Flag of Belgium Belgium
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Nickname(s) Red Devils
Association Royal Belgian Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Flag of Spain Roberto Martinez
Asst coach Flag of 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 (17 September 2020)
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (November 2015 - March 2016, September 2018 – present)
Lowest FIFA ranking 71 (June 2007)
Elo ranking 3 Decrease 1 (14 October 2019)
Highest Elo ranking 1 (November 2019 – 10 October 2020)
Lowest Elo ranking 70 (Sep/Oct 2009, Sep 2010)
First international  Belgium 3–3 France 
(Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904)
Biggest win  Belgium 9–0 Zambia 
(Brussels, Belgium; 4 June 1994)
 Belgium 10–1 San Marino 
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 February 2001)
 Belgium 9–0 Gibraltar 
(Liège, Belgium; 31 August 2017)
Biggest defeat Flag of 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)
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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 1930 Round 1 11th 2 0 0 2 0 4 Squad Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy 1934 15th 1 0 0 1 2 5 Squad 2 0 1 1 6 8 1934
Flag of France 1938 13th 1 0 0 1 1 3 Squad 2 1 1 0 4 3 1938
Flag of Brazil 1950 Withdrew Withdrew 1950
Flag of Switzerland 1954 Group stage 12th 2 0 1 1 5 8 Squad 4 3 1 0 11 6 1954
Flag of Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 16 11 1958
Flag of Chile 1962 4 0 0 4 3 10 1962
Flag of England 1966 5 3 0 2 12 5 1966
Flag of Mexico 1970 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 5 Squad 6 4 1 1 14 8 1970
Flag of West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 6 4 2 0 12 0 1974
Flag of Argentina 1978 6 3 0 3 7 6 1978
Flag of Spain 1982 Group stage 2 10th 5 2 1 2 3 5 Squad 8 5 1 2 12 9 1982
Flag of Mexico 1986 Fourth place 4th 7 2 2 3 12 5 Squad 8 4 2 2 9 5 1986
Flag of Italy 1990 Round of 16 11th 4 2 0 2 6 4 Squad 8 4 4 0 15 5 1990
Flag of United States 1994 11th 4 2 0 2 4 4 Squad 10 7 1 2 16 5 1994
Flag of France 1998 Group stage 19th 3 0 3 0 3 3 Squad 10 7 1 2 23 13 1998
Flag of South Korea Flag of Japan 2002 Round of 16 14th 4 1 2 1 6 7 Squad 10 7 2 1 27 6 2002
Flag of Germany 2006 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 16 11 2006
Flag of South Africa 2010 10 3 1 6 13 20 2010
Flag of Brazil 2014 Quarter-finals 6th 5 4 0 1 6 3 Squad 10 8 2 0 18 4 2014
Flag of Russia 2018 Third place 3rd 7 6 0 1 16 6 Squad 10 9 1 0 43 6 2018
Flag of Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined 2022
Total 13/21 Best:
Third place
48 20 9* 19 68 72 N/A 133 77 25 31 277 141 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
Flag of Belgium 1972 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3 Squad 8 5 2 1 13 4
Flag of Yugoslavia 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 West Germany 1988 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 16 8
Flag of Sweden 1992 6 2 1 3 7 6
Flag of England 1996 10 4 3 3 17 13
Flag of Belgium Flag of 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 Flag of 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
Flag of 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 stage 5th 4 3 0 1 9 6
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 16 November 2019 (2019-11-16) Russia  1–4  Belgium Saint Petersburg, Russia  
18:00
(20:00 UTC+3)
Dzhikiya Goal 79' Report T. Hazard Goal 19'
E. Hazard Goal 33'40'
R. Lukaku Goal 72'
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
UEFA Euro 2020 Q 19 November 2019 (2019-11-19) Belgium  6–1  Cyprus Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Benteke Goal 16'68'
De Bruyne Goal 36'42'
Carrasco Goal 44'
Christoforou Goal 51' (o.g.)
Report N. Ioannou Goal 14' Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Jørgen Burchardt (Denmark)

