respective clubs, but is this the last chance for Belgium manager Roberto Martinez to guide them to international glory? The locals at home aren’t too optimistic about the chances of success.
As previously mentioned, the calibre of players featuring for Belgium nowadays can strike fear into any opposition. Kevin De Bruyne is their star asset in midfield and is widely regarded as one of the best in his position in world football. He can provide the service for the man ahead of him, Romelu Lukaku, who is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world. But one player who they’ll be looking towards to return to top form is Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard. A move to Real Madrid in 2019 has proven to not go exactly to plan for the forward, but everyone knows that when he is in the right mood, he’s one of the most exciting talents in world football. “Since Real Madrid, since his injury struggles, nobody at this moment expects a lot from him anymore” revealed Fabian. Still, he has a different class that other players don't have. Like I'm not going to say he's irreplaceable because we have other players that can play in this position, but sometimes you need a spark of class like he has.” With previous tournament failures being put behind them, Belgium have to go all-out for the final shot at glory for this golden generation of players. Can they come to Qatar and create a big impact? Only time will tell.
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6 November 2022
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