Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

France vs Belgium Start Time & Odds

France vs Belgium Start Time & Odds

They are the only side left in the competition to have won all of their matches, including a magnificent display against Brazil in the quarter finals.

Belgium are in uncharted territory for their World Cup semi-final with France, but believe their team spirit and togetherness can ensure they carry on their extraordinary journey in Russian Federation, manager Roberto Martinez has said.

Henry's story with France started like in a dream and ended in a nightmare.

This was always likely to happen, of course.

Again, Henry has not spoken about France or Belgium during the tournament. It was only a matter of time before Henry's two worlds collided in public view.

"When you go to a club overseas and play against one from your own country, you are part of the enemy", said the France coach.

Henry's old global colleague Didier Deschamps has not won over everybody in his time as France coach, as he continues to favour a cautious approach despite being able to call on some of the finest attacking talents in world football. He is facing his home nation.

But their secret weapon could be on the sidelines in the shape of one of France´s greatest players of all time, Thierry Henry, who is now head coach Roberto Martinez´s assistant.

The golden generation of Belgium is trying to win their maiden global title, to set a benchmark for its teams of the future to be compared to.

"It is a hard situation for him".

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Belgium, the tournament's top scorers, have not reached this stage since 1986 when they finished fourth.

Head-to-head the two countries have played seven games with England recording four wins, one draw and two losses.

It remains to be seen whether Martinez repeats that ploy against the French.

Striker Romelu Lukaku will need to be on form if the Belgian's are to cause an upset. I say slight because modern recovery techniques and the depth in teams' medical staff can get players fresh a lot faster than they would earlier.

Mbappe has been one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup. As a coach you don't have to mention what you have done as player in the past. I'm the T3, the third coach.

Strangely, Henry was not Martinez's appointment.

What is Thierry Henry's position with Belgium?

Bringing back a system he used successfully during his first season at Everton, Martinez deployed a false nine and Lukaku on the right. Anyway, it is the Spaniard and long-term ally Jones who run the show, with Henry decorating the fringes on a relatively modest salary of around £100,000 a year that he is said to donate to charity. "He was the ideal missing piece in our group".

But this time around, the Didier Deschamps tutored squad looks fired up to go for broke as they seek to emulate the class of France '98 squad of which Deschamps was the World Cup winning captain. Having already lived up to their pre-tournament billing as World Cup contenders, France and Belgium seek to move to within touching distance of their ultimate goal at the expense of their next-door neighbors.

It's easy to be suspicious of Roberto Martinez, so much a smooth talker that he occasionally comes across as a motivational speaker or self-help guru who fell into football nearly by accident. But perhaps he is getting somewhere: France have come through some tricky games to reach this stage and has found a system that works.

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