Belgium World Cup Recap
With the World Cup over, we can now look forward to Euro 2016! When we created this website, we hoped that the new generation of Belgium players would show enough promise at the World Cup to give us reason to look forward to Euro 2016 in France – and they haven’t disappointed!
Reaching the quarter finals unbeaten was an immense achievement for a team that hasn’t qualified for a major tournament in 12 years. Manager Marc Wilmots made decisive changes and his substitutes were vital in winning the first 4 consecutive games of the tournament. And whilst critics complained that you can’t always win through late substitutes, well just ask Germany! They ain’t complaining!
This World Cup we’ve discovered:
The former Belgium star has shown he is competent manager, making decisive changes, disciplining the squad and showing he can handle the pressure. Many insiders have commended his way to bring the squad closer together where it was usually separated by French and Flemish speakers in the dressing room. Fans will have faith in the man who extended his contract for another 4 years.
The 19 year-old from Lille wasn’t even known by some of his teammates before the tournament but Wilmots showed his faith in the young man and he featured in all of Belgium’s 5 matches, scoring the winning goal against Russia. Origi is now hot property in the transfer market and has been linked to various Premiership clubs including Liverpool.
The Belgium beauty was one of the real success stories of the World Cup. With cameramen always finding the best female talent on offer, Axelle was given serious attention in every Belgium game she attended. The 17 year-old blonde came back to Belgium last week with a modelling contract from L’Oreal waiting for her! (The contract was cut after a picture of Axelle was found on holiday hunting animals in Africa – TRUE STORY!)
The 19 year-old failed to impress in his debut against South Korea. But the Twitter fans love him. I’m very curious to see how he develops under new Manager Van Gaal after just leading the Holland team to 3rd place. The next few years for Adnan will be crucial to see if he is really a quality player or not.
So now its 2 years until Euro 2016 in France and personally I can’t wait for the qualifiers. There’s a nice mix of teams we’re up against including some walkovers such as Andorra and then some more challenging encounters such as Bosnia and I’m particularly looking forward to see Kompany and co play against Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey for Wales on 16th November.
Our website will constantly update you with funny football stories and you can look forward to several more previews, match reports and Belgium football competitions!
We start with a Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel on 9th September!!!
By Daniel Tannenbaum
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