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Russia 2018 will be Belgium's first real chance to do something memorable at the World Cup.

Standing in the shadows of other European soccer superpowers but with a deep roster in their prime, Belgium is worthy of being considered alongside Germany, Spain, and France as contenders for the World Cup this year.

After reaching the quarter-finals in Brazil 2016 and the Euro 2016 cups and setting records in the qualifying rounds, the extra experience may drive Belgium to win the 2018 World Cup.

Belgium’s Early World Cup History

Belgium's history in this tournament dates back to the early 20th century when they competed in 1930, 34, and 38 world cups.

Since, they have made eight World Cup appearances, playing in every World Cup, with the exception of the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, from 1982 to date.

Their best showing was a fourth-place finish in the 1986 World Cup. That year capped the end of what was known as Belgium's Golden Generation.

A new group of players will try to spark another golden era for Belgium’s soccer, using the Russia 2018 World Cup as their stage.

Belgium’s Road To The World Cup

At 10-0 in qualifying for Russia 2018, Belgium set both a national record for a qualifying run and tied a UEFA record for points with 28 while scoring 43 total goals, including 6-0 and 9-0 wins over Gibraltar.

Twelve different players contributed goals to the qualifying campaign with Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku chipping in with 11 and becoming the country's record goalscorer in the process.

Since their qualifying round dominance, Belgium went on to draw a 3-3 draw with Mexico.

How Does The Belgium World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up?

Like Germany, Belgium has an absurd wealth of talent on this team. There are at least eleven Premier League players in their ranks, not to mention others playing in the Bundesliga and Major European Club leagues.

Manager Roberto Martinez will likely go with a 3-4-2-1 formation that will feature Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Radja Nainggolan, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens.

With the three men back, Witsel and De Bruyne will likely occupy the midfield, and Hazard, Mertens, and Lukaku will be featured on the attack.

Belgium Odds To Win The 2018 World Cup

Again, while their odds are still not as good as Germany, Spain, and Brazil, Belgium is a team that should easily make it out of their group and expects to see a run into the quarterfinals, if not the semis and possibly the championship.

Listed at 12/1 odds to win it all at Russia 2018, Belgium is as good a bet as any.

Belgium World Cup 2018

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