Belgium women's national football team

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Belgium
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Belgian Red Flames
Association Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ives Serneels
Asst coach Tamara Cassimon
Captain Aline Zeler
Most caps Femke Maes (84)[1]
Top scorer Femke Maes (24)
Home stadium King Baudouin Stadium
FIFA code BEL
FIFA ranking 27 Decrease 1
Highest FIFA ranking 26 (March 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 35 (November 2010, March 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
France France 1–2 Belgium Belgium
(Reims, France; May 30, 1976)
Biggest win
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 0–9 Belgium Belgium
(Toftir, Faeroe Islands; May 18, 1996)
Biggest defeat
Spain Spain 9–1 Belgium Belgium
(Alginet, Spain; February 29, 2004)
Norway Norway 8–0 Belgium Belgium
(Oslo, Norway; September 26, 1992)
World Cup
Appearances 0
UEFA Women's Championship
Appearances 0

The Belgium women's national football team represents Belgium in international women's football. They are currently 26th at the FIFA Women's World Rankings. It is controlled by the Royal Belgian Football Association, the governing body for football in Belgium, they are nicknamed Belgian Red Flames. Their home stadium is King Baudouin Stadium and is coached by Ives Serneels. During its history the team had poor results, but showed improvement in 2015 World Cup Qualifiers.

As of 2014, they never reached the end stage of a major tournament.

History[edit]

The Early Games (1976-1984)[edit]

Belgium played its first match against France on May 30, 1976, which ended in a 2-1 victory for them, the game was played at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France.

A year after its debut, the Belgian Red Flames played against Switzerland and France, tying both matches 2-2 and 1-1 respectively. Their path followed in 1978, again playing with the same teams they played in 1977, beating both 1-0 and 2-0, thus following with Yugoslavia, also winning 1-0, a year later came its first defeat, 3-0 against England and other against France 2-0. Then came their first tie, against the Netherlands with a 2-2. In the following years it played mostly against European teams.

First Tournaments (1984-1989)[edit]

The first qualifier Belgium participated in was in the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football in Group 4 together with the Netherlands, Denmark and West Germany. It started with a good 3-2 win against the Netherlands, but lost 1-0 against Denmark, later they achieve a draw against West Germany by 1-1. Despite having neutral goal difference, the Belgian Red Flames were beaten 5-0 by the Netherlands, his last two games against Denmark and West Germany were 2-2 and 1-1 draws. Of this way Belgium failed to qualify for the tournament.

Their second qualifier was the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football where they were in Group 3 alongside France, the Netherlands again and Sweden. Their games against France were one win and one loss, both 3-1, with Netherlands their games were defeats 3-1 and 3-0 and finally, its matches against Sweden were a bulky 5-0 loss and another defeat by 2-1, leaving Belgium without chances of qualifying for the Cup.

The time that Belgium came close to qualifying for a competition was at the tournament in 1989, where they played in Group 4 against Czechoslovakia, France, Spain and Bulgaria, disputing eight games: winning two, drawing four and losing two, with 7 goals and 4 against them and with 8 points (considering that before 1994 victories were worth 2 pts., draws 1 and defeats 0) and thus did not qualify for the competition.

Poor Results Era (1990-2011) and Return to the Victories Era (2011-present)[edit]

The Belgian team suffered a series of poor results from 1990 to 2011, although they had an improvement in the 2003 Women's World Cup Qualifiers, winning 5 games and losing one, while in the qualifications of the UEFA Women's Championship the maximum of games won during that time was 3 matches, in the 2009 edition.

Its victories time began with the arrival of Ives Serneels in 2011, where they played a good qualification for Euro 2013, and are currently active in qualifying for the 2015 World Cup to be held in Canada. In qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup, is currently located at the third position of the group with 10 points.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification[edit]

In qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Belgium was paired with Albania, Norway, Greece, Portugal and Netherlands. The group winner qualifies for the 2015 Women's World Cup and four best second places play the second round, the play-offs to define the last team qualified for the competition.

