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Nickname(s) Rode Duivels
Diables Rouges
Rote Teufel
(Red Devils)
Association Belgian Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Heid coach Marc Wilmots
Captain Vincent Kompany
FIFA code BEL
FIFA rankin 10
Heichest FIFA rankin 5 (October 2013)
Lawest FIFA rankin 71 (June 2007)
Elo rankin 32
Heichest Elo rankin 2 (September 1920)
Lawest Elo rankin 74 (September 2009)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
European Championship
Appearances 4
Best result Runners-Up, 1980

The Belgium naitional fitbaw team (Dutch: Het Belgische voetbalelftal, Dutch pronunciation: [əd ˈbɛɫ.ʝi.sə ˈvud.bɑɫ.ˌɛɫ(ə)f.tɑɫ]); (French: L'équipe de Belgique de football); (German: Die Belgische Fußballnationalmannschaft); represents Belgium in association fitbaw an is controllit bi the Ryal Belgian Fitbaw Association, the governin bodie fir fitbaw in Belgium. Belgium's hame groond is King Baudouin Stadium in [{Brussels]]. Marc Wilmots is their naitional manager. He stairtit as an assistant, but teuk ower when Georges Leekens teuk the managerial position in FC Bruges. They are cawed the Red Deeils (Dutch: Rode Duivels, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroː.də ˈdœy̯.vəɫs]); (French: Diables Rouges); (German: Rote Teufel).

Historie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Belgium playt its feerst offeecial gem on 1 Mey 1904, in a 3–3 draw versus France national football team. Afore this gem, a Belgian selection playt severl matches, but the squad haed some Inglis players on it, so these irnae addit tae the caps. Fir exampil, Belgium beat the Netherlands naitional fitbae team bi 8–0 on 28 Aprile 1901 wae the help o some Inglismen. It wis then decidit that Belgium wid play twa times a year against Netherlands beginnin frae 1905, generally wance in Antwerp an ance in Rotterdam (later Amsterdam). At that time, the naitional squad wis chosen bi a committee o representatives o the 6 or 7 main squads.

The team wis nicknamit The Red Deeils by journalist Pierre Walckiers efter its 3:2 victorie ower Netherlands (Rotterdam, 1906). The nickname stems frae the fact that fae the beginning an up tae recently, the team's ane colours wir aw red.

Ower the foalowin six decades, Belgium establishit itsel as a strang seecond-tier team, nae often in the runnin fir winnin a major tournament but ne'er easy tae han'l at hame or abroad. A key strengt a the team wis its systematit uiss o the offside trap, a defensive tactic developit in the 1960s at Anderlecht unner French coach Pierre Sinibaldi.

Their maist successfu period stairtit when they feenishit seecond in the UEFA Euro 1980. The 1980s an early 1990s ir generally considerit tae be the golden age o the national squad. Unner the lead o Guy Thys, who coachtt mair than 100 officeel gems, Belgium establisht a reput o bein a physical, weel-organizit team that wis difficult tae play. The team's stere organization wis reinforcit by severl wurld-class players sic as goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff, right-back Eric Gerets, midfielder Jan Ceulemans, playmaker Enzo Scifo an striker Luc Nilis.

Efter failing tae qualify fir the FIFA World Cup fir the feerst time syne 1978, the contract o national coach Aimé Anthuenis wisnae renewt beyond 2005, an it wis decidit on December 22, 2005 that René Vandereycken wid replace Anthuenis on January 1, 2006. The perfoarmances a the team didnae improve an Belgium slipped tae an aw-time low 71st position in the FIFA Wurld Rankings in June 2007. Efter no qualifyin fir Euro 2008 an a generally pair performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which ondit wae Belgium getin knocked oot, coach René Vandereycken wis sacked on the 7 April 2009. After a 2–1 loss against Armenia on 9 September 2009, Vercauteren resignt an made way fir new coach Dick Advocaat. Howe'er, on 15 April 2010, Efter ony sixs months at the helm, Advocaat resignt as manager a the Belgian national team wae speculation that he wis tae become coach a the Russian national team. Georges Leekens wis annoonct as the next manager a the Belgian national team on 11 May 2010, signin a contract til 2012. Thees is Leekens' seecond stint as national manager, haen previously managit the Red Deeils fae 1997 to 1999.

Competitive record[eedit | eedit soorce]

World Cup[eedit | eedit soorce]

Belgium qualified fir six successit Wurld Cups fae 1982 throu 2002. The Belgian team reachit the knockoot phase fev oot a six times fae 1982 to 2002, includin a streak o four tournaments. wan a their maist weel-kent victories wis a 1–0 win ower defendin champions Argentina, in the feerst gem a the 1982 World Cup held at Camp Nou wae a goal by Erwin Vandenbergh.

