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)Steve Bayer
Mick Beunen
Michel van den Heuvel
ManagerEric Pirenne
CaptainThomas Briels
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 1 Steady (1 March 2020)[1]
Highest1 (December 2018 – June 2019, January 2020 – present)
Lowest14 (2003–04)
Olympic Games
Appearances15 (first in 1920)
Best result2nd (2016)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1973)
Best result1st (2018)
European Championship
Appearances16 (first in 1970)
Best result1st (2019)

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 Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018, the European Championship in 2019, and won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympics respectively. They reached eight 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 modernized 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. A year later Belgium won the gold medal at the European Championship which was held in Antwerp.

Honours[edit]

Summer Olympics
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Second place: 2016
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Third place: 1920
World Cup
1st place, gold medalist(s) First place: 2018
European Championship
1st place, gold medalist(s) First place: 2019
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Second place: 2013, 2017
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Third place: 2007
FIH Pro League
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Second place: 2019

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 Qualified
Total Best: Runners-up 15/25 74 30 10 34 139 150

World Cup[edit]

Belgium captain Thomas Briels lifting the 2018 World Cup trophy

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH 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
India 2023 To be determined
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 Winners 1st 5 5 0 0 22 2
Netherlands 2021 Qualified
Total 1 title 17/18 95 46 15 35 238 215

FIH Pro League[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH Pro League record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Netherlands 2019 Runners-up 2nd 16 9 3 4 57 33
Total Best: Runners-up 1/1 16 9 3 4 57 33

Hockey World League (defunct)[edit]

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

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 Best: 2nd Final 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
*Draws include matches decided on a penalty shoot-out.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 22 players were named on 23 January 2020 for the FIH Pro League matches against Australia, New Zealand and India from 25 January to 9 February 2020.[2]

Caps updated as of 9 February 2020, after the match against India.

Head coach: New Zealand Shane McLeod

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
2 GK Loic Van Doren (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 23) 23 Netherlands Den Bosch
21 GK Vincent Vanasch (1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 32) 235 Germany Rot-Weiss Köln

4 DF Arthur Van Doren (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 25) 184 Netherlands Bloemendaal
12 DF Gauthier Boccard (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 28) 218 Belgium Waterloo Ducks
15 DF Manu Stockbroekx (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 26) 157 Belgium Orée
16 DF Alex Hendrickx (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 26) 124 Netherlands Pinoké
23 DF Arthur De Sloover (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 23) 85 Belgium Beerschot
25 DF Loïck Luypaert (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 28) 243 Belgium Braxgata

7 MF John-John Dohmen (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 32) 395 Belgium Orée
14 MF Augustin Meurmans (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 23) 64 Belgium Racing Bruxelles
19 MF Félix Denayer (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 30) 319 Belgium Dragons
22 MF Simon Gougnard (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 29) 278 Belgium Leuven
24 MF Antoine Kina (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 24) 68 Belgium Gantoise
26 MF Victor Wegnez (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 24) 89 Belgium Racing Bruxelles

8 FW Florent Van Aubel (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 28) 232 Belgium Dragons
9 FW Sébastien Dockier (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 30) 196 Netherlands Pinoké
10 FW Cédric Charlier (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 32) 318 Belgium Dragons
13 FW Nicolas De Kerpel (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 27) 67 Belgium Herakles
17 FW Thomas Briels (Captain) (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 32) 343 Netherlands Oranje-Rood
18 FW Max Plennevaux (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 27) 28 Belgium Léopold
27 FW Tom Boon (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 30) 294 Belgium Léopold
32 FW Tanguy Cosyns (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 29) 135 Netherlands Amsterdam

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 Simon Vandenbroucke (1999-06-06) 6 June 1999 (age 21) 2 Belgium Waterloo Ducks v.  Argentina, 23 October 2019
GK Amaury Timmermans (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 30) 1 Belgium Herakles v.  Ireland, 15 October 2019

DF Nicolas Poncelet (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 23) 16 Belgium Léopold v.  Argentina, 23 October 2019


FW William Ghislain (1999-07-28) 28 July 1999 (age 21) 4 Belgium Waterloo Ducks v.  France, 8 October 2019
FW Tommy Willems (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 23) 4 Belgium Waterloo Ducks v.  France, 8 October 2019
FW Thibeau Stockbroeckx (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 20) 2 Netherlands Oranje-Rood v.  India, 3 October 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 1 March 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Ontdek de Red Lions selectie voor de wedstrijd tegen Australië". www.hockey.be (in Dutch). Hockey Belgium. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2020.

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