If you wonder just how important the World Cup is to the players competing in it, all you had to do is keep an eye on Belgium during their match when they beat Team USA.
One of the only positives for this European nation is FIFA World Cup games. This tiny nation is experiencing a serious political debate about its future, with a separatist movement gaining strength.
Belgium is caught in a standoff without a major party capable of forming a government. Unfortunately, an age-old split between two distinct regions speaking different languages is flaring up once again.
Belgium comprises Flemish-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia, and their differences have been a theme for generations, coming to a head recently amid calls for Flemish independence.
Belgium plays Argentina next and the game is scheduled for July 5th.