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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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:36 CET
1 September 2016 01 Sep - Friendlies 2016-18
Belgium0-2Spain
Referee: not available Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
10/11/2016 17:13:47
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Cyprus0-3Belgium
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/31/2017 07:30:27
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Belgium4-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
10/08/2016 02:19:54
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Gibraltar0-6Belgium
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
04/20/2017 15:30:37
9 November 2016 09 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Netherlands1-1Belgium
Referee: not available Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/06/2017 10:33:34
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Belgium8-1Estonia
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
11/14/2016 08:50:32
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Belgium1-1Greece
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
03/27/2017 10:40:29
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Russia3-3Belgium
Referee: not available Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi (RUS)
05/03/2017 15:26:16
5 June 2017 05 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Belgium2-1Czech Republic
Referee: not available Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
06/08/2017 11:30:36
Estonia0-2Belgium
Referee: John Beaton (SCO) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
08/21/2017 14:57:59
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumGibraltar
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL)
08/22/2017 16:38:20
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceBelgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
08/22/2017 16:46:57
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBelgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
07/10/2017 15:33:58
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumCyprus
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
07/10/2017 15:45:10

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)
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