Placed with Croatia and Morocco, Belgium faces Canada for its entry into the running in the World Cup in Qatar.
Finally a title for the Red Devils?
The name of the Belgians often comes up on the table when we talk about the candidates for the title of world champions 2022. Defeated in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, on an angry header from Samuel Umtiti, the Red Devils are back with the sharp fork.
With Thibaut Courtois (voted best goalkeeper in the world) in goal and an offensive animation designated to Kevin De Bruyne (3rd in the Ballon d’Or 2022), Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium has assets to bring down any crew. Even if the last two cities are in poor shape with their club currently…
The Spanish coach of the Red Devils, Roberto Martinez, has been in place since 2016. He lost to the eventual winner of the competition (the French team at the 2018 World Cup and Italy 2021) in both competitions majors where he was on the bench. The last two defeats against the Netherlands (1-4 and 0-1) have made people cringe but the selection seems calm before entering the competition.
With a group well within its reach, Belgium should qualify for the round of 16 without too much trouble. It must be said that she remained undefeated during the World Cup qualifiers and that she is 2nd in the FIFA rankings, just that! But beware of overconfidence!
Canada is back!
Since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the Canucks have not participated in the most prestigious of competitions between nations.
Canadian footballers want to grow their sport in a country where hockey is king. And what better than this World Cup in Qatar to be in the spotlight? Faced with one of the favorites of the competition, the Reds could assess their real level.
Carried by their individualities Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Jonathan David (Lille) or Tajon Buchanan (Bruges), John Herdman’s men have enough to pose serious problems for the Belgians. First in their group during the playoffs, ahead of Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica, the Canadians have been constantly improving over the past few years.
The match will be played in the Ahmad-Ben-Ali stadium in Al Rayyan (Qatar) which can accommodate nearly 45,000 spectators.
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