2020

Qatar Airways International Tournament 27 March 2020 (2020-03-27) Belgium  Cancelled  Portugal Ar-Rayyan, Qatar  
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Qatar Airways International Tournament 30 March 2020 (2020-03-30) Switzerland  Cancelled  Belgium Ar-Rayyan, Qatar  
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 5 September 2020 (2020-09-05) Denmark  0–2  Belgium Copenhagen, Denmark  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Report Denayer Goal 9'
Mertens Goal 77'
Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Belgium  5–1  Iceland Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Witsel Goal 13'
Batshuayi Goal 17'69'
Mertens Goal 50'
Doku Goal 80'
Report H. Friðjónsson Goal 11' Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Friendly 8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) Belgium  1–1  Ivory Coast Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Batshuayi Goal 54' Report Kessié Goal 87' (pen.) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) England  2–1  Belgium London, England  
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Rashford Goal 39' (pen.)
Mount Goal 65'
Report Lukaku Goal 16' (pen.) Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 14 October 2020 (2020-10-14) Iceland  1–2  Belgium Reykjavík, Iceland  
20:45
(18:45 UTC±0)
Sævarsson Goal 17' Report Lukaku Goal 9'38' (pen.) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
Friendly 11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Belgium  v  Switzerland Brussels, Belgium  
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) Belgium  v  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  v  Denmark Brussels, Belgium  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium

2021

UEFA Euro 2020 12 June 2021 (2021-06-12) Russia  v  Belgium Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 17 June 2021 (2021-06-17) Denmark  v  Belgium Copenhagen, Denmark  
Stadium: Parken Stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 21 June 2021 (2021-06-21) Belgium  v  Finland Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium

Players

Current squad

The following 33 players were called up for the friendly against Ivory Coast and the UEFA Nations League matches against England and Iceland on 8, 11 and 14 October 2020, respectively, and are able to play.
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 14 October 2020 after the game against Iceland.

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Simon Mignolet 6 March 1988 (1988-03-06) (age 32) 28 0 Flag of Belgium Club Brugge
13 1GK Thomas Kaminski 23 October 1992 (1992-10-23) (age 28) 0 0 Flag of England Blackburn Rovers
1 1GK Davy Roef 6 February 1994 (1994-02-06) (age 26) 0 0 Flag of Belgium Gent
2 2DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (1989-03-02) (age 31) 102 5 Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur
15 2DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (1991-09-12) (age 29) 43 7 Flag of Germany Borussia Dortmund
4 2DF Dedryck Boyata 28 November 1990 (1990-11-28) (age 30) 20 0 Flag of Germany Hertha BSC
3 2DF Jason Denayer 28 June 1995 (1995-06-28) (age 25) 17 1 Flag of France Lyon
21 2DF Timothy Castagne 5 December 1995 (1995-12-05) (age 25) 11 2 Flag of England Leicester City
5 2DF Leander Dendoncker 15 April 1995 (1995-04-15) (age 25) 10 0 Flag of England Wolverhampton Wanderers
22 2DF Brandon Mechele 28 January 1993 (1993-01-28) (age 27) 2 0 Flag of Belgium Club Brugge
6 3MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 32) 109 10 Flag of Germany Borussia Dortmund
11 3MF Yannick Carrasco 4 September 1993 (1993-09-04) (age 27) 44 6 Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid
8 3MF Youri Tielemans 7 May 1997 (1997-05-07) (age 23) 31 2 Flag of England Leicester City
19 3MF Dennis Praet 24 May 1994 (1994-05-24) (age 26) 7 0 Flag of England Leicester City
14 3MF Hans Vanaken 14 August 1992 (1992-08-14) (age 28) 7 0 Flag of Belgium Club Brugge
3MF Joris Kayembe 8 August 1994 (1994-08-08) (age 26) 1 0 Flag of Belgium Charleroi
10 4FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 27) 87 55 Flag of Italy Internazionale
20 4FW Christian Benteke 3 December 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 30) 38 15 Flag of England Crystal Palace
23 4FW Michy Batshuayi 2 October 1993 (1993-10-02) (age 27) 31 19 Flag of England Crystal Palace
17 4FW Divock Origi 18 April 1995 (1995-04-18) (age 25) 29 3 Flag of England Liverpool
18 4FW Yari Verschaeren 12 July 2001 (2001-07-12) (age 19) 6 1 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht
7 4FW Jérémy Doku 27 May 2002 (2002-05-27) (age 18) 5 1 Flag of France Rennes
9 4FW Leandro Trossard 4 December 1995 (1995-12-04) (age 25) 3 0 Flag of England Brighton & Hove Albion
16 4FW Dodi Lukebakio 24 September 1997 (1997-09-24) (age 23) 0 0 Flag of Germany Hertha BSC

