Belgium men's national field hockey team

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Belgium
Belgium
Nickname Red Lions
Association Royal Belgian Hockey Association
Confederation EHF (Europe)
Coach Shane McLeod
Assistant coach Philippe Goldberg
Captain John-John Dohmen
FIH ranking 5
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First kit
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Second kit
Belgium men's national field hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Bronze medal – third place 1920 Antwerp Team

The Belgium national field hockey team (nicknamed the Red Lions) represents Belgium in the international field hockey competitions. As of July 2014, they are coached by Shane McLeod, who succeeded the Dutch trainer Jeroen Delmee.

Their greatest achievements in international tournaments to date are reaching six semifinals at the EuroHockey Nations Championship since 1995, including a third place in 2007 and runners-up in 2013, winning the Champions Challenge in 2011, the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the bronze medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2014–15 Hockey World League.

History[edit]

Belgium first played hockey in 1902 and their first club was formed two years later.[citation needed] 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.

The team was coached by Adam Commens until the end of 2010 before being replaced by Colin Batch as Adam Commens had been appointed coach of the Australian women's national team. Commens has been coach of Belgium's national men's team since 2007, and led them to their first Olympics appearance in 32 years when the team competed in Beijing in 2008. He will begin his role with the Hockeyroos early 2011. After the 2007 Champions Challenge, hosted in their own country, they ended at the last (sixth) place. This prompted coach Gilles Bonnet and his assistant-coach Pascal Kina to be replaced by Adam Commens and assistant Murray Richards. From 2012 on Marc Lammers trained the Belgian squad with assistants Jeroen Delmee and Philippe Goldberg. After Lammers resigned in July 2014, Delmee became his successor.

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, the Belgian Hockey Team was able to achieve the silver medal, second time that Belgium is able to win an Olympic Medal (1920 Bronze in Antwerp). Additionally, the Under 21 National Team made it to the final match of the FIH Junior World Cup in 2016 but they lost against India by 2 to 1. Still, this proves the success and hard work of the whole structure of hockey in Belgium.[1]

Honours[edit]

Summer Olympics
Second place 2nd, silver medalist(s): 2016
Third place 3rd, bronze medalist(s): 1920
European Championship
Runners-up: 2013
Third place: 2007
Champions Challenge
Winners: 2011
Third place: 2005

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.
Olympics 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
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
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 Participate
United States 1984
Korea 1988
Spain 1992
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
People's Republic of 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 Final 2nd 8 6 0 2 29 11
Total 1 Silver Medal 14/25 74 30 10 34 139 150
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

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
United Kingdom 1986
Pakistan 1990
Australia 1994 Group Phase 11th 5 0 1 4 6 26
Netherlands 1998 Did Not Participate
Malaysia 2002 Group Phase 14th 7 0 0 7 7 23
Germany 2006 Did Not Participate
India 2010
Netherlands 2014 5th–6th Play-off 5th 6 4 0 2 21 13
Total Best: 5th Place 5/13 29 7 3 19 54 92
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

World League[edit]

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

FIH Hockey World League record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
India 2012–2014 5th–6th Play-off 5th 6 1 2 3 9 10
India 2014–2015 Final 2nd 6 3 1 2 14 9
Total 2/2 12 4 3 5 23 19
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

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
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
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
Total Best: Runners-Up 14/15 85 38 14 33 203 204
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Champions Trophy[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
Total Best: Fifth Place 3/36 18 5 5 8 41 46
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Champions Challenge[edit]

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

Champions Challenge record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Malaysia 2001 Playoff 6th 6 0 0 6 6 18
South Africa 2003 Did Not Participate
Egypt 2005 Playoff 3rd 9 6 2 1 26 17
Belgium 2007 Playoff 6th 6 1 1 4 13 21
Australia 2009 Playoff 7th 5 2 0 3 13 9
South Africa 2011 Winners 1st 6 4 2 0 22 12
Total 1 title 5/6 32 13 5 14 80 77
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Belgium roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] ‹See Tfd›view · talk

Head coach: Shane McLeod

Reserves:

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