Fower years efter they achievitt their best-ever Wurld Cup run in 1986 when they placit fowrth unner command a players the like o Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets an Jean-Marie Pfaff. Belgium won against favourites Soviet Union wae stamagast wae stars sic as Igor Belanov an Rinat Dasayev (3–4) efter extra time. Belgium beat Spain on penalties an aa, but they loast tae eventual champions Argentina in the semifinal (0–2). In the third-place match Belgium loast tae France (2–4) efter extra time. Captain an midfielder Jan Ceulemans wis the feerst Belgian player tae be selectit in the Aw-Star Team o a World Cup. Enzo Scifo wis electit as best young player a the tournament.

In the 1990 World Cup, Belgium did weel agaunst Ingland, but eventually loast in the last meenut o extra time efter a goal by David Platt. Enzo Scifo wis electit as seecond best player o the 1990 World Cup after Lothar Matthäus.

In the 1994 Wurld Cup Belgium loast to title defenders Germany in roond 2. Michel Preud'homme wis electit as best goalkeeper a the tournament an wis selectit in the Aw-Star Team.

In 1998 Belgium wis wan a only twa squads, tigether wae wurld champion France no tae lose a singl gem. Three draws in the feerst roond – agaunst Netherlands, Mexico an South Korea – proovt no enough tae reach the knockoot stage. In 1998 Enzo Scifo an Franky Van Der Elst appearit in their fowrth Wurld Cups, settin a Belgian record.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup didnae stairt weel fir Belgium, but the team improvt durin the toornament. Captain Marc Wilmots wis notable fir scorin in ev'ry matcha the feerst roond. In the seecond roond they haed tae play agaunst eventual champions Brazil. Tae the connflumix a the Brazilians themsel, referee Peter Prendergast disallowt a goal by Marc Wilmots that wid hae gien Belgium a 1–0 lead. Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari declarit efter the tournament that the match agaunst the Red Deeils haed been the hardest wan fir Brazil tae win. The team did win the toornament's fair-play award. Marc Wilmots equallt the record aEnzo Scifo an Franky Van Der Elst by appearin in 4 Wurld Cup squads, althou he didnae play in his feerst Wurld Cup in 1990. Wilmots scored his 5th World Cup goal agaunst Russia an aa, which made him Belgium's tap scorer in Wurld Cup Finals matches.

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 1st Round 2 0 0 2 0 4
Italy 1934 1st Round 1 0 0 1 2 5
Fraunce 1938 1st Round 1 0 0 1 1 3
Brazil 1950 Withdrew
Swisserland 1954 1st Round 2 0 1 1 5 8
Swaden 1958 Did not qualify
Chile 1962
Ingland 1966
Mexico 1970 1st Round 3 1 0 2 4 5
Wast Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentinae 1978
Spain 1982 2nd Round 5 2 1 2 3 5
Mexico 1986 4th place 7 2 2 3 12 15
Italy 1990 2nd Round 4 2 0 2 6 4
Unitit States 1994 2nd Round 4 2 0 2 4 4
Fraunce 1998 1st Round 3 0 3 0 3 3
Sooth Korea Japan 2002 2nd Round 4 1 2 1 6 7
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
Sooth Africae 2010
Brazil 2014 To be decided
Total 11/19 36 10 9 17 46 63

European Championship[eedit | eedit soorce]

Belgium's performance in the European Championship disnae match its Wurld Cup record. The best result is nae doot the unexpectit seecond place at the 1980 edition in Italy efter a narrow loass (1–2) tae Waist Germany in the finaw. Belgium hosted or co-hosted the event twice, feenishin third in 1972 (when they wir chosen amongst the fower semi-finalists tae host the event) an bein wan a the major disappointments o the 2000 edition wae a feerst-roond exit. Belgium feerst won agaunst Sweden 2–1 via goals frae Bart Goor in the 43rd meenut an Emile Mpenza in the 46th meenut agaunst Sweden's wan by Johan Mjallby in the 53rd meenut efter a muck;e awfu error a goalkeepr Filip De Wilde. But then, Belgium loast 2–0 agaunst Italy (goals frae Francesco Totti in the 5th meenut an Stefano Fiore in the 66th minute) and 2–0 agaunst Turkey (twa goals from Hakan Şükür in the 45th efter anither error a goalkeeper Filip De Wilde, an 70th meenut). In the 83rd meenut o that last group gem, Filip De Wilde e'en endit his Euro 2000, bein sent aff fir attackin Arif Erdem ootside the penalty area.

