Belgium national football team records and statistics

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This article lists various team and individual football records in relation to the Belgian national football team (The Red Devils)[A]. The page currently shows the records as of 18 November 2018, after the match against Switzerland.

Team records[edit]

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Wins[edit]

Red Devils are still kind

 —Belgian newspaper heading after the national team won 10–1 against San Marino in 2001[6]

Incredible Josip Weber turns the Heysel into a shooting range

 —Dutch newspaper subheading after Belgium's 9–0 home win against Zambia in 1994; Weber scored 5 times[7]

Largest win 
Largest away win
Largest win at the World Cup Finals 
Largest win at the European Championship finals 
4–0 vs  Hungary on 26 June 2016, Euro 2016
Largest win at the Olympic Games finals 
3–0 vs  Netherlands on 31 August 1920, VIIth Olympiad
Largest goal deficit overcome in a single game (to either a win or a draw) 
3 goals, vs  Denmark on 6 May 1932 (3-4 victory after being 3-0 down)

Draws[edit]

It didn't make sense at all, this match.

 —Dutch international Frank De Boer, after the high Netherlands-Belgium scoring draw (5–5) in 1999[8]

Highest scoring draw 
5–5 vs  Netherlands on 4 September 1999
Highest scoring draw at the World Cup Finals 
4–4 (a.e.t.) vs  England on 17 June 1954, 1954 World Cup
Highest scoring draw at the European Championship finals 
1–1 vs  England on 12 June 1980, Euro 1980
Highest scoring draw at the Olympic Games finals 
None

Defeats[edit]

The English probably found a dozen enough!

 —Mockery Dutch newspaper comment after Belgium's unofficial 12–0 loss to Corinthian, their biggest ever defeat[9]

Largest defeat
11–2 vs England Amateurs on 17 April 1909
Including unofficial games: 12–0 vs Corinthian on 6 January 1906[10]
Largest defeat at home
1–9 vs  England on 11 May 1927
Largest defeat at the World Cup Finals
Largest defeat at the European Championship finals 
5–0 vs  France on 16 June 1984, Euro 1984
Belgium-Sweden 1–8, Sweden cracks Belgium.

 —Dutch newspaper heading after Belgium suffered its largest defeat at a major tournament, at the 1924 Summer Olympics[11]

Largest defeat at the Olympic Games finals 
8–1 vs  Sweden on 29 May 1924, VIIIth Olympiad
Largest lead given away 
2 goals, on several occasions

Goals[edit]

Scored[edit]

Most goals scored in a single game 
10 goals vs  San Marino on 28 February 2001
Most goals scored in an away game
7 goals vs  Netherlands on 25 November 1951
Most goals scored during the first half 
7 goals vs  Iceland on 5 June 1957
Most goals scored during the second half 
7 goals vs  San Marino on 28 February 2001
Most goals scored during extra time 
Most goals scored in a single game during the World Cup finals
5 goals vs  Tunisia on 23 June 2018, 2018 World Cup
Most goals scored in a single game during the European Championship finals 
4 goals vs  Hungary on 26 June 2016, Euro 2016
Match phase of Belgium's most productive Olympic game, against Luxembourg in 1928 (5–3)
Most goals scored in a single game during the Olympic Games finals 
5 goals vs  Luxembourg on 27 May 1928, IXth Olympiad
Most different players scoring during a single game 

Conceded[edit]

Most goals conceded in a single game
11 goals vs England Amateurs on 17 April 1909
Including unofficial games: 12 goals vs Corinthian on 6 January 1906[10]
Most goals conceded during a home game
9 goals vs  England on 11 May 1927
Most goals conceded during the first half 
8 goals vs England Amateurs on 17 April 1909
Most goals conceded during the second half 
Most goals conceded during extra time 
3 goals vs  Netherlands on 30 April 1905
Most goals conceded in a single game during the World Cup Finals 
5 goals vs Nazi Germany Germany on 27 May 1934, 1934 World Cup
Most goals conceded in a single game during the European Championship Finals 
5 goals vs  France on 16 June 1984, Euro 1984
Most goals conceded in a single game during the Olympic Games finals 
8 goals vs  Sweden on 29 May 1924, VIIIth Olympiad

Scored+conceded[edit]

Highest total number of goals in a single game 
Thirteen times a hole in the air...

