Soccer insiders will not be the least bit surprised if Belgium triumphs this summer. Ranked No. 3 in the world, the Red Devils have numerous strengths and few discernible weaknesses. The underappreciated midfield maestro Mousa Dembele is part bulldog, part ballet dancer, and nearly impossible to dispossess. His teammates comprise a Murderer’s Row of talent: Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is at the top of his game, captain Eden Hazard is speedy and precise, and sniper Romelu Lukaku is lethal in front of goal. Mix in a stalwart central defender in Vincent Kompany and a rock-solid goalkeeper in Thibault Courtois and it’s easy to see why coach Roberto Martinez is confident these days. If you’re looking for a high-quality team to root for, Belgium would be a smart choice.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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