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  1. Haven't been keeping a close eye but if SW can still be trusted Brazil should be next (like Argentina, at a snail's pace by the looks of it). Maybe Germany will be clustered with Italy, Spain and England. Possibly they're waiting for CL/EL to restart in August. We'll see.
  2. Kossounou was terrible. The game wasn't much to look at either. Gent did well, deserved to get something from that game. Haven't watched much this season. Simply didn't find the time.
  3. Every window since his move to China there has been plenty of smoke. Some of it must have been fire even though he wasn't allowed to leave until now. Things did get heated between Carrasco and his club from time to time. Plus you have the Dalian Wanda links with Atleti and agents looking to grab even more cash.
  4. Didn't sound like he was allowed to join any other club but Atleti. Lots of money was made by pushing him towards China. Now he has returned I'm hoping he can make a case for himself and earn a permanent move. Should be hungry enough. Let's see where he ends up in the summer window.
  5. Seems to happen with long posts. Mods can help you out (haven't had to ask them in quite a while so idk if that's still the case).
  6. Unlucky, as usual. Let's see which Man Utd shows up in February. And who knows maybe Roma will underestimate Gent. Rough draw for both Belgian clubs. Shouldn't lack motivation. Upsets, always lovely when they happen. Fingers crossed.
  7. Standard failed to grab the 10 points needed to advance to the KOs last matchday and also this matchday (despite having a 2 goal lead to defend). It was a hard group and yet they came close again. The draw(s) haven't been kind to Belgian clubs. In future a bit more luck, like all those soft draws that Holland has been getting, wouldn't go amiss. Antwerp losing their head in the qualis has proven to be quite damaging at the end of the group stage. AZ took 8 points home (11.5 including the games before their win over Antwerp) and has given Holland's coefficient a 1.6 lead over Belgium's this season. Had Antwerp kept their cool instead, Belgium could have very well regained the ground lost in the two previous seasons (0.3 in 2018 and 0.8 in 2019 = 1.1). Holland could overtake Belgium in the rankings sooner rather than later. Better start getting results. Let's see how Gent and Brugge fare next.
  8. I feel 5 centre backs (+ Dendoncker if needed) is plenty but Martinez could opt for 6 instead and might want to give Kompany, if fit and in form, a chance to end his career as an international on a high. Kompany wants to be there but Martinez said he'd only include him if Kompany has match rhythm. Martinez only took Lukaku and Batshuayi with him in 2018. Mertens or Hazard can also provide cover. Might again opt for two strikers this summer.
  9. I don't like making yet another long-winded post. Lengthy posts get hidden anyway and then I have to bother Kev again. Besides I don't expect a huge churn compared to Russia 2018. The team is settled. Any question marks can be resolved in March plus can't tell now who'll be fit and in form come summer.
  10. Flawless in qualifying is another first achieved by this generation. It doesn't hurt to keep winning games to instill a winning mentality. Mentally the team does look stonger, since the World Cup campaign, and team spirit has been superb as usual. Belgium on top of the overall ranking. I'm quite proud of our EURO 2020 campaign so far. And, besides finishing the year as the highest ranked team in the world again (+ picking up yet another FIFA Team of the Year award), Belgium is Elo's No.1 for the first time as well. Our Elo rating (+ our FIFA ranking) isn't simply about vanity, it does show how well the team has been performing compared to others. Belgium is a well-oiled machine. The away game against Russia was the most recent statement of what to expect from us this summer. The Russians have been playing well and gave it their best against us (expecting them to be more cautious next time we meet). Belgium possess too many weapons for a team like Russia to handle. Yet you have to beat better teams to go all the way. A shame the NL was a let-down. Didn't get to play against other favourites while we could do with a few more competitive games against top sides. TBF the World Cup games against Brazil, France and England weren't that long ago and there isn't much opportunity to play against the very best in a competitive setting, let alone with the added pressure of a major tournament. Martinez promised to bring Vanheusden (got injured and was needed in the U21s; apropos only days ago they won against Germany's U21s). Regardless, I had hoped Martinez would make good on his promise and start bedding him in. Probably my biggest qualm because rejuvenating the defence is a priority for me. Can't really complain though as Boyata is doing very well and he has grown on me. Thorgan and Tielemans are coming along nicely as well. Januzaj OTOH not so much and even though Vanaken hasn't had many chances he has yet to convince me (he's not 18yo, in fact he'll turn 28 this summer). Hey-ho they're on the fringes after all while the big guns have shown you can count on them (plus Castagne, Carrasco, Vermaelen, Denayer, Dendoncker, Tielemans, etc. can provide adequate cover). Lastly, a shame about Benteke (was hoping he'd finally find his old form at club level this season), seeing a big target man still is quite effective in NT tournaments. Guess that's why Martinez keeps calling him up. PS I hear this Friday we'll know if we play two games in Russia or Denmark (when the play-off draw is held). I prefer Saint-Petersburg (I like the stadium more and recently we've played there a few times). Then, on the 30th, the match schedule will be determined and regarding who'll be our group's pot 4 team it's a coin flip between Wales and Finland (I'd rather have Wales, they're better than Finland but based on recent memory it's better to face them in the group than in the next round(s) and there's somewhat of a score to settle from the previous Euros). If we get Wales then Finland goes into Italy's group and vice versa.
  11. None of the big teams and not a chance that we'll be joined by League D's play-off winner. FML. EURO 2020 Group B: Belgium Russia Denmark Finland UEFA separate Russia and Kosovo in bid to keep the peace => meaning the League D play-off winner cannot be drawn into Belgium's group. The other play-off paths will most likely contain hosts linked to other groups. Currently Finland and Hungary are in pot 4 but as Hungary are hosting as well Belgium's group for EURO 2020 is already complete (*ATM Czech Rep., Wales or Slovakia can still end up in pot 4 instead of Hungary). Both Russia and Denmark play their games against Belgium at home and a draw will decide if Belgium plays two group games in Russia or Denmark. The Finnish will play close to home at either venue and they're a fairytale in the making, a new Iceland. Facing Russia again (it will probably be a cagey affair unless the Russians need a win to advance), Denmark are quite decent, very much underrated (yet against this red-hot Belgium...) and Finland shamelessly parking the bus ... not what I wished for, not at all. Luckily Belgium have become very adept at unlocking ultra-defensive teams.
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