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Belgium Belgium
Belgium urbsfa
Nickname(s) Red Devils
Association Royal Belgian Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Flag of Spain Roberto Martinez
Asst coach Scotland Shaun Maloney
Captain Eden Hazard
Most caps Jan Vertonghen (118)
Top scorer Romelu Lukaku (51)
Ground King Baudouin Stadium
FIFA code BEL
FIFA ranking 1 Steady (19 September 2019)
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (November 2015 - March 2016, September 2018 – present)
Lowest FIFA ranking 71 (June 2007)
Elo ranking 2 Steady (13 October 2019)
Highest Elo ranking 2 (September 2019 – present)
Lowest Elo ranking 70 (Sep/Oct 2009, Sep 2010)
First international Belgium.png Belgium 3–3 France Flag of France.png
(Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904)
Biggest win Belgium.png Belgium 9–0 Zambia Flag of Zambia.png
(Brussels, Belgium; 4 June 1994)
Belgium.png Belgium 10–1 San Marino San Marino.png
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 February 2001)
Belgium.png Belgium 9–0 Gibraltar Flag of Gibraltar.png
(Liège, Belgium; 31 August 2017)
Biggest defeat England England Am. 11-2 Belgium
(London, England; 17 April 1909)
World Cup appearances 13 (First in 1930)
Best result Third place (2018)
UEFA European Championship appearances 5 (First in 1972)
Best result Runners-Up (1980)
Belgium 2018 HomeBelgium 2018 Away

The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in association football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA). Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, and 1970 to 2002, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Belgium's national team have participated in three, quadrennial major football competitions. They appeared in the end stages of twelve FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, and featured at three Olympic football tournaments, including the 1920 Olympic tournament which they won. Other notable performances are victories over four reigning world champions—West Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France—between 1954 and 2002. Belgium has longstanding football rivalries with its Dutch neighbours and its French counterparts, having played both teams nearly every year from 1905 to 1967. The squad has been known as the Red Devils since 1906; its supporters' group is named 1895.

During the national player career of forward Paul Van Himst, the most-praised Belgian footballer of the 20th century, Belgium took third place at Euro 1972. After that, the national squad experienced two golden ages with many gifted players. In the first period, which lasted from the 1980s to the early 1990s, the team finished as runners-up at Euro 1980 and fourth in the 1986 World Cup. In the second, under guidance of Marc Wilmots and later Roberto Martínez in the 2010s, Belgium topped the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in November 2015 and finished third at the 2018 World Cup. Belgium currently participates in League A of the first UEFA Nations League edition, and will participate in the same league for the next edition.

Competitive records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup finals record Qualifications record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA Squad GP W D L GF GA
Flag of Uruguay 1930Round 111th200204Squad Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy 193415th100125Squad 201168 1934
Flag of France 193813th100113Squad 211043 1938
Brazil 1950Withdrew Withdrew 1950
Switzerland 1954Group stage12th201158Squad 4310116 1954
Flag of Sweden Good one 1958Did not qualify 42111611 1958
Flag of Chile 1962 4004310 1962
England 1966 5302125 1966
Flag of Mexico 1970Group stage10th310245Squad 6411148 1970
Flag of Germany 1974Did not qualify 6420120 1974
Flag of Argentina 1978 630376 1978
Flag of Spain 1982Group stage 210th521235Squad 8512129 1982
Flag of Mexico 1986Fourth place4th7223125Squad 842295 1986
Flag of Italy 1990Round of 1611th420264Squad 8440155 1990
Flag of the United States 199411th420244Squad 10712165 1994
Flag of France 1998Group stage19th303033Squad 107122313 1998
South Korea Flag of Japan 2002Round of 1614th412167Squad 10721276 2002
Germany 2006Did not qualify 103341611 2006
Flag of South Africa 2010 103161320 2010
Brazil 2014Quarter-finals6th540163Squad 10820184 2014
Flag of Russia 2018Third place3rd7601166Squad 10910436 2018
Flag of Qatar 2022To be determined To be determined 2022
Total 13/21Best:
Third place
48209*196872N/A133772531277141 Total
     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Flag of France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Flag of Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 4
Flag of Italy 1968 6 3 1 2 14 9
Belgium 1972 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3 Squad 8 5 2 1 13 4
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 1976 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 10
Flag of Italy 1980 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad 8 4 4 0 12 5
Flag of France 1984 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 8 Squad 6 4 1 1 12 8
Flag of Germany 1988 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 16 8
Flag of Sweden Good one 1992 6 2 1 3 7 6
England 1996 10 4 3 3 17 13
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 2 5 Squad Qualified as hosts
Flag of Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 8 5 1 2 11 9
Flag of Austria Switzerland 2008 14 5 3 6 14 16
Flag of Poland Flag of Ukraine 2012 10 4 3 3 21 15
Flag of France 2016 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 9 5 Squad 10 7 2 1 24 5
Flag of Europe 2020 Qualified Ongoing (Group I)
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total Best: runners-up 5/15 17 7 2 8 22 25 104 49 26 29 170 112
     Champions       Runners-up       Third place/semi-finalists  

