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Belgium Belgium
Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
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 (52)
Ground King Baudouin Stadium
FIFA code BEL
FIFA ranking 1 Steady (16 July 2020)
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (November 2015 - March 2016, September 2018 – present)
Lowest FIFA ranking 71 (June 2007)
Elo ranking 1 Steady (19 November 2019)
Highest Elo ranking 1 (November 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 6 (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 10 10 0 0 40 3
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total Best: runners-up 5/15 17 7 2 8 22 25 114 59 26 29 210 115
     Champions       Runners-up       Third place/semi-finalists  

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
2018–19 A Group stage5th430196
2020–21 A To be determined
Total Group stage
League A
1/3 4 3 0 1 9 6

Results and fixtures

2019

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 1–4 Belgium.png Belgium Saint Petersburg, Russia  
18:00
(20:00 UTC+3)
Dzhikiya Soccerball 79' Report T. Hazard Soccerball 19'
E. Hazard Soccerball 33'40'
R. Lukaku Soccerball 72'
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 19 November 2019 (2019-11-19) Belgium Belgium.png 6–1 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Benteke Soccerball 16'68'
De Bruyne Soccerball 36'42'
Carrasco Soccerball 44'
Christoforou Soccerball 51' (o.g.)
Report N. Ioannou Soccerball 14' Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Jørgen Burchardt (Denmark)

2020

Qatar Airways International Tournament 27 March 2020 (2020-03-27) Belgium Belgium.png Cancelled Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Ar-Rayyan, Qatar  
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Qatar Airways International Tournament 30 March 2020 (2020-03-30) Switzerland Switzerland.png Cancelled Belgium.png Belgium Ar-Rayyan, Qatar  
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 5 September 2020 (2020-09-05) Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif v Belgium.png Belgium Copenhagen, Denmark  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Report Stadium: Parken Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Belgium Belgium.png v Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Friendly 8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) Belgium Belgium.png v Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) England England.png v Belgium.png Belgium London, England  
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 14 October 2020 (2020-10-14) Iceland Flag of Iceland.png v Belgium.png Belgium Reykjavik, Iceland  
20:45
(18:45 UTC±0)
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Friendly 11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Belgium Belgium.png v Switzerland.png Switzerland Brussels, Belgium  
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) Belgium Belgium.png v England.png England Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) Belgium Belgium.png v Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium

2021

UEFA Euro 2020 12 June 2021 (2021-06-12) Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif v Belgium.png Belgium Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 17 June 2021 (2021-06-17) Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif v Belgium.png Belgium Copenhagen, Denmark  
Stadium: Parken Stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 21 June 2021 (2021-06-21) Belgium Belgium.png v Flag of Finland.gif Finland Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium

Players

Current squad

The following 28 players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Denmark and Iceland on 5 and 8 September 2020, respectively, and are able to play.
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 16 November 2019 after the game against Cyprus.

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Thibaut Courtois 11 May 1992 (1992-05-11) (age 28) 79 0 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
1GK Simon Mignolet 6 March 1988 (1988-03-06) (age 32) 23 0 Belgium Club Brugge
1GK Koen Casteels 25 June 1992 (1992-06-25) (age 28) 0 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
1GK Hendrik Van Crombrugge 30 April 1993 (1993-04-30) (age 27) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF Jan Vertonghen 24 April 1987 (1987-04-24) (age 33) 118 9 Flag of Portugal Benfica
2DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (1989-03-02) (age 31) 98 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (1991-09-12) (age 29) 40 7 Germany Borussia Dortmund
2DF Dedryck Boyata 28 November 1990 (1990-11-28) (age 29) 17 0 Germany Hertha BSC
2DF Jason Denayer 28 June 1995 (1995-06-28) (age 25) 13 0 Flag of France Lyon
2DF Leander Dendoncker 15 April 1995 (1995-04-15) (age 25) 9 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
2DF Brandon Mechele 28 January 1993 (1993-01-28) (age 27) 1 0 Belgium Club Brugge
3MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 31) 105 9 Germany Borussia Dortmund
3MF Kevin De Bruyne (Vice-captain) 28 June 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 29) 74 19 England Manchester City
3MF Nacer Chadli 2 August 1989 (1989-08-02) (age 31) 59 8 Flag of Monaco Monaco
3MF Yannick Carrasco 4 September 1993 (1993-09-04) (age 27) 41 6 Flag of the People's Republic of China Dalian Professional
3MF Youri Tielemans 7 May 1997 (1997-05-07) (age 23) 28 2 England Leicester City
3MF Thorgan Hazard 29 March 1993 (1993-03-29) (age 27) 26 4 Germany Borussia Dortmund
3MF Dennis Praet 24 May 1994 (1994-05-24) (age 26) 6 0 England Leicester City
3MF Hans Vanaken 14 August 1992 (1992-08-14) (age 28) 4 0 Belgium Club Brugge
3MF Timothy Castagne 5 December 1995 (1995-12-05) (age 24) 7 2 Flag of Italy Atalanta
4FW Eden Hazard (Captain) 7 January 1991 (1991-01-07) (age 29) 106 32 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
4FW Dries Mertens 6 May 1987 (1987-05-06) (age 33) 90 18 Flag of Italy Napoli
4FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 27) 84 52 Flag of Italy Internazionale
4FW Divock Origi 18 April 1995 (1995-04-18) (age 25) 28 3 England Liverpool
4FW Yari Verschaeren 12 July 2001 (2001-07-12) (age 19) 3 1 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Landry Dimata 1 September 1997 (1997-09-01) (age 23) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Jeremy Doku 27 May 2002 (2002-05-27) (age 18) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Leandro Trossard 4 December 1995 (1995-12-04) (age 24) 0 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion

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 Matz Sels 26 February 1992 (1992-02-26) (age 28) 0 0 Flag of France Strasbourg v. Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus, 19 November 2019
GK Jens Teunckens 30 January 1998 (1998-01-30) (age 22) 0 0 Belgium Antwerp v. Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan, 13 October 2019
DF Elias CobbautINJ 24 November 1997 (1997-11-24) (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht v. Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark, 5 September 2020
DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 34) 78 2 Flag of Japan Vissel Kobe v. Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus, 19 November 2019
MF Maxime Lestienne 17 June 1992 (1992-06-17) (age 28) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège v. Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus, 19 November 2019
MF Adnan Januzaj 5 February 1995 (1995-02-05) (age 25) 12 1 Flag of Spain Real Sociedad v. Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan, 13 October 2019
FW Christian BentekeOTH 3 December 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 29) 37 15 England Crystal Palace v. Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus, 19 November 2019
FW Michy BatshuayiOTH 2 October 1991 (1991-10-02) (age 28) 29 16 England Chelsea v. Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus, 19 November 2019
FW Thorgan Hazard 29 March 1993 (1993-03-29) (age 27) 26 4 Germany Borussia Dortmund v. Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus, 19 November 2019
FW Benito Raman 7 November 1994 (1994-11-07) (age 25) 1 0 Germany Schalke 04 v. Scotland.png Scotland, 9 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

Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
Belgium Belgium
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Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
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

Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
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

Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
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

Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
Belgium – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Third place

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Kompany 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. Lukaku 10. E. Hazard (c) 11. Carrasco 12. Mignolet 13. Casteels 14. Mertens 15. Meunier 16. T. Hazard 17. Tielemans 18. Januzaj 19. Dembélé 20. Boyata 21. Batshuayi 22. Chadli 23. Dendoncker

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