Belgium's national football team players, coach, FIFA world rankings, WORLD CUP 2022

Belgium's national football team players, coach, FIFA world rankings, WORLD CUP 2022

Labelled as the 'Golden Generation", Belgium's national football team is one of the best in its history. Although they have never won any trophies, the team has produced a couple of extraordinary performances. Let us have a comprehensive look at Belgium's national football team players and their history.

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Belgium's national football team has been creating quite the storm in the soccer scene. Photo: BarbraFord (Modified by author)
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The side is full of world-class players, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne to Romelu Lukaku. It has competed for the top trophies, having been ranked as the best national side in the world for a while now. Why is Belgium called the Red Devils? Is Belgium a good football team? Who is the best player in the national team? Come with us as we find out more about this exceptional team.

Profile summary

  • Team Name: Belgium National Football Team
  • Nickname: The Red Devils
  • Founded: 1904
  • Most caps: Jan Vertonghen
  • Captain: Eden Hazard
  • Coach: Roberto Martinez
  • Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (68)
  • Biggest win: Beat San Marino 10-1(2001)
  • Biggest loss: Lost to England Amateurs 11-2(1909)

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Belgium's national football team: players

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Belgium's national football team players pose for a photo as they sing their national anthem ahead of Euro 2020 Quarter final match against Italy in July 2020. Photo: Sebastian Widmann
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The side has some of the most prolific players in world football. They have proved themselves at different levels in club football. Belgium's national football team roster consists of:

Goalkeepers

  • Koen Casteels
  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Davy Roef
  • Jens Teunckens
  • Gaetan Coucke
  • Simon Mignolet
  • Thomas Kaminski
  • Hendrik Van Crombrugge
  • Matz Sels

Defenders

  • Zinho Vanheusden
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Brandon Mechele
  • Wout Faes
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Jason Denayer
  • Jan Vertonghen
  • Elias Cobbaut
  • Thomas Meunier
  • Arthur Theate
  • Sebastiaan Bornauw
  • Hannes Delcroix
  • Christian Kabasele
  • Timothy Castagne
  • Laurent Ciman
  • Jordan Lukaku
  • Dedryck Boyata
  • Siebe Van der Heyden
Belgium's national football team players during a training session
Belgium's national football team players take part in a training session in Tubize during the Euros 2020 competition. Photo: John Thys
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Midfielders

  • Leander Dendoncker
  • Axel Witsel
  • Albert-Mboyo Sambi Lokonga
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Marouane Fellaini
  • Charles de Ketelaere
  • Dodi Lukebakio
  • Alexis Saelemaekers
  • Thomas Foket
  • Yari Verschaeren
  • Yannick Carrasco
  • Youri Tielemans
  • Mousa Dembele
  • Dennis Praet
  • Adnan Januzaj
  • Orel Mangala
  • Birger Verstraete

Attacking midfielders

  • Eden Hazard
  • Dries Mertens
  • Thorgan Hazard
  • Nacer Chadli

Strikers

  • Joris Kayembe
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Divock Origi
  • Christian Benteke
  • Dante Vanzeir
  • Landry Dimata
  • Michy Batshuayi
  • Benito Raman
  • Jeremy Doku
  • Leandro Trossard

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Belgium's national football team is captained is Eden Hazard. He plays for Real Madrid as a number 7. Although he has had a rough patch at Real Madrid due to constant injuries, he still shows up for his national side.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard during a World Cup qualifying match against Estonia in Brussels. Photo: Vincent Van Doornick
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Belgium's national football team coach is Roberto Martinez. He joined the side in 2016 and since has led it to glory, although they have not won a trophy. He has the legendary Thiery Henry among his coaching staff.

The coach explained why Lukaku should leave Chelsea. He suggested the player should leave Chelsea to secure his place in the Belgium team. In an interview, he told The Sun,

"We are talking about players, like Romelu, who have got over 100 caps and are part of this group of players who know the national team inside out. I'm not going to judge or assess the condition of any player until after the summer because it is not a normal situation. It is still seven months to the World Cup, and probably you will go into the details of how a player feels when it gets closer to it than now. But there will be a lot of players who change clubs or are going to feel in a different way in the summer. Romelu needs to be assessed on how he feels in September, the same way Eden Hazard does and some others. But he is one of the players for whom the summer could be a big moment for their careers."

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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez poses for a photo on the red carpet during the 2022 football World cup draw. Photo: Marcio Machado
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Belgium's national football team: ranking

They are currently ranked second, just behind Brazil. It had held the number one position since 2018. The team's highest ranking was number 1, and the lowest ever ranking was 71. Belgium's national football team's world rankings have been a matter of interest to most football fans as the side has never won a significant trophy through this spell.

Belgium's national football team in the World Cup

The side has already qualified for the 2022 World Cup. They have participated in the World Cup 13 times. Their best World Cup appearance was in 2018 when they finished third after beating England 2-0 in the third place playoffs.

Belgium's national football team: trophies

The side has only won one trophy in its history. They are a one time Olympic Champion once. They won this trophy back in 1920. They have been close to winning the World Cup twice.

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Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring a goal for Belgium in the UEFA Nations League semi final in 2021 against France. Photo: John Berry
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Belgium's national football team: nickname

The team is also known as the 'Red Devils' due to their red jerseys and the red on their flag. They have had this nickname since 1906. Their supporter group is named 1895.

The players of Belgium's national football team have proved themselves at both the national and club level. Despite not winning a trophy with their national team, they are confident that they are strong contenders for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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