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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: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium2-0Australia
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
12/17/2015 16:18:57
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)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
12 November 2014 12 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium3-1Iceland
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
12/17/2015 16:19:53
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)
01/08/2016 08:06:37
7 June 2015 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
France3-4Belgium
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
04/06/2016 16:53:36
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)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
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
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium3-1Italy
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
12/29/2015 11:20:32
14 November 2015 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium - Italy
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:43:01
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium - Spain
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
03/29/2016 15:25:53
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Portugal2-1Belgium
Referee: not available Stadium: Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria (POR)
03/31/2016 14:31:29
28 May 2016 28 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Switzerland
16.15
Belgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
03/23/2016 16:23:37
1 June 2016 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium
20.45
Finland
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
03/23/2016 16:24:15
5 June 2016 05 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium
18.00
Norway
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
03/23/2016 16:33:30
BelgiumItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Lyon (FRA)
04/06/2016 17:06:54
BelgiumRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
04/11/2016 15:16:40
SwedenBelgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
04/06/2016 17:07:33
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
CyprusBelgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
04/27/2016 13:14:55
BelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:46:44
BelgiumEstonia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:15:33
BelgiumGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:52:48
EstoniaBelgium
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:34:03
GreeceBelgium
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:52:48
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBelgium
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:18:18
BelgiumCyprus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:52:48

General info

  • Founded : 1895
  • Stadium : King Baudouin Stadium
  • Currently playing : 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)
  • Top scorers: 9
    François Van Der Elst (BEL)
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