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Daniel Van Buyten wrote a goodbye letter to the public, more specifically to Anderlecht (who were rumoured to take him in after a great World Cup).

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'Taking an important decision is often very hard. I experienced that in the past few days. And reason often trumps emotion. It was my goal to end my career after a good World Cup so I could give back a little bit to the country that gave me so much.

Since January I've worked very hard and with the utmost professionality to prepare for that fantastic event. My body suffered because of this. After our return from Brazil I was presented with several options from clubs, which flattered me. The efforts from RSC Anderlecht especially were very flattering.

But the people who know me well know that if I do something, I do it the full 100%. I tried in these past few weeks, but my body says it's simply no longer possible. I don't want to disappoint Anderlecht and the fans when I continue and cannot fulfill their hopes.

Football is my life: so it is with great reluctance that I decided to lay down Anderlecht's offer. I want to thank Anderlecht's president Vanden Stock, Herman Van Holsbeeck and the coach. They are true gentlemen.

For me a new life starts now: I want to spend more time with my wife and children and the people I love.

Daniel.'

Goodbye Dan. You are an exemplary player, a true professional and a real patriotic footballer. I'll miss you, but I also look forward to seeing you again one day in a coaching role or perhaps as a football pundit.
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Disappointing.

Still, reaching the quarter finals is nice, and what I expected before the WC started. But the level of football has been poor nonetheless. We can do much better than that; the only good game was the USA one, where we displayed what a well-knit group of top players can do on a national level.
Lol, the atmosphere in the Belgium team is great: Alderweireld was asked about the goalkeepers of Belgium, Thibaut Courtois particularly, and he replied that Thibaut is a good keeper, but Mignolet and Bossut haven't conceded a single goal while Thibaut already conceded two and is taking the average down a lot.

They constantly joke about like that, it's something I've never seen before. Usually we fans are just swamped with predictable politically correct answers that are more boring than the France-Germany game we just saw. I'm glad the Belgians, Hazard, Dembélé, Vertonghen and Alderweireld especially, brighten up those typically boring interviews. It shows the spirit is great in the team.
Some awesome facts from yesterdays game (OptaStats):

39 - Only three team between 1966 & 2014 have recorded more shots in a WC-game than Belgium's total of 39. Deluge.

10 - Kevin de Bruyne has created 10 chances vs USA, the most for a player in a World Cup match since 1982 (Strachan vs New Zealand). Hot.

83 - #BEL have had more shots than any other team in the 2014 World Cup; they've also had the most attempts on target (32). Trigger.

Lukaku, De Bruyne and Vertongen have been named in FIFA's team for the round of 16 games.

67 - USA made 67 clearances in their game against Belgium, one more than England made in their three games combined. Passion.

15 - @TimHowardGK made 15 saves tonight, a record in a World Cup game since Opta records began (1966). Legend.
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I am SO happy KDB is on fire again. Our best player of the tournament so far. Looking at him at Chelsea was worse than pouring lemon juice in my eyes. He's a fantastic player, an allround great midfielder with the vision and passing skill of the very best. I am still angry Mourinho told him to stay at Chelsea (and then never gave him a chance) last summer when Dortmund had a €25m bid for him. He would have been perfect with Klopp and BVB.
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bri5irICAAAB2Pe.jpg:large
Awesome picture! Messi just seems to realise it's hopeless for Argentina :)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrhfUZEIIAAhP3j.jpg:large

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Game of the tournament! From the 30th minute till the very last second it was all fireworks. I still have goosebumps. Just pure drama and passion for the game, Kompany playing through balls to Van Buyten, wth?!
We've shown once again we have tremendous determination and now we finally showed we can play fantastic football as well.

Hats off to the USA, they too showed an unbelievable will to win and their natural never give up attitude.
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Well played Belgium disappointed for the US but you guys deserved to win good luck for the rest of the tournament.
We are through!!!Man what a game! USA was really brave! How many goals Tim Howard denied us? But at the end of the day our red devils made it hard for themselves. We were by far the better side and with a better finishing 90 mins was way enough to knock USA out.
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I was screaming at my TV for Wilmots to bring on Lukaku in the second half, but no one listened. AAHHH!! Now to suffer through 30 more minutes? I blame you Jeroen :P
origi was brilliant during the game, couldn't believe he took him off, but lukaku changed the game when he came on
Well, Big Rom did come on, and how! And yeah, Divock Origi was great for 90 minutes and unlucky Howard was even better. He is an incredibly talented player and looks very similar to a young Thierry Henry to me.


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