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
AssociationRoyal Belgian Football Association
Head coachJacky Mathijssen
Most capsJean-François Gillet (36)
Top scorerLoïs Openda (13)
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-Final 4 1 2 1 3 4
  2009 Did Not Qualify
  2011
  2013
  2015
  2017
    2019 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 4 8
    2021 Did Not Qualify

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
Source: UEFA

ResultsEdit

27 March 2017 Belgium   2–1   Malta Heverlee, 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   Turkey Heverlee, Belgium
20:00 CET Report Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (Italy)
6 October 2017 Belgium   1–1   Sweden Heverlee, Belgium
19:00 CET Vanlerberghe   30' Report   61' Dagerstål Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
10 October 2017 Cyprus   0–2   Belgium Larnaca, 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   Cyprus Heverlee, 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   Belgium Istanbul, 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   Hungary Heverlee, 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   Belgium Ta'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   Belgium Budapest, 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   Belgium Kalmar, Sweden
17:00 CET Report Dimata   29', 40'
Lukebakio   65'
Stadium: Fredriksskans
Referee: Frank Schneider (France)
15 November 2018 Romania   3–3   Belgium Cluj-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   Belgium Reggio 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   Belgium Reggio 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   Italy Reggio 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

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Maarten Vandevoordt (2002-02-26) 26 February 2002 (age 20) 6 0   Genk
12 1GK Senne Lammens (2002-07-07) 7 July 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Club Brugge
21 1GK Maxime Delanghe (2001-05-23) 23 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0   PSV Eindhoven

2 2DF Hugo Siquet (2002-07-09) 9 July 2002 (age 19) 7 0   SC Freiburg
5 2DF Koni De Winter (2002-06-12) 12 June 2002 (age 20) 6 0   Juventus
20 2DF Ignace Van Der Brempt (2002-04-01) 1 April 2002 (age 20) 6 1   Red Bull Salzburg
15 2DF Ameen Al-Dakhil (2002-04-01) 1 April 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Sint-Truiden
3 2DF Fedde Leysen (2003-07-09) 9 July 2003 (age 18) 0 0   PSV Eindhoven
17 2DF Tuur Rommens (2003-03-26) 26 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Genk

4 3MF Marco Kana (2002-08-08) 8 August 2002 (age 19) 9 0   Anderlecht
19 3MF Othman Boussaid (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 22) 5 0   Utrecht
8 3MF Eliot Matazo (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 20) 5 0   Monaco
6 3MF Aster Vranckx (2002-10-04) 4 October 2002 (age 19) 4 0   VfL Wolfsburg
23 3MF Roméo Lavia (2004-01-06) 6 January 2004 (age 18) 1 0   Manchester City
14 3MF Luca Oyen (2003-03-14) 14 March 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Genk

10 4FW Michel-Ange Balikwisha (2001-05-10) 10 May 2001 (age 21) 6 1   Royal Antwerp
11 4FW Anass Zaroury (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Charleroi
7 4FW Johan Bakayoko (2003-04-20) 20 April 2003 (age 19) 1 0   PSV Eindhoven
9 4FW Anthony Descotte (2003-08-03) 3 August 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Charleroi
16 4FW Ken Nkuba (2002-02-21) 21 February 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Charleroi

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 Nick Shinton (2001-05-10) 10 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Club Brugge v.   Turkey, 12 November 2021
GK Timothy Galjé (2001-06-05) 5 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0   RFC Seraing v.   Turkey, 3 September 2021

DF Zeno Debast (2003-10-24) 24 October 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Anderlecht v.   Scotland, 5 June 2022
DF Mandela Keita (2002-05-10) 10 May 2002 (age 20) 2 0   OH Leuven v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
DF Logan Ndenbe (2000-02-09) 9 February 2000 (age 22) 6 0   Sporting Kansas City v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
DF Ewoud Pletinckx (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 21) 6 0   OH Leuven v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
DF Killian Sardella (2002-05-02) 2 May 2002 (age 20) 5 1   Anderlecht v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
DF Arthur Theate (2000-05-25) 25 May 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Bologna v.   Denmark, 11 October 2021
DF Lucas Lissens (2001-07-25) 25 July 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Anderlecht v.   Denmark, 11 October 2021
DF Daan Dierckx (2003-02-24) 24 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Parma v.   Turkey, 3 September 2021
DF Mardochee Nzita (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Perugia v.   Germany, 8 September 2020

MF Ilias Sebaoui (2001-10-04) 4 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Beerschot v.   Scotland, 5 June 2022
MF Olivier Deman (2000-04-06) 6 April 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Cercle Brugge v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
MF Matisse Samoise (2001-11-21) 21 November 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Gent v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
MF Anouar Ait El Hadj (2002-04-20) 20 April 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Anderlecht v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
MF Amadou Onana (2001-08-16) 16 August 2001 (age 20) 7 1   Lille v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
MF Nicolas Raskin (2001-02-23) 23 February 2001 (age 21) 5 1   Standard Liège v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
MF Yari Verschaeren (2001-07-12) 12 July 2001 (age 20) 8 1   Anderlecht v.   Scotland, 16 November 2021
MF Tibo Persyn (2002-03-13) 13 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Inter v.   Turkey, 3 September 2021
MF Charles De Ketelaere (2001-03-10) 10 March 2001 (age 21) 6 1   Club Brugge v.   Turkey, 3 September 2021
MF Antoine Colassin (2001-02-26) 26 February 2001 (age 21) 3 0   Anderlecht v.   Moldova, 13 October 2020

FW Largie Ramazani (2001-02-27) 27 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Almería v.   Scotland, 5 June 2022
FW Yorbe Vertessen (2001-01-08) 8 January 2001 (age 21) 5 2   PSV Eindhoven v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
FW Loïs Openda (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 22) 15 13   Club Brugge v.   Denmark, 29 March 2022
FW Mathieu De Smet (2000-04-27) 27 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Zulte Waregem v.   Kazakhstan, 4 June 2021
FW Cyril Ngonge (2000-05-26) 26 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Club Brugge v.   Germany, 17 November 2019
FW Jérémy Doku (2002-05-27) 27 May 2002 (age 20) 4 1   Rennes v.   Germany, 17 November 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
Wout Faes 2017–2020 21 0
Gunter Van Handenhoven 1997–1999 21 1
9 Jonathan Blondel 2002–2007 20 4
Éric Deflandre 1992–1995 20 1

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 Loïs Openda 2019–2022 13 15 0.87
2 Kevin Vandenbergh 2003–2005 12 14 0.86
3 Cédric Roussel 1997–1999 10 12 0.83
4 Wesley Sonck 1997–1999 8 11 0.73
5 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

Last updated: 20 March 2019
Source: Belgian Football Federation

HonoursEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

References and external linksEdit