Of late, Belgium has made giant strides in world hockey rising as high as four in the world rankings before slipping to the seventh spot in the latest chart issued earlier this month. But more than their performance, their drop in the rankings chart is mainly due to the lack of international matches or tournaments.
Popularly known as the 'red devils', the Belgian players are not that rich like their Indian counterparts but it is their passion and desire to be the best in the world which is driving them forward.
"Earlier there was no money in Belgium hockey but after our good results in the last couple of years the federation has started to get sponsors. But to be honest the money is not like what it is in India. We are not rich. We play hockey because we love playing the game and not for money. Money comes later," Belgium captain John-John Dohmen said during an interaction on the sidelines of the ongoing Hockey World League Final here.

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