World Cup 2014: Belgium touted as 'dark horses'

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World Cup 2014: Belgium touted as 'dark horses'

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Blessed with an abundance of naturally gifted players, Belgium have been tipped by many as dark horses for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Since failing to qualify for both the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships, Marc Wilmots’ men have looked sharper and more confident on the pitch. This showed earlier this year as they stormed through qualification, topping their group above Croatia without losing a single game.

Belgium fans will also be uplifted by the way some of their key players have been performing for their respective clubs this season.

Thibaut Courtois’ great form helped Atlético Madrid reach the Champions League final this season and clinch their first La Liga title since 1996.

Manchester City defender Vincent Company and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard have both been on top of their game while young sensation Adnan Januzaj has provided a glimmer of hope for United fans in what has been a difficult season for Wayne Rooney’s team-mates.