Results and fixtures

2018

2018–19 UEFA Nations League 12 October 2018 (2018-10-12) Belgium Belgium.png 2–1 Switzerland.png Switzerland Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
R. Lukaku Soccerball 58'84' Report Gavranović Soccerball 76' Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 39,049
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Friendly 16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) Belgium Belgium.png 1–1 Netherlands.png Netherlands Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Mertens Soccerball 5' Report Groeneveld Soccerball 27' Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 34,747
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
2018–19 UEFA Nations League 15 November 2018 (2018-11-15) Belgium Belgium.png 2–0 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Batshuayi Soccerball 65'81' Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 28,891
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
2018–19 UEFA Nations League 18 November 2018 (2018-11-18) Switzerland Switzerland.png 5–2 Belgium.png Belgium Lucerne, Switzerland  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Rodríguez Soccerball 26' (pen.)
Seferović Soccerball 31'44'84'
Elvedi Soccerball 62'
Report T. Hazard Soccerball 2'17' Stadium: Swissporarena
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

2019

UEFA Euro 2020 Q 21 March 2019 (2019-03-21) Belgium Belgium.png 3–1 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Tielemans Soccerball 14'
E. Hazard Soccerball 45' (pen.)88'
Report Cheryshev Soccerball 16' Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 34,245
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 24 March 2019 (2019-03-24) Cyprus Flag of Cyprus.png 0–2 Belgium.png Belgium Nicosia, Cyprus  
20:45
(21:45 UTC+2)
Report E. Hazard Soccerball 10'
Batshuayi Soccerball 18'
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 8,728
Referee: François Letexier (France)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 8 June 2019 (2019-06-08) Belgium Belgium.png 3–0 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Mertens Soccerball 11'
Castagne Soccerball 14'
R. Lukaku Soccerball 50'
Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 37,155
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 11 June 2019 (2019-06-11) Belgium Belgium.png 3–0 Scotland.png Scotland Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
R. Lukaku Soccerball 45+1'57'
De Bruyne Soccerball 90+2'
Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 32,482
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 6 September 2019 (2019-09-06) San Marino San Marino.png 0–4 Belgium.png Belgium Serravalle, San Marino  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Report Batshuayi Soccerball 43' (pen.)90+2'
Mertens Soccerball 57'
Chadli Soccerball 64'
Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (Romania)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 9 September 2019 (2019-09-09) Scotland Scotland.png 0–4 Belgium.png Belgium Glasgow, Scotland  
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Report R. Lukaku Soccerball 9'
Vermaelen Soccerball 24'
Alderweireld Soccerball 32'
De Bruyne Soccerball 82'
Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 10 October 2019 (2019-10-10) Belgium Belgium.png 9–0 San Marino.png San Marino Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
R. Lukaku Soccerball 28'41'
Chadli Soccerball 31'
Brolli Soccerball 35' (o.g.)
Alderweireld Soccerball 43'
Tielemans Soccerball 45+1'
Benteke Soccerball 79'
Verschaeren Soccerball 84' (pen.)
Castagne Soccerball 90'
Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 13 October 2019 (2019-10-13) Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 0–2 Belgium.png Belgium Astana/Nursultan, Kazakhstan  
15:00
(19:00 UTC+6)
Report Batshuayi Soccerball 21'
Meunier Soccerball 53'
Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 16 November 2019 (2019-11-16) Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif v Belgium.png Belgium Saint Petersburg, Russia  
18:00
(20:00 UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 19 November 2019 (2019-11-19) Belgium Belgium.png v Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium

Players

Current squad

The following 28 players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against San Marino and Kazakhstan on 10 and 13 October 2019, respectively.
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 13 October 2019 after the game against Kazakhstan.

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Thibaut Courtois 11 May 1992 (1992-05-11) (age 27) 78 0 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
12 1GK Jens Teunckens 30 January 1998 (1998-01-30) (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Antwerp
13 1GK Matz Sels 26 February 1992 (1992-02-26) (age 27) 0 0 Flag of France Strasbourg
2 2DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (1989-03-02) (age 30) 96 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
3 2DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 34) 77 2 Flag of Japan Vissel Kobe
4 2DF Dedryck Boyata 28 November 1990 (1990-11-28) (age 29) 16 0 Germany Hertha BSC
5 2DF Jan Vertonghen 24 April 1987 (1987-04-24) (age 32) 118 9 England Tottenham Hotspur
15 2DF Brandon Mechele 28 January 1993 (1993-01-28) (age 26) 1 0 Belgium Club Brugge
21 2DF Timothy Castagne 5 December 1995 (1995-12-05) (age 24) 6 2 Flag of Italy Atalanta
2DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (1991-09-12) (age 28) 40 7 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain
6 3MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 30) 104 9 Germany Borussia Dortmund
7 3MF Hans Vanaken 14 August 1992 (1992-08-14) (age 27) 3 0 Belgium Club Brugge
8 3MF Youri Tielemans 7 May 1997 (1997-05-07) (age 22) 26 2 England Leicester City
11 3MF Yannick Carrasco 4 September 1993 (1993-09-04) (age 26) 40 5 Flag of the People's Republic of China Dalian Yifang
18 3MF Adnan Januzaj 5 February 1995 (1995-02-05) (age 24) 12 1 Flag of Spain Real Sociedad
19 3MF Yari Verschaeren 12 July 2001 (2001-07-12) (age 18) 2 1 Belgium Anderlecht
22 3MF Nacer Chadli 2 August 1989 (1989-08-02) (age 30) 59 8 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Leander Dendoncker 15 April 1995 (1995-04-15) (age 24) 9 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3MF Dennis Praet 14 May 1994 (1994-05-14) (age 25) 5 0 England Leicester City
9 4FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 26) 83 51 Flag of Italy Internazionale
10 4FW Eden Hazard (Captain) 7 January 1991 (1991-01-07) (age 28) 104 30 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
14 4FW Dries Mertens 6 May 1987 (1987-05-06) (age 32) 89 18 Flag of Italy Napoli
16 4FW Thorgan Hazard 29 March 1993 (1993-03-29) (age 26) 24 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund
17 4FW Divock Origi 18 April 1995 (1995-04-18) (age 24) 27 3 England Liverpool
20 4FW Christian Benteke 3 December 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 29) 36 13 England Crystal Palace
23 4FW Michy Batshuayi 2 October 1993 (1993-10-02) (age 26) 28 16 England Chelsea

