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Belgium men's national field hockey team

The Belgian national men's field hockey team represents Belgium in international men's field hockey and is controlled by the Royal Belgian Hockey Association, the governing body for field hockey in Belgium.

Belgium
Belgium
NicknameRed Lions
AssociationRoyal Belgian Hockey Association
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
CoachShane McLeod
Assistant coach(es)Michel van den Heuvel
Steve Bayer
ManagerEric Pirenne
CaptainThomas Briels
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 1 Steady (22 January 2019)[1]
Highest1 (December 2018 – present)
Lowest14 (2003 – 2004)
Summer Olympics
Appearances14 (first in 1920)
Best result2nd (2016)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1973)
Best result1st (2018)
European Championship
Appearances15 (first in 1970)
Best result2nd (2013, 2017)

Belgium won the Hockey World Cup in 2018, and won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympics respectively. They also reached seven semi-finals at the European Championship since 1995, including a third place in 2007 and runners-up in 2013 and 2017.

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HistoryEdit

Hockey was introduced in Belgium in 1902. The country's first club was founded in 1904. In 1907, several clubs established the Belgian Hockey Association. Belgium played its first international match against Germany, and was one of the founding members of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Between 1920 and 1978, Belgium appeared in two of the first three World Cups and in eleven out of thirteen Summer Olympics. After the successful early years (before the 1950s) with three times being among the best five at the Summer Olympics, it would last six decades before Belgium reached the international field hockey top again from the 1990s on.

By the early 2000s, the Royal Belgian Hockey Association started to invest heavily in the youth and modernised its structures. In 2007, Belgium won the bronze medal at the European Championship, a first in the country's history. Belgium also qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics, for the first time in 32 years.

Belgium won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, a second medal after Belgium ended third at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. Two years later Belgium won the 2018 Hockey World Cup. It was the first major international title in the country's history.

HonoursEdit

Summer Olympics
  Second place: 2016
  Third place: 1920
World Cup
  First place: 2018
European Championship
  Second place: 2013, 2017
  Third place: 2007

Tournament historyEdit

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Belgium.

Summer OlympicsEdit

     Gold       Silver       Bronze       Fourth place

 
In 1920, Belgium's field hockey team won the bronze medal at home, at the Olympic Stadium in Antwerp.
Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1908 Did Not Participate
  1912 Not Held
  1920 Bronze Medal 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 19
  1924 Not Held
  1928 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 8 12
  1932 Did Not Participate
  1936 Group Phase 9th 3 0 2 1 5 8
  1948 Group Phase 5th 4 2 0 2 6 8
  1952 Second Round 9th 2 1 0 1 6 1
  1956 Group Phase 7th 3 0 1 2 0 5
  1960 Group Phase 11th 5 1 1 3 7 9
  1964 Group Phase 11th 7 2 2 3 10 13
  1968 Group Phase 9th 8 4 1 3 17 9
  1972 Group Phase 10th 8 2 1 5 9 16
  1976 Group Phase 9th 6 3 0 3 11 19
  1980 Did Not Qualify
  1984
  1988
  1992
  1996
  2000
  2004
  2008 Group Phase 9th 6 2 1 3 12 13
  2012 Group Phase 5th 6 3 1 2 13 9
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 8 6 0 2 29 11
  2020 To be determined
Total Best: Runners-up 14/25 74 30 10 34 139 150

World CupEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1971 Did Not Participate
  1973 Group Phase 8th 5 2 0 3 8 12
  1975 Did Not Participate
  1978 Group Phase 14th 6 1 2 3 12 18
  1982 Did Not Participate
  1986
  1990
  1994 Group Phase 11th 5 0 1 4 6 26
  1998 Did Not Qualify
  2002 Group Phase 14th 7 0 0 7 7 23
  2006 Did Not Qualify
  2010
  2014 5th–6th Play-off 5th 6 4 0 2 21 13
  2018 Winners 1st 7 5 2 0 22 5
Total Best: Winners 6/14 35 13 5 19 76 97

European ChampionshipEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

European Championship Record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1970 Second Round 5th 7 5 0 2 18 7
  1974 Group Phase 10th 6 2 1 3 7 9
  1978 Did Not Participate
  1983 Group Phase 8th 7 2 1 4 8 17
  1987 Group Phase 10th 7 1 3 3 14 21
  1991 Group Phase 9th 7 4 0 3 14 17
  1995 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 2 1 12 8
  1999 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 0 3 19 28
  2003 Group Phase 6th 7 2 2 3 21 21
  2005 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 20
  2007 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 16 14
  2009 Group Phase 5th 6 4 0 2 22 11
  2011 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 14 12
  2013 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 12 6
  2015 Group Phase 5th 5 3 1 1 20 13
  2017 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 2 13 9
  2019 Qualified
Total Best: Runners-up 16/17 90 41 15 35 216 213

