Belgian 'Golden Generation' Looking To Show Their Worth

Ranked 40th in the latest list that FIFA made public, many are left to wonder how far this talented Belgian side can go on the international stage.

Having the 2nd best offense in Group A of the Euro 2012 Qualifying stage was not enough as they somehow finished 3rd, behind Turkey and Germany. A defeat away to Turkey, a draw at home against Austria as well as a draw away to Azerbaijan will have haunted the Belgian players as they watched Euro 2012 unfold.

Going up against a Welsh side that is also out to prove themselves will make for an exciting match. Wales hasn't qualified for a major tournament since Euro 1976 where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Yugoslavia. Being able to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil won't be an easy task for 'The Dragons' considering they are in Group A along with Croatia, Scotland, Serbia, Macedonia and of course Belgium.

A number of injuries for Wales will not make things easier on them come Friday at Cardiff City Stadium. Neil Taylor (ankle), Craig Bellamy (calf), Joe Ledley (groin), and Andrew Crofts (ankle) will all be missing for Chris Coleman's side. Failure to score in their last three international matches will be a cause for concern for Coleman's side. In the two matches he has managed since taking over the vacant spot left by Gary Speed, he has been defeated.

For Belgium, new Chelsea sensation Eden Hazard says that its now or never for his country.

"For the country and fans, the next two games are really important," said Hazard.

"With the squad we have now, we should be able to do something. In a way it's now or never for Belgium."

The Belgian's have one victory in their last four trips to Wales, with the last ending in a victory for the visitors. Will Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel, Thomas Vermaelen and co. be able to lead their country to a perfect start?

Meanwhile, Liverpool's Joe Allen is aware of the difficulties they will face come Friday.

"Fellaini and Dembele are the two best midfielders I came up against in the Premier League," said Allen.

"If I am playing, I will have my work cut out against the likes of them, but they have strength throughout.

"With [Vincent] Kompany and [Thomas] Vermaelen at the back, they have a good spine.

Having taken part in the London Olympics this summer, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey will be hoping they can grab a positive result Friday against a very talented and underachieving Belgian side. Can Wales be considered to also have a new 'Golden Generation' with the likes of Allen, Ramsey and Bale?

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