November 30, 2021

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vote.  Where do you think the Red Devils will end up in the World Cup?

vote. Where do you think the Red Devils will end up in the World Cup?

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The Red Devils qualify for the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Will the Gulf country finally get a Golden Generation award, will it be a disappointment or something in between? We want to know who the real analyst yourself is of course.

Laurens Van Heuverswijn

It is the first time in the long football history of our country that the national team has qualified for a major tournament for the fifth time in a row.

The first major tournament of this generation was held in 2014, when Brazil hosted, among other things, the legendary match with overtime against the United States. In the end, the Red Devils finished in the quarter-finals, after losing 1–0 to Argentina.

After the World Cup, Marc Wilmots was sacked and Roberto Martinez took over as national coach. The Spanish coach’s first tournament, the European Championship in 2016, seemed to be on its way to promotion when the Hungarians were cut to pieces in the eighth finals by the great Eden Hazard (4-0). But then came one of the biggest disappointments in Belgian football history: a poor exit from Wales after Hal Robson-Kanu’s world class goal.

3rd place in Russia

In Russia came the peak of this generation: the Red Devils won with a roller coaster against Japan in the last seconds after a sharp confrontation by Thibaut Courtois and ended by Nasser El-Shazly and then went to a match against Brazil. In the semi-finals of the World Cup, later world champion France proved to be very strong, but the small final led to a third place finish. The Red Devils’ best-ever performance in a major tournament was celebrated in a grand palace in Brussels.

This year, the Red Devils got a chance to improve on that performance at the postponed Euro 2020. Unfortunately, the national team was never involved in this matter. Italy, at their best and subsequent overall winner, proved their sheer strength in the quarter-finals.

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