Belgium National Team

“The Red-Black Devil of Europe” Belgian football club was one of the first competitions in Europe in 1900s but the first true world-class superstar was created in the second half 1920s Raymond Braine shined as one of most prominent strikers in Europe. In the 1960s, Paul Van Himst became the only Belgian player to finish in top three Ballon’Dor, was called “Pele of Belgium”. Jan Ceulemans was the most important players for Belgian achievement during the 1980s. Belgium produced two world-class goalkeepers in the overlapped era between the 1980s and the first half 1990s, Jean Marie-Pfaff and Michael Preud’homme. Enzo Scifo is the last Belgian attacking superstar, performing at the peak during the first half 1990s. 

Belgium





Location     :  Western Europe
European Championship Participation : 4 Times (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000)
World Cup Participation :  11 Times (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)
Achievement  :  1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Most Caps  : Jan Cuelemans  (96 Games)
Top Scorer :  Paul Van Himst, Bernard Voorhoof (30 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Paul Van Himst





All-Time Belgian Squad



1. Michel Preud’Homme

Date Of Birth  :  24 January 1959, Height : 183 cm
Position : Goalkeeper, Caps :  58 Games
Major Club :  Standard Liege, Mechelen, Benfica
World Cup Participation  :   1990, 1994 (8 Games)
Club Honours  :   3 Times Belgian League, 1 Time Belgian Cup
1 Time Portuguese Cup, 1 Time UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement : 2 Times Belgian Golden Shoe (1987,1989)
1989 Belgian Lifetime achievement award In Sports
1994 FIFA World Cup Yashin Award      
4 Times Belgian Goalkeeper Of The Year
1994 UEFA Club Goalkeeper Of The Year
1994 IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper, 2 Times 2nd Place (1989, 1990)
                                                      Class : Queen Silver

2. Eric Gerets

Date Of Birth  :  18 May 1954
Position :  Right-Back
Height  :  177 cm, Caps :   86 Games
Major Club  :  Standard Liege, PSV Eindhoven
World Cup Participation : 1982, 1986, 1990 (12 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Times Belgian League, 6 Times Dutch League
1 Time Belgian Cup, 3 Times Dutch Cup
1988 UEFA Champion League
International Honours  : 1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement :   1982 Belgium Golden Shoe
Class  : Prince Gold


3. Armand Swartenbroeks

Date Of Birth  :  30 June 1892
Position  :  Left-Back
Height  :  182 cm
Major Club :  Daring Bruxelles
Caps :  53 Games
Olympic Games Participation  :  1920, 1924
Club Honours  :   3 Times Belgian League
International Honours  :  1920 Olympic Game Gold Medal
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Gold



4. Laurent Verbiest

Date Of Birth  :  16 April 1939
Position  :  Center-Back
Height   :  182 cm
Major Club  :  Anderlecht
Caps   :  23 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours   :   4 Times Belgian League
1 Time Belgian Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Gold


5. Vincent Kompany

Date Of Birth  : 10 April 1986
Position : Center-Back
Height  :  190 cm, Caps : 47 Games
Major Club  :  Anderlecht, Manchester City
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Premier League, 1 Time FA Cup
2 Times Belgian League, 1 Time Belgian Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  : 2004 Belgian Golden Shoe
Class  : Prince Silver



6. Wilfried Van Moer

Date Of Birth  : 1 March 1945
Position  : Box-to-Box Midfielder
Height  : 168 cm, Caps  :  57 Games
Major Club : Standard Liege
World Cup Participation  :   1970, 1982 (6 Games)
Club Honours  :  3 Times Belgian League
International Honours  : 1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  
3 Times Belgian Golden Shoe (1966, 1969, 1970)
Standard Liege Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Gold


7. Joseph Jurion

Date Of Birth : 16 April 1939
Position  :  Attacking Midfielder/ Right-Winger
Height  :  173 cm, Caps :  64 Games
Major Club  :  Anderlecht
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours : 8 Times Belgian League
1 Time Belgian Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  
2 Times Belgian Golden Shoe (1957, 1962)
Class  : Prince Gold


