Belgium fans sit at the beach in Rio
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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.