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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 England Graeme Jones

Flag of France Thierry Henry

Captain Vincent Kompany
Most caps Jan Ceulemans (96)
Top scorer Bernard Voorhoof (30)

Paul Van Himst (30)

Ground King Baudouin Stadium
FIFA code BEL
FIFA ranking 7th (6th April 2017)
Highest FIFA ranking 1st (November 2015 - March 2016)
Lowest FIFA ranking 71st (June 2007)
First international Belgium 3-3 Flag of FranceFrance
Biggest win Belgium 9-0 Flag of ZambiaZambia
Biggest defeat EnglandEngland Amateurs 11-2 Belgium
World Cup appearances 12 (First in 1930)
Best result Fourth place (1986)
UEFA European Championship appearances 5 (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 in the 2010s, Belgium topped the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in November 2015.

Players

Current

The following 23 players are in the final squad for Euro 2016. Note that Eden Hazard will serve as captain following Vincent Kompany's injury,

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Thibaut Courtois 11 May 1992 (1992-05-11) (age 25) 42 0 England Chelsea
12 1GK Simon Mignolet 6 March 1988 (1988-03-06) (age 29) 16 0 England Liverpool
13 1GK Jean-François Gillet 31 May 1979 (1979-05-31) (age 38) 9 0 Belgium KV Mechelen
2 2DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (1989-03-02) (age 28) 60 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
3 2DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 31) 57 1 Flag of Spain Barcelona
5 2DF Jan VertonghenWD (3rd captain) 24 April 1987 (1987-04-24) (age 30) 81 6 England Tottenham Hotspur
15 2DF Jason Denayer 28 June 1995 (1995-06-28) (age 22) 8 0 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
16 2DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (1991-09-12) (age 25) 9 0 Belgium Club Brugge KV
18 2DF Christian Kabasele 24 February 1991 (1991-02-24) (age 26) 0 0 England Watford
21 2DF Jordan Lukaku 25 July 1994 (1994-07-25) (age 23) 5 0 Belgium Oostende
23 2DF Laurent Ciman 5 August 1985 (1985-08-05) (age 32) 12 1 Flag of Canada Montreal Impact
4 3MF Radja Nainggolan 4 May 1988 (1988-05-04) (age 29) 24 6 Flag of Italy Roma
6 3MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 28) 72 7 Flag of Russia Good One Zenit Saint Petersburg
8 3MF Marouane Fellaini 22 November 1987 (1987-11-22) (age 29) 71 15 England Manchester United
19 3MF Moussa Dembélé 16 July 1987 (1987-07-16) (age 30) 66 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
7 4FW Kevin De Bruyne 28 June 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 26) 45 12 England Manchester City
9 4FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 24) 49 14 England Everton
10 4FW Eden Hazard (vice-captain) 7 January 1991 (1991-01-07) (age 26) 70 14 England Chelsea
11 4FW Yannick Carrasco 4 September 1993 (1993-09-04) (age 23) 9 1 Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid
14 4FW Dries Mertens 6 May 1987 (1987-05-06) (age 30) 50 8 Flag of Italy Napoli
17 4FW Divock Origi 18 April 1995 (1995-04-18) (age 22) 21 3 England Liverpool
20 4FW Christian Benteke 3 December 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 26) 28 6 England Liverpool
22 4FW Michy Batshuayi 2 October 1993 (1993-10-02) (age 23) 7 3 Flag of France Marseille

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
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 team of Université de Bruxelles)
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

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
League competitions The RBFA Cup competitions
Belgian First Division A Belgium Belgian Cup
Belgian First Division B (U-21) Belgian Supercup
Third Division (A, B) List of clubs Belgian League Cup
Belgian Promotion (A, B, C, D) List of stadiums
Provincial leagues (by capacity)
List of leagues
Records

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