Recent call-ups

The following footballers were part of a national selection in the past 12 months, but are not part of the current squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Simon Mignolet OTH 6 March 1988 (1988-03-06) (age 31) 22 0 Belgium Club Brugge v. San Marino.png San Marino, 10 October 2019
GK Hendrik Van Crombrugge INJ 30 April 1993 (1993-04-30) (age 26) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht v. San Marino.png San Marino, 10 October 2019
GK Koen Casteels INJ 25 June 1992 (1992-06-25) (age 27) 0 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v. San Marino.png San Marino, 6 September 2019
DF Jason Denayer 28 June 1995 (1995-06-28) (age 24) 11 0 Flag of France Lyon v. Scotland.png Scotland, 9 September 2019
DF Vincent Kompany INJ 10 April 1986 (1986-04-10) (age 33) 89 4 Belgium Anderlecht v. Scotland.png Scotland, 11 June 2019
DF Christian Kabasele 24 February 1991 (1991-02-24) (age 28) 2 0 England Watford v. Switzerland.png Switzerland, 18 November 2018
MF Maxime Lestienne INJ 17 June 1992 (1992-06-17) (age 27) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège v. San Marino.png San Marino, 10 October 2019
MF Kevin De Bruyne INJ 28 June 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 28) 72 17 England Manchester City v. Scotland.png Scotland, 9 September 2019
MF Mousa Dembélé 16 July 1987 (1987-07-16) (age 32) 82 5 Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou R&F v. Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia, 21 March 2019
FW Benito Raman 7 November 1994 (1994-11-07) (age 25) 1 0 Germany Schalke 04 v. Scotland.png Scotland, 9 September 2019
FW Leandro Trossard INJ 4 December 1994 (1994-12-04) (age 25) 0 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion v. San Marino.png San Marino, 6 September 2019

INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury
SUS = Serving suspension
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby
RET = Retired from international football

Alumni

Former players

Main article: List of Belgium international players

Managers

Main article: List of Belgium international managers

Honours

W.Cup.svg FIFA World Cup
Third place(1): 2018
Fourth place (1): 1986
UEFA European Cup.svg UEFA European Championship
Runners-up (1): 1980
Third place (1): 1972
Gold medal.svg Olympic football tournament
Gold Medal 1 (1): 1920
Third place 3 (1): 1900 (no medals were awarded yet) (represented by the team of the University of Brussels)
Fourth place (1): 2008 (in fact a U-23 tournament)

External links

Belgium urbsfa
Belgium Belgium
Belgium urbsfa
Belgium urbsfa
Belgium – 1994 FIFA World Cup

1. Preud'homme 2. Medved 3. Borkelmans 4. Albert 5. Smidts 6. Staelens 7. Van der Elst 8. Nilis 9. Degryse 10. Scifo 11. Czerniatynski 12. De Wilde 13. Grün (c) 14. De Wolf 15. Emmers 16. Boffin 17. Weber 18. Wilmots 19. Van Meir 20. Verlinden 21. Van Der Heyden 22. Renier

Belgium urbsfa
Belgium – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Quarter-finals

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Kompany (c) 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. Lukaku 10. Hazard 11. Mirallas 12. Mignolet 13. Bossut 14. Mertens 15. Van Buyten 16. Defour 17. Origi 18. Lombaerts 19. Dembélé 20. Januzaj 21. Vanden Borre 22. Chadli 23. Ciman

Belgium urbsfa
Belgium – UEFA Euro 2016 – Quarter-finals

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Nainggolan 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. R. Lukaku 10. Hazard 11. Carrasco 12. Mignolet 13. Gillet 14. Mertens 15. Denayer 16. Meunier 17. Origi 18. Kabasele 19. Dembélé 20. Benteke 21. J. Lukaku 22. Batshuayi 23. Ciman

Football in Belgium
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