FIFA World Cup Fantasy Football
Style & formation: Belgium's powerful side try to dominate possession and their opposition, pinning them deep inside their own half. Full-backs offer width; wide players stretch play further while a staggered central midfield trio allow for intricate passing
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany are two of 12 Premier League players in the Belgium squad
Strengths: Their, er, strength for one thing; Belgium are a physically imposing side and seldom outmuscled.
They also have an abundance of versatile attacking players and, crucially, a tight-knit team spirit instilled by coach Marc Wilmots.
Weaknesses: Despite all their possession, Belgium can have trouble breaking the opposition down. Wilmots's men play a high line trying to squeeze the pitch leaving them susceptible to the counter-attack. While the wide players like to drift infield and do not routinely help out with defensive duties - which can leave the full-backs exposed.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 23 is vital to Belgium's hopes. Given licence to roam, Hazard plays across the final attacking third trying to open up the opposition with his intricate play. His clever runs can leave space for the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Kevin Mirallas and Dries Mertens.
The unsung hero of this talented Belgian side is defensive midfielder Axel Witsel . The 25-year-old was an ever-present in qualifying and led the team in passes made. His shielding work gives the rest of the team faith to attack.
A celebrated player, and then a less successful politician, Marc Wilmots became national coach in June 2012 after three years as an assistant. His managerial CV was restricted to undistinguished spells at Schalke and Belgian side St Truiden, but he did guide Belgium from 54th to a best-ever fifth in the Fifa rankings.
In emphatic fashion, registering a national record seven successive qualifying wins during an unbeaten campaign.
Belgium qualified for six straight World Cups from 1982 to 2002, reaching the knockout phase five times and coming fourth in 1986.
Fifa ranking: 11
Possible starting XI
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, on loan from Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem).