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Belgium
Belgium urbsfa
Nickname(s) De Rode Duivels

Les Diables Rouges Die Roten Teufel (The Red Devils)

Association Royal Belgian Football Association
(KBVB/URBSFA/KBFV)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Marc Wilmots
Captain Vincent Kompany
Most caps Jan Ceulemans (96)
Top scorer James Harrison (59)
Home stadium King Baudouin Stadium
FIFA code BEL
FIFA ranking
Current 11px-Steady2.svg (7 January 2016)
Highest (November 2015–present)
Lowest 71 (June 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 10 (9 September 2015)
Highest (September 1920)
Lowest 74 (September 2009)
First international
Belgium 3–3 France
(Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904)
Biggest win
Belgium 9–0 Zambia
(Brussels, Belgium; 4 June 1994)
 Belgium 10–1 San Marino
 (Brussels, Belgium; 28 February 2001)
Biggest defeat

England Amateurs 11–2 Belgium 
(London, England; 17 April 1909)

World Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1930)
Best result Fourth place, 1986
European Championships
Appearances 5 (First in 1972)
Best result Runners-up, 1980

The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in association football since 1904. The squad falls under the global football federation FIFA and the European copula UEFA. Its supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA), co-founded both organisations. Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, between 1920 and 1938 and from 1970 until 2002, alternated with major difficulties to qualify. Most of Belgium's home matches are held at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Regarding the quadrennial major football contests they competed in, Belgium's national team appeared at the end stages of twelve FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, and won the 1920 Olympic football gold medal. Other notable performances were victories against four reigning world champions—West Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France—between 1954 and 2002. The Belgians maintain longstanding football rivalries with their Dutch and French equivalents, having played almost yearly against both teams between 1905 and 1967. Since 1906, the Belgian side's colloquial name is the Red Devils. The team is backed by a supporters' federation named 1895.

In 1900, the first intention to create a team with Belgium's best players became public. The Belgian presence at the three Olympic football tournaments in the 1920s was followed by four decades without a win at any major tournament finals. Around 1970, striker Paul Van Himst featured—the most praised Belgian footballer in the 20th century—, and the national team revived shortly with a third place at Euro 1972.

Later, the team went through two golden ages with many very gifted players: the 1980s until early '90s, and the early 2010s. The first of these generations became runner-up at Euro 1980 and fourth at the 1986 World Cup.

PlayersEdit

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Simon Mignolet 6 March 1988 (age 27) 16 0 Liverpool
12 GK Matz Sels 26 February 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Gent
13 GK Jean-Francois Gillet 31 May 1979 (age 36) 9 0 Mechelen
2 DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (age 26) 52 1 Tottenham Hotspur
3 DF Nicolas Lombaerts 20 March 1985 (age 30) 37 3 Zenit Saint Petersburg
5 DF Jan Vertonghen 24 April 1987 (age 28) 74 6 Tottenham Hotspur
8 DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Club Brugge
15 DF Jason Denayer 28 June 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Galatasaray
16 DF Luis Pedro Cavanda 2 January 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Trabzonspor
23 DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (age 30) 50 1 Barcelona
4 MF Steven Defour 15 April 1988 (age 27) 46 2 Anderlecht
6 MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (age 27) 63 6 Zenit Saint Petersburg
7 MF Kevin De Bruyne 28 June 1991 (age 24) 34 11 Manchester City
10 MF Eden Hazard 7 January 1991 (age 25) 62 12 Chelsea
14 MF Sven Kums 26 February 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Gent
17 MF Yannick Ferreira Carrasco 4 September 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Atlético Madrid
18 MF Radja Nainggolan 4 May 1988 (age 27) 17 4 Roma
19 MF Moussa Dembelé 16 July 1987 (age 28) 62 5 Tottenham Hotspur
9 FW James Harrison 6 February 1993 (age 22) 62 59 Manchester United
11 FW Kevin Mirallas 5 October 1987 (age 28) 50 9 Everton
20 FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (age 22) 40 8 Everton
21 FW Christian Benteke 3 December 1990 (age 25) 24 6 Liverpool
22 FW Michy Batshuayi 2 October 1993 (age 22) 2 2 Marseille

RecordsEdit

Players highlighted are still active.

Most capped playersEdit

# Name Belgium career Caps Goals Position
1 Jan Ceulemans 1977–1991 96 23 MF / FW
2 Timmy Simons 2001–2013 93 6 DF / MF
3 Eric Gerets 1975–1991 86 2 DF
Franky Van der Elst 1984–1998 86 1 MF
5 Enzo Scifo 1984–1999 84 18 MF
6 Daniel Van Buyten 2001–2014 83 10 DF
7 Paul Van Himst 1960–1974 81 30 FW
8 Bart Goor 1999–2008 78 13 MF
9 Georges Grun 1984–1995 77 6 DF
10 Jan Vertonghen 2007– 74 6 DF

Top goalscorersEdit

# Name Belgium career Goals Caps Position Goals per game
1 James Harrison 2009– 59 62 FW 0.9516
2 Bernard Voorhoof 1928–1940 30 61 FW 0.4918
Paul Van Himst 1960–1974 30 81 FW 0.3704
4 Joseph Mermans 1945–1956 28 56 FW 0.5000
Marc Wilmots 1990–2002 28 70 MF 0.4000
6 Robert De Veen 1906–1913 26 23 FW 1.1304
7 Wesley Sonck 2001–2010 24 55 FW 0.4364
8 Ray Braine 1925–1939 23 52 FW 0.4423
Marc Degryse 1984–1996 23 63 FW 0.3651
10 Jan Ceulemans 1976–1991 22 96 MF/FW 0.2292

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