Devils leave for Brazil

Belgium's national football team the Red Devil has left for the World Cup in Brazil. The team flew out of Zaventem Airport, near Brussels in a specially chartered plane at 10:45 am on Tuesday.

The Brussels Airline plane had been specially decorated both outside and in with turf replacing carpet inside the plane.

As well as the Belgian World Cup squad, the plane is also carrying a number of supporters, Belgian FA officials and journalists to Brazil. Almost all of the aircrafts 284 seats are occupied.

Speaking just ahead of departure, the plane's pilot Filip Aerts told the VRT that he'd rather not think about the fact that a squad of players with an estimated value of 340 million euro is among his passengers.

The flight to Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo will take 14 hours. The Brussels Airlines plane will first fly to Dakar in Senegal where it will refuel and change crew. Our national team plays its opening group stage game against Algeria in Sao Paulo next Tuesday.