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Can Belgium win the World Cup in Brazil?

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Belgium are the best backed team ahead of World Cup 2014 but can they really win the tournament next summer? We take a look at Belgium’s World Cup chances.

Their best finish in a World Cup competition is fourth but can they have greater success in Brazil next year?

Belgium are a team who have risen immensely in recent years and many Belgians have impressed in the Premier League.

Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelaen, Simon Mignolet and Jan Vertognhen are just a few that have made their names as top players in England’s first division in recent years and that’s not all, players such as Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Strootman are just a couple that have earmarked their own names in Europe.

In 2011 Belgium were ranked 41st by FIFA however with this crop of players improving the national sides setup a dramatic rise of thirty-six places confirms them as a seeded team for the World Cup in Brazil and certainly a team to consider betting on at their current odds of 14/1 (Bet365) to win the World Cup 2014.

Belgium haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 2002 however that’s not stopping many tipping them to challenge for the top honour.

Many Belgian players in the Premier League are very strong, physical players such as Benteke, Fellaini and Lukaku. Benteke and Lukaku have impressed as top quality goal scorers whereas Marouane Fellaini is settling into Manchester United’s midfield and becoming the strong, tough tackling lynchpin that United saw in him at Everton.

Personally, I don’t think Belgium will win the competition but I wouldn’t write them off from equalling their best finish in a World Cup tournament. Many elements have led me to believe Belgium are ones to watch out for. First of all, the way they topped their qualifying group by nine points was very impressive, the physical strength and depth of their squad is also very admirable but the main point is they will enter the World Cup without any fears of being beaten and they will leave Brussels next June full of confidence in playing quality football.

The only problem for Belgium is whether they will crumble under the pressure and luxury that playing in a World Cup brings to many teams but considering most of the current squad were either just starting their careers or still schoolboys when Belgium last qualified, fear isn’t a problem I see the Belgians from suffering from.

Predicted finish: 4th

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By Harry Cardno

 

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