The Belgian Red Flames began their route with a victory of courage with Albania 2-0 at home. After four days, as visitors they lost to former world champions Norway by 1-4. Their next two games were victories by thrashing against Greece and Portugal (7-1 and 4-1). The most recent game was against Netherlands, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Belgium returned to victories two months later, with Albania, winning 6-0. Their captain Aline Zeler was the biggest scorer for them.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 8 8 0 0 30 3 +27 24
 Netherlands 8 6 1 1 38 4 +34 19
 Belgium 8 4 1 3 22 11 +11 13
 Portugal 8 4 0 4 17 17 0 12
 Albania 8 1 0 7 3 39 −36 3
 Greece 8 0 0 8 2 38 −36 0
  Albania Belgium Greece Netherlands Norway Portugal
Albania  0–6 1–0 0–4 13 Sep 0–3
Belgium  2–0 13 Sep 0–2 1–2 4–1
Greece  17 Sep 1–7 0–6 0–5 1–5
Netherlands  10–1 1–1 7–0 1–2 13 Sep
Norway  7–0 4–1 6–0 17 Sep 2–0
Portugal  7–1 17 Sep 1–0 0–7 0–2


World Cup Record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA Women's World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 1 12
Sweden 1995 6 2 1 3 15 13
United States 1999 8 0 1 7 6 23
United States 2003 6 5 0 1 13 9
China 2007 8 0 0 8 8 25
Germany 2011 8 3 1 4 18 13
Canada 2015 8 4 1 3 22 11
Total - 0/7 - - - - - - 50 15 4 31 83 106
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship Record[edit]

UEFA Women's Championship record UEFA Women's Championship Record qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Denmark England Italy Sweden 1984 Did not qualify 6 1 3 2 7 12
Norway 1987 6 1 0 5 6 17
West Germany 1989 8 2 4 2 7 4
Denmark 1991 6 1 0 5 1 12
Italy 1993 4 1 2 1 1 8
England Germany Norway Sweden 1995 6 2 1 3 15 13
Norway Sweden 1997 Belgium and 17 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group
Germany 2001 Belgium and 16 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group
England 2005 8 1 0 7 5 39
Finland 2009 8 3 1 4 7 15
Sweden 2013 10 6 2 2 18 8
Total - 0/11 - - - - - - 62 18 13 31 67 128
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad[edit]

Femke Maes is currently both Belgium's top scorer with 24 goals and their record international with 84 caps. She retired from international football in 2010.
No. Pos. Player Club
01 GK Sofie van Houtven Belgium Tienen
12 GK Kelly Ickmans Belgium Sinaai Girls
GK Sabrina Broos Belgium Sint Truidense
02 DF Julie Gregoire Belgium Standard Liège
03 DF Heleen Jaques Germany Turbine Potsdam
04 DF Maud Coutereels Belgium Standard Liège
05 DF Lorca van de Putte Netherlands Twente
13 DF Berit Stevens Belgium Standard Liège
06 MF Julie Biesmans Belgium Standard Liège
07 MF Cécile de Gernier Belgium Anderlecht
09 MF Annaelle Wiard Belgium Anderlecht
14 MF Lien Mermans Belgium Lierse
15 MF Marlies Verbruggen Belgium Lierse
16 MF Kristien Elsen Belgium Lierse
18 MF Laurence Marchal Belgium Anderlecht
MF Niki de Cock Belgium Lierse
08 FW Audrey Demoustier Belgium Standard Liège
10 FW Aline Zeler (c) Belgium Standard Liège
11 FW Davina Philtjens Belgium Standard Liège
17 FW Stéphanie van Gils Belgium Lierse
FW Jana Coryn Belgium Zulte-Waregem
FW Yana Daniëls Belgium OH Leuven
FW Inge Heiremans Belgium Lierse
FW Angélique de Wulf Belgium Sinaai Girls

Staff[edit]

Manager Belgium Ives Serneels
Assistant manager Belgium Tamara Cassimon
Goalkeeping coach Belgium Sven Cnudde
Fitness coach Belgium Cédric Lehance
Physiotherapist Belgium Fabienne Van De Steene

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alle Rode Duivelinnen" (in Dutch). RBFA. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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