Belgium men's national field hockey team

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Belgium
Belgium
NicknameRed Lions
AssociationRoyal Belgian Hockey Association
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
CoachShane McLeod
Assistant coach(es)Michel van den Heuvel
Steve Bayer
ManagerEric Pirenne
CaptainThomas Briels
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 1 Steady (22 January 2019)[1]
Highest1 (December 2018 – present)
Lowest14 (2003 – 2004)
Summer Olympics
Appearances14 (first in 1920)
Best result2nd (2016)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1973)
Best result1st (2018)
European Championship
Appearances15 (first in 1970)
Best result2nd (2013, 2017)

The Belgian national men's field hockey team represents Belgium in international men's field hockey and is controlled by the Royal Belgian Hockey Association, the governing body for field hockey in Belgium.

Belgium won the Hockey World Cup in 2018, and won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympics respectively. They also reached seven semi-finals at the European Championship since 1995, including a third place in 2007 and runners-up in 2013 and 2017.

History[edit]

Hockey was introduced in Belgium in 1902. The country's first club was founded in 1904. In 1907, several clubs established the Belgian Hockey Association. Belgium played its first international match against Germany, and was one of the founding members of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Between 1920 and 1978, Belgium appeared in two of the first three World Cups and in eleven out of thirteen Summer Olympics. After the successful early years (before the 1950s) with three times being among the best five at the Summer Olympics, it would last six decades before Belgium reached the international field hockey top again from the 1990s on.

By the early 2000s, the Royal Belgian Hockey Association started to invest heavily in the youth and modernised its structures. In 2007, Belgium won the bronze medal at the European Championship, a first in the country's history. Belgium also qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics, for the first time in 32 years.

Belgium won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, a second medal after Belgium ended third at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. Two years later Belgium won the 2018 Hockey World Cup. It was the first major international title in the country's history.

Honours[edit]

Summer Olympics
2nd, silver medalist(s) Second place: 2016
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Third place: 1920
World Cup
1st, gold medalist(s) First place: 2018
European Championship
2nd, silver medalist(s) Second place: 2013, 2017
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Third place: 2007

Tournament history[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Belgium.

Summer Olympics[edit]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze       Fourth place

In 1920, Belgium's field hockey team won the bronze medal at home, at the Olympic Stadium in Antwerp.
Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
United Kingdom 1908 Did Not Participate
Sweden 1912 Not Held
Belgium 1920 Bronze Medal 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 19
France 1924 Not Held
Netherlands 1928 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 8 12
United States 1932 Did Not Participate
Nazi Germany 1936 Group Phase 9th 3 0 2 1 5 8
United Kingdom 1948 Group Phase 5th 4 2 0 2 6 8
Finland 1952 Second Round 9th 2 1 0 1 6 1
Australia 1956 Group Phase 7th 3 0 1 2 0 5
Italy 1960 Group Phase 11th 5 1 1 3 7 9
Japan 1964 Group Phase 11th 7 2 2 3 10 13
Mexico 1968 Group Phase 9th 8 4 1 3 17 9
West Germany 1972 Group Phase 10th 8 2 1 5 9 16
Canada 1976 Group Phase 9th 6 3 0 3 11 19
Soviet Union 1980 Did Not Qualify
United States 1984
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008 Group Phase 9th 6 2 1 3 12 13
United Kingdom 2012 Group Phase 5th 6 3 1 2 13 9
Brazil 2016 Runners-up 2nd 8 6 0 2 29 11
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Best: Runners-up 14/25 74 30 10 34 139 150

World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Spain 1971 Did Not Participate
Netherlands 1973 Group Phase 8th 5 2 0 3 8 12
Malaysia 1975 Did Not Participate
Argentina 1978 Group Phase 14th 6 1 2 3 12 18
India 1982 Did Not Participate
England 1986
Pakistan 1990
Australia 1994 Group Phase 11th 5 0 1 4 6 26
Netherlands 1998 Did Not Qualify
Malaysia 2002 Group Phase 14th 7 0 0 7 7 23
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify
India 2010
Netherlands 2014 5th–6th Play-off 5th 6 4 0 2 21 13
India 2018 Winners 1st 7 5 2 0 22 5
Total Best: Winners 6/14 35 13 5 19 76 97

European Championship[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

European Championship Record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Belgium 1970 Second Round 5th 7 5 0 2 18 7
Spain 1974 Group Phase 10th 6 2 1 3 7 9
West Germany 1978 Did Not Participate
Netherlands 1983 Group Phase 8th 7 2 1 4 8 17
Soviet Union 1987 Group Phase 10th 7 1 3 3 14 21
France 1991 Group Phase 9th 7 4 0 3 14 17
Republic of Ireland 1995 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 2 1 12 8
Italy 1999 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 0 3 19 28
Spain 2003 Group Phase 6th 7 2 2 3 21 21
Germany 2005 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 20
England 2007 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 16 14
Netherlands 2009 Group Phase 5th 6 4 0 2 22 11
Germany 2011 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 14 12
Belgium 2013 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 12 6
England 2015 Group Phase 5th 5 3 1 1 20 13
Netherlands 2017 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 2 13 9
Belgium 2019 Qualified
Total Best: Runners-up 16/17 90 41 15 35 216 213

