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FIFA World Cup-Belgium faces Algeria

Belgium will face Algeria at 1pm today in the Brazil Soccer world Cup

The Europeans have never won the Tournament however are geared up for their fisrt encounter against Algeria in the City of belo Horizonte

Our Reporter Arthur Bwanakawa Filed this Report

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Introducing one of the Nations that made their first appearance at the FIrst World Cup in 1930- Belgium.

Estadio Mineirao stages the 90minute clash as the 11th FIFA ranking Team locks horns with African powerhouse Algeria.

Their best result in the Tournament was in 1986 reaching 4th place that Year.

The Top two scorers of all time in the national side are Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst with 30 goals for the National side each.

Big names in the side inlcude Manchester City's defender and Team Captain Vincent Kompany who has a record 59 International making his debu in 2004 against France.

The 24 Year old expects some exciting football when it all goes down in just under 3 hours

For YFM Sports I am Arthur Bwanakawa

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In the opening contest in Group H in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Belgium and Algeria will face off at 12 pm EST. Belgium is viewed as the favorite to win this group by many soccer insiders, while Algeria is seen as the team that is most likely to finish in last.

This is Belgium’s first appearance in the FIFA World Cup in 12 years, but surprisingly many feel that that they have as deep of a team as any in the competition. They have a great deal of depth, great coaching, a fine goalie and skilled players, so if they do not reach at least the semi-finals it is going to be viewed as a disappointment by many.

Algeria comes in with very low expectations placed on them. In their last appearance in the World Cup, 2010, they failed to score a goal, and were swept out of the first round. Despite this, they had a very strong showing in their qualifying group, winning five of the six games against Mali, Rwandan and Benin teams.

Algerian coach Vahid Halihodzic has acknowledged that his team has an uphill battle against Belgium. His team not only faces the challenge of a great team from Northern Europe, but he also has a very inexperienced team where over 60 percent of its players have no World Cup experience. They face a formidable challenge, but the Algerians are not to be taken lightly.

Belgium employs a 4-2-3-1 set, that uses its front-line midfielders to control the tempo of the game. They know how to press, and make quick strikes. If teams have a defensive lapse or fail to account for attacking players, they make their opponents pay. If they are able to move the ball forward with numbers they are deadly. On the defensive side of the ball Belgium has five midfielders who are quick to get back into the play. They have a very strong defensive backline, and are rarely caught out of position.

Belgium took a serious hit when Christian Benteke was ruled out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and this has put additional pressure on Romelu Lakaku to score goals, even against Algeria in the first match of Group H. He has been playing in the Premier League and has shown an adept scoring touch, nabbing 32 goals. His scoring prowess may not be needed early on, but Belgium will need him to play at his best in the Round of 16 and moving forward if they are going deep into the World Cup. He is dangerous on the fly, and if Algeria does not account for him, it will be a long day.

The Algerian team employs a 4-3-2-1 formation. They play a more stringent defensive game plan, because they cannot afford to play catchup in games. They are built to play 2-1 and 1-0 games. They can score however, if teams get too aggressive in their attacks. This is what Algeria does on defense. They make it very frustrating for opponents to try to move the ball in the Algerian end, forcing them to commit more players to the attack, and then they are able to free their striker on long runs. If they have a lead, it is like watching paint dry. It is gruelingly boring to watch, but highly effective.

Nabil Bentaleb is a 19-year-old midfielder who has been strongly criticized for his play in the Premier League. A lot of it is quite unjustified however. He is a very skilled passer, and plays exceptionally strong defense. He wins most of his battles for balls, whether in the air or in traffic, and he positions himself well to fend off opponents to get to balls. He is a key to the team’s success if they expect to beat Belgium.

Prediction: Belgium has everything that a team needs to go a long way, and Algeria cannot compete with them in their depth, skill or chemistry. Take Belgium over Algeria in a dominating performance in the first game of Group H in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 4-0.

Commentary by Robert Pannier
Guardian Liberty Voice Writer covering Group H of the FIFA World Cup

-The Telegraph

 

 

 

VOICER:

Introducing one of the Nations that made their first appearance at the FIrst World Cup in 1930- Belgium.

Estadio Mineirao stages the 90minute clash as the 11th FIFA ranking Team locks horns with African powerhouse Algeria.

Their best result in the Tournament was in 1986 reaching 4th place that Year.

The Top two scorers of all time in the national side are Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst with 30 goals for the National side each.

Big names in the side inlcude Manchester City's defender and Team Captain Vincent Kompany who has a record 59 International making his debu in 2004 against France.

The 24 Year old expects some exciting football when it all goes down in just under 3 hours

Article Time: 
June 17, 2014 - 9:42am

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