World League (defunct)Edit

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH Hockey World League record
Year Position Round Pld W D* L GF GA
2012–13 5th Round 2 5 5 0 0 44 6
Semifinal 6 4 2 0 18 9
Final 6 1 2 3 9 10
2014–15 2nd Semifinal 7 5 1 1 21 8
Final 6 3 1 2 14 9
2016–17 5th Semifinal 7 6 0 1 37 8
Final 5 4 0 1 15 5
Total 2nd (1x) Final (3x) 42 28 6 8 158 55

Champions Trophy (defunct)Edit

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1978
until
  2011
Did Not Participate
  2012 First Round 5th 6 2 0 4 15 16
  2014 Second Round 8th 6 1 3 2 13 15
  2016 Second Round 5th 6 2 2 2 13 15
  2018 Second Round 5th 6 1 4 1 12 15
Total Best: 5th place 4/37 24 6 9 9 53 61

Champions Challenge (defunct)Edit

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

Champions Challenge record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2001 5th–6th Play-off 6th 6 0 0 6 6 18
  2003 Did Not Participate
  2005 Third Place 3rd 9 6 2 1 26 17
  2007 5th–6th Play-off 6th 6 1 1 4 13 21
  2009 7th–8th Play-off 7th 5 2 0 3 13 9
  2011 Winners 1st 6 4 2 0 22 12
  2012 Did Not Participate
  2014
Total Best: Winners 5/8 32 13 5 14 80 77

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players were named on 14 May 2019 for the 2019 Pro League match against Great Britain on 19 May 2019.[2]

Head coach:   Shane McLeod

Caps updated as of 14 May 2019, after the match against Great Britain.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
2 GK Loic Van Doren (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 22) 14   Den Bosch
21 GK Vincent Vanasch (1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 31) 213   Waterloo Ducks

5 DF Nicolas Poncelet (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 22) 10   Léopold
13 DF Nicolas De Kerpel (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 26) 46   Herakles
16 DF Alexander Hendrickx (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 25) 98   Pinoké
23 DF Arthur De Sloover (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 22) 59   Beerschot
25 DF Loïck Luypaert (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 27) 217   Braxgata

7 MF John-John Dohmen (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 31) 369   Waterloo Ducks
12 MF Gauthier Boccard (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 27) 196   Waterloo Ducks
14 MF Augustin Meurmans (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 21) 50   Racing Bruxelles
22 MF Simon Gougnard (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28) 251   Waterloo Ducks
26 MF Victor Wegnez (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 23) 65   Racing Bruxelles

8 FW Florent van Aubel (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 27) 209   Dragons
9 FW Sébastien Dockier (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 29) 178   Den Bosch
10 FW Cédric Charlier (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 31) 295   Racing Bruxelles
17 FW Thomas Briels (Captain) (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 31) 320   Oranje-Rood
24 FW Antoine Kina (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 23) 41   Gantoise
27 FW Tom Boon (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 29) 272   Racing Bruxelles

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club Latest call-up
GK Amaury Timmermans (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 28) 1   Herakles v.   Russia, 26 February 2019

DF Arthur van Doren (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 24) 157   Bloemendaal v.   Spain, 10 April 2019
DF Emmanuel Stockbroekx (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 25) 136   Bloemendaal v.   Spain, 10 April 2019

MF Félix Denayer (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 29) 293   Dragons v.   Spain, 10 April 2019

FW Tanguy Cosyns (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 27) 119   HGC v.   Spain, 10 April 2019
FW Maxime Plennevaux (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 25) 13   HGC v.   Spain, 10 April 2019
FW Amaury Keusters (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28) 100   Herakles v.   France, 14 November 2018
FW Dorian Thiéry (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 25) 64   Léopold v.   Netherlands, 11 November 2018

Results and fixturesEdit

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2019Edit

2019 FIH Pro League

Test match

2019 FIH Pro League

2019 EuroHockey Championship

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings January 2019 – Men" (PDF). FIH. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Red Panthers & Red Lions: selecties voor Pro League". www.hockey.be (in Dutch). 14 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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