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Belgium team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.07CET
Watch five top goals from Belgium's qualifying campaign and check out their EURO pedigree, the Red Devils having recently reached the top of the tree in FIFA's world rankings.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.07CET

Belgium team profile

Watch five top goals from Belgium's qualifying campaign and check out their EURO pedigree, the Red Devils having recently reached the top of the tree in FIFA's world rankings.

Best result: runners-up 1980
Coach:
Marc Wilmots
Leading scorers:
all-time – Bernard Voorhoof, Paul Van Himst (30); current – Marouane Fellaini (15)
Most appearances:
all-time – Jan Ceulemans (96); current – Jan Vertonghen (76)
Association formed:
1895
Nickname:
Rode Duivels/Diables Rouges (Red Devils)
Where they play:
Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels

Belgium: Top five qualifying goals

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, where they reached the last eight. The good times continued for Marc Wilmots' star-studded side as they topped their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying section. In France they 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: P116 W53 D28 L35 F183 A132
Final tournament: P12 W4 D2 L6 F13 A20
Qualifying: P104 W49 D26 L29 F170 A112

Belgium are now firmly back among Europe's elite having ended a three-decade wait to qualify for the UEFA European Championship, in which they were 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 18/11/15

Last updated: 03/12/15 13.29CET

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Match log

SSI Err
HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/09/2016 16:48 CET
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium6-0Andorra
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-1Belgium
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:53:59
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium0-0Wales
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:43
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium5-0Cyprus
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:36
31 March 2015 31 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel0-1Belgium
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Itztadion Teddy, Jerusalem (ISR)
08/16/2016 07:10:46
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales1-0Belgium
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium3-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:32
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus0-1Belgium
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/16/2016 07:27:46
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra1-4Belgium
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
04/04/2016 19:11:14
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium3-1Israel
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:25
Belgium0-2Italy
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:22
Belgium3-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
06/24/2016 09:08:16
Sweden0-1Belgium
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:07:49
26 June 2016 26 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Hungary0-4Belgium
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
06/28/2016 10:15:55
1 July 2016 01 Jul - UEFA EURO, Quarter-finals
Wales3-1Belgium
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:16
1 September 2016 01 Sep - Friendlies 2016-18
Belgium0-2Spain
Referee: not available Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
09/15/2016 15:50:03
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Cyprus0-3Belgium
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
09/07/2016 11:20:15
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
09/22/2016 18:29:23
10 October 2016 10 Oct - Friendlies 2016-18
Russia - Belgium
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
09/02/2016 18:17:30
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GibraltarBelgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
09/22/2016 18:45:33
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumEstonia
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
09/09/2016 09:30:05
25 March 2017 25 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumGreece
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaBelgium
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumGibraltar
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:31
31 August 2017 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Belgium - Russia
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
09/02/2016 18:17:30
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceBelgium
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBelgium
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumCyprus
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1895
  • Stadium : King Baudouin Stadium
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

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)
    Jan Vertonghen (BEL)
  • Top scorers: 9
    François Van Der Elst (BEL)