Belgium FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

With an exciting squad, Belgium will be one the most exhilarating sides in Russia. Can you take them to a first World Cup crown on FIFA 18?


There’s no doubt about it, Belgium have one of the finest squads at the World Cup. Although Roberto Martinez has been in charge for less than two years, he’s developed this talented side, and they are in a much better position than heading into previous tournaments. The Red Devils are unbeaten under the Spaniard, and although they are yet to face any of the World Cup favourites, you can only beat what’s in front of you.

With so many attacking options with Belgium, they are a fantastic nation to manage on the World Cup update for FIFA 18. RealSport has all you need to know on taking charge of De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku & co. 

Team rating

Belgium receive a 5 star rating on the World Cup update. This consists of an 85 attack, 82 midfield and 84 defence.

Belgium’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Panama

Tunisia

England

Round of 16

Poland or Colombia

Quarterfinal

Brazil or Germany

Semifinal

Portugal/France/Spain/Argentina

Final

Spain/Argentina/Germany/France/Brazil

It’s not a bad group stage for Belgium, with the Group H table toppers likely to be decided in that final game against England. Martinez’s side should have too much quality for the Three Lions, with a victory setting up a Round of 16 tie against Poland.

Keeping Robert Lewandowski quiet will be the key, and Poland’s lack of other weapons should see you through to the quarterfinals. This is perhaps Belgium’s aim for the tournament, and they will be the underdogs if they face Brazil or Germany at this stage.

You sense however if they come through that clash then they could go all the way in the tournament. France lack experience, Spain lack a clear system and Argentina are far too reliant on Lionel Messi. A World Cup title with this Belgian golden generation is not out of the question. 

Formation

Roberto Martinez has settled a 3-4-2-1 formation as Belgium boss, but we have gone for a much more defensively stable 4-3-2-1 system.

Star stopper Thibaut Courtois (91 GK handling) is in goal, as Thomas Meunier, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen set up in the back four.

The sensational Kevin De Bruyne (93 vision) and Mousa Dembele are either side of Axel Witsel in midfield, whilst the electric Eden Hazard (94 dribbling) and Dries Mertens play just off Romelu Lukaku in attack. 

On the bench you should have Simon Mignolet, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Defour, Yannick Carrasco, Michy Batshuayi and Christian Benteke.

Tactics

Belgium have an incredible amount of talent, and the key is to get your star players impacting the game as much as possible.

After the season he’s just had, you will want Kevin De Bruyne on the ball during every attack. To maximise the Manchester City man’s impact, head to the instructions tab and alter his positioning freedom to ‘free roam’. 

Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens will be looking to pick up the pieces of number 9 Romelu Lukaku, but despite his pace, it’s important the Manchester United forward is high up the pitch. On support runs, make sure ‘stay central’ is selected.

In such an attacking side, it is vital you have balance in your midfield. One of your central midfielders must sit back, and this should be Axel Witsel. On attacking support select ‘stay back while attacking’ and for support on crosses choose stay on edge of box for cross’.

Something similar can be done to the defence as well, specifically with the full backs. Thomas Meunier is a conventional wing-back, and he should be used to supply the width on the right side, so choose ‘always overlap’ on attacking runs. 

As for Jan Vertonghen on the other side, you will want to keep the natural centre back in defence so make sure ‘stay back while attacking is selected. 

Change the mentality

Belgium have the best squad they have ever had, but there does seem to be a mental block in tournaments. The golden generation first emerged at the World Cup four years ago, and after topping a kind group they limped past the United States in the Round of 16 before falling to Argentina in the quarterfinals. At Euro 2016, they finished behind Italy in the group stage, smashed Hungary in the second round but an injury crisis saw them lose 3-1 to minnows Wales in the quarters once again.

The World Cup this summer will be the final tournament that the golden generation are altogether, and although a triumph in Russia seems unlikely, it would be an opportunity wasted if they didn’t get to at least the semifinals. Can you take them all the way on FIFA 18? 

Belgium squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Thibaut Courtois

26

GK

Chelsea

88

Simon Mignolet

30

GK

Liverpool

80

Koen Casteels

25

GK

Wolfsburg

78

Matz Sels

26

GK

Anderlecht

75

Defenders

Toby Alderweireld

29

CB

Tottenham

84

Jan Vertonghen

31

CB

Tottenham

84

Vincent Kompany

32

CB

Manchester City

84

Thomas Vermaelen

32

CB
LB

Barcelona

80

Leander Dendoncker

23

CB
CM
CDM

Anderlecht

77

Laurent Ciman

32

CB

Los Angeles FC

77

Christian Kabasele

27

CB

Watford

76

Dedryck Boyata

27

CB

Celtic

75

Nicolas Lombaerts

33

CB

Oostende

74

Timmy Simons

41

CB
CM

Brugge

72

Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne

26

CM
CAM
CF

Manchester City

90

Mousa Dembele

30

CM

Tottenham

83

Axel Witsel

29

CM

Tianjin Quanjian

83

Yannick Carrasco

24

LM

Dalian Yifang

82

Thomas Meunier

26

RM

PSG

81

Marouane Fellaini

30

CM

Manchester United

81

Steven Defour

30

CM

Burnley

80

Youri Tielemans

21

CM

Monaco

79

Nacer Chadli

28

LM
RM

West Brom

79

Jordan Lukaku

23

LM

Lazio

75

Thomas Foket

23

RM

Gent

73

Sebastien Pocognoli

30

LM

Standard Liege

70

Luis Pedro Cavanda

27

RM

Standard Liege

69

Attackers

Eden Hazard

27

CF

Chelsea

90

Romelu Lukaku

25

ST

Manchester United

86

Dries Mertens

31

CF
ST

Napoli

86

Michy Batshuayi

24

ST

Borussia Dortmund

81

Christian Benteke

27

ST

Crystal Palace

80

Thorgan Hazard

25

CF

‘Gladbach

79

Kevin Mirallas

30

CF
LM

Olympiacos

79

Divock Origi

23

ST
CF

Wolfsburg

78

Adnan Januzaj

23

CF
RM
LM

Real Sociedad

77

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