Sunday, August 21, 2011

Can Belgium be a force in football again?

A slightly different post today, but after finding out that one of Arsenal's targets Eden Hazard is actually Belgian (I thought he was French, as most possibly would) I cast my mind to Porto and Benfica's recent signings and I start to wonder where have all these quality midfielders come from?

Looking closer at the Belgium National Team a lot of very interesting names jump at you, in all positions!
Goalkeepers: Belgium have had a good tradition with goalkeepers with Michel Preud’Homme and Jean-Marie Pfaff for Benfica and Bayern Munich respectively. Now they have Mignolet playing for Sunderland, a pretty decent player and Courtois signed by Chelsea but on loan to Atlético Madrid, not a bad club to go on loan but will he play? Regardless, pretty decent players both.
Defenders: With Van Buyten, and Kompany, and Vermaelen they have some great defenders. Vand Damme and Verthongen are decent players as well.
Midfielders: Besides Eden Hazard (fresh from a fantastic season with Lille) they count amongst their numbers Steven Defour and Alex Witsel, both recent arrivals in Portugal but very good technical players, Vanden Borre and Fellaini. A lot of strength in this area of the pitch.
Attackers: Not since Marc Degryse and Bart Goor have Belgium been known for their strikers but the recent "discovery" of has been hailed as the next Drogba, Romalu Lukaku supported by Dembele of Fulham and Camargo from Borussia Mönchengladbach they could prove to be a surprise to many defences.

In short, a collection of really good players, some with good potential, some with the potential to be great. A solid defence and the experience Georges Leekens in his second spell in charge of the Rode Duivels (Red Devils) could bring about the success of Belgium and the new generation of Belgian players.

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