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Belgium rebuilt its whole soccer system to shape its World Cup team
Belgium rebuilt its whole soccer system to shape its World Cup team

When Belgium was knocked out four games into the 2002 World Cup, it looked more like an ending than a beginning. And it was since it marked the conclusion of the country's Golden Generation, a period that saw Belgium qualify for six consecutive World Cups and make it to finals of the European Championships. But it also marked a new beginning. Because out of the ashes sprang a new, potentially better national team that could carry Belgium beyond the second round of a World Cup this summer for just the second time in the country's history. Belgium's national soccer federation borrowed liberally from the philosophies and training methods of the Netherlands and France,...

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