World Cup: Belgians, beer and football in Brazil
1 July 2014 Last updated at 02:55 BST
Antoine Lienard was a university student the last time Belgium qualified for the World Cup in 2002.
Now, 12 years later, he found the perfect mix of a decent team and an exotic location and decided that he had to make the trip with his friends.
Staying at a Belgian fan camp with hundreds of supporters on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Lienard is hopeful his Belgian team can live up to its pre-tournament hype as a dark horse.
For the BBC's Real Fans series, Franz Strasser visited Lienard and his three friends ahead of their first knock-out game.