Belgium coach Roberto Martinez Image: AFP
While Brazil are vying for their sixth World Cup title, Belgium are yet to lay their hands on the coveted trophy. But this lopsided statistic isn’t affecting the Belgians’ morale ahead of a high-voltage quarter-final clash against the South Americans.
Their manager, Roberto Martinez, thinks there is “something special” about his squad and his players “cannot wait” to take the field later today.
Talking to BBC during a pre-match presser, the Spaniard said, "The two sides are very similar in terms of qualities. The difference is we haven’t won the World Cup. We can't wait. I feel we are as ready as we can be. Over the last two years, we have been working towards this moment.”
Martinez’s squad comprises big Premier League names such as Vincent Kompany, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.
Brazil and Belgium last met in a World Cup clash back in 2002, where Belgium lost 0-2 after conceding goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo.
But before you prepare yourself for the Brazil-Belgium clash, there’s another quarter-final clash between Uruguay and France.
Must note, France haven’t lost to a South American team in the World Cup since 1978, where they were beaten by Argentina.