FIFA World Cup: Belgium Boys are Men Now, Face Argentina

Belgium's current crop of players have never experienced stakes this high. As the team gets set to battle Argentina in the quarterfinals of FIFA World Cup 2014, the mood in the camp is upbeat and confident.

updated: July 04, 2014 09:44 IST
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The Belgian team consists of young players who are determined to realise their drams of World Cup glory.

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Brasilia: When World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium last qualified for the tournament in 2002, the current squad were a disparate gaggle of schoolboys poised unknowingly on the brink of global stardom. (Complete coverage)

Eden Hazard, then a small, slender 11-year-old, was making a name for himself as a skilful winger with the junior sides of hometown club Royal Stade Brainois. (Main preview: Belgium face tough battle, face Argentina)

Vincent Kompany, the current captain, was embarking on his youth career with Anderlecht, while Adnan Januzaj, the Manchester United winger, was only seven years old -- but already a member of FC Brussels.

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