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Belgian football is booming. The national team tops the FIFA world ranking and numerous players have become mainstays at some of the top sides in the English Premier League.

It is high time for a Belgian player to break into the World XI.

At least, that’s what they say in the Red Devils’ country.

In the eleven year history of the World XI no Belgian player has been picked in this elite team, which is selected only by professional footballers worldwide. That should definitely change, if it were up to the footballers of KAA Gent, the reigning champions and league leaders of Belgium’s top division, Eerste Klasse.

Matz Sels, third goalkeeper of the national team, selected five of his countrymen: Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. He’s got plenty of reasons to do that:

  • Last season, De Bruyne was voted Best Player in the German Bundesliga before his summer move from VfL Wolfsburg to Manchester City.
  • Eden Hazard was picked by his peers in England as the Best Player in the 2014/15 Premier League, after helping Chelsea to the title.
  • Vincent Kompany is the captain of England’s current league leaders Manchester City.
  • And is it a coincidence that Chelsea’s defence is leaking goals since goalkeeper Courtois went down with a knee injury in early September?

KAA Gent’s three national team players – Matz Sels, Sven Kums and Laurent Depoitre – all have their reasons to pick Belgian footballers, with De Bruyne, Hazard and Courtois most frequently mentioned.

FIFPro and the Belgian players’ association Sporta ACV collected voting ballots at the champions’ training ground.

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Sven Kums, Moses Simon, Nana Asare, Laurent Depoitre,
Danijel Milicevic, Matz Sels and Renato Neto