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Belgium rising

Belgian talent is taking over the field

Updated: June 20, 2012, 11:37 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN The Magazine

BELGIUM, A TINY NATION comprising bickering factions of French and Flemish speakers (who have threatened to secede), could use a little unity, the kind of bonding best forged over football. Unfortunately, the Belgians haven't qualified for a major tournament since 2002 and missed the cut for Euro 2012.

Still, Belgium's prospects are looking up. Its latest export, Chelsea's new 21-year-old midfielder, Eden Hazard, is the most promising player in a startling generation ...

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