 —Dutch newspaper heading after the goal-rich 1951 Netherlands-Belgium encounter; both supporter sides together had 13 reasons to jump in the air[12]

  • 13 goals: 6–7 victory against  Netherlands on 25 November 1951

Streaks[edit]

Unbeaten record 
24 games, 2016-2018[B]
Longest run without victory 
13, from 1933 till 1935
Most consecutive wins 
7, from 1979 till 1980, in 2014[C] and in 2018
Most consecutive draws 
4, from 1948 till 1949 and in 1998
Most consecutive losses 
7, from 1927 till 1928
Most consecutive games with at least one goal scored 
21, from 1937 till 1945
Most consecutive games without a goal scored 
5, in 1999
Most consecutive games without a goal conceded 
5, from 1972 till 1973 and in 1989
Most consecutive games with at least one goal conceded 
38, from 1928 till 1933

World Rankings[edit]

FIFA[edit]

Source: FIFA.com[13]

Belgium go top, Chile and Austria soar

 —FIFA News announcing Belgium's highest ever FIFA World Ranking in November 2015[14]

Highest FIFA ranking 
1st (November 2015 – March 2016)
Lowest FIFA ranking 
71st (June 2007)
Best Mover 
+25 (April 2011)
Worst Mover 
-14 (September 2010)

Elo[edit]

Source: Eloratings.net[15]

Highest Elo rating 
2084 (following 2–1 vs   Switzerland on 12 October 2018)
Lowest Elo rating 
1497 (following 0–8 vs  Netherlands on 29 March 1936)
Highest Elo ranking 
2nd (September 1920)
Lowest Elo ranking 
74th (September 2009)

Achievements[edit]

Major titles[edit]

Belgium's 1920 Olympic champions, and one of the 154 gold medals awarded at these Games of the VII Olympiad
Olympic flag border.png Olympic football tournament[16]
Gold Medal Gold medal.svg (1): 1920

Friendly trophies[edit]

The Coupe Vanden Abeele
Shared (1): 1904
Winners (3): 1906, 1922, 1925
Shared (3): 1913, 1921, 1924
Winners (5): 1906, 1907, 1913, 1922, 1926
Shared (5): 1923, 1924, 1928 (2x), 1930
Shared (1): 1999

Awards[edit]

Winners (1): 2015
Winners (1): 2002
Winners (1): 1980
Winners (2): 2013, 2014

Other achievements[edit]

Third place (1): 2018
Fourth place (1): 1986
Runners-up (1): 1980
Third place (1): 1972
Individual

Appearances[edit]

General[edit]

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Most appearances
Jan Vertonghen (2007–present), 110 caps[D]
Jan Vertonghen holds the record for most Belgium international appearances.
Jan Ceulemans, nicknamed Caje and Strong Jan, is Belgium's record captain.

The top 10 most capped players - players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Belgium career Caps Goals Position
1 Jan Vertonghen 2007– 110[D] 9 DF
2 Axel Witsel 2008– 101[E] 9 MF
3 Eden Hazard 2008– 98[F] 27 MF/FW
4 Jan Ceulemans 1977–1991 96 22 MF/FW
5 Timmy Simons 2001–2016 94 6 DF/MF
6 Toby Alderweireld 2009– 88[E] 3 DF
7 Marouane Fellaini 2007–2018 87[D] 18[G] MF
Vincent Kompany 2004– 87[D] 4 DF
9 Eric Gerets 1975–1991 86 2 DF
Franky Van der Elst 1984–1998 86 1 MF

