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America has an ambivalent relationship to the game Brits call football, preferring the odd game with shoulder pads and numerous stops. But with Team USA on a roll, America is again getting all excited about proper football.
It's sobering to think that the Americans do this as a sideline but still seem to be more successful than England at the World Cup with a motley collection of players who would be fighting for a first time place in your average Premiership side. American pubs fail to rival the fervor of those back in the England when a game is on, but maybe that's not bad thing.
So today it's on to the mighty Belgium - a team I know little about but are apparently fifth favorites to win the World Cup.
It's a bit hard to get worked up about Belgium in the same way as one can get worked up about the Geermans and the gnashing Uruguayans, although Waffle House is doing its bit by stating it doesn't believe in Belgium waffles. Well I don't believe in Waffle House - except as a last resort when everywhere else is closed.
The few times I have been to Belgium I have loved the architecture and the beer, less so the inhabitants who tend to shun deodorant.
Here are five little known facts about Belgium.
1 - Brussels Spouts really do come from Belgium where they have been grown for 400 years. They also acquire the texture of snot if cooked in a certain way. They tend to taste worse.
2 - Belgium produces 22 kg of chocolate for every person in the country. And it's a lot better than Hershey's.
3 - Belgium has enforced compulsory voting. If you fail to vote you are dragged out of your home and pushed under Jean Claude Van Damme's arm pit.
4 - The highway system in Belgium is so brightly lit it's the only man made structure on the earth that's visible from the moon at night.
5 - Belgium has the oldest shopping center in the world - the Galeries St Hubert in Brussels which opened in 1847 for the buying of top hats.