Belgium national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

Belgium national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

In this article, you will get to know about the Belgium national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, and History. The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in men’s international football since its first match in 1904. The team falls under FIFA’s global jurisdiction and is administered by UEFA in Europe, both co-founded by its governing body. Belgian team, Royal Belgian Football Association.

From 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002, and again in 2014, Belgium’s period of formal representation at the highest international level has been replaced by mostly failed qualifying rounds. Most of Belgium’s domestic games are played at the King Bowdoin Stadium in Brussels.

Team Profile summary

AssociationRoyal Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA/KBFV)
Nickname(s)De Rode Duivels, Les Diables Rouges, Die Roten Teufel
ConfederationUEFA
FIFA codeBEL
FIFA rank5 (25 November 2024)
Most CapsJan Vertonghen (136)
Top ScorerRomelu Lukaku (68)
Home stadiumVarious
Head coachRoberto Martínez

Belgium national football team History

Belgium’s first international match was against France in Brussels on May 1, 1904. For their opponents, this was also their first international match, as it was the first between two independent European countries. The match, which had 1,500 people watching, ended in a 3-3 draw and the Évence Coppée Trophy was shared between the two nations. Twelve days later, France and Belgium joined five other national teams to form FIFA.

Belgium formed a rivalry with the Netherlands which sparked the Netherlands derby, which to this day remains a major rivalry in football matches to this day. Belgium was then one of the original twelve teams that competed in the first FIFA World Cup. The team struggled in their group, losing to Argentina and Wales. In 1910, former Scotland player William Maxwell was appointed manager of Belgium as they finished runners-up in the 1910 FIFA World Cup which was held in Austria. Maxwell would lead them into the next World Cup in England, where Belgium would finish in fourth position after losing to eventual runners-up England.

After surviving a tricky qualifying section that involved defeating the Republic of Ireland in a play-off, they were not expected to make it past the group stage with Sweden and Italy as potential qualifiers. In the opening match against the Italians, Albert De Hert scored a late goal to record an upset win for Belgium as it would put them on a good stride to qualify for the quarter-finals with the only loss against Sweden. In the quarter-finals, they were outclassed by the British team when they fell 3-0 in Gothenburg to finish in 8th place overall.

The next opportunity to progress to the World Cup began in 1953 with the qualifying group consisting of France and West Germany. In one of three groups to have a full home-and-away format for the first time, the country would finish in last place with the only point being a 0-0 draw against the France. During the match in Brussels, the French and Belgian federations discuss the possible formation of a European confederation that will coincide with CONMEBOL. After discussion, it was decided to form UEFA with headquarters in Brussels.

Despite excellent form in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers as well as being considered the biggest contender for the European trophy, the tournament turned out to be a complete disappointment for Belgium. With Russia, Denmark and Finland joining Group B, Belgium easily won the group with three wins. In the knockout stage, Belgium faced defending champions Portugal for the first time in the Round of 16 and Thorgen Hazard’s powerful strike prevented Belgium from winning 1-0. In the quarter-finals, Belgium once again faced their arch-rivals Italy, but Belgium failed to avenge their 2016 defeat as they fell to 1-2 again with a goal from Romelu Lukaku, leaving Belgium in the lurch. The campaign ended on a sad note.

Belgium national football team Home Stadium

In 1930, on the occasion of the centenary of the country, the site was inaugurated as Jubilee Stadium with an unofficial match between Belgium and the Netherlands. At that time the capacity of the stadium was 75,000. In 1946, the town was renamed Hazel Stadium after its neighbor. The new name was associated with the tragedy that preceded the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool. Thirty-nine spectators were killed after riots broke out in the then-old building.

Three years after the catastrophe, renovation projects were unveiled. In 1995, after two years of operation, the modern stadium was named after the late King Bowdoin. In May 2013, the Brussels-Capital Region announced that King Bowden Stadium would be relocated from Euro stadium, somewhere else on the Hazel Plateau. In 2018, however, plans for a new stadium were definitely canceled.

