For five of the last seven years, he has been number one in the FIFA rankings. However, Belgium is waiting for a big trophy. At the Qatar Championship, the generation around Kevin De Bruyne, Romel Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois has one last chance to change the course of history. There are only two options: either they will be immensely talented golden boys, or they will be damned forever.
Yes, without a doubt, this is the last World Cup of an extremely powerful party that was supposed to conquer the world. But so far she has had only negative experiences. Desires did not come true, dreams dissolved in a carousel of disappointments. Quarter-fil defeats at EURO in 2016 and 2020 and France’s loss to France in the semi-fils of the World Cup four years ago are an understatement to the ultimate ambition of self-confident Belgians.
Now is the last chance to write in golden letters. The biggest stars of the “red devils” have three crosses around their necks. Goalkeeper Courtois is thirty, Meunier and De Bruyne still have a year in their passports, the same Eden Hazard. And other icons? Witsel is thirty-three, even Mertens is thirty-five. Offensive aces Lukaku and Batshuayi have 29 points each.
It is inconceivable that in four years they will be in full force in the United States and Mexico, where the next World Cup will be held. They are likely to retire or far past the zenith of productivity.
“You know what, I still smile. There are people who doubt my qualities, our qualities, but not me. Let’s see, ”Eden Hazard said in a combat speech. “For us, the World Cup is the last chance to show that we can still win something with this generation. It will be difficult, but we will do our best.”
But there are doubts. The team is said to lack cohesion, France’s perfect team concept, Germany’s precision and England’s drive.
Former Belgium coach George Likens, a few days before the championship, even dared to question the mentality of Roberto Martinez’s team. In a non-negotiable speech, the following phrases caught our attention: “Without a trophy, we have risen to first place in the FIFA rankings. But that doesn’t mean anything at all. If you don’t dare to do big things in big tourments, you will be forgotten. The mentality and will to win in the Martinez team does not exist.”
Today, Belgium will enter the tourment in Qatar in the evening duel with Cada. Will he go against the words of Likens or will he show strength already at the start?
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