Find out why Belgium could be seen as the 'Dark Horse' in Brazil this summer?
It doesn't take a genius to scroll through the list of jaw-dropping talent in Belgium's squad to see they have potential to become a formidable force in Brazil.
The European side have been blessed by an influx of raw talent emerging all at once and just at the right time. Belgium failed to qualify for both the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships. Since then, Marc Wilmots side have been formidable on the road to Brazil as they stormed through qualification. Topping the group above Croatia and managing to avoid defeat, Belgium were drawing the plaudits across the globe as football took note of a new generation.
With the national team full of confidence in the wake of qualification, Belgium will also be uplifted by the impressive individual performances of their players from their respective clubs. Players like Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Kevin Mirallas, Adnan Januzaj, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have impressed and been subject to praise this season.
With a lengthy list comprising of exciting talent, it would be foolish to discount Belgium from causing a potential upset this summer. Pundits may be tipping the host-nation to lift the trophy; however, Belgium must be considered a 'Dark Horse' at the World Cup.
Significant victories over Luxembourg and Sweden in recent days have reiterated the statement Belgium are making to their competitors. The Red Devils have been drawn in the group-stages alongside: Algeria, Russia and South-Korea. Whilst there are no easy games in the World Cup, Belgium should be feeling confident ahead of the tournament and play with a "nothing to fear" attitude.
Whatever eleven men Belgium field, it promises to be one thing; exciting. Something that encapsulates the identity of the World Cup perfectly. I think Belgium will fit in quite nicely.