Belgium national under-21 football team

The Belgium national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Belgium and is controlled by the Belgian Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. Their biggest successes were winning the 2007–09 International Challenge Trophy and reaching the European Championship semi-finals in 2007 in the Netherlands. Thanks to the latter achievement, Belgium qualified for the football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Their current home stadium is Den Dreef in Leuven.

Belgium U-21
Nickname(s)Jonge duivels Jeunes diables Junge Teufels
AssociationBelgian Football Association
Head coachJacky Mathijssen
Most capsJean-François Gillet (36)
Top scorerKevin Vandenbergh (12)
First colours
Second colours
First international
France 1–1 Belgium
(Amiens, France; 3 September 1976)
Biggest win
Belgium 8–0 Luxembourg
(Mechelen, Belgium; 3 June 2007)
Biggest defeat
Czech Republic 7–0 Belgium
(Prague, Czech Republic; 24 April 2001)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultSemi-finals, 2007

UEFA U-21 Championship recordEdit

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  1978 Did not qualify
  1980
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994
  1996
  1998
  2000
  2002 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 4
  2004 Did not qualify
  2006
  2007 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 4
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011
  2013
  2015
  2017
    2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 4 8
Total 3/22 10 2 2 6 9 16

Results and fixturesEdit

Belgium are currently competing for qualification to the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The table below shows their current standing in the qualification group.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Belgium 10 8 2 0 23 5 +18 26 Final tournament 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–2 2–1
2   Sweden 10 6 2 2 19 8 +11 20 0–3 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–0
3   Turkey 10 5 2 3 14 10 +4 17 1–2 0–3 0–0 4–0 4–2
4   Hungary 10 3 2 5 12 14 −2 11 0–3 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–1
5   Cyprus 10 2 1 7 8 23 −15 7 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1
6   Malta 10 1 1 8 8 24 −16 4 0–4 0–4 0–1 2–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: UEFA

ResultsEdit

27 March 2017 Belgium  2–1  MaltaHeverlee, Belgium
20:00 CET R. Mmaee   43'
Cools   54'
Report   69' Grech Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Rob Harvey (Republic of Ireland)
5 September 2017 Belgium  0–0  TurkeyHeverlee, Belgium
20:00 CET Report Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (Italy)
6 October 2017 Belgium  1–1  SwedenHeverlee, Belgium
19:00 CET Vanlerberghe   30' Report   61' Dagerstål Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
10 October 2017 Cyprus  0–2  BelgiumLarnaca, Cyprus
16:00 CET Report   51' Lukebakio
  90+3' Bastien
Stadium: AEK Arena - Georgios Karapatakis
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (Russia)
9 November 2017 Belgium  3–2  CyprusHeverlee, Belgium
19:00 CET Mbenza   15'
Dimata   45+2'
Leya Iseka   90+2'
Report   49' Papageorgiou
  75' Fragkou
Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
14 November 2017 Turkey  1–2  BelgiumIstanbul, Turkey
15:00 CET Okutan   5' Report Merih Demiral   45+2' (o.g.)
Schrijvers   87'
Stadium: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium
Referee: Tomasz Musiał (Poland)
26 March 2018 Belgium  3–0  HungaryHeverlee, Belgium
19:00 CET Schrijvers   19'
Lukebakio   64'
Dimata   72' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)
7 September 2018 Malta  0–4  BelgiumTa'Qali, Malta
16:00 CET Report Dimata   11'
Schrijvers   18'
Lukebakio   59'
Leya Iseka   69'
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)
11 September 2018 Hungary  0–3  BelgiumBudapest, Hungary
17:00 CET Report Dimata   20'73' (pen.)
Schrijvers   86'
Stadium: Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
16 October 2018 Sweden  0–3  BelgiumKalmar, Sweden
17:00 CET Report Dimata   29'40'
Lukebakio   65'
Stadium: Fredriksskans
Referee: Frank Schneider (France)
15 November 2018 Romania  3–3  BelgiumCluj-Napoca, Romania
18:00 CET Drăguș   45' (pen.)
Olaru   90'
Ciobanu   90+1'
Report Cools   35'
Leya   56'
Mbenza   58'
Stadium: Dr. Constantin Rădulescu
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Iulian Călin (Romania)
16 June 2019 Poland  3–2  BelgiumReggio Emilia, Italy
18:30 Żurkowski   26'
Bielik   52'
Szymański   79'
Report Leya Iseka   16'
Cools   84'
Stadium: Mapei Stadium–Città del Tricolore
Attendance: 2,534
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
19 June 2019 Spain  2–1  BelgiumReggio Emilia, Italy
18:30 Olmo   7'
Fornals   89'
Report Bornauw   24' Stadium: Mapei Stadium–Città del Tricolore
Attendance: 2,738
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
22 June 2019 Belgium  1–3  ItalyReggio Emilia, Italy
21:00 Verschaeren   79'
Mbenza   90+3'
Report Barella   44'
Cutrone   53'
Chiesa   89'
Stadium: Mapei Stadium–Città del Tricolore
Attendance: 20,075
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Germany on 17 November 2019. Players eligible must be born after 1 January 1998.[1] Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team. Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2019 after the match against   Germany.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mile Svilar (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Benfica
12 1GK Arnaud Bodart (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Standard Liège

3 2DF Zinho Vanheusden (1999-07-29) 29 July 1999 (age 20) 9 2   Standard Liège
20 2DF Rocky Bushiri (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 20) 7 0   Sint-Truiden
5 2DF Thibault De Smet (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Sint-Truiden
2 2DF Jelle Bataille (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 21) 3 0   K.V. Oostende
14 2DF Maxime Busi (1999-10-14) 14 October 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Charleroi
19 2DF Hannes Delcroix (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 21) 0 0   RKC Waalwijk
17 2DF Daam Foulon (1999-03-23) 23 March 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Waasland-Beveren
16 2DF Ewoud Pletinckx (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Zulte Waregem

8 3MF Orel Mangala (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 22) 10 0   Stuttgart
22 3MF Alexis Saelemaekers (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 21) 10 0   Anderlecht
13 3MF Dante Vanzeir (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 22) 4 0   KV Mechelen
6 3MF Albert Sambi Lokonga (1999-10-22) 22 October 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Anderlecht
18 3MF Sieben Dewaele (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Anderlecht

11 4FW Francis Amuzu (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 20) 10 2   Anderlecht
7 4FW Jérémy Doku (2002-05-27) 27 May 2002 (age 18) 4 1   Anderlecht
9 4FW Loïs Openda (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 20) 4 3   Club Brugge
10 4FW Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Willem II
15 4FW Cyril Ngonge (2000-05-26) 26 May 2000 (age 20) 0 0   PSV Eindhoven

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gaëtan Coucke (1998-11-03) 3 November 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Genk v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
GK Jens Teunckens (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Antwerp v.   Moldova, 15 October 2019

DF Sebastiaan Bornauw (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 21) 5 1   Köln v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
DF Wout Faes (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 22) 17 0   Oostende v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
DF Killian Sardella (2002-05-02) 2 May 2002 (age 18) 1 0   Anderlecht v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2019

MF Daouda Peeters (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Juventus v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
MF Louis Verstraete (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Gent v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
MF Francesco Antonucci (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 21) 2 1   Volendam v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
MF Othman Boussaid (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 20) 0 0   NAC Breda v.   Moldova, 15 October 2019
MF Matthias Verreth (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Waasland-Beveren v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2019
MF Dante Rigo (1998-12-11) 11 December 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Sparta Rotterdam v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2019
MF Yari Verschaeren (2001-07-12) 12 July 2001 (age 18) 2 1   Anderlecht 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

FW Robbie D'Haese (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Oostende v.   Wales, 6 September 2019

StatisticsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Jean-François Gillet 1996–2002 36 0
2 Thomas Chatelle 1999–2003 28 4
Maarten Martens 2003–2007 28 7
4 Faris Haroun 2004–2008 24 4
5 Siebe Schrijvers 2016–2019 23 4
6 Tom De Mul 2004–2008 21 4
Gunter Van Handenhoven 1997–1999 21 1
8 Jonathan Blondel 2002–2007 20 4
Éric Deflandre 1992–1995 20 1
10 Grégory Dufer 2000–2003 19 3
Günther Vanaudenaerde 2004–2006 19 0

Last updated: 22 June 2019
Source: Belgian Football Federation

Top goalscorersEdit

  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Kevin Vandenbergh 2003–2005 12 14 0.86
2 Cédric Roussel 1997–1999 10 12 0.83
3 Wesley Sonck 1997–1999 8 11 0.73
4 Michy Batshuayi 2012–2014 7 13 0.54
Landry Dimata 2016–2018 7 12 0.58
Maarten Martens 2003–2007 7 28 0.25
Ronny Martens 1978–1984 7 14 0.5
Sven Vermant 1993–1995 7 8 0.88
Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo 2005–2008 7 17 0.41
10 Benjamin De Ceulaer 2004–2005 6 17 0.35
Youri Tielemans 2013–2016 6 14 0.43
Marc Wilmots 1987–1989 6 9 0.67

Last updated: 20 March 2019
Source: Belgian Football Federation

HonoursEdit

Winners (1): 2007–09
Runners-up (1): 2005–06

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belgium squad". Belgian FA. Retrieved 6 December 2012.

References and external linksEdit