Belgium had a lot of potential in this World Cup, but, what happened to them in their last game with France?
The “red devils” were defeated by France for the minimum score, it was a hard work to do for the French team but the matter with Belgium and their “gold generation” was not the precarious game level or making a lot of mistakes, it was the wrong combination of score opportunities and the good and strong goalkeeper of France the issues that don´t allow to Belgium being in the Worl Cup final.
It´s a fact that Belgium was THE favorite to many people to be in the final, “We have to recognize the good level of the red devils” some said but it´s also a fact that the final answer to all the prognostics was in Roberto Martínez strategy in order to defeat the fast French game. This red team has a young squad full of talent, but this present is no coincidence. The Europeans decided to change on time and bet on a long-term project, which today bears fruit and became the envy of the other teams.
Also, the Belgium federation decided to bet on the Spanish Roberto Martínez and, with them, came along a perfect assistant with Thierry Henry, the world champion with France in 1998, in addition to contributing his experience, helped Romelu Lukaku to become a “predator” within the area. Before his arrival, the current Manchester United striker had converted 17 goals in 51 games, while now he has 23 in 22 games.
This ambitious plan also had a great social impact, since it managed to unite the Belgian people (within this territory they speak Flemish, French, and German), who identify with this establishment. To celebrate these victories, in the different neighborhoods of the country opted for a single motto, and in English: “We are Belgium”
The Belgium team has never won a world cup before in the history and this one was the main opportunity to make it real, they had all on their side to make it happen. They came to the semi-final after a great victory against the eternal candidate in every world cup: Brazil, after a monumental comeback defeating the Japanese team (being down in the score by 2 goals), and an almost perfect path in the group phase games. This team has a great quality of players, young ones, they are a good generation with a tremendous game level…until France took advantage of the Belgium team debilities and score the doom for the devils without being better than Belgium.
It´s true that a big percentage of the forecasts was in French side but we must not fail to recognize this Belgium team that, perhaps it was of more to more in this world cup, but with France, they miss the BIG chance, they didn´t take the step to congratulate their selves on the glory.
A huge Belgium that became smaller in the end but, as Germany has shown to the world in Brazil´s last Worl Cup and the ones before that with Low, the devils can make their own perfect story if they continue with the same strategy and with a good game system, just the one the showed in this last cup.