The failure of Belgium's golden generation

The failure of Belgium's golden generation
The Golden generation of Belgium closed a cycle without getting a title. PHOTO: https://sp.depositphotos.com/

The Qatar World Cup 2022 left us one of the biggest disappointments, the one at the end of Belgium's golden generation. A team that during 10 years, was the eternal promise of world football and it is that despite not winning anything at all, they even managed to get to the number 1 of the FIFA ranking. However the failure in Qatar, puts a sad closure on a generation that never really lived up to expectations.

The end of Belgium's golden generation

In 2012 many international soccer analysts talked about which would be the next hegemonic team that would reign in the world of soccer. After repeated failures of African teams, and the doubts raised by Brazil and Argentina, many eyes were directed towards the heart of Europe, more specifically to Belgium.

The “Red Devils”, semifinalists in the World Mexico 86 and finalists in the European Championship 1980, they presented a combination of young and expert players who promised to bring much joy to the Belgian parish. Empezando por un Courtois con sólo 20 years back then and other young players like Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Defour, Witsel, Toby Alderweireld, Lukaku, Fellaini, Mertens and above all him, Eden Hazard.

Belgium gold generation
Eden Hazard was a priori the leader of Belgium's golden generation. PHOTO: https://sp.depositphotos.com/

However at the end of this process, nothing at all. This team, full of young talents who were just a little over 20 years and that it was going to eat the world a decade ago and that it threatened a winning cycle, has put its finishing touch with a disappointing World Cup and with the feeling that perhaps, they could have gotten something else.

nor with Marc Wilmots first nor then with Roberto Martinez, Belgium was able to reach the level that was assumed despite reaching the number 1 FIFA ranking. Now the Belgians, they will have to rebuild their team and look for new talents to replace the players from the belgian golden generation who will end their cycle with the red of Belgium.

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