World League (defunct)[edit]

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH Hockey World League record
Year Position Round Pld W D* L GF GA
2012–13 5th Round 2 5 5 0 0 44 6
Semifinal 6 4 2 0 18 9
Final 6 1 2 3 9 10
2014–15 2nd Semifinal 7 5 1 1 21 8
Final 6 3 1 2 14 9
2016–17 5th Semifinal 7 6 0 1 37 8
Final 5 4 0 1 15 5
Total 2nd (1x) Final (3x) 42 28 6 8 158 55

Champions Trophy (defunct)[edit]

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Pakistan 1978
until
New Zealand 2011
Did Not Participate
Australia 2012 First Round 5th 6 2 0 4 15 16
India 2014 Second Round 8th 6 1 3 2 13 15
United Kingdom 2016 Second Round 5th 6 2 2 2 13 15
Netherlands 2018 Second Round 5th 6 1 4 1 12 15
Total Best: 5th place 4/37 24 6 9 9 53 61

Champions Challenge (defunct)[edit]

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

Champions Challenge record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Malaysia 2001 5th–6th Play-off 6th 6 0 0 6 6 18
South Africa 2003 Did Not Participate
Egypt 2005 Third Place 3rd 9 6 2 1 26 17
Belgium 2007 5th–6th Play-off 6th 6 1 1 4 13 21
Australia 2009 7th–8th Play-off 7th 5 2 0 3 13 9
South Africa 2011 Winners 1st 6 4 2 0 22 12
Argentina 2012 Did Not Participate
Malaysia 2014
Total Best: Winners 5/8 32 13 5 14 80 77

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were named on 3 April 2019 for the 2019 Pro League match against Spain on 10 April 2019.[2]

Head coach: New Zealand Shane McLeod

Caps updated as of 10 April 2019, after the match against Spain.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
2 GK Loic Van Doren (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 22) 14 Netherlands Den Bosch
21 GK Vincent Vanasch (1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 31) 212 Belgium Waterloo Ducks

4 DF Arthur van Doren (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 24) 157 Netherlands Bloemendaal
12 DF Gauthier Boccard (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 27) 195 Belgium Waterloo Ducks
15 DF Emmanuel Stockbroekx (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 25) 136 Netherlands Bloemendaal
16 DF Alexander Hendrickx (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 25) 97 Netherlands Pinoké
23 DF Arthur De Sloover (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 21) 58 Belgium Beerschot
25 DF Loïck Luypaert (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 27) 216 Belgium Braxgata

13 MF Nicolas De Kerpel (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 25) 45 Belgium Herakles
14 MF Augustin Meurmans (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 21) 49 Belgium Racing Bruxelles
19 MF Félix Denayer (Captain) (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 29) 293 Belgium Dragons
24 MF Antoine Kina (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 23) 40 Belgium Gantoise
26 MF Victor Wegnez (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 23) 64 Belgium Racing Bruxelles

8 FW Florent van Aubel (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 27) 208 Belgium Dragons
9 FW Sébastien Dockier (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 29) 177 Netherlands Den Bosch
10 FW Cédric Charlier (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 31) 294 Belgium Racing Bruxelles
18 FW Maxime Plennevaux (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 25) 13 Netherlands HGC
27 FW Tom Boon (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 29) 271 Belgium Racing Bruxelles
32 FW Tanguy Cosyns (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 27) 119 Netherlands HGC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club Latest call-up
GK Amaury Timmermans (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 28) 1 Belgium Herakles v.  Russia, 26 February 2019

DF Nicolas Poncelet (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 22) 9 Belgium Leopold v.  Australia, 3 February 2019

MF John-John Dohmen (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 31) 368 Belgium Waterloo Ducks 2018 World Cup
MF Simon Gougnard (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28) 251 Belgium Waterloo Ducks 2018 World Cup

FW Thomas Briels (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 31) 319 Netherlands Oranje-Rood v.  Australia, 3 February 2019
FW Amaury Keusters (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28) 100 Belgium Herakles v.  France, 14 November 2018
FW Dorian Thiéry (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 24) 64 Belgium Leopold v.  Netherlands, 11 November 2018

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2019[edit]

2019 FIH Pro League

Test match

2019 FIH Pro League

2019 EuroHockey Championship

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings January 2019 – Men" (PDF). FIH. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Red Lions & Red Panthers: selectie wedstrijden Pro League in Ukkel". www.hockey.be (in Dutch). 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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