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 Hendrik Van Crombrugge OTH 30 April 1993 (1993-04-30) (age 27) 1 0 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
GK Koen Casteels OTH 25 June 1992 (1992-06-25) (age 28) 1 0 Flag of Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
GK Jens Teunckens 30 January 1998 (1998-01-30) (age 22) 0 0 Flag of Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
GK Thibaut Courtois UNF 11 May 1992 (1992-05-11) (age 28) 79 0 Flag of Spain Real Madrid v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
GK Matz Sels 26 February 1992 (1992-02-26) (age 28) 0 0 Flag of France Strasbourg v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2019
DF Jan Vertonghen INJ 24 April 1987 (1987-04-24) (age 33) 120 9 Flag of Portugal Benfica v.  Iceland, 14 October 2020
DF Sebastiaan Bornauw 22 March 1999 (1999-03-22) (age 21) 1 0 Flag of Germany 1. FC Köln v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
DF Zinho Vanheusden 29 July 1999 (1999-07-29) (age 21) 1 0 Flag of Belgium Standard Liège v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
DF Elias Cobbaut INJ 24 November 1997 (1997-11-24) (age 23) 1 0 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht v.  Denmark, 5 September 2020
DF Thomas Vermaelen OTH 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 35) 78 2 Flag of Japan Vissel Kobe v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2019
MF Kevin De Bruyne UNF (Vice-captain) 28 June 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 29) 76 19 Flag of England Manchester City v.  Iceland, 14 October 2020
MF Alexis Saelemaekers 27 June 1999 (1999-06-27) (age 21) 1 0 Flag of Italy Milan v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
MF Nacer Chadli UNF 2 August 1989 (1989-08-02) (age 31) 59 8 Flag of Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
MF Thorgan Hazard 29 March 1993 (1993-03-29) (age 27) 28 4 Flag of Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Iceland, 8 September 2020
MF Maxime Lestienne 17 June 1992 (1992-06-17) (age 28) 0 0 Flag of Belgium Standard Liège v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2019
FW Eden Hazard INJ (Captain) 7 January 1991 (1991-01-07) (age 30) 106 32 Flag of Spain Real Madrid v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
FW Dries Mertens OTH 6 May 1987 (1987-05-06) (age 33) 92 20 Flag of Italy Napoli v.  Ivory Coast, 8 October 2020
FW Landry Dimata 1 September 1997 (1997-09-01) (age 23) 0 0 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht v.  Iceland, 8 September 2020

INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury
OTH = Other reason
UNF = Deemed unfit
RET = Retired from international football
SUS = Serving suspension

Alumni

Former players

Main article: List of Belgium international players

Managers

Main article: List of Belgium international managers

Honours

W.Cup.svg.png FIFA World Cup
Third place(1): 2018
Fourth place (1): 1986
UEFA European Cup.svg.png UEFA European Championship
Runners-up (1): 1980
Third place (1): 1972
Gold medal.svg.png 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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