As of 16 November 2018. The records are collected based on data from FIFA and RSSSF.
Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Most consecutive appearances 
Louis Carré, 50 games, from 22 May 1949 (vs  Wales) until 11 March 1956 (vs   Switzerland)
Most appearances as a substitute 
Dries Mertens, 31 caps[F]
Most times substituted off 
Eden Hazard, 44 caps[F]
Most games started on the bench 
Simon Mignolet, 68 games[H]
Most selections (playing + non-playing) 
Jan Vertonghen, 115 selections[I]
Most selections as an unused substitute 
Simon Mignolet, 68 selections[H]
Most selections as an unused substitute without ever earning a cap 
Koen Casteels (still active), 32 selections[J] & Jacques Duquesne, 16 selections
Most selections needed to earn first cap 
Jean Valet, 15 selections
Lowest caps to selections ratio (> 0) 
Jean Valet, 1/19
Most selections without ever being an unused substitute 
Wesley Sonck, 55 selections
Most appearances as a substitute without ever starting a game 
Tom Soetaers, 8 caps
Most appearances while never playing an entire game 
Adnan Januzaj (still active), 10 caps[F] & Tom Soetaers, 8 caps
Most appearances in the starting eleven 
Jan Vertonghen, 105 caps[D]
Most caps earned while not playing the entire game 
Dries Mertens[E], 68 caps
Most caps earned while only playing entire games 
Bernard Voorhoof, 61 caps
Most caps earned while playing an entire game 
Jan Vertonghen, 95 caps[E]
Most caps without ever being substituted off 
Georges Heylens, 67 caps
Most caps without ever appearing as a substitute 
Eric Gerets, 86 caps
Most caps needed to first play an entire game 
Romelu Lukaku, 24 caps[F]
Most caps needed to first appear in the starting eleven 
Mbo Mpenza, 9 caps
Hector Goetinck was the player with the longest career span, and the first national manager with the Belgian nationality.
Longest Belgian career 
Hector Goetinck, 6402 days or 17 years, 6 months and 10 days between first (vs  France on 22 April 1906) and last cap (vs  England on 1 November 1923)
Shortest Belgian career 
Joris Van Hout, 2 minutes (on 16 October 2002 vs  Estonia)
Most consecutive calendar years of appearances 
Paul Van Himst (1960–'74) & Jan Ceulemans (1977–'91), 15 years
Longest wait between appearances 
Hector Goetinck, 3476 days or 9 years, 6 months and 27 days, between his 16th (vs  Netherlands on 26 April 1914) and his 17th and final cap (vs  England on 1 November 1923)
Appearances in three separate decades
Smallest number of caps needed to appear in three separate decades
Georges Hebdin, 10 caps (total number of caps obtained: 12)
First player to debut as a substitute 
Louis Van Hege, vs  France on 9 March 1919
Most times completed a game of 120 minutes 
Jan Ceulemans & Stéphane Demol, 4 games, both at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups
First appearance by a player who was playing abroad 
Raymond Braine (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia), vs  France on 14 April 1935
First appearance by a player who had never played for the senior team of a Belgian club 
Thomas Buffel, vs  Andorra on 12 October 2002
First appearance by a player born outside Belgium 
Eric Thornton (born in  England), vs  Netherlands on 30 April 1905
First appearance by a player born outside of Europe 
Luís Oliveira (born in  Brazil), vs  Tunisia on 26 February 1992
Last appearance by a player from a Belgian club outside the top division 
Paul Van Den Berg (Union), Belgian Second Division, vs  Portugal on 3 May 1964
Last appearance by a player from outside the top division of any country 
Radja Nainggolan (Piacenza), Italy Italian Serie B, vs  Chile on 29 May 2009
Players who have never played for the first team of a Belgian club
Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Mirallas, Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld, Radja Nainggolan, Dedryck Boyata, Nacer Chadli, Divock Origi, Adnan Januzaj, Yannick Carrasco & Jason Denayer
Most appearances without ever playing for the first team of a Belgian club 
Jan Vertonghen, 110 caps[D]
Most appearances while active with a non-Belgian club 
Jan Vertonghen (Ajax & Tottenham), 110 caps[D]
Players appearing against the country of their birth 
Highest number of players born outside Belgium simultaneously on the field 
3 (Luís Oliveira, Gordan Vidović & Mbo Mpenza) vs  France on 27 May 1998
Players also appearing for another senior national team 
Players capped while active outside of Europe 

Age-related[edit]

Youngest player
Fernand Nisot, 16 years and 19 days, on 30 April 1911 vs  Netherlands

These are all the players who debuted for the national football team of Belgium before the age of 18, their team at that time and their usual position

