It is a common trend to have different cycle in life and this cut across every spectrum of life. The Belgium national team a.k.a red devils went through this cycle,having being out of the football world's view, This was due to non participation of any major competition (European Cup of nation's and World Cup respectively) in the last 10 years.
The last time they showed up was the 2002 World Cup jointly hosted by South Korea/Japan . Belgium have had their very good moment, you would not necessarily rate them as one of the top rated teams but they are there within the mix.
Belgium have had some remarkable memories i have about Belgium but the one that remains vivid was the surprise qualification to the Semi finals in the 1986 Mexico World Cup. The lost out to Argentina and France in the Semi Finals and Third place game respectively. It was a kind of surprise however i have followed "The Red"ardently since then . The team has advanced to the knock-out stages of the World Cup, 5 out of 6 times between 1982 -2002. One of their most famous victories was a 1-0 over The Defending Champion Argentina, in the opening game of the 1982 World Cup at the Camp Nou .
This team was endowed with immense talent ; Enzo Scifo, Marc Wilmot, Erwin Vandenbergh, Eric Geret, Philippe Albert, Van d'Elst, Lorenzo Staelen, Mpenza Brother(Emile and Mbo) and not leaving out one of the best goalkeeper to grace the football world Michel Preud'homme.
The team has started to generate some attention to the football world again, gradually forcing it itself into the European football landscape. In the last 4 - 5 years, the have being producing some exceptional world class talent and have put in some superlative performances. Though the did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012,but they showed glimpses of what to expect at the 2008 Beijing Olympics football event . A recent case in point was the friendly against The Netherlands,a game they won by 4-2. Currently as at the time of writing , they are topping their group in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, a group which comprises of Croatia, Serbia, Scotland,Macedonia and Wales.
Vincent Kompany, Kevin Mirallas, Christian Benteke, Moussa Dembele, Eden Hazzard, Thomas Vermaleen, Romalu Lukaku,Simon Mignolet,Jan Vertoghen, and Marouane Feliani all ply their trade in the English premiership and this exclude other plethora of stars that plays in other part of Europe. Well one would right to conclude that Belgium have one of the best talents in Europe presently and the world is waiting to see another explosion of the new era.