After Zoff – Belgian stars cause next excitement

After Zoff - Belgian stars cause next excitement

Axel Witsel (left) and brothers Eden (centre) and Thorgan Hazard are disappointed after leaving the group stage.Image: Belga / Virginie Lefour

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Nikolai Stubner

For a long time, Belgium were considered secret favorites in international tournaments with top players such as Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard or Romelu Lukaku – This is the situation even before the disputed World Cup in Qatar. belgium National team Had to accept defeat against Morocco and Croatia.

After just three games, coach Roberto Martínez’s team was eliminated with just four points. With the top players almost all in their 30s, this could have been one of their last chances to win the title. As a result of his exit from the group, Martinez resigned.

Frequent disagreements in the Belgian team

However, not only the resignation of Martinez caused discussion in the Belgian fan camp. Kevin De Bruyne had previously described himself and his detractors as “too old” and perhaps caused controversy within the team.

Now reports the Belgian newspaper “Latest news“that too five Stars flew back to Brussels on his own initiative so as not to be on the plane with the team. According to the report, Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier, ex-BVB star Axel Witsel, Jeremy Doku (Stade Rennes), Arthur Thietre (Stade Rennes) and Lois Openda (RC Lens) paid for their return journey and said before arriving home Gaya Belgian team pilot.

However, the separate flight home would not be the first sign that the Belgian team was at odds at the World Cup in Qatar. Even before De Bruyne’s criticism of the national team’s age, the Manchester City star had an on-pitch altercation with Toby Alderweireld. Canada Argued.

Jan Vertonghen ironically explained the defeat after the second group game against Morocco (0:2): “We probably attack so badly because we’re so bad. That’s how it should be, isn’t it?”

All in all, a tournament in which the Red Devils would surely love to play a big part has come to an end, with some of Belgium’s stars returning home separately. Who will be the new coach of the national team and who should bring players back into the squad is still open.

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