Fernand Nisot was Belgium's youngest player and the only who scored before the age of 17.
# Player (Team) Age Position
1 Fernand Nisot (Léopold Club) 16 years, 19 days FW
2 Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht) 16 years, 187 days DF/MF
3 Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht) 16 years, 296 days FW
4 Paul Van Himst (Anderlecht) 17 years, 17 days FW
5 Jean Capelle (Standard Liège) 17 years, 153 days FW
6 Joseph Musch (Union) 17 years, 198 days DF
7 Zakaria Bakkali (PSV) 17 years, 262 days MF
8 Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht) 17 years, 314 days DF
9 Eden Hazard (Lille) 17 years, 316 days MF/FW
10 Ray Braine (Beerschot) 17 years, 321 days FW
11 Bernard Voorhoof (Lierse) 17 years, 338 days FW
Oldest player 
Timmy Simons, 39 years, 11 months and 2 days, vs  Estonia on 13 November 2016

The top 10 oldest players for the national football team of Belgium, their team at that time and their usual position

Timmy Simons still made an international appearance at age 39.
# Player (Team) Age Position
1 Timmy Simons (Club Brugge) 39 years, 338 days DF/MF
2 Jean De Bie (Racing Brussels) 38 years, 19 days GK
3 Philippe Vande Walle (Club Brugge) 37 years, 256 days GK
4 Hector Goetinck (Club Brugge) 37 years, 241 days MF
5 Wilfried Van Moer (Beveren) 37 years, 119 days MF
6 Franky Van der Elst (Club Brugge) 37 years, 56 days MF
7 Danny Boffin (Sint-Truiden) 36 years, 320 days MF
8 Eric Gerets (PSV) 36 years, 313 days DF
9 Michel De Wolf (Marseille) 36 years, 231 days DF
10 Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich) 36 years, 148 days DF

Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Youngest goalkeeper 
Robert Hustin, 18 years, 6 months and 24 days, vs  France on 9 May 1905
Oldest debutant 
Dany Verlinden, 34 years, 10 months and 7 days, vs  Norway on 25 March 1998
Oldest outfield debutant 
Jozef Van Looy, 34 years, 2 months and 16 days, vs  England on 18 May 1950
Oldest player to feature at the World Cup finals 
Wilfried Van Moer, 37 years, 3 months and 27 days, 1982 FIFA World Cup, vs  Poland on 28 June 1982
Youngest player to feature at the World Cup finals 
Divock Origi, 19 years, 1 month and 30 days, 2014 FIFA World Cup, vs  Algeria on 17 June 2014
Oldest player to feature at the European Championship finals 
Lorenzo Staelens, 36 years, 1 months and 20 days, Euro 2000, vs  Turkey on 19 June 2000
Youngest player to feature at the European Championship finals 
Enzo Scifo, 18 years, 3 months and 25 days, Euro 1984, vs  Yugoslavia on 13 June 1984

On major tournaments[edit]

Most inclusions in a World Cup/European Championship finals squad 
Jan Ceulemans (Euro 1980, World Cup 1982, Euro 1984, World Cup 1986 and World Cup 1990), Enzo Scifo (Euro 1984, World Cup 1986, World Cup 1990, World Cup 1994 and World Cup 1998) and Marc Wilmots (World Cup 1990, World Cup 1994, World Cup 1998, Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002), 5 tournaments
Most tournaments appeared in 
Jan Ceulemans (Euro 1980, World Cup 1982, Euro 1984, World Cup 1986, World Cup 1990) and Enzo Scifo (Euro 1984, World Cup 1986, World Cup 1990, World Cup 1994 and World Cup 1998), 5 tournaments
Most tournaments appeared in consecutively 
Jan Ceulemans, Jean-Marie Pfaff and Erwin Vandenbergh, 4 tournaments (all played at Euro 1980, World Cup 1982, Euro 1984 and World Cup 1986)
Most appearances on aggregate at the World Cup and European Championship finals 
Jan Ceulemans, 23 caps
Most non-playing selections on aggregate for the World Cup and European Championship finals 
Simon Mignolet, 17 selections
Most non-playing selections on aggregate for the World Cup and European Championship finals without ever playing in a tournament 
Simon Mignolet 17 selections (still active), Gilbert Bodart, 11 selections
Most appearances without ever playing at the World Cup finals or the European Championship finals 
Jef Jurion, 64 caps
Fewest appearances while still playing at both the World Cup finals and European Championship finals 
Jacky Peeters & Branko Strupar, 17 caps
Most appearances without ever being in a World Cup or European Championship finals squad 
Jef Jurion, 64 caps
Most inclusions in a World Cup/European Championship finals squad without playing in the tournament 
Eric Van Meir, 3 tournaments (World Cup 1994, World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000) & Simon Mignolet (World Cup 2014, Euro 2016 & World Cup 2018)
Most inclusions in a World Cup/European Championship finals squad without ever playing in a tournament 
Simon Mignolet (World Cup 2014 & Euro 2016 & World Cup 2018), 3 tournaments
Most appearances at the Olympic Games finals 
Jean de Bie, 6 caps (3 in 1920, 1 in 1924 and 2 in 1928)
First player to make tournament appearances in three separate decades
None

