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Flipper the Priest

Harder.Better.Faster.Stromer.
15 July 2003
Scotland

Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
As a neutral it was sad to see Belgium fall short so many times, but I wouldn't lose hope mate :TU:

Remember Spain in the 90's/2000's also had a similar situation where they just couldn't win anything with that amazing line-up (Raul, Hierro, Morientes, etc)
And then they dominated the whole world football for a good 4 years with Euro 2008, WC 2010, etc.

But ofcourse for every Spain, you also have 98-2000 Netherlands that was one my absolute favourite sides & could never win a thing :(
That was a nice and comforting post. Thank you very much.
About your Spain example. That is a huge country.
We are small country our pool of players is much smaller than the amount of young beginning football players in Spain,France and Germany.
Of course Netherlands is hardly much bigger than Belgium. And Portugal has less inhabitants than Belgium, and yet they won the EC in 2016 and there was also Greece in 2004.

Our golden generation is very talented, but what they lack is a bastard, a Roy Keane or a Sergio Ramos, a Pepe...3 players i absolutely hate, but every team needs one of these. We never had that. A guy like Jan Vertonghen (i abslolutely love him, i even literally cried when he had his 100th cap) is somebody who likes to read books, drives an ordinary car (sometimes his mother or wife drive him to the hotel of the national team), loves to ride a bike and has no tattoos whatsoever, in short not a football player... that is why i love him so much, because he is 'otherwise'...Lukaku is obsessed with football and speaks 42 languages (of course i exagerate) but also lacks a mean streak. Hazard is hyper talented but is not obsessed by football. Alderweireld was home sick when he played for Ajax...they are all next door guys. IMO KDB is for years now by far the best midfielder of the world, but he will never win the Ballon D'Or because he is not a star and doesn't want to be a star... All this makes me very proud of them, because they are not the stereotypical football players, but perhaps that is also the reason why they always seem to come short of winning silverware... well i don'tcare, i've enjoyed most of their matches and they made our small litle country more or less important... and loved. Can one ask more? Perhaps, yes, but for me that is enough...
 
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Joga

League 2
27 July 2018
That was a nice and comforting post. Thank you very much.
About your Spain example. That is a huge country.
We are small country our pool of players is much smaller than the amount of young beginning football players in Spain,France and Germany.
Of course Netherlands is hardly much bigger than Belgium. And Portugal has less inhabitants than Belgium, and yet they won the EC in 2016 and there was also Greece in 2004.

Our golden generation is very talented, but what they lack is a bastard, a Roy Keane or a Sergio Ramos, a Pepe...3 players i absolutely hate, but every team needs one of these. We never had that. A guy like Jan Vertonghen (i abslolutely love him, i even literally cried when he had his 100th cap) is somebody who likes to read books, drives an ordinary car (sometimes his mother or wife drive him to the hotel of the national team), loves to ride a bike and had no tattoos whatsoever, in short not a football player... that is why i love him so much, because he is 'otherwise'...Lukaku is obsessed with football and speaks 42 languages (of course i exagerate) but also lacks a mean streak. Hazard is hyper talented but is not obsessed by football. Alderweireld was home sick when he played for Ajax...they are all next door guys. IMO KDB is for years now by far the best midfielder of the world, but he will never win the Ballon D'Or because he is not a star and doesn't want to be a star... All this makes me very proud of them, because they are not the stereotypical football players, but perhaps that is also the reason why they always seem to come short of winning silverware... well i don'tcare, i've nejoyed most of their matches and they made or small litle country more or less important... and loved. Can one ask more? Perhaps, yes, but for me that is enough...

No problem mate, I have always liked watching Belgium from back when Enzo Scifo was dominating back in the day :))

And honestly, I also think KDB is the best midfielder currently in the game.
Unfortunately Balon D'or has become more of a trophy count than a real "best" player award. Like no offense to Jorginho, good player, but I hear he is up for it ..really?
I believe we have more to witness yet from De Bruyne, he hasn't hit his peak just yet imho.

P.S I can't be bothered doing the quiz's but I would never hit 20+, some of you guys are proper gurus. :LOL:
 

mattmid

International
15 December 2011

PRO_TOO

Team Heffernan
25 May 2003
Rego Park, Germany
Team Heffernan
Brentford vs Chelsea… what a match tonight! Man, I was so with Brentford! it felt to me that they deserved a draw. Quite entertaining that was!! :APPLAUD: What a match by Mendy! :APPLAUD:
and guess what, I’m playing that fixture in FIFA 22 Right now. What other choice do I have?! :LOL:
Brentford still in my heart tonight!
 
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Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
Fantastic goal by Tielemans. Not sure Ronaldo is an asset for United, sure he will score plenty of goals, but it's short term policy and not a football choice (selling shirts?).
 
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