Belgium national football team Kit

Six costume makers have provided the team’s official costumes. Adidas has been a producer since 2014 and has closed its 2026 sponsorship agreement with RBFA. It was also a supplier from 1974 to 1980 and from 1982 to 1991. Former kit manufacturers are Umbro (the early 1970s), Admiral (1981-1982), Diodora (1992-1999), Nike (1999-2010), and Burda-2010-2014.

Belgium Football Kit 2022, Home and Away by Adidas will be available soon.

Who are Belgium National Football team players?

On 18 March 2022, 27 players were named to the squad for the two friendly matches on 26 and 29 March 2022 against the Republic of Ireland and Burkina Faso respectively. Information is correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Burkina Faso.

NoPositionPlayer NameDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
GKMatz Sels26-02-1992 (30)20Strasbourg
GKThomas Kaminski23-10-1992 (29)00Blackburn Rovers
GKDavy Roef06-02-1994 (28)00Gent
DFJason Denayer28-06-1995 (26)351Lyon
DFDedryck Boyata28-11-1990 (31)290Hertha BSC
DFThomas Foket25-09-1994 (27)91Reims
DFAlexis Saelemaekers27-06-1999 (22)91Milan
DFSebastiaan Bornauw22-03-1999 (23)30VfL Wolfsburg
DFArthur Theate25-05-2000 (21)20Bologna
DFSiebe Van der Heyden30-05-1998 (23)10Union SG
DFWout Faes03-04-1998 (23)00 Reims
MFYouri Tielemans07-05-1997 (24)494Leicester City
MFThorgan Hazard29-03-1993 (29)429Borussia Dortmund
MFLeander Dendoncker15-04-1995 (26)260Wolverhampton
MFHans Vanaken24-08-1992 (29)195Club Brugge
MFLeandro Trossard04-12-1994 (27)153Brighton & Hove Albion
MFOrel Mangala18-03-1998 (24)20VfB Stuttgart
MFAlbert Sambi Lokonga22-10-1999 (22)10Arsenal
FWChristian Benteke03-12-1990 (31)4518Crystal Palace
FWMichy Batshuayi02-10-1993 (28)4123Beşiktaş
FWDivock Origi18-04-1995 (26)323Liverpool
FWAdnan Januzaj05-02-1995 (27)151Real Sociedad
FWYari Verschaeren12-07-2001 (20)71Anderlecht
FWCharles De Ketelaere10-03-2001 (21)61Club Brugge
FWDante Vanzeir16-04-1998 (23)10Union SG

Who are the Belgium national football team captain and coach?

Eden Hazard is the captain of the Belgium national football team and Roberto Martínez is the current manager of the Belgium national team.

Belgium national football team captain

Eden Hazard is captain of the Belgium national football team. Have a look at the profile summary of Belgium’s current captain.

Profile summary

  • Name: Eden Hazard
  • Date of birth/Age: Jan 7, 1991 (31)
  • Place of birth: La Louvière
  • Citizenship:  Belgium
  • Height: 1,75 m
  • Position: Left Winger
  • National player: Belgium
  • Caps/Goals: 116 / 33

Belgium national football team Coach

Roberto Martínez is the current manager of the Belgium national team. Have a look at the profile summary of the team’s current coach.

Profile summary

  • Name: Roberto Martínez
  • Date of birth/Age: Jul 13, 1973 (48)
  • Place of birth: Balaguer
  • Citizenship: Spain
  • Agent: Quadrans
  • Avg. the term as coach: 3.73 Years
  • Preferred formation: 3-4-2-1

Belgium national football team world rankings

Belgium is at 5th Number in FIFA World ranking.

Belgium’s national football team trophies

FIFA World Cup

  • Third place: 2018

UEFA European Championship

  • Runners-up: 1980
  • Third place: 1972

Football at the Summer Olympics

  • Gold Medal: 1920
  • Bronze Medal: 1900

Source: FootballArroyo.co.uk

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