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Most inclusions in the squad for the World Cup finals 
Franky Van der Elst, Enzo Scifo (both at the 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups) & Marc Wilmots (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups), 4 World Cups
Most appearances in different World Cup finals 
Franky Van der Elst & Enzo Scifo (both at the 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups), 4 World Cups
Most appearances at the World Cup finals 
Enzo Scifo, 17 caps
Most appearances without ever playing at the World Cup finals 
Jef Jurion, 64 caps
Most non-playing selections for the World Cup finals 
Simon Mignolet, 12 selections
Most selections for the World Cup finals without ever playing in the tournament
Simon Mignolet, 12 selections (still active) & Gilbert Bodart, 11 selections
Fewest appearances while still playing at the World Cup finals
Gérard Delbeke, 1 cap
Players to debut at the World Cup finals 

UEFA European Championship[edit]

Most inclusions in the squad for the European Championship finals 
Maurice Martens (Euro 1972 & Euro 1980), Jan Ceulemans (Euro 1980 & Euro 1984), Jean-Marie Pfaff (Euro 1980 & Euro 1984), Erwin Vandenbergh (Euro 1980 & Euro 1984) and René Vandereycken (Euro 1980 & Euro 1984), 2 final tournaments
Most appearances at the European Championship finals 
Jan Ceulemans, Jean-Marie Pfaff & René Vandereycken, 7 caps
Most consecutive appearances at the European Championship finals 
Jan Ceulemans, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Erwin Vandenbergh & René Vandereycken, 2 final tournaments (Euro 1980 & Euro 1984)
Fewest appearances while still playing at the European Championship finals 
Walter De Greef & Paul Lambrichts, 5 caps
Most appearances without ever playing at the European Championship finals 
Timmy Simons, 94 caps
Appearances at most European Championship finals 
Jan Ceulemans, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Erwin Vandenbergh & René Vandereycken, 2 final tournaments (Euro 1980 & Euro 1984)
Most non-playing selections for the European Championship finals 
Jean-François Gillet, Christian Kabasele, Maurice Martens & Simon Mignolet, 5 selections
Most non-playing selections for the European Championship finals without ever playing in the tournament
Jean-François Gillet, Christian Kabasele & Simon Mignolet, 5 selections
Players to debut at the European Championship finals 
Georges Grün, Euro 1984, vs  Yugoslavia on 13 June 1984

Goals[edit]

General[edit]

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First goal 
Georges Quéritet vs  France on 1 May 1904
Most goals 
Romelu Lukaku (2010–present), 45 goals[K]

As of 26 March 2019, the players with the most goals for Belgium are:

(Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked with the highest to lowest goals per game ratio.)

Romelu Lukaku is the all-time top scorer with 45 goals.
# Name Belgium career Goals Caps Position Goals per game
1 Romelu Lukaku 2010– 45[K] 79[D] FW 0.57
2 Bernard Voorhoof 1928–1940 30 61 FW 0.49
Paul Van Himst 1960–1974 30 81 FW 0.37
Eden Hazard 2008– 30 100[F] MF/FW 0.3
5 Joseph Mermans 1945–1956 28 56 FW 0.5
Marc Wilmots 1990–2002 28 70 MF 0.4
7 Robert De Veen 1906–1913 26 23 FW 1.13
8 Wesley Sonck 2001–2010 24 55 FW 0.44
9 Ray Braine 1925–1939 23 52 FW 0.44
Marc Degryse 1984–1996 23 63 FW 0.37

The records are collected based on data from FIFA and RSSSF.
Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Players with the highest goals per game ratio (greater than one) 

As of 16 November 2018, the players with the highest goals per game ratio (greater than one) for Belgium are:

(Players with an equal goals per game ratio are ranked by the most goals scored.)

