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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.

Belgium U-21
Nickname(s)Young Devils
AssociationBelgian Football Association
Head coachJohan Walem
Most capsJean-François Gillet (36)
Top scorerKevin Vandenbergh (12)
First colours
Second colours
First international
France France 1–1 Belgium Belgium
(Amiens, France; 3 September 1976)
Biggest win
Belgium Belgium 8–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Mechelen, Belgium; 3 June 2007)
Biggest defeat
Czech Republic Czech Republic 7–0 Belgium Belgium
(Prague, Czech Republic; 24 April 2001)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2002)
Best resultSemi-finals, 2007

Contents

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

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Players eligible must be born after 1 January 1996.[1] Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team. Caps and goals updated as of 22 June 2018 after the match against   Italy.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nordin Jackers (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 21) 12 0   Genk
12 1GK Ortwin De Wolf (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Lokeren
21 1GK Jens Teunckens (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Royal Antwerp

2 2DF Dion Cools (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 23) 18 4   Club Brugge
4 2DF Wout Faes (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 21) 14 0   KV Oostende
22 2DF Elias Cobbaut (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21) 10 0   Anderlecht
5 2DF Casper de Norre (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 22) 8 0   Genk
22 2DF Jur Schryvers (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Waasland-Beveren
13 2DF Rocky Bushiri (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 19) 5 0   AS Eupen
20 2DF Dries Wouters (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Genk
3 2DF Sebastiaan Bornauw (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 20) 3 1   Anderlecht

11 3MF Dodi Lukebakio (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) 17 4   Fortuna Düsseldorf
6 3MF Samuel Bastien (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 22) 13 1   Standard Liège
15 3MF Alexis De Sart (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 22) 13 1   Sint-Truiden
8 3MF Bryan Heynen (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 12 0   Genk
23 3MF Orel Mangala (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21) 8 0   Hamburger SV
14 3MF Stéphane Oméonga (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Hibernian
17 3MF Alexis Saelemaekers (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 20) 7 0   Anderlecht
16 3MF Yari Verschaeren (2001-07-12) 12 July 2001 (age 18) 2 1   Anderlecht

10 4FW Siebe Schrijvers (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 23) 23 4   Club Brugge
7 4FW Isaac Mbenza (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 23) 16 2   Huddersfield Town
9 4FW Aaron Leya Iseka (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) 15 4   Toulouse
19 4FW Francis Amuzu (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 19) 6 2   Anderlecht

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 Arnaud Bodart (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Standard Liège v.   Cyprus, 9 November 2017
GK Senne Vits (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Sporting Hasselt v.   Malta, 27 March 2017

DF Jordi Vanlerberghe (1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 23) 8 1   KV Oostende v.   France, 3 June 2019
DF Samy Mmaee (1996-09-08) 8 September 1996 (age 22) 5 0   MVV Maastricht v.   Denmark, 20 March 2019
DF Zinho Vanheusden (1999-07-29) 29 July 1999 (age 19) 7 0   Standard Liège v.   Denmark, 20 March 2019
DF Senna Miangue (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 22) 11 0   Standard Liège v.   Denmark, 20 March 2019
DF Mathias Bossaerts (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 23) 4 0   KV Oostende v.   Romania, 15 November 2018
DF Maximiliano Caufriez (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Waasland-Beveren v.   Netherlands, 23 March 2018
DF Nathan de Medina (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Royal Excel Mouscron v.   Turkey, 14 November 2017
DF Thibault De Smet (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Gent v.   Sweden, 6 October 2017

MF Manuel Benson (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Royal Excel Mouscron v.   France, 3 June 2019
MF Aristote Nkaka (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 23) 4 0   KV Oostende v.   Hungary, 26 March 2018
MF Andy Kawaya (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Mechelen v.   Turkey, 5 September 2017
MF Charly Musonda (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 22) 12 1   Chelsea v.   Latvia, 11 October 2016
MF Youri Tielemans (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 22) 14 6   Monaco v.   Montenegro, 7 October 2016
MF Beni Badibanga (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Standard Liège v.   Czech Republic, 12 November 2015

FW Obbi Oularé (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 23) 7 1   Standard Liège v.   France, 3 June 2019
FW Landry Dimata (1997-09-01) 1 September 1997 (age 21) 12 7   Anderlecht v.   Sweden, 16 October 2018
FW Julien Ngoy (1997-11-02) 2 November 1997 (age 21) 5 1   Grasshopper v.   Italy, 11 October 2018
FW Ryan Mmaee (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 21) 2 1   Waasland-Beveren v.   Cyprus, 10 October 2017
FW Zakaria Bakkali (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 23) 9 1   Anderlecht v.   Latvia, 11 October 2016

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

References and external linksEdit