Belgium will take on England, Poland and Japan in Group G of the World Cup.
The Red Devils qualified for Russia 2018 after leading their European qualifying group with 9 wins and 1 draw, accumulating 28 points.
Belgium enjoyed high scoring matches against teams like Estonia, Gibraltar, Greek Cypriot administration, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The team have lots of talented players playing in major leagues in Europe, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard of Chelsea, Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Dries Mertens of Napoli.
Belgium's second-greatest achievement in their World Cup history came in 2014 Brazil, when they played quarterfinal match against Argentina.
In their 12 appearances in the World Cup, the team only managed to finish fourth at most, coming in 1986 Mexico.
02:16 dk 13 Haziran 2018 Reuters Agency Brazil street art gets World Cup flavour as soccer mania grips
Amidst the buzz of the World Cup in Russia, Brazil's street artists have taken to the cities walls and footpaths, spray cans and paintbrushes in hand. New paintings have sprung up in Rio de Janeiro along its iconic shoreline, many of which are positive and focus on the patriotic support. For many locals, these displays of green and yellow are a welcome relief for a country recovering from one of its worst recessions in decades.
Belgium's confirmed 23-men squad:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur).
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli).
Manager: Roberto Martinez.
US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup
The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time.The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One congress member voted for "neither bid."The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russia on Thursday.Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute presentations in front of congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the north Americans pledged their tournament would generate an 11 billion dollar profit, while Morocco said theirs would make 5 billion.Although it will be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the Unites States.Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the U.S. with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.Day before World Cup, Putin thanks FIFA for keeping politics out of sportFIFA World Cup 2018 Group F: MexicoFIFA World Cup 2018 Group F: Germany"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026," Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation told Congress."Football today is the only winner."The U.S hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup but held the women’s tournament in 2015.Morroco have now failed in five bids to host a World Cup.The last time FIFA voted on World Cup hosting rights was in 2010 with the decision resting with the old executive committee and they chose Russia to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar for 2022.Several members of that committee were later banned from the sport after they were caught up in the corruption scandal that engulfed world football’s governing body in 2015.Under FIFA’s new system for choosing the host, all eligible football federations who attend congress were given a vote.The result has been a jet-setting campaign from both bids who have travelled the globe in an attempt to win over the worldwide electorate.Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for FIFA. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.The result is a boost for FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who while he maintained neutrality during the campaign, was known to be keen to see the first expanded tournament be held in North America.The 2022 tournament will be hosted by Qatar while the 2018 edition kicks off in Moscow on Thursday when Russia play Saudi Arabia.
Day before World Cup, Putin thanks FIFA for keeping politics out of sport
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA on Wednesday for keeping politics out of sport, the day before the start of the soccer World Cup.Russia will host the tournament from June 14 to July 15 in 12 stadiums spread across cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi."I wanted to underline FIFA's commitment to the principle of sports without politics," Putin said during a FIFA Congress in Moscow while standing next to the World Cup trophy. Video: Meerkats predict Russia win in World Cup openerFIFA World Cup 2018 Group F: MexicoFIFA World Cup 2018 Group F: Germany
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F: Germany
Reigning World Cup champions Germany are among the favorites to win the trophy in Russia 2018.Germany will be in Group F along with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea."Die Mannschaft" qualified for Russia 2018 after winning all their 10 matches in the European Qualifiers Group C. The team scored 43 times, while conceding only four goals.Despite not playing for a whole season because of a foot injury, Manuel Neuer was cleared to participate in the World Cup in the beginning of the month.Bayern Munich goalie will be accompanied by six other teammates of his, including Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels in defense and Thomas Muller at forward.Manager Joachim Low also included Turkish-origin players Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City.Germany is one of the most successful nations in World Cup history, winning the coveted title four times before in 1954, 1974, 1990 and in 2014.Since 1982, they have at least advanced to quarterfinals in every World Cup.Video: Meerkats predict Russia win in World Cup openerGermany's confirmed 23-men squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain).Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (FC Cologne), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin).Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).Forwards: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (Leipzig).Manager: Joachim Low.