Belgium national football team

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Belgium
Nickname(s)De Rode Duivels
Les Diables Rouges
Die Roten Teufel
(The Red Devils)
AssociationRoyal Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA/KBFV)[upper-alpha 1]
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRoberto Martínez
CaptainEden Hazard
Most capsJan Vertonghen (112)[upper-alpha 2]
Top scorerRomelu Lukaku (45)[upper-alpha 2]
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeBEL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 1 Steady (7 February 2019)[5]
Highest1 (November 2015 – March 2016, September 2018 – present[5])
Lowest71 (June 2007[5])
Elo ranking
Current 3 Increase 5 (3 March 2019)[6]
Highest3 (July 2018 – present)
Lowest70 (14 October 2009, 7 September 2010)
First international
 Belgium 3–3 France 
(Uccle, 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)
 Belgium 9–0 Gibraltar 
(Liège, Belgium; 31 August 2017)
Biggest defeat
England England Amateurs 11–2 Belgium 
(London, England; 17 April 1909)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1930)
Best resultThird place (2018)
European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 1972)
Best resultRunners-up (1980)

Belgium national football team is the national football team of Belgium.

Most appearances[change | change source]

# Name Belgium career Caps Goals
1 Jan Vertonghen 2007– 108 9
2 Jan Ceulemans 1977–1991 96 22
Axel Witsel 2008– 96 9
4 Timmy Simons 2001–2016 94 6
5 Eden Hazard 2008– 92 25
6 Marouane Fellaini 2007– 87 18
7 Franky Van der Elst 1984–1998 86 1
Eric Gerets 1975–1991 86 2
8 Daniel Van Buyten 2001–2014 85 10
10 Enzo Scifo 1984–1998 84 18

Top scorers[change | change source]

Romelu Lukaku is Belgium's top scorer.
# Name Belgium career Goals Caps Goals per game
1 Romelu Lukaku 2010– 40 75 0.5405
2 Bernard Voorhoof 1928–1940 30 61 0.4918
Paul Van Himst 1960–1974 30 81 0.3704
4 Joseph Mermans 1945–1956 28 56 0.5000
Marc Wilmots 1990–2002 28 70 0.4000
6 Robert De Veen 1906–1913 26 23 1.1304
7 Eden Hazard 2008– 25 92 0.2637
8 Wesley Sonck 2001–2010 24 55 0.4364
9 Ray Braine 1925–1939 23 52 0.4423
Marc Degryse 1984–1996 23 63 0.3651

References[change | change source]

  1. "Football MATCH: 14.11.2012 (Romania v Belgium)". EU Football. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. "Football MATCH: 26.05.2014 (Belgium v Luxembourg)". EU Football. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. "Rules & Governance – Law 3: The number of players". The FA. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. "Welles-nietesspel rond oefenmatch tegen Tsjechië: Daarom was het geen officiële wedstrijd" [Yes or no game about friendly against Czech Republic: this is why it was no official match] (in Dutch). Sporza. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

Notes

  1. The acronyms KBVB, URBSFA and KBFV come from the organisation's respective Dutch, French and German names: Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond, Union Royale Belge des Sociétés de Football-Association and Königliche Belgische Fußballverband.
    The title of "Royal Union" was awarded on its 25th anniversary in 1920.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Caps and goals against Romania on 14 November 2012, against Luxembourg on 26 May 2014 and against Czech Republic on 5 June 2017 were counted by RBFA but are not officially recognised by FIFA – the former two due to an excessive number of substitutions according to the Laws of the Game,[1][2][3] the latter because the Belgian and Czech football federations were too late in requesting an official match.[4]