UEFA European Championship record
Year Roond Position GP W D* L GS GA
Fraunce 1960 Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Socialist Federal Republic o Yugoslavie 1976 Did not qualify
Italy 1980 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 2 1 4 4
Fraunce 1984 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 8
Wast Germany 1988 Did not qualify
Swaden 1992
Ingland 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group Stage 12th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify
Austrick Swisserland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
Fraunce 2016 To be decided
Total 4/13 12 4 2 6 13 20

Olympic Games[eedit | eedit soorce]

Belgium won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1920

Note: Fitbaw at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Euro 2012 qualifications[eedit | eedit soorce]

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2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main airticle: 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group A

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Current squad[eedit | eedit soorce]

The foalowin players it the squad who wir namit fir the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Serbia and Scotland on 12 an 16 October 2012.

Caps an goals are correct as of October 16, 2012.

# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Thibaut Courtois 11 Mey 1992 (1992-05-11) (age 21) 7 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
12 1GK Simon Mignolet 6 August 1988 (1988-08-06) (age 25) 10 0 Ingland Sunderland
21 1GK Jean-François Gillet 31 Mey 1979 (1979-05-31) (age 34) 8 0 Italy Torino
24 2DF Guillaume Gillet 9 Mairch 1984 (1984-03-09) (age 30) 18 1 Belgium Anderlecht
3 2DF Thomas Vermaelen (vice-captain) 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 28) 40 1 Ingland Arsenal
4 2DF Vincent Kompany (captain) 10 Aprile 1986 (1986-04-10) (age 28) 51 3 Ingland Manchester City
5 2DF Jan Vertonghen 24 Aprile 1987 (1987-04-24) (age 26) 43 4 Ingland Tottenham Hotspur
13 2DF Laurent Ciman 5 August 1985 (1985-08-05) (age 28) 8 0 Belgium Standard Liège
16 2DF Daniel Van Buyten (vice-captain) 7 Februar 1978 (1978-02-07) (age 36) 67 10 Germany Bayern Munich
19 2DF Nicolas Lombaerts 20 Mairch 1985 (1985-03-20) (age 29) 20 2 Roushie Zenit Saint Petersburg
2 2DF Toby Alderweireld 2 Mairch 1989 (1989-03-02) (age 25) 20 0 Netherlands Ajax
8 3MF Axel Witsel 12 Januar 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 25) 34 5 Roushie Zenit Saint Petersburg
23 3MF Moussa Dembélé 16 Julie 1987 (1987-07-16) (age 26) 44 5 Ingland Tottenham Hotspur
6 3MF Marouane Fellaini 22 November 1987 (1987-11-22) (age 26) 37 5 Ingland Everton
18 3MF Steven Defour 15 Aprile 1988 (1988-04-15) (age 26) 36 1 Portugal Porto
22 3MF Timmy Simons 11 December 1976 (1976-12-11) (age 37) 91 6 Germany Nürnberg
11 3MF Nacer Chadli 2 October 1989 (1989-10-02) (age 24) 11 2 Netherlands Twente
17 4FW Kevin Mirallas 5 October 1987 (1987-10-05) (age 26) 31 6 Ingland Everton
10 4FW Eden Hazard 7 Januar 1991 (1991-01-07) (age 23) 32 2 Ingland Chelsea
14 4FW Dries Mertens 6 Mey 1987 (1987-05-06) (age 26) 15 1 Netherlands PSV
7 4FW Kevin De Bruyne 28 Juin 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 22) 7 1 Germany Werder Bremen
20 4FW Jelle Vossen 23 Mairch 1989 (1989-03-23) (age 25) 10 2 Belgium Racing Genk
15 4FW Ilombe Mboyo 27 Aprile 1987 (1987-04-27) (age 26) 0 0 Belgium Gent
9 4FW Christian Benteke 3 December 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 23) 8 2 Ingland Aston Villa

Recent call-ups[eedit | eedit soorce]

The foalowin players hae been cawd up fir the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Most Recent Match/Selection
GK Olivier Renard 24 Mey 1979 (1979-05-24) (age 34) 0 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Ingland, 2 June 2012
DF Sébastien Pocognoli 1 August 1987 (1987-08-01) (age 26) 8 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Croatie, 11 September 2012
DF Denis Odoi 27 Mey 1988 (1988-05-27) (age 25) 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Ingland, 2 June 2012
DF Anthony Vanden Borre 24 October 1987 (1987-10-24) (age 26) 23 1 Unattached v.  Fraunce, 15 November 2011
MF Jonathan Blondel 3 Aprile 1984 (1984-04-03) (age 30) 4 0 Belgium Club Brugge v. Template:Kintra data WAL, 7 September 2012
MF Radja Nainggolan 4 Mey 1988 (1988-05-04) (age 25) 3 0 Italy Cagliari v.  Ingland, 2 June 2012
MF Maarten Martens 2 Julie 1984 (1984-07-02) (age 29) 9 0 Netherlands AZ v.  Greece, 29 February 2012
MF Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe 21 Februar 1989 (1989-02-21) (age 25) 3 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Romanie, 11 November 2011
FW Romelu Lukaku 13 Mey 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 20) 17 3 Ingland Chelsea v.  Serbie, 12 October 2012
FW Benjamin De Ceulaer 19 December 1983 (1983-12-19) (age 30) 0 0 Belgium Racing Genk v.  Croatie, 11 September 2012
FW Igor de Camargo 12 Mey 1983 (1983-05-12) (age 30) 9 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Croatie, 11 September 2012

Statistics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Most capped[eedit | eedit soorce]

As of 11 September 2012 after Belgium - Croatia
See also Progression of Belgium association football caps record.

