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)Steve Bayer
Mick Beunen
Michel van den Heuvel
ManagerEric Pirenne
CaptainThomas Briels
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 1 Increase 1 (3 February 2020)[1]
Highest1 (December 2018 – June 2019, January 2020 – present)
Lowest14 (2003–04)
Summer Olympics
Appearances15 (first in 1920)
Best result2nd (2016)
FIH World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1973)
Best result1st (2018)
European Championship
Appearances16 (first in 1970)
Best result1st (2019)

Belgium won the Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018, the European Championship in 2019, and won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympics respectively. They reached eight semi-finals at the European Championship since 1995, including a third place in 2007 and runners-up in 2013 and 2017.

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 modernized 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. A year later Belgium won the gold medal at the European Championship which was held in Antwerp.

HonoursEdit

Summer Olympics
  Second place: 2016
  Third place: 1920
World Cup
  First place: 2018
European Championship
  First place: 2019
  Second place: 2013, 2017
  Third place: 2007
FIH Pro League
  Second place: 2019

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 Qualified
Total Best: Runners-up 15/25 74 30 10 34 139 150

World CupEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH 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
  2023 To be determined
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 Winners 1st 5 5 0 0 22 2
  2021 Qualified
Total 1 title 17/18 95 46 15 35 238 215

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH Pro League record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 16 9 3 4 57 33
Total Best: Runners-up 1/1 16 9 3 4 57 33

Hockey World League (defunct)Edit

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

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 Best: 2nd Final 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
*Draws include matches decided on a penalty shoot-out.

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 22 players were named on 23 January 2020 for the FIH Pro League matches against Australia, New Zealand and India from 25 January to 9 February 2020.[2]

Caps updated as of 9 February 2020, after the match against India.

Head coach:   Shane McLeod

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
2 GK Loic Van Doren (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 23) 23   Den Bosch
21 GK Vincent Vanasch (1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 32) 235   Waterloo Ducks

4 DF Arthur Van Doren (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 25) 184   Bloemendaal
12 DF Gauthier Boccard (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 28) 218   Waterloo Ducks
15 DF Manu Stockbroekx (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 26) 157   Dragons
16 DF Alex Hendrickx (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 26) 124   Pinoké
23 DF Arthur De Sloover (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 22) 85   Beerschot
25 DF Loïck Luypaert (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 28) 243   Braxgata

7 MF John-John Dohmen (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 32) 395   Waterloo Ducks
14 MF Augustin Meurmans (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 22) 64   Racing Bruxelles
19 MF Félix Denayer (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 30) 319   Dragons
22 MF Simon Gougnard (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 29) 278   Leuven
24 MF Antoine Kina (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 24) 68   Gantoise
26 MF Victor Wegnez (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 24) 89   Racing Bruxelles

8 FW Florent Van Aubel (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 28) 232   Dragons
9 FW Sébastien Dockier (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 30) 196   Den Bosch
10 FW Cédric Charlier (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 32) 318   Dragons
13 FW Nicolas De Kerpel (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 26) 67   Herakles
17 FW Thomas Briels (Captain) (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 32) 343   Oranje-Rood
18 FW Max Plennevaux (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 26) 28   Léopold
27 FW Tom Boon (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 30) 294   Léopold
32 FW Tanguy Cosyns (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 28) 135   Amsterdam

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 Simon Vandenbroucke (1999-06-06) 6 June 1999 (age 20) 2   Beerschot v.   Argentina, 23 October 2019
GK Amaury Timmermans (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 29) 1   Herakles v.   Ireland, 15 October 2019

DF Nicolas Poncelet (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 23) 16   Léopold v.   Argentina, 23 October 2019


FW William Ghislain (1999-07-28) 28 July 1999 (age 20) 4   Waterloo Ducks v.   France, 8 October 2019
FW Tommy Willems (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 22) 4   Waterloo Ducks v.   France, 8 October 2019
FW Thibeau Stockbroeckx (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 19) 2   Oranje-Rood v.   India, 3 October 2019

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

2020Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Ontdek de Red Lions selectie voor de wedstrijd tegen Australië". www.hockey.be (in Dutch). Hockey Belgium. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2020.

External linksEdit