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Belgium Future Football Stars OR

Belgium Future Football Stars OR

Belgium Future Football Stars

The Belgian cabinet has now confirmed that the country will prioritize youth football development by investing $8m (£6. 33m) per season for five years. They hope to find the next Eden Hazard or Vincent Kompany in the next five years, with the hope of achieving the ultimate dream: qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. Would you like to follow in the footsteps of the footballing superstars of the future?

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Back in the summer of 2008, Hoefkens was, briefly, the only Belgian player in the Premier League with their sole representative at that summer's European Championships referee Frank de Bleeckere. Belgium were ranked 55th in the FIFA world rankings, having failed to qualify for a major competition since the 2002 World Cup (where the only England-based player in their World Cup squad was Derby County's Branko Strupar.) And they would not qualify for another major competition until 2014.

While the other players on this list might be itching for a breakout in front of a wide audience, Tielemans is already there. Like Eden Hazard, he is primed to be the face of the new golden generation of Belgium. Aged 24, he has already made a mark on the international scene, with appearances for Belgium in World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020. He is the talisman of his club side, Leicester City, where he won an unlikely FA Cup this past season. A modern, all-action midfielder with an eye for a pass, he could be a supercharged version of what Axel Witsel is for Belgium’s current golden generation. (Source: www.foottheball.com)

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A quarterfinal exit at the hands of Argentina in the 2014 World Cup was an impressive showing for a team absent from top international competition for so long. Patience had paid off. Fast-forward to 2018 and 11 of the 27 Belgian players in the Premier League are in their World Cup squad. The country is one of the main challengers for the World Cup and, with the next generation of Hazards and De Bruynes waiting in the wings, it could be the start of a dynasty.

A few statistics on the selection of 2008: 68% (13 out of 19 players) were formed in Belgian clubs. In The Netherlands, 21% (4 out of 19) were formed with Ajax as main supplier. Players like De Mul, Vertonghen and Vermaelen were playing for the Dutch record champion. Almost half (!) of this selection made it to the Premier League and 5 players recently won bronze at the World Cup in Russia. (Source: www.prosoccerdata.com)

 

 

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