Is This The End Of Belgium’s Golden Generation?

Ethan Tait

It saw, it came; it went and failed to accomplish anything.

There was so much hype surrounding the Belgium national team with their star-studded squad and that dirty Q-tip that somehow finds it way onto the field.

It boggles my mind that a team with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Radja Nainggolan, Vincent Kompany (when healthy) and Thibaut Courtois was a flop.

Then again, Chelsea is the perfect example of that.

Was the attention too much for a young generation to handle at the time?

I’m not labeling them as a complete failure because there is still hope.

There’s plenty of youth in the side with Yannick Carrasco, Divock Origi, Lukaku, and Michy Batshuay (if he’s not another flop at the Bridge) that will lead the line at future tournaments, but an aged backline is truly the issue.

Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, and Jan Vertonghen are no spring chickens and the squad lacks true outside backs besides Jordan Lukaku.

Football is tricky and Belgium could go on to win the Euros or the World Cup, as who thought Portugal could win the Euros prior to the tournament?

I sure as hell didn’t.

The Golden Generation went out with a whimper rather than a roar.

Fire Marc Wilmots, regroup, and hope to somehow emulate what Portugal did with a few more victories in regulation.

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