Bold denotes still active players

# Player Belgium career Caps
1 Jan Ceulemans 1977–1991 96
2 Timmy Simons 2001– 93
3 Eric Gerets 1975–1991 86
Franky Van der Elst 1984–1998 86
5 Enzo Scifo 1984–1999 84
6 Paul Van Himst 1960–1974 81
7 Bart Goor 1999–2008 78
8 Georges Grün 1984–1995 77
9 Lorenzo Staelens 1990–2000 70
Marc Wilmots 1990–2002 70

Top scorers[eedit | eedit soorce]

See an aa Progression of Belgium association football goalscoring record

# Player Belgium career Goals Caps
1 Bernard Voorhoof 1928–1940 30 61
Paul van Himst 1960–1974 30 81
3 Marc Wilmots 1990–2002 29 70
4 Joseph Mermans 1945–1956 27 56
5 Robert de Veen 1906–1913 26 23
Raymond Braine 1925–1939 26 54
7 Wesley Sonck 2001–2010 24 54
8 Marc Degryse 1984–1996 23 63
Jan Ceulemans 1976–1991 23 96
10 Henri 'Rik' Coppens 1949–1959 21 47

Youngest players[eedit | eedit soorce]

The top 10 youngest players who made their debut for the national football team of Belgium.

Rank Player (Team) Age
1 Fernand Nisot (Léopold Club) 16 years, 19 days
2 Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht) 16 years, 187 days
3 Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht) 16 years, 296 days
4 Paul Van Himst (Anderlecht) 17 years, 17 days
5 Jean Capelle (Standard Liège) 17 years, 153 days
6 Joseph Musch (Saint-Gilloise) 17 years, 198 days
7 Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht) 17 years, 314 days
8 Eden Hazard (Lille) 17 years, 316 days
9 Raymond Braine (Beerschot) 17 years, 321 days
10 Bernard Voorhoof (Lierse) 17 years, 338 days

Coaches[eedit | eedit soorce]

Name Nat Period
William Maxwell Scotland 1910–1913
Charles Bunyan, Sr. Ingland 1914
William Maxwell Scotland 1920–1928
Victor Löwenfelt Austrick 1928–1930
Hector Goetinck Belgium 1930–1934
Jules Turnauer Hungary 1935
Jack Butler Ingland 1935–1940
François Demol Belgium 1944–1946
Bill Gormlie Ingland 1947–1953
Dougall Livingstone Scotland 1953–1954
André Vandeweyer Belgium 1955–1957
Louie Nicolay Belgium 1957 (Caretaker)
Géza Toldi Hungary 1957–1958
Constant Vanden Stock Belgium 1958–1968
Raymond Goethals Belgium Jun. 19, 1968 – Apr. 26, 1976
Guy Thys Belgium May 22, 1976 – Jun. 9, 1989
Walter Meeuws Belgium Jul. 23, 1989 – Feb. 21, 1990
Guy Thys Belgium May 26, 1990 – May 1, 1991
Paul Van Himst Belgium Sep. 1, 1991 – Mar. 21, 1996
Wilfried Van Moer Belgium Oct. 8, 1996 – Dec. 27, 1996
Georges Leekens Belgium Feb. 11, 1997 – Aug. 8, 1999
Robert Waseige Belgium Aug. 20, 1999 – Jun. 30, 2002
Aimé Anthuenis Belgium Aug. 21, 2002 – Dec. 31, 2005
René Vandereycken Belgium Jan. 1, 2006 – Apr. 7, 2009
Franky Vercauteren Belgium May 5, 2009 – Sep. 9, 2009
Dick Advocaat Netherlands Oct. 1, 2009 – Apr. 15, 2010
Georges Leekens Belgium May 4, 2010 – May 13, 2012
Marc Wilmots Belgium May 15, 2012 –

Historical Kits[eedit | eedit soorce]

1986 Home
1990 Home
1990 Away
1994 home
1994 away
1998 home
1998 away
2000 home
2000 away
2002 Home
2009 Home
2010 Home

See also[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

External links[eedit | eedit soorce]

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