Belgium captain Kevin De Bruyne

FIFA World Cup preview: Belgium

Belgium probably doesn't rate amongst many people's top three nations at this year's FIFA World Cup.

They might not even make some people's top 10. But make no mistake, this is a window where Belgium can shock the world and steal the title.

This is a nation in a golden generation with talent in every position of the park.

Belgium is absolutely loaded and have the firepower to match it with the more traditional big dogs.

Fourth place is the best Belgium has ever done in the finals, but there was a sense something was building in 2014 when they made the quarterfinals.

If manager Roberto Martinez can pull it all together, the Red Devils can go further this time around.

The draw for Belgium

Panama, June 19

Tunisia, June 23

England, June 29

The star player

Kevin De Bruyne is the glue that will hold this whole Belgium side together. The Manchester City midfielder is a great scorer, but he also had a season-high 16 assists in the last English Premier League. It will be imperative that he creates as well as scores to drive Belgium deep into this tournament.

What needs to go right

This is the most talented Belgium side the nation has ever produced, how it is coached will be critical.

Pressure will play a role and it is the manager who needs to keep a lid on that. He will need to juggle the ego of the big names, the niggles of the veterans in the defensive line and the nerves of the new players. If Martinez can do that, Belgium is a real threat.

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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