Is Football Cruel To The Most Gifted Generation Of Belgium Players?

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  262 Views updated 1 year ago

IS FOOTBALL CRUEL TO THE MOST GIFTED GENERATION OF BELGIUM PLAYERS?

Will this gifted generation of Belgium players end their careers at international level without winning anything? They have only the Qatar 2022 World Cup to feature in before many of them will retire...but, can they win it? Can Belgium put together another great team if this class and quality?

Belgium has never had a generation of talented players like the present crop yet, they have struggled almost in futility to achieve or win anything within the continent or at the global stage.

In fact, they have won nothing as a team and this has brought immense pressure on the players even as the fans get increasingly frustrated.

Most of the players will be in their early 30s by the time Qatar host the FIFA World Cup in two years time. That's an indication that they are already facing the exit doors of their careers. Pundits say their best chance to win the World Cup was in Russia 2018....and they had a youthful side to make a bigger impact at Euro 2016 but didn't.

They will not be in top notch form at the World Cup given that age will be slowing them down coupled with injuries. For instance, team captain, Eden Hazard has been struggling to be fit since his injury at Real Madrid shortly after his transfer from Chelsea.

Indeed, development such as this will not bring anything good to the Belgian side. With their mercurial players like Hazard not featuring in a tournament till the end without an injury speaks volumes of what the future holds for this team.

Ironically, Kevin de Bruyne is equally showing same trait like Hazard....talking about injury worries.

With the youthfulness of this generation of players ending without a major trophy, it is left to be seen what they stand to achieve together between now and Qatar 2022.

GOALKEEPERS

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)

DEFENDERS

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)

MIDFIELDERS

Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Nacer Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Dennis Praet (Leicester), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)

FORWARDS

Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Who knows when Belgium will produce a team as solid as this again?


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