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Belgium – a letter to the national team

Dear Belgium National Team,

My name is Ash, I’m 16 years old and I live in Brussels, Belgium. I was born and raised in Belgium and have always been a big fan of the national team.

A young man born in Belgium and resident of the country being a supporter of Red Devils seems like an obvious point, but I was raised in a very international family, with my Italian mother and English father. Growing up in such a multinational family has always been interesting when it comes to international sporting events. Instead of intense rivalries being created during this time, we try to have a little fun with it. To piss off a family member, we usually support the country England or Italy are playing against, and my parents do the same to piss me off and my brother when Belgium goes on field. Of course, all this is done in a very good mood, which makes every World Cup and eurocup very fun to watch.

While my mother’s country, Italy, will not play in the World Cup this winter, my father’s, England, will. So make sure you go above and beyond the English at this Worlds!

My most memorable moment as a Belgium fan was watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a giant screen set up in the main square of Brussels. Every time a goal came through – especially against Brazil in the quarter-finals – you could probably hear our cheers and cheers from miles away. There was a great sense of community created by his performance at that tournament.

My friends and I are very excited about the tournament, we’ve even started collecting the World Cup stickers and we’re always exchanging them at school. I want to complete the album, but to be honest I’ll be very happy if I just fill in the Belgium pages.

This year I will probably watch the World Cup at home with my family and friends. The weather probably won’t be good enough to go out and watch the games like we did during the summer tournaments, but this World Cup will be a great opportunity for me to spend some happy moments with my family.

It would be brilliant if you, Belgium, could do better than last world Cup – when we reached the semifinal – and go to the final, which we hope to win. If you win the Cup, I will certainly celebrate on the Grande Place in Brussels with my friends, and I’m sure 90% of the Belgian population will do the same. The atmosphere will be amazing.

I hope you players have a lot of fun. I wish you all the best in Qatar!

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