These are the opponents of the Red Devils at the world cup in Russia

When the draw for the world cup next summer in Russia is Belgium ended up in group G, together with Panama, Tunisia and the uk.

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The Red Devils play in group G, and take England, Tunisia, and Panama in the group stage of the soccer world cup next year in Russia. That is the result of the draw on Friday in the Kremlin in Moscow.

The Belgians (5th on the FIFA ranking) will open their world cup on June 18 in Sochi (17h Belgian time) against world cup debutant, Panama (56th on the FIFA-ranking). Then on June 23 (14h) in the Spartakstadion in Moscow the match against the Tunisians (27th in FIFA ranking). On 28 June (20h) will play the Red Devils on their last team contest in Kaliningrad against England (15th in FIFA ranking).

Normally the Belgians their camp in the Moscow Country Club and then that means group G fault. Sochi is situated as the crow flies 1.361 kilometers from Moscow. The exclave of Kaliningrad, which is completely surrounded by Poland and Lithuania, is eur1, 092 kilometers away from the Russian capital. The group winners should, in addition to his eighth final flee to Rostov, at barely a thousand kilometres from Moscow.

With England came a heavy opponent out of pot two, and an opponent with a lot of familiar faces in the Premier League active Red Devils. In 21 duels with the English, drew Belgium 15 times to the shortest end, the Red Devils won two times and four times there was a tie. The Three Lions have qualified as undefeated poulewinnaar in the European qualifying group F, for, among others, Slovakia, Scotland and Slovenia. The world cup winner of 1966, is attributed to his sixth consecutive final at a world Cup and wants to do better than Brazil 2014, when the ship in the group stage ended.

Tunisia and the Red Devils were already two times against each other. In the group stage of the world cup 2002 was 1-1. In 2014 won the Red Devils in a friendly with 1-0. The Tunisians were in the African zone, DR Congo, Libya and Guinea behind for a world cup ticket. The North African country for the fifth time at a world cup finals, the last participation was in 2006. The hopes for the first time in the group stage to survive.

The Red Devils played never against world cup debutant, Panama. The Panamanians ended up on the third place in the qualifying group of the CONCACAF zone, for the United States for the first since 1986 not to WK if.

‘Feasible group’

“With such a viable group everyone will be satisfied,” responded Jan Ceulemans Friday. ‘Nine out of nine in the group is a realistic target, but the qualification for the knock-out stages is, of course, the only thing that counts. Then we’ll see who the opponents are,’ says the ‘Caje’ (96 caps), which was recently published by Jan Vertonghen (98 caps) was hailed as a Belgian record international.


‘To win against a large voetballand if England would do well and give confidence’

Jan Ceulemans

‘Panama we do not know if voetballand. Tunisia certainly has a few good players, but not of the caliber of the Belgians. England has a tradition, but a young and inexperienced team to the world cup. The Red Devils still have the advantage. Win against a big voetballand if England would do well and give confidence.’

With trips to Sochi and the enclave of Kaliningrad lootte Belgium with group G is the least attractive group. “By plane you will reach today at 1 or 2 a.m. the next location. Even with the bus trips of 1,000 miles to do. In this group, therefore, that is no excuse, ” decided the old Ceulemans.

“Qualification for the knock-out stages is a fact’

‘The Red Devils go easily qualify’, also predicts Georges Leekens. “The opponents should not be underestimated, but they are not of the level that they Belgium a cause for concern. England sneaks in the last few years back to the top, that is a nice valve. But the job will already be done.”

‘The difficulty is still up. The opener may be due to the stress is always difficult, but if you aspire to the world cup to win, you must survive that. Having regard to the individual qualities of the Belgians, and the justifiably high ambitions, I expect no problems, ” said Leekens, who as coach of Hungary, the draw is from Budapest, followed on his mobile phone. ‘Mack the Knife’ was between march 2014 and June 2015 itself at the helm of the Tunisian national football team. “The last few years Tunisia has had some bad luck. The team puts out defensively very well and is well balanced. Tunisia is not of the level of Belgium. In order to qualify, the Tunisians above himself must rise, ” says Leekens about his ex-team. “I am convinced that Tunisia is a good opponent will be. The team has one of those days when everything succeeds, but that the Belgians have no fear to instill.’

End the troops of coach Roberto Martinez as first or second in their group, then take them in the eighth-finals, respectively, the number two, or one of group H. Who is from Poland, Colombia, Senegal, and Japan. Belgium is disabled if the addition to the top two in its group on the rise.

The Red Devils were on the basis of their place on the FIFA-ranking, equally sure of their status as seed in the draw. They were as host nation Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Poland and France, the other countries in pot 1. The world cup will take place from 14 June to 15 July.

Our man in Moscow, Peter T’Kint, brings later a more detailed report and analysis of the draw on

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