The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw takes place in Brazil on Friday December 6. The eight best-ranked teams are placed in Pot 1 and are considered the heads of the group, meaning that they are expected to make it out of the group alive. The teams in Pot 1 are hosts Brazil, fellow South American powerhouses Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia, as well as European sides Germany, Spain, Belgium and the controversially included Switzerland.
Belgium are the big enigma this time around. Marc Wilmots‘ team are capable of going all the way, but seem to come up short when it matters the most. They lack consistency and in the World Cup, that could prove to be deadly. I believe that they have the potential to change that around, and if their golden generation can keep their emotions in check, this team can win in Brazil.
Belgium’s golden generation includes Chelsea hotshots Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United flop Marouane Fellaini, Manchester City captain Vicent Kompany, Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet and Thibaut Courtois, who is one of the finest keepers in the world.
They have talent to spare, but can’t seem to find the right formula, Wilmots still has six months to move his pieces around and try to find his best starting 11. Perhaps he should rely less on his team’s attacking prowess and make sure his back line is protected. Their only weak spot seems to be their defense. They will get bossed around by several teams if they continue to play with reckless abandonment.
I still believe that they have the potential to win, but they seem to be lacking another impact player to play alongside Hazard, the name Adnan Januzaj comes straight to mind. Wilmots’ public spat with Januzaj’s father has probably destroyed any chance of Manchester United’s new jewel representing his nation of birth next summer.
Hazard and the rest of the Belgian golden generation have a lot to prove next year, and I believe they will eventually come up short. They will struggle in Brazil’s rough climate and will have a really hard time when pitted against South American opponents.