Is Belgium Really a Dark Horse in Brazil?

Many experts are pegging Belgium to be a dark horse contender in Brazil, but should they be? Ok, so Belgium has not had much success at the international level, to say the least, but they are a very young and talented squad that is loaded with some world-class players. On top of that they are not in a very tough group.

Belgium has only qualified for one of the last seven European Championships and has not played in the last two World Cups. In their history in the World Cup the squad has only gone past the round of 16 one time. Still, they have the fifth best betting odds (+1400) to win the tournament this summer after Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Spain and also have the best odds to win their group.

The squad is in Group D along with Russia, South Korea, and Algeria. Russia may be the only team that can challenge them in group play and that is the way odds makers see it. Bet365 has Belgium as the betting favorite to win the group with odds of -150 with Russia at +175, South Korea at +900, and Algeria at +3300.

Belgium easily won their qualifying group, which was not a very easy one with the likes of Scotland and Croatia, who also qualified for Brazil.

In the past Belgium did not have the world-class players, but that has all changed with the young guns in the ranks. The squad features Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaele, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, Bayern Munich’s Daniel Van Buyten, and Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. The midfield is stacked and up front the FW duo of Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku scored 36 goals in the England Premier League last season.

The squad is built around their great midfield and for Belgium to win the World Cup trophy they must play well in that area of the pitch, especially in the late stages facing top-tier teams.