Team analysis

Belgium

Belgium

Belgium squad
No.PlayerBornPos.GERCZESVNCROFRAGSClub
1Jens Teunckens30/01/1998Goalkeeper8080808080 Club Brugge (BEL)
2Kino Delorge05/01/1998Defender72*808070*80 KRC Genk (BEL)
3Rubin Seigers11/01/1998Defender80808080801 KRC Genk (BEL)
4Wout Faes03/04/1998Defender80808080 RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
5Christophe Janssens09/03/1998Defender8080808080 Club Brugge (BEL)
6Matisse Thuys24/01/1998Midfield808057*8080 KRC Genk (BEL)
7Ismail Azzaoui06/01/1998Forward8080*8080803 Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
8Alper Ademoglu10/04/1998Midfield8080808080 RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
9Dennis Van Vaerenbergh26/06/1998Forward64*808080802 Club Brugge (BEL)
10Orel Mangala18/03/1998Midfield8069*74* 28+ RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
11Lennerd Daneels10/04/1998Forward68*40*20+802+ PSV Eindhoven (NED)
12Gaetan Coucke03/11/1998Goalkeeper KRC Genk (BEL)
13Dries Caignau08/01/1998Defender8+ 8010+ KAA Gent (BEL)
14Siebe Horemans02/06/1998Defender KAA Gent (BEL)
15Dante Rigo11/12/1998Midfield 11+23+77*52* PSV Eindhoven (NED)
16Nelson Azevedo-Janelas12/02/1998Forward12+ RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
17Jorn Vanсamp28/10/1998Forward16+1+6+ RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
18Matthias Verreth20/02/1998Forward 40+60*3+78* PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Coach: Bob Browaeys
19/09/68
"Reaching the semi-finals was a big achievement for a small country like Belgium and I was proud of the players' performance. The players were disappointed because we were close to the final, but the important thing is that they can learn a lot from the five games we played. The tournament encourages us to think about how we can do better and, for the coaching staff, the important thing was to analyse the matches and see what lessons we can learn ahead of the World Cup."

Belgium team analysis

Belgium team analysis

• 4-3-3 with disciplined covering by screening midfielder Matisse Thuys
• Excellent goalkeeper initiating build-up and counterattacks
• Passing game using width with deep diagonal passes behind defenders
• 4-1-4-1 when defending, pressure on ball, but solid 4-1 shape at the back
• Pace and off-ball movement on flanks, especially Ismail Azzaoui on right
• Attack well-led by versatile Dennis Van Vaerenbergh; back-to-goal lay-offs
• High levels of technique, pace, game reading; good bench, shrewd substitutions