There was a big to-do over the nationality of gifted teenager Adnan Januzaj, who excelled for Manchester United throughout the most recent campaign, as the 19-year-old was eligible to represent Albania, Turkey, Serbia, Kosovo and even England - should he delay his international debut for two further years.
Obviously, all nations were interested in the precocious attacker and, in the top photo above, Belgium national football team manager Marc Wilmots (right) must have been holding back his delight as he shared the top table at a press conference on the first day of training camp in Genk, ahead of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil next month.
Belgium are due to take on Luxembourg, before taking on Sweden away from home, then engage in another camp - this time in Knokke.
Such is Januzaj's confidence, the United wonderkid will not have been fazed by the occasion as, on his first day of training with the senior stars of Stretford in pre-season last year, he threw himself into a tackle against one of the more experienced players, prompting Phil Neville to think to himself that the club have another superstar on their hands.
Above, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany can be seen effectively cheerleading his nation through a warm-up routine, with Januzaj fourth from left.
Januzaj was not the only familiar face for Premier League audiences as Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Moussa Dembele were also training, having completed their club seasons with United, Everton/Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.
Belgium are in Group H having drawn Algeria, Russia and South Korea in the three-game league format round, ahead of the knockout stages.