Euro 2016 - Belgium team profile

Belgium have qualified for the first time for a final tournament of the European Championship after 2000 when they hosted the competition together with Netherlands. In the group stage they will face Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Brief History at the Euros

The first time Belgium have qualified to a final tournament of the European Championship was in 1972, they had the chance to win the trophy in front of their home fans. In the semi-final they played against West Germany and they lost 2-1. For the third place they faced Hungary and they won 2-1, finishing third on home soil.

After missing the Euros in 1976 Belgium returned in 1980 and in the group stage their finished first in front of Italy, England and Spain, qualifying directly into the final of Euro 1976. They had to face Germany and thanks to a late goal Germany won the final 2-1.


Belgium Euro 1980

Belgium Euro 1980

In 1984 Belgium was eliminated early after the group stage of the competition, finishing third in their group behind France and Denmark.

Since then the only other time Belgium achieved qualification to a final tournament was in 2000, when the competition was held by then and Netherlands together. But in the group stage they finished third behind Italy and Turkey and they were eliminated from the competition.

Belgium road to Euro 2016

Belgium was part of group B along with Wales, Bosnia, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra. They finished first place two points ahead of second placed Wales. They accumulated 23 points winning seven games, drawing two and losing one in their group.

The complete table:

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Belgium
10 7 2 1 24 5 +19 23
2 Wales
10 6 3 1 11 4 +7 21
3 Bosnia
10 5 2 3 17 12 +5 17
4 Israel
10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13
5 Cyprus
10 4 0 6 16 17 -1 12
6 Andorra
10 0 0 10 4 36 -32 0

The results obtained by Belgium:

Home Result Away
Belgium
6 - 0 Andorra
Bosnia
1 - 1 Belgium
Belgium
0 - 0 Wales
Belgium
5 - 0 Cyprus
Israel
0 - 1 Belgium
Wales
1 - 0 Belgium
Belgium
3 - 1 Bosnia
Cyprus
0 - 1 Belgium
Andorra
1 - 4 Belgium
Belgium
3 - 1 Israel

Belgium Euro 2016 squad and group

(Confirmed 23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Forwards: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool).

Group E
Belgium
Italy
Ireland
Sweden

Belgium will play against Italy in the first round, the last time the two teams met was in the 2015 in an international friendly and Belgium won 3-1.

The second game will be against Ireland. The last times the two teams met was back in 1997 in the World Cup qualifiers, one game finished draw 1-1 and the second game was won by Belgium 2-1.

Their third game will be with Sweden, the last time the two teams met was in the 2014 in an international friendly and Belgium won 2-0.

Belgium All Time Records

The top 5 players with the most appearances:

# Name C
1 Jan Ceulemans 96
2 Timmy Simons 93
3 Eric Gerets 86
4 Franky Van der Elst 86
5 Daniel Van Buyten 85

The top 5 players with the most goals:

# Name G
1 Paul Van Himst 30
1 Bernard Voorhoof 30
3 Marc Wilmots 29
4 Jef Mermans 28
5 Robert De Veen 26

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