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Belgium to play in ‘very challenging group’ of 2018 FIFA World Cup - Coach Martinez

December 02, 0:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Belgian national football squad was placed in Group G along with national football squads from Panama, Tunisia and England

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MOSCOW, December 2. /TASS/. The Belgian national football team has been placed in a very competitive group of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off next summer in Russia, but will play to become a special part of the world championship, Roberto Martinez, the head coach of the Belgian team, said.

The State Kremlin Palace in the Russian capital of Moscow hosted on Friday night the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, fixing opponents in eight different groups made of 32 national football teams, which qualified for the much-anticipated quadrennial world football championship.

The Belgian national football squad was placed in Group G along with national football squads from Panama, Tunisia and England.

"We will be facing Panama, Tunisia and England," Martinez said. "Three very difficult teams with three different styles in the group phase of the World Cup."

Asked whether he was satisfied with the sequence of matches his team will be playing against the opponents, Martinez said "Yes, if you win every game."

The head coach of the Belgian team, which is also nicknamed as ‘Red Devils,’ said he was not making any predictions beyond the group stage.

"If you go to the World Cup you need to be prepared to play against anyone and we need to be able to overcome the mental aspect of believing that we can be a special part of the World Cup," he said.

Now we need to go step by step," Martinez said. "The preparations are next, then we will be facing the first opening game and then we will take it from there."

"I think it is a very challenging group to be in," the head coach of the Belgian team said. "For Tunisia, I have seen a few games in the qualifying campaign and their play was strong."

Belgium is set to play against Panama on June 18 in Sochi, then against Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on June 23 and to clash with England on June 28 in Kaliningrad.

Eleven cities across Russia will host the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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