# Name Belgium career Goals Caps Position Goals per game
1 Jules Van Craen 1940 4 2 FW 2
Georges Quéritet 1904 2 1 FW 2
3 Maurice Willems 1956–1957 4 3 FW 1.3333
4 Robert De Veen 1906–1913 26 23 FW 1.1304

The records are collected based on data from FIFA and RSSSF.
Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Most goals in competitive matches 
Romelu Lukaku, 24
Jef Mermans scored in seven matches in a row.
Scoring in most consecutive matches 
Jef Mermans, 7 games in a row
Scoring in most consecutive matches starting with debut 
Alphonse Six & Maurice Willems, 3 games in a row
Most goals on debut 
Josip Weber, 5 goals vs Zambia on 4 June 1994
Most games played while scoring in each one 
Maurice Willems, 3 games
Most goals in a single calendar year
Romelu Lukaku, 14 goals in 2018
Most goals scored by a defender 
Daniel Van Buyten (10)
Christian Piot, the only goalkeeper ever to score a goal for Belgium
Most goals scored by a goalkeeper 
Christian Piot (1)
First goal by a substitute 
François Van den Eynde, vs  Irish Free State on 25 February 1934
Most goals scored as a substitute 
Michy Batshuayi, 8 goals
Most goals scored by a substitute in a single game 
Bob Peeters, 3 goals vs  San Marino on 28 February 2001
Most appearances without ever scoring 
Thibaut Courtois[F], 69 matches
Most appearances for an outfield player without ever scoring 
Georges Heylens, 67 matches
Most appearances needed to score his first goal 
Franky Van der Elst, 79 matches
Most goals scored in extra time 
Latest moment in the game to score 
Alphonse Six vs  Netherlands on 13 May 1910, in the 114th minute
Latest moment in the game concede 
in the 119th minute
Goals in three separate decades
First Belgian goalscorer at the King Baudouin Stadium 
August Hellemans (when it was still the Centenaire Stadium), Michaël Goossens (after it was renamed King Baudouin Stadium)
Scorers of own goals
Robert Hustin, Edgard Poelmans, Oscar Verbeeck, Émile Stijnen, Bob Paverick, Charles Saeys, Walter Meeuws, Régis Genaux, Philippe Albert, Timmy Simons, Olivier Deschacht, Bart Goor and Vincent Kompany

Hat-tricks[edit]

Most goals in a match 
Including unofficial games: Herbert Potts, 7 goals vs Netherlands B on 28 April 1901[26]
Four goals in a match/Most goals in an away game 
Three goals in a match 
Belgium's 'hat-trick hero' Robert De Veen scored three hat-tricks.
Most hat-tricks 
Robert De Veen, 3 times
Fastest hat-trick 
Robert De Veen, 22 minutes, vs  France on 30 April 1911
Fastest hat-trick as a substitute 
Bob Peeters, 30 minutes, vs  San Marino on 28 February 2001
Youngest player to score a hat-trick 
Jean Capelle, 18 years, 7 months and 10 days, vs  Denmark on 5 June 1932
Oldest player to score a hat-trick 
Josip Weber, 29 years, 6 months and 16 days, vs Zambia on 4 June 1994
Highest number of different players to score (at least) a hat-trick in the same game
Hat-tricks at major tournaments 
Robert Coppée, vs Spain on 29 August 1920 (at the 1920 Olympics)

Penalties[edit]

First player to score a penalty 
Gaston Hubin vs  France on 28 January 1912
Most goals scored from penalties 
Eden Hazard, 7 goals
Most goals in penalty shoot-outs in competitive games[M] 
Nico Claesen, Enzo Scifo, Hugo Broos, Patrick Vervoort and Leo Van der Elst all 1 goal vs  Spain on 22 June 1986
Most goals in penalty shoot-outs, including friendlies

Fastest[edit]

In 2016, Christian Benteke scored the quickest ever goal in a competitive international so far, 8.1 seconds after kick-off.
Fastest goal from kickoff 
Christian Benteke, 8.1 seconds vs  Gibraltar on 10 October 2016[27]
Fastest goal in debut match (since World War II) 
Tom Caluwé, 2 minutes and 52 seconds vs  Saudi Arabia on 11 May 2006[28]
Fastest goal by a substitute 
Marc Wilmots, 1 minute and 4 seconds vs  France on 25 March 1992[29]
Fastest goal at the World Cup finals 
Thomas Meunier, 3 minutes and 36 seconds vs  England on 14 July 2018
Fastest goal at the European Championship finals 
Toby Alderweireld, 9 minutes and 32 seconds vs  Hungary on 26 June 2016

Age-related[edit]

Oldest goalscorer 
Wilfried Van Moer, 37 years, 1 month and 27 days, vs Bulgaria on 28 April 1982
Youngest goalscorer 
Fernand Nisot, 16 years, 10 months and 27 days, vs  Netherlands on 10 March 1912
Oldest goalscorer at the World Cup finals 
Lei Clijsters, 33 years, 7 months and 11 days, 1990 FIFA World Cup, vs  Uruguay on 17 June 1990
Youngest goalscorer at the World Cup finals 
Divock Origi, 19 years, 2 months and 4 days, 2014 FIFA World Cup, vs  Russia on 22 June 2014
Oldest goalscorer at the European Championship finals 
Julien Cools, 33 years, 4 months and 2 days, Euro 1980, vs Spain on 15 June 1980
Youngest goalscorer at the European Championship finals 
Émile Mpenza, 21 years, 11 months and 6 days, Euro 2000, vs  Sweden on 10 June 2000

On major tournaments[edit]

Most goals on aggregate at the World Cup and European Championship finals 
Romelu Lukaku, 7 goals (1 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2 at Euro 2016 and 4 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup)
Most consecutive goalscoring tournaments
Most goals at the Olympic Games finals 
Robert Coppée (in 1920) and Raymond Braine (in 1928), 4 goals
Most goals in an Olympic Games finals match 
Robert Coppée, 3 goals vs Spain on 29 August 1920

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Most goals in a single World Cup tournament 
Romelu Lukaku (in 2018), 4 goals
Marc Wilmots (pictured) and Romelu Lukaku became Belgium's all-time top scorers at the World Cup with five goals.
Most goals in total at World Cup tournaments 
Marc Wilmots (in 1998, 2002) and Romelu Lukaku (in 2014, 2018), each 5 goals
Most goals in a single World Cup qualifying campaign 
Romelu Lukaku, 11 goals (in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers)
Most goals in a single World Cup finals match 
Most goals in a single World Cup qualifying match 
Marc Van Der Linden, 4 goals vs  Luxembourg on 1 June 1989
First goal in a World Cup finals match 
Bernard Voorhoof, 1934 FIFA World Cup vs Nazi Germany Germany on 27 May 1934
First goal in a World Cup qualifying campaign 
Jean Capelle, vs  Irish Free State on 25 February 1934

UEFA European Championship[edit]

Most goals in a single European Championship tournament 
Romelu Lukaku & Radja Nainggolan, 2 goals
Most goals in total at European Championship tournaments 
Jan Ceulemans, Romelu Lukaku & Radja Nainggolan 2 goals
Most goals in a single European Championship qualifying campaign 
Nico Claesen, 7 goals, 1988 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying
Most goals in a single European Championship finals match 
Romelu Lukaku, 2 goals vs  Republic of Ireland on 18 June 2016
Most goals in a single European Championship qualifying match 
First goal in a European Championship finals match 
Odilon Polleunis vs  West Germany on 14 June 1972
First goal in a European Championship qualifying campaign 
Jacques Stockman vs  Yugoslavia on 4 November 1962

Captains[edit]

First captain 
Camille Van Hoorden
Most appearances as captain 
Jan Ceulemans

Most captaincies[edit]

Top-10 of players most often assigned as captain (at the start of an international game)

Jef Jurion, the second most serving Belgium captain, became Belgian champion nine times with Anderlecht.

Correct as of 16 November 2018 after the match against the Netherlands

# Name Captaincy Times Position
1 Jan Ceulemans 1984–1991 48 MF/FW
2 Jef Jurion 1960–1967 39 MF
3 Paul Van Himst 1964–1974 38 FW
4 Armand Swartenbroeks 1914–1928 37 DF
5 Timmy Simons 2004–2009 36 DF/MF
6 Vincent Kompany 2010– 35 DF
Eden Hazard 2015– 35 MF/FW
8 Jef Mermans 1949–1956 30 FW
9 Eric Gerets 1980–1991 26 DF
10 Georges Grün 1989–1995 25 DF

Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Disciplinary[edit]

Red cards[edit]

2 expulsions 
Eric Deflandre, Vincent Kompany and Axel Witsel
List of all Belgian players sent off once
Pierre Braine, Mathieu Bollen, Georges Heylens, Pierre Hanon, Walter Meeuws, Alexandre Czerniatynski, Philippe Albert, Pascal Renier, Gert Verheyen, Tjörven De Brul, Marc Wilmots, Filip De Wilde, Olivier De Cock, Bart Goor, Mousa Dembélé, Anthony Vanden Borre, Marouane Fellaini, Nicolas Lombaerts and Steven Defour
First player to get an expulsion 
Pierre Braine, vs  Czechoslovakia on 26 May 1927
First substitute to get an expulsion 
Mathieu Bollen, vs  Netherlands on 19 April 1959
First player to be expelled by receiving two yellow cards 
Walter Meeuws, vs  Netherlands on 14 October 1981
First substitute to be expelled by receiving two yellow cards 
None
Youngest player to get an expulsion 
Mousa Dembélé, 19 years, 2 months and 25 days, vs  Azerbaijan on 11 October 2006
Oldest player to get an expulsion 
Filip De Wilde, 35 years, 11 months and 14 days, vs  Turkey on 8 June 2000
Fastest expulsion by a starting player 
27 minutes, Eric Deflandre vs  Scotland on 24 March 2001
Fastest expulsion by a substitute 
3 minutes, Alexandre Czerniatynski, vs  Hungary on 6 June 1984
Fastest expulsion by receiving two yellow cards 
29 minutes, Eric Deflandre, vs  Spain on 9 October 2004
Shortest time between two yellow cards 
0 minutes, Eric Deflandre, vs  Spain on 9 October 2004
Devils Goor and Deflandre red from anger

 —Word-play in a 2004 newspaper heading. Only in one match of Belgium so far, two players received a red card. Both were very displeased with their five- and three-day suspensions afterwards.[30]

Highest number of expulsions of Belgian players in a single game 
2 expulsions: Eric Deflandre and Bart Goor, vs  Spain on 9 October 2004
Highest total number of expulsions in a single game 
3 expulsions: Georges Heylens (), Dobrivoje Trivić () and Dragan Džajić (), vs  Yugoslavia on 16 October 1968

Yellow cards[edit]

First player to get a yellow card 
Odilon Polleunis, vs Spain on 23 February 1969
First player to get a yellow card as a substitute 
François Van der Elst, vs  Netherlands on 25 April 1976
Youngest player to get a yellow card 
Anthony Vanden Borre, 17 years, 11 months and 14 days, vs  Spain on 8 October 2005
Oldest player to get a yellow card 
Franky Van der Elst, 36 years, 11 months and 23 days, vs  Romania on 22 April 1998
Highest total of yellow cards received 
18, Vincent Kompany

Miscellaneous[edit]

Player born on the earliest date 
Joseph Romdenne, born in 1876, received his only cap on 14 May 1905 vs  Netherlands
First appearance by a player born in the 20th century 
Cornelius Elst (born on 25 January 1901) on 21 May 1922 vs  Italy
Last appearance by a player born in the 19th century 
Nicolas Hoydonckx (born on 29 December 1900) on 26 November 1933 vs  Denmark
First substitute 
Georges Mathot replaced Charles Cambier after 46' vs  Netherlands on 26 April 1908
Earliest time in the game to be substituted off 
Vincent Kompany, vs  San Marino on 7 September 2005, in the 12th minute
First substitute who was substituted off again in the same game 
Branko Strupar vs  Algeria on 14 May 2002
Shortest time between being subbed on and being subbed off 
Christophe Lepoint vs  Finland on 11 August 