"It's a unique opportunity for all the team, for all of Belgium, for all the hard work that has been done, not just in the past two years but the last 10 to 15 years developing these young players".More news: Federation Internationale de Football Association recognises World Cup fever in Bangladesh
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has shown that he can make changes to his system, using a 4-3-2-1 for most of the tournament, but adapting to a 4-3-3 to exploit Brazil's weaknesses down the flanks.
Martinez dropped forward Dries Mertens against Brazil and fielded Nacer Chadli, who had scored the injury-time winning goal against Japan. Many fans and players pay little attention to the third-place playoff but for Belgium, to win it would go one better than an earlier "golden generation" who lost both the semi-final and playoff in 1986. Men who usually play side-by-side as professional teammates will instead be pitted against each other as internationals for one night. "I don't feel pressure, but I'm excited about playing in a very special match". "I don't know if he's going to do it, but I congratulate him on being in a semi-final even though he's going to face us".More news: U.S. Working Closely with Thailand to Rescue Children from Cave
This afternoon, we've got France taking on Belgium.
Just like players are free to choose which country or club they want to play for provided they abide by the law, similarly former players can not be judged by which country they decide to coach. Former German footballer and part of the 1990 World Cup winning squad, Jurgen Klinsmann, coached the United States football team between 2011 to 2016.More news: George Clooney recovering after scooter accident in Sardinia