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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.07CET
Belgium may be back among the elite for this summer's FIFA World Cup, but it is now three decades since they last qualified for the UEFA European Championship.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.07CET

Belgium team profile

Belgium may be back among the elite for this summer's FIFA World Cup, but it is now three decades since they last qualified for the UEFA European Championship.

Best result: runners-up 1980
Coach:
Marc Wilmots
Leading scorers:
all-time – Bernard Voorhoof, Paul Van Himst (30); current – Daniel Van Buyten (10)
Most appearances:
all-time – Jan Ceulemans (96); current – Timmy Simons (93)
Association formed:
1895
Nickname:
Rode Duivels (Red Devils)
Where they play:
Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels

Belgium ended a 12-year absence from major tournaments with an impressive qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, their surge up the FIFA rankings earning them seeded status for the finals draw. Good times ahead are anticipated for Marc Wilmots' star-studded side, who will hope to match, or perhaps even better, the achievements of previous Red Devils selections. Highlights include a runners-up spot at EURO '80 and fourth place at the 1986 World Cup.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P106 W46 D26 L34 F159 A127
Final tournament: P12 W4 D2 L6 F13 A20
Qualifying: P94 W42 D24 L28 F146 A107

Belgium may be back among the elite in the World Cup, but it is now three decades since they last qualified for the UEFA European Championship having been final tournament regulars during the 1970s and early 1980s. They finished third on home soil in 1972 and eight years later went one step closer to lifting the trophy, losing the Rome final 2-1 to a late West Germany goal.

Since then the Red Devils have only managed two more group stage appearances, in 1984 and in 2000, when they were the tournament co-hosts, but failed to progress on both occasions. UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying came too early for Belgium's new wave, Georges Leekens' side never recovering from defeats in their first two Group A games as they finished third, two points shy of Turkey and a play-off spot. Now, though, they are four years older.

Memorable EURO matches
22/06/80: Belgium 1-2 West Germany, 1980 UEFA European Championship final
René Vandereycken's penalty made it 1-1 but Horst Hrubesch's second of the game (88) was decisive.

17/06/72: Hungary 1-2 Belgium, 1972 UEFA European Championship third-place play-off
Goals from Raoul Lambert and Paul Van Himst in Liege sealed third in Belgium's first finals.

13/05/72: Belgium 2-1 Italy, 1972 UEFA European Championship quarter-finals
Van Himst struck as Belgium booked a finals spot at holders Italy's expense after a first-leg draw.

Did you know?
Belgium were the only qualifiers for the 1984 UEFA European Championship to win their qualifying group by more than one point; eventual runners-up Spain advanced on goals scored.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 17/02/14 16.48CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/10/2014 11:50 CET
Wales0-2Belgium
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) – Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
04/18/2013 11:37:24
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belgium1-1Croatia
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Roi Baudouin, Brussels (BEL)
04/18/2013 09:19:11
Serbia0-3Belgium
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE) – Stadium: Stadion FK Crvena zvezda, Belgrade (SRB)
04/18/2013 10:56:21
Belgium2-0Scotland
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) – Stadium: Roi Baudouin, Brussels (BEL)
04/18/2013 09:19:11
FYR Macedonia0-2Belgium
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) – Stadium: National Arena Filip II Macedonian, Skopje (MKD)
10/14/2014 11:37:14
Belgium1-0FYR Macedonia
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
10/14/2014 11:37:14
Belgium2-1Serbia
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Roi Baudouin, Brussels (BEL)
07/25/2013 10:54:39
Scotland0-2Belgium
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) – Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO)
09/11/2013 07:08:07
Croatia1-2Belgium
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
12/16/2013 12:35:10
Belgium1-1Wales
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) – Stadium: Roi Baudouin, Brussels (BEL)
12/16/2013 12:35:08
Belgium2-1Algeria
Referee: Marco Rodriquez (MEX) – Stadium: Estadio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (BRA)
06/17/2014 19:23:31
Belgium1-0Russia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
06/22/2014 18:52:10
Korea Republic0-1Belgium
Referee: Williams Benjamin (AUS) – Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (BRA)
06/26/2014 22:54:08
Belgium2-1USA
Belgium win after extra time
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) – Stadium: Mangabeira, Salvador De Bahia (BRA)
07/01/2014 23:32:54
Argentina1-0Belgium
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (BRA)
07/05/2014 18:53:31
Belgium2-0Australia
Referee: not available
09/04/2014 22:37:37
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium6-0Andorra
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) – Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
10/14/2014 18:44:22
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-1Belgium
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) – Stadium: Bilino Polje, Zenica (BIH)
10/17/2014 10:27:41
Belgium - Iceland
Referee: TBD
09/30/2014 16:33:53
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
BelgiumWales
Referee: TBD – Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
10/23/2014 15:19:51
BelgiumCyprus
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:46
IsraelBelgium
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:56
WalesBelgium
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:26
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
BelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:09
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusBelgium
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:50
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
AndorraBelgium
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:56
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
BelgiumIsrael
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:49

General info

  • Founded : 1895
  • Stadium : Roi Baudouin
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    10/10/2014, Belgium 6-0 Andorra, Brussels
    14/10/1986, Luxembourg 0-6 Belgium, Luxembourg
  • Biggest defeat:
    16/06/1984, France 5-0 Belgium, Nantes
    25/04/1976, Netherlands 5-0 Belgium, Rotterdam
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Timmy Simons (BEL)
  • Top scorers: 9
    François Van Der Elst (BEL)
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