The 26 Red Devils, called up to compete in the World Cup in Qatar, will meet this Monday at the Proximus Basecamp in Tubize. They will fly the next day to the Middle East and more precisely to Kuwait. They will play their last warm-up match there, scheduled for Friday 18 November (4 p.m. Belgian time) against Egypt.
At the end of the match played at the Jaber Al-Ahmad stadium in Kuwait City, the Belgian selection will take a flight to Qatar. Five days later, they will enter the competition on Wednesday November 23 (8 p.m.) against Canada.
“It offers the opportunity to prepare for a major tournament in a specific way with a focus on the schedule. Playing against an African opponent in a Middle Eastern country fulfills all facets of our preparation for this regard,” said national coach Roberto Martinez.
Also four years ago, a warm-up match was played against Egypt before the World Cup. The Devils won 3-0 against the Pharaohs at the King Baudouin stadium, thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini. At the time, Egypt was also preparing for the World Cup. This year, it will not be present in Qatar.
The Red Devils will tackle their World Cup on Wednesday November 23 (8 p.m.) against Canada. Morocco will be their second opponent on Sunday November 27 (2 p.m.). The Belgians will face Croatia, vice-world champions, on Thursday December 1 (4 p.m.) in the last match of group F.
The matches against Canada and Croatia will be played at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, while the match against Morocco will be played at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.