Belgium

Belgium

FIFA Ranking: 3rd
The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in association football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association . Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1970 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home games are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Belgium's national team has participated in three quadrennial major football competitions. It appeared in the end stages of twelve FIFA World Cups and five UEFA European Football Championships, and featured at three Olympic football tournaments, including the 1920 Olympic tournament which they won. Other notable performances are victories over four reigning world champions—West Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France—between 1954 and 2002. Belgium has long-standing football rivalries with its Dutch and French counterparts, having played both teams nearly every year from 1905 to 1967. The squad has been known as the Red Devils since 1906; its fan club is named '1895'.

During the national player career of forward Paul Van Himst, the most-praised Belgian footballer of the 20th century, Belgium took third place at Euro 1972. After that, they experienced two golden ages with many gifted players. In the first period, which lasted from the 1980s to the early 1990s, the team finished as runners-up at Euro 1980 and fourth in the 1986 World Cup. In the second, under guidance of Marc Wilmots in the 2010s, Belgium topped the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in November 2015. Belgium qualified for the next World Cup, in 2018, and will thereafter participate in League A of the first UEFA Nations League edition. Description provided by Wikipedia

The Belgium Squad

1. Kevin De Bruyne Belgium 12.3m fans 964.6
2. Vincent Kompany Belgium 7.7m fans 945.6
3. Eden Hazard Belgium 26.6m fans 905.2
4. Marouane Fellaini Belgium 9.2m fans 898.8
5. Thibaut Courtois Belgium 13.5m fans 866.9
6. Simon Mignolet Belgium 3.7m fans 858.0
7. Romelu Lukaku Belgium 4.3m fans 849.0
8. Thomas Vermaelen Belgium 5.9m fans 828.2
9. Michy Batshuayi Belgium 5.1m fans 817.9
10. Jan Vertonghen Belgium 1.8m fans 789.1
11. Dries Mertens Belgium 3.0m fans 782.8
12. Mousa Dembélé Belgium 1.6m fans 776.7
13. Adnan Januzaj Belgium 4.2m fans 775.5
14. Axel Witsel Belgium 2.1m fans 730.2
15. Toby Alderweireld Belgium 1.0m fans 724.8
16. Nacer Chadli Belgium 1.1m fans 709.2
17. Thomas Meunier Belgium 1.2m fans 706.8
18. Yannick Carrasco Belgium 1.0m fans 684.9
19. Youri Tielemans Belgium 384.1k fans 564.9
20. Thorgan Hazard Belgium 270.0k fans 500.6
21. Koen Casteels Belgium 43.1k fans 278.3
22. Leander Dendoncker Belgium 243 fans 98.2
23. Dedryck Boyata Belgium 252 fans 92.6

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