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National team a rallying point in divided Belgium

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The success of the "Red Devils" national team is a rare rallying point for football-mad Belgium, otherwise deeply divided between its Flemish-speaking north and a Francophone south ahead of general elections next year. 

Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard during the World Cup qualifying match against Macedonia on March 26, 2013. Starved of success since reaching the World Cup semi-finals in 1986, a golden generation of players such Hazard have come through in Belgium.

Starved of success since reaching the World Cup semi-finals in 1986, a golden generation of players featuring such stars as Eden Hazard, who plays for Chelsea and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, jointly lead their group with Croatia on the qualifying road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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