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Belgium Squad FIFA World Cup 2022

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It’s been some years since Belgium has been called the “Golden Generation” and although in every major tournament, the Red Devils look like they are ought to make it, they somehow fail to do so.

So far, Belgium’s best performance at the FIFA tournament is coming in third place which was in the last edition by beating majestic England.

This time, the Diables Rouges have a favorable group draw and shouldn’t have that many problems qualifying out of the group stage. And the players they have also make them more than capable of competing at the knockouts. In fact, the squad depth of this Belgian side is so defined that they are considered one of the top contenders out of traditional champions and even win the FIFA World Cup itself.

Let’s analyze who might be making it into the final 26-man team of Belgium for Qatar 2022.

Belgium Squad for Qatar World Cup 2022 – Their Best 26-Man Roster

GoalkeeperThibaut CourtoisReal Madrid (SPA)3096
GoalkeeperSimon MignoletClub Brugge (BEL)3435
GoalkeeperKoen CasteelsWolfsburg (GER)304
DefenderToby AlderweireldRoyal Antwerp (BEL)33123
DefenderArthur TheateStade Rennes (FRA)223
DefenderWout FaesLeicester City (ENG)241
DefenderJan VertonghenAnderlecht (BEL)35141
DefenderThomas MeunierBorussia Dortmund (GER)3158
DefenderTimothy CastagneLeicester City (ENG)2625
DefenderZeno DebastAnderlecht (BEL)182
MidfieldKevin De BruyneMan City (ENG)3193
MidfieldHans VanakenClub Brugge (BEL)3022
MidfieldYouri TielemansLeicester City (ENG)545
MidfieldLeander DendonckerAston Villa (ENG)2729
MidfieldAmadou OnanaEverton (ENG)212
MidfieldYannick CarrascoAtletico Madrid (SPA)2959
MidfieldAxel WitselAtletico Madrid (SPA)33126
MidfieldCharles de KetelaereAC Milan (ITA)2110
MidfieldLeandro TrossardBrighton (ENG)2721
MidfieldThorgan HazardBorussia Dortmund (GER)2945
ForwardRomelu LukakuInter Milan (ITA)29102
ForwardMichy BatshuayiFenerbahce (TUR)2947
ForwardDries MertensGalatasaray (TUR)35106
ForwardEden HazardReal Madrid (SPA)31122
ForwardLois OpendaLens (FRA)224
ForwardJeremy DokuStade Rennes (FRA)2010

Which Teams Are Belgium Facing In The Group Stage?

The European devils are in group F during which they will face the likes of Canada, Morocco, and Croatia.

Belgium Group Fixtures

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Belgium vs. Canada2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Belgium vs. Morocco8 a.m.Al Thumama
Thurs, Dec. 1Croatia vs. Belgium10 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali

What Belgium Journey Would Look Like If They Make It All The Way?

Should Belgium win their group, they will be facing either of the possible qualifying teams, Spain or Germany from group E. If they manage to win either one of them, they might get Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in the last eight. Following that, de Bruyne’s side will very likely meet France, the one who knocked them out in the last semi-final. Again, if Belgium does make it out of the semi, their final opponent will probably be Brazil.

On the other hand, if Belgium were to finish second in the group their round of 16 possible opponents, although might still be either Germany or Spain, in the quarter, they will probably face Brazil. Sticking with the possibility, their opponents in the following rounds will be Argentina and France respectively.

Belgium Strengths

Belgium is deep and dangerous at the counter. Their ability to hit on the break worries even the big names eg the second goal they scored against the five-time world champion Brazil in the 2018 FIFA quarterfinal thus knocking them out of the competition.

They are tactically threatening as well with the ex-Premier league manager Roberto Martinez helming the mentoring position. The Spanish-born has been quite an expert in putting the right players in the right position during Belgium’s recent international fixtures.

The fact that couldn’t get missed is the presence of recent Ballondr final three, Kevin de Bruyne, and the UCL Golden Globe-winning shot-stopper, Thibaut Courtois.

Belgium Weaknesses

Romelu Lukaku who was in quite an absolute form in the 2018 FIFA tournament, especially in the group games, is currently out of the option due to a muscle injury. His goals in the last world cup helped Belgium to qualify out of group games pretty easily. His presence in the frontline allows the country’s extraordinary midfielders to use their creativity to the full extent without having to worry to provide extra feet in the attack. The Internazionale forward however isn’t completely ruled out.

Also, coach Martinez is still to find the best lineup for his defense area. The issue is a bit serious considering full-back Thomas Meunier is still in doubt due to a broken cheekbone he suffered back in October.

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