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Belgium in Brief: Supporting Local (Football)

I’m not Belgian, but I do support the Red Devils any time I can.

Shocking, I know, but let me explain.

I grew up in a place that’s not exactly known for its international football ability. Scotland is the kind of team where the fans are just excited to be included, no matter how briefly, so that’s what I got used to.

I’m not a big football fan, but I’m a sucker for an excitable crowd. Walking through the city centre and seeing a sea of red cheering on their team was excellent, and I want to be part of that.

My team is currently still in the running, and if they surpass expectations, I might keep supporting them.

But if things go wrong (when things go wrong?), at least I have a promising backup.

So who are you supporting? Have you already got a backup? Let @johnstonjules know.

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