Teams: Royal Antwerp FC, Manchester United, Belgium
Portugal: At first I was fearing the Netherlands or France. But it turned out to be Portugal. Without a doubt the toughest team and the favourite in our group. One of the best teams in Europe and the past years always present on the big tournemants.
Serbia Montenegro: We still remember them from a year ago when they were also in our WCQ-group when we got (with a little luck) 1 on 6 against them. A team which combines technical refineness with a strong physical presence.
Poland: A team which might resembles to Belgium the most. A team with a big history, which has been struggling a bit the past few years. But nevertheless it has some good players and a very solid collective. We played them twice the past 4 years. The first time in 2003 we drew them 1-1 in Krakau (Sonck) and the second time in 2004 we won 2-0 from them in Brussel (Buffel and Soetaers).
Finland: A strong smaller team. A team with lots of talent but it had bad luck of always getting seeded in strong groups. The last time met them the game ended 4-1 (!). Out of my head I can give you the names of Forsell, Niemi (middelsboro), Tihinen, Pasanen, Varynen, Litmanen, Tanio, Hyypiä and many more. These are names that ring like a bell. A team which cannot be underestimated.
Armenia, Azerbeidjan,Kazachstan: The smaller teams in our groups. Eveyone knows how it goes when you have to make far travels to former USSR-countries. You never know the conditions and there are a lot of teams that lost points trying to break that thick wall. It will be most certain that this time there will again be big teams from our that will loose points overthere. The only thing we can do is hope that it wont be us.
"I never knew my birth parents. There was a car accident. my birth mother was incinerated, and I only survived because her smoking carcass had formed a protective cocoon of slaughtered human effluence. A Belgian man and his fifteen year-old love slave were looting the accident scene, came across a blood soaked baby, moi, and they raised me to be evil."