8. Jan Ceulemans

Date Of Birth  :  28 February 1957
Height : 191 cm, Position  : Attacking Midfielder
Caps : 96 Games (23 Goals), Major Club  :  Club Brugge
Professional Score Record : 231 Goals/ 515 Games
World Cup Participation : 1982, 1986, 1990 (16 Games)
Club Honours : 4 Times Belgian League, 2 Times Belgian Cup
International Honours  :  1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :   3 Times Belgian Golden Shoe (1980, 1985,1986)
1980 European Championship Team of The Tournament
1986 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
Club Brugge All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever
Class :  Prince Gold

9. Raymond Braine

Date Of Birth  :  28 April 1907
Height  :  175 cm, Position  :  Fast Striker
Caps :  54 Games (26 Goals)
Major Club  :  Sparta Prague, Beerschot
World Cup Participation  : 1938 (1 Game)
Professional Scores Record : 352 Goals/ 337 Games
Club Honours  : 6 Times Belgian League
2 Times Czechoslovakian Leagueม 1935 Mitropa Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times Belgian League Top Scorer
2 Times Czechoslovak League Top Scorer
Class  :  Queen Bronze

10. Enzo Scifo

Date Of Birth : 19 February 1966
Position  :  Playmaker
Height  : 178 cm, Caps  :  84 Games (18 Goals)
Major Club  :  Anderlecht, Monaco
World Cup Participation : 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 (17 Games)
Club Honours  : 4 Times Belgium League
1 Time French League, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 1984 Belgian Golden Shoe
1986 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player
1990 French League Foreign Player of The Year
Monaco Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Gold

11. Paul Van Himst

Date Of Birth  :  2 October 1943
Height  :  181 cm, Position :  Creative Forward
Major Club  :  Anderlecht, Caps  :  81 Games (30 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1970 (3 Games and No Goal)
Professional Score Record  :  233 Goals/ 457 Games
Club Honours :  8 Times Belgian League, 4 Times Belgian Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   3 Times Belgian League Top Scorer
4 Times Belgian Golden Shoe (1960, 1961, 1965, 1974)
Anderlecht and Belgian League Greatest Player Ever
1999 IFFHS Belgium Player of The Century
UEFA Jubilee Award (Belgium), Belgium All-Time Top Scorer
Class : Queen Bronze


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12. Jean-Marie Pfaff

Date Of Birth  :  4 December 1953, Height  : 180  cm
Position : Goalkeeper, Caps  : 64 Games
Major Club :  Beveren, Bayern Munich
World Cup Participation  : 1982, 1986 (10 Games)
Club Honours : 3 Times Bundesliga, 2 Times DFB Pokal
1 Time Belgium Cup, 1987 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1986 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place
1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1978 Belgium Golden Shoe
2 Times European Goalkeeper Of The Year (1983, 1987)
1987 IFFHS World ‘s Best Goalkeeper
1999 IFFHS Belgium Goalkeeper of The Century
                                                    Class : Queen Gold


13. Robert Paverick

Date Of Birth  :  19 November 1912
Position  :  Right-Back
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club :  Royal Antwerp
Caps  :  41 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1938
Club Honours  :  2 Times Belgian League
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Bronze


14. Fons Van Brandt

Date Of Birth  :  24 September 1927
Position  :  Left-Back
Height  :  168 cm
Major Club   :  SK Lierse
Caps  :  38 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1954
Club Honours   :   None
International Honours  : 1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1955 Belgian Golden Shoe
Class  : Prince Silver


15. Georges Grun

Date Of Birth : 25 January 1962
Position  : Center-Back
Height  :  184 cm
Major Club  :  Anderlecht, Parma
Caps  :  77 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1982 (4 Games)
Club Honours   : 3 Times Belgian League
2 Times Belgian Cup, 1 Time Coppa Italia
1983 UEFA Cup, 1993 Cup Winners' CUp
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Silver

16. Franky Van Der Elst

Date Of Birth  : 30 April 1961
Position :  Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  :  184 cm, Caps :  86 Games
Major Club :  Club Brugge
World Cup Participation  :   1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 (14 Games)
Club Honours  :   6 Times Belgian League
3 Times Belgian Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :  
2 Times Belgian Golden Shoe (1990, 1996)
Class  : Prince Silver


