Brussels and the Red Devils: surely a winning combination both in and outside the famous football lines. Curious about what connects our Belgian capital with our Devils team? These 5 reasons will make it clear.
1. At home in Brussels
World sensations as they are, a lot of them were born and raised in Brussels. For players like Vincent Kompany, Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj and many others Brussels is their nostalgic playfield. Because even if they are making their ways into big league teams such as England, France and Spain, Brussels is still the place they call ‘home’ and where they first tried to kick the ball, score a goal and conquer the football world.
2. Red Devils at our doorsteps
The crisp playfield of the poker tables, the roulette ball that must score the correct number and a heart-stopping game after which you need to relax at the bar before starting the 3th time. The link between football and casino is easily made so no wonder football fans like wandering about at the casino floor. Even our beloved football players are popular guests in the “Brussels temple of games” we call VIAGE. Imagine this: you are standing side by side with your favorite Red Devil while playing a game of Blackjack. You’ll surely make that dealer sweat!
3. National football arena
The King Baudouin Stadium has been the football arena of our Red Devils ever since 1972 (then it was still called the Heysel Stadium) and so far this is the place where they have played every home game. Thanks to a new agreement between the capital and the Belgian Royal Football Association, Belgian fans will still be able to cheer for Eden Hazard and co. in Brussels. Feel like scoring yourself after rooting from the sidelines? Easy, only half an hour from the stadium – by car or public transport – the white ball is waiting for you at the roulette table, ready to score!
4. Together in diversity
What else do our Belgian capital and our national team have in common? Both are symbolic for the rich mix of cultures in Belgium. Brussels counts no less than 182 different nationalities and also several of our Red Devils can claim a foreign heritage.
Did you know Michy Batshuayi is fighting for our Belgian team while he actually could have chosen for the Congolese one? Midfielders Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini had the option to play for the Moroccan team but preferred to wear the Belgian tricolor. And what about the winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco: he was born in Brussels as the son of a Portuguese father and a Spanish mother. All these top players feel Belgian though!
5. Winning as a team
If our Red Devils want to rank high during the World Cup, the 12th man cannot be left behind, especially in our capital. Get out your red t-shirt, unfold the Belgian flag and wet your whistle for cheering on our team! Looking for a place where to root for our Red Devils? Join us at VIAGE and watch all the games live in the casino on multiple screens while enjoying snacks and drinks.