People all around the world have just been through a huge thrill of 2010 World Cup in South African. The final match was between two nations who had never won the world cup before. There were many surprises and disappointments such as the Ghanian team and the French team respectively. And about the next world cup in Brazil. Who will win the game?
It’s easy to say that Brazil with their home advantage and the project and their stars will easily when this. Apart from them, there is Argentina with Maradona and their stars, Spain and others like France with some good potential. But a team that people do not look at like an European powerhouse may be the center of attraction in 4 years is Belgium. The team that finished second in the 1980 Euro possessing players like Enzo Schifo, the magician, Eric Gerets and Jean Marie Pfaff. The were a team that was reckoned in the 80s. Ever since they have slipped down till 2002 when a team led by Marc Wilmots almost upsetted the Brazilians in the round of 16, if not of very debatable referring where they were refused two goals.
After that unfortunate event Belgium has been looked at like a team like Wales that knows football but is not feared of that much. However, this is soon to end with the advent of serious talented players, amongst the most talented youngsters in the world if not the most talented. Eden Hazard, Moussa Dembele, Lukaku, Defour, Witsel, Fellaini, Kompany, Carcela Gonzalez or even Thomas Vermalen. Never has a team been filled with such talented players aged between 18 to 24 like Belgium.
Taking each player individually, let’s start with Hazard. Hazard the 19 year old who plays for Lille, with his name meaning danger in English, really is serious danger. The lad who Zidane absolutely wants at Real Madrid is destined to be one our next ballon d’or. He is incredible at what he does with the ball. At just 19, he is the pillar of the LOSC and has won two successive young player of the year titles. He played 52 games last season scored 10 goals and gave 9 assists. He has got all teams on the leach for him as he will certainly be the next Messi. A great thing about him, his personality. A very down to earth player, who has never taken all the praise to his head. He has it in his mind that he has to keep on working and does not want to leave Lille too early.
Lukaku, is a huge best. At just 16 he was already terrorizing defenders in Belgium and Europe. He is a 1m 92 cm giant and plays for Anderlecht. He scored 19 goals in 45 games last season and is Chelsea’s new craving for the future.
Defour is the Steven Gerrard of Standard Liege. They guy who can do everything. He was captain of the team since he was 19 and is still 21. He has also led the team to the past year champions league. He plays alongside with Wistel.
Moussa Dembele, the AZ striker is one of the top rated strikers in the dutch league. At 22, he has the ability to dribble, score, serve. He is the ultimate package. He like his Belgian friends is highly demanded on the transfer market.
Players like Kompany who plays at Manchester City, Vermalen and Fellaini who are becoming household names in the premier league but at the age of 25 or 26 only are other players who will easily gel with the emerging talents, to form on of the best team Europe will see in the years to come.
Anyway, before the 2014 world cup Belgium will have to show its worth in the Euro 2012 where the will have to qualify from a group including Germany, Turkey and Austria. In the meantime, I will continue searching on the internet for a website that will take my bet for Belgium in 2014.