17. Eden Hazard

Date Of Birth  :  7 January 1991
Position  :  Attacking Midfielder/Left-Winger
Height  :  173 cm, Caps : 76 Games
Major Club  :  Lille, Chelsea
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours : 1 Time French League, 1 Time Premier League
1 Time French Cup, 2013 UEFA Europa League
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  2011 Bravo Awards
2 Times French League Player of The Year (2011, 2012)
2015 PFA Player of the Year
Class  : Prince Silver

18. Franky Vercauteren

Date Of Birth  :  28 October 1956
Height  :  174 cm, Position  :  Left-Winger
Major Club  :   Anderlecht, Caps  :  63 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1982, 1986 (11 Games)
Club Honours  :  4 Times Belgian League
1 Time Belgian Cup, 1983 UEFA Cup
2 Times UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1976, 1978)
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  1983 Belgian Golden Shoe
Class  : Prince Bronze


19. Bernard Voorhoof

Date Of Birth  :  10 May 1910
Height  : 176 cm, Position : Deep-Lying Forward
Major Club :  SK Lierse
Caps  : 61 Games (30 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1930,1934,1938 (3 Games/2 Goals)
Professional Scores Record : 350 Goals/ 529 Games
Club Honours :  4 Times Belgian League
International Honours : 1920 Olympic Games Gold Ball
Individual Achievement  : Belgium All-Time Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver


20. Erwin Vandenbergh

Date Of Birth  :  26 January 1959
Height :  183 cm, Position :  Forward
Major Club  :  SK Lierse, Anderlecht, Lille, Gent
Caps  :  48 Games (20 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1982, 1986 (6 Games/2 Goals)
Professional Scores Record : 306 Goals / 503 Games
Club Honours  : 2 Times Belgian League, 1983 UEFA Cup
International Honours : 1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  1980 European Golden Shoe
Belgian League All-Time Most Top Scorers (6 Times)
1983 UEFA Cup Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Silver

21. Henri Coppens

Date Of Birth  :  29 April 1930
Height : 168 cm, Position :  Forward
Major Club  :  Beerschot
Caps  :  47 Games (21 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1954 (2 Games With 1 Goal)
Professional Scores Record :  261 Goals /389 Games
Club/International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  1954 Belgian Golden Shoe
3 Times Belgian League Top Scorer
2 Times European League Top Scorer (1953, 1955)
2 Times World League Top Scorer (1953, 1955)
Class  : Prince Silver

22. Jeff Mermans

Date Of Birth  : 16 February 1922
Height  :  182 cm, Position :  Target Striker
Major Club : Anderlecht, Caps :  56 Games (28 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1954 (2 Games and No Goal)
Professional Scores Record : 343 Goals /384 Games
Club Honours : 7 Times Belgian League
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 1954 Belgian Golden Shoe
4 Times Belgian League Top Scorer
1950 European/World League Top Scorer
Anderlecht All-Time Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Silver




Manager


Guy Thys


Year Of Birth :  9 February 1928
Major Team :  Belgium
Major Achievement :  1980 European Championship Runner-Up
1986 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place
Individual Achievement : None
Class    :  Prince Silver










Conclusion of Squad

GK : Jean Marie-Pfaff, Michel Preud’Homme
DF : Eric Gerets, Armand Swartenbroeks, Laurent Verbiest, Georges Grun, Fons Van Brandt, Robert Paverick, Vincent Kompany
MF : Franky Van Der Elst, Wilfried Van Moer, Enzo Scifo, Joseph Jurion, Jan Cuelemans, Franky Vercauteren, Eden Hazard
FW : Paul Van Himst (Captain), Bernard Voorhoof, Erwin Vandenbergh, Henri Coppens, Raymond Braine, Jef Mermans
Manager : Guy Thys






Formation XI (4-1-3-2)




Explanation of Formation
The team emphasis the central position. Preud’Homme slightly beat Marie-Pfaff as a starter for his better performance for Belgium national team. Eric Gerets is the most outstanding player in defensive line would be aggressively act as a right-full-back. Swartenbroeks also stand as a left-full-back. Verbiest as a sweeper and Kompany as a stopper is partnership of central defender. Van Moer would perform as a destroyer-holding midfielder allowing Scifo independently create the games from midfield area. Cuelemans is to mainly support offensive task and would occasionally switch himself to left-side position. Jurion is a semi-right-midfielder, is assigned to technically run with the ball in his responsible area to get deeper of opponent’s defensive line. Van Himst is the most expectable player in forward line as a creative forward support to Raymond Braine who is a main finisher.


King Badouin Stadium



Opened : 1930 
(Renovated In 1995)
Capacity : 50,122 Seats
City : Brussels
Field Dimension : 106x66m










Statistics

By Decades
By Class
By Club
1910s :  1
1920s :  -
1930s :  2
1940s :  1
1950s :  1
1960s :  3
1970s :  2
1980s :  5
1990s :  2
2000s :  1

King : -
Queen : 4
Prince : 18

Anderlecht :  11
Club Brugge :  3
Standard Liege : 3
Beerchots : 2
Beveren : 1
Mechelen : 1



Major Reserved Group


Christian Piot

Date Of Birth  :  4 October 1947
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height  :  180 cm
Major Club  :  Standard Liege
Caps  :  40 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1970
Club Honours  :  3 Times Belgian League
International Honours  : 1972 UEFA Euro Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  1972 Belgian Golden Shoe
Class : Prince Silver



Louis Van Hege 

Date Of Birth  :  8 May 1889
Position :  Forward
Height  :  180 cm
Major Club  :  Union Saint Gilloise, AC Milan
Caps  : 29 Games (11 Goals)
Olympic Games Participation  :  1920, 1924
Professional Scores Record  : 97 Goals/ 88 Games
Club Honours  :  3 Times Belgian League
International Honours  : 1920 Olympic Games Gold Medal
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver


Raoul Lambert

Date Of Birth  :  22 October 1944
Height :  183 cm, Position :  Forward
Major Club  :  Club Brugge
Caps  :  33 Games (18 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1970 
Professional Scores Record : 216 Goals / 373 Games
Club Honours  : 5 Times Belgian League, 3 Times Belgian Cup
1976 UEFA Cup Runner-Up, 1978 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement  : 1 Time Belgian League Top Scorer
1972 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  : Prince Silver

Albert De Cleyn

Date Of Birth  :  28 June 1917
Height  :  Unknown, Position :  Target  Striker
Major Club  :  Mechelen, Caps : 12 Games (9 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1954 (2 Games With 1 Goal)
Professional Scores Record : 377 Goals / 488 Games
Club Honours  : 3 Times Belgian League
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times Belgian League Top Scorer
2 Times European League Top Scorer (1953, 1955)
Belgian League All-Time Highest Scorer in a Single Season
All-Time Belgian League Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Silver




Minor Reserved Group

Goalkeeper

Jean De Bie

Defender

Michael Renquin
Phillip Albert

Midfielder

Lorenzo Staelens
Mark Wilmots
Victor Lemberechts

Forward

Jean Capelle  


The Greatest Belgian Footballers of All-Time

1. Paul Van Himst
2. Michael Preud'Homme
3. Jean-Marie Pfaff
4. Raymond Braine
5. Jan Ceulemans
6. Wilfried Van Moer
7. Enzo Scifo
8. Eden Hazard
9. Joseph Jurion
10. Henri Coppens

24 comments:

  1. as dearman time, its good Belgica is interesting but after my research I would trade Vanderberg by Raoul Lambert, Hazard by François Van der Elst and mention Van Byst and Leopold Anoul

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    1. Good call on Lambert who finished 2nd place once and 3rd place twice in Belgian Golden Shoe. Could you give me support info to confirm great status of Van Byst and Anoul ?

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    2. for now only saw two games Van Byst and enjoyed now Anoul had a great time in your selection also plays during the World Cup 54 and also in your club

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  2. Anonymous9/7/14

    What about Ludo Coeck? He won 3 times different Cup's with Andertecht! If his range (abilities) is low for the Museum?
    He was capped for the Belgian national team 46 times (4 goals).

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  3. He finished second place Belgian Golden Shoe once in 1982 and Fifth in 1983, is just below average from the top group. He was a first team player just one tournament in the 1982 World Cup, is rather inconsistency. Coeck also failed in his career at Inter Milan.

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  4. Anonymous7/2/15

    van moer's height is 168cm.

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  5. Anonymous20/3/15

    Where is Luc Nilis?

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    1. He was broken leg and his great moment of career was happened shortly.

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  6. Anonymous19/4/15

    Hazard is left-winger.

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  7. Anonymous13/6/15

    LUC NILIS
    National Player 99/00 PSV Eindhoven 25 19 1 (I) Champion -
    National Player 98/99 PSV Eindhoven 27 24 3 (I) - -
    National Player 97/98 PSV Eindhoven 24 13 2 (I) - -
    National Player 96/97 PSV Eindhoven 26 21 1 (I) Champion -
    National Player 95/96 PSV Eindhoven 31 21 2 (I) - Cup Winner
    National Player 94/95 PSV Eindhoven 30 12 3 (I) - -
    National Player 93/94 RSC Anderlecht 30 25 1 (I) Champion Cup
    National Player 92/93 RSC Anderlecht 28 19 1 (I) Champion -
    National Player 91/92 RSC Anderlecht 27 16 2 (I) - -
    National Player 90/91 RSC Anderlecht 30 19 1 (I) Champion -
    National Player 89/90 RSC Anderlecht 27 10 2 (I) - -
    National Player 88/89 RSC Anderlecht 33 19 2 (I) - Cup Winner
    National Player 87/88 RSC Anderlecht 32 14 4 (I) - Cup Winner
    86/87 RSC Anderlecht 16 5 1 (I) Champion -

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  8. Anonymous25/6/15

    If Hazard is Prince silver class that would mean that he should be in top 100 players ever, considering rating ranges you provided in methodology. Or I don't understand it correctly?

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    1. I'm not sure which part of methodology do you refer to ? Players have been good enough for top 100 with Queen Bronze class at least.

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  9. Luke Smith13/10/15

    Mark Wilmots doesn't even get a place in the reserves? He's the all time Belgian top scorer in World Cups, and he was an important player for both Standard Liege and Schalke.

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    1. He was not rated enough by kicker (too few international-class seasons). He was also never finished in top five Belgian players of the year http://forums.bigsoccer.com/threads/belgian-golden-shoe-soulier-dor-1954-2010.1853033/

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  10. Anonymous10/3/16

    Georges Grun may have a place in Reserve he was a consistent defender both for Anderlecht and Parma.

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    1. I have found that he is one of the highest potential candidates to have been omitted. He is rated so high during his 3.5 seasons in Series A. According to Belgian Golden shoe awards, he finished I top five twice times. Grun should replace Walter Meeuws who was never named in top five even he stayed in Belgian league almost the whole career.

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    2. Anonymous11/3/16

      He was a very good player. He was also able to play as right back. He was captain of Belgium 5 years. I remeber he was considered as one of the best foreign defender in Serie A. Glad to see him added.

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  11. Anonymous14/3/16

    Charles Cambier. "Brugge"'s halfback. He was first belgian star (before WWI).

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  12. Anonymous20/8/17

    You underrate Hazard. When he's in form, I can't think of any reason to consider him weaker than any one apart from Van Himst

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    1. He has not collected seasons enough.

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  13. Anonymous29/9/17

    What do you think about Kévin de Bruyne? He have potencial to be added to the main squad in the future?

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    1. Sorry for late reply. He is likely to be included in the future when there are not many great candidates against him.

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  14. Anonymous27/11/17

    Georges Heylens? English journalist Hallam Gordon selected him as the 9th Greatest right-back of the past 25 years(1958-1983) in 1983.

    Detailed Ranking
    1. Djalma Santos, 2. Tarchisio Burgnich, 3. Berti Vogts, 4. Carlos Alberto, 5. Eric Gerets, 6. Claudio Gentile, 7. Jimmy Armfield, 8. Luis Ubina, 9. Georges Heylens, 10. Horst-Dieter Hottges

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  15. Interesting list. He will be a strong contender in right-back reserved position. Let me check more info about him.

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