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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. Their current home stadium is Den Dreef in Leuven.

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
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

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 6 & 10 September 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 10 September 2018 after the match against   Bosnia and Herzegovina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mile Svilar (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 20) 2 0   S.L. Benfica
12 1GK Jens Teunckens (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Royal Antwerp

4 2DF Wout Faes (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 21) 16 0   KV Oostende
17 2DF Rocky Bushiri (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 19) 6 0   Blackpool
3 2DF Sebastiaan Bornauw (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 20) 5 1   1. FC Köln
5 2DF Thibault De Smet (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Sint-Truiden
13 2DF Maxime Busi (1999-10-14) 14 October 1999 (age 19) 1 0   R. Charleroi S.C.
2 2DF Killian Sardella (2002-05-02) 2 May 2002 (age 17) 1 0   Anderlecht
14 2DF Ewoud Pletinckx (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 18) 0 0   S.V. Zulte Waregem

16 3MF Alexis Saelemaekers (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 20) 9 0   Anderlecht
15 3MF Daouda Peeters (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Juventus
19 3MF Dante Vanzeir (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 21) 2 0   KV Mechelen
22 3MF Louis Verstraete (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Gent
10 3MF Francesco Antonucci (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0   FC Volendam
6 3MF Dante Rigo (1998-12-11) 11 December 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Sparta Rotterdam
18 3MF Albert Sambi Lokonga (1999-10-22) 22 October 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Anderlecht
20 3MF Matthias Verreth (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Waasland-Beveren

11 4FW Francis Amuzu (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 20) 8 2   Anderlecht
7 4FW Jérémy Doku (2002-05-27) 27 May 2002 (age 17) 2 0   Anderlecht
9 4FW Lois Openda (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Club Brugge KV
18 3MF Jelle Bataille (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 20) 1 0   K.V. Oostende

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.   Wales, 6 September 2019

DF Hannes Delcroix (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   RKC Waalwijk v.   Wales, 6 September 2019
DF Zinho Vanheusden (1999-07-29) 29 July 1999 (age 20) 7 0   Standard Liège v.   Denmark, 20 March 2019

MF Sieben Dewaele (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Anderlecht v.   Wales, 6 September 2019
MF Yari Verschaeren (2001-07-12) 12 July 2001 (age 18) 2 1   Anderlecht 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
MF Orel Mangala (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21) 8 0   VfB Stuttgart 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

FW Robbie D'Haese (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   K.V. 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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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