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What Will Happen to The Belgium Football Squad Nation If They Split?

Updated on June 28, 2016

Talk to split this coffee shop is not an issue. When the Flanders and Wallonia are like a married couple who live under one roof called Belgium, but was not talking to each other.

They rarely quarrel in front of the public, but at home, they are still at home.

The dispute between the two regions of Belgium is so serious that Flanders provincial leaders wanted this split occurred at the latest by 2025.

Background conflict vs Flanders Wallonia

Belgium is actually a 'marriage' between the two countries - Flanders and Wallonia - driven by history and colonization.

As early as the 13th century, Flanders and Wallonia region is actually below the colony area called the Low Countries, which also contains more than 20 other small areas of different languages.

Almost all the territory under the control of the Holy Roman Empire based in central Europe (Germany and Austria lies the region in modern times).

Then in the 14th century, a French government officials, Duke of Burgundy, controlled much of the Low Countries without the knowledge of the Roman empire.

In 1477, the Duke of Burgundy died without leaving an heir. As he was obedient to the French government, the French want to inherit a share of the Low Countries. Holy Roman Empire of the newly realized loss of territory they want their share of the Low Countries returned.

To achieve peace, the government of France and the Holy Roman Empire agreed to divide the territory of the Low Countries themselves. This led to Flanders and Wallonia region under the control of the Holy Roman Empire again.

Belgium under Spanish rule

When Charles V, Holy Roman Empire took over as the new emperor, he was handed over to the Spanish Low Countries ruled by his son, Phillip II (pictured below).

In the same time, the birth of the Protestant denominations in Europe in the 15th century led to the northern part of the Low Countries turned sects - from Roman Catholic to a Protestant. The southern part remained with the Roman Catholic sect.

Tired colonized by Spain, the Low Countries Protestant sect launched a movement for independence against the Spanish government that the Catholic sect. Spain tried to fight back this independence movement but eventually surrendered in 1648.

In 1648 this is, Spain liberate the northern Low Countries, now known as the Netherlands. Spain only maintain their colonies in southern Low Countries (Flanders and Wallonia).

Roman Catholic vs Protestant

Dutch independence of Flanders and Wallonia cause a Protestant sect moved there to practice their sect calmly. While the Dutch Catholic sect emigrated to Flanders and Wallonia.

In the 17th century and 18, Flanders and Wallonia and the Netherlands are transferable to the French invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte (pictured below) in the series of the French Revolutionary Wars.

In 1815, when the defeat of Napoleon established the modern borders of European countries, the Low Countries (Flanders, Wallonia and the Netherlands) are united under one government called the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

This union is a bad idea. When the northern part of the Low Countries (the Netherlands) has been almost entirely Protestant sect. In the south (Flanders and Wallonia), almost all Catholic sect.

Dutch vs. French

The situation became worse when the United Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Dutch language as an official language. At that time, the European public education system is being improved and standardized.

So all the schools in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands began to teach in the Dutch language. This makes the French-speaking population in Flanders and Wallonia rampage.

If the first conflict in the Low Countries more depictions of religious sectarian differences, now it boils down to differences in language too.

Fury French-speaking population of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands has no other choice but to liberate Flanders and Wallonia - the establishment of Belgium in 1830 as it is known today.

After independence, the government of Belgium has banned the Dutch language in their dealings with the state. Belgium living peacefully for almost 100 years. But the gap between rich and poor is very big among their people.

The nobility and rich bourgeois in Belgium (mostly sitting in Wallonia region) mostly use French in everyday speech and formal.

While the poor (mostly sit in Flanders) is a lot of talk in Dutch.

This led to the Belgian capital, Brussels, which is located in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, the French-speaking city.

Flanders Vs Wallonia

To get ahead in life, many people who speak Dutch Belgium had forgotten their heritage language.

In court, the Dutch language only allowed in 1898-68 years after kemeredekaan Belgium. Located at the University of Gent in Dutch-speaking Flanders region, the Dutch language only came into use in 1930!

So in 1962, people began to rebel region of Flanders. They want Brussels, the Belgian capital, which is located in their territory to the Dutch-speaking city again.

Of course, their request was rejected by the French-speaking region of Wallonia. Finally a kompromasi made. Brussels was the result of two languages ​​- Dutch and French.

Then, when the city of Antwerp - a city in the Dutch-speaking Flanders region - began to go forward with the progress of the harbor in the late 1980s, the Wallonia region were raging.

People Flanders Wallonia ignore economic progress, they said.

Belgium on the brink of disintegration?

Currently in Belgium, as we said, 'marriage' region of Flanders and Wallonia only a matter of time 'divorce' if the two regions are allowed to fight for the sake of the nation, language and economic wealth.

Both scramble Brussels. People are more proud Flanders region declare themselves citizens of Flanders, rather than the people of Belgium.

If Flanders and Wallonia region split, Belgium's football team will be divided into the following two groups (by place of birth):

French-speaking players (born in Wallonia):

  • Eden Hazard
  • Axel Witsel
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • Nacer Chadli

The Dutch (born in Flanders):

  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Kevin de Bruyne
  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Adnan Januzaj
  • Dries Mertens
  • Radja Nainggolan
  • Jan Vertonghen
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Simon Mignolet
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Mousa Dembele
  • Divock origi
  • Youri Tielemans

While Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Yannick Carrasco, who was born in Brussels, have to make a decision whether to participate in Flanders or Wallonia region. Similarly, Christian Benteke, who was born in Congo.

When this addition to the young Belgian liberal view, the only aspect that unites people of Flanders and Wallonia region is sports - eg football.

Especially after a brilliant Belgium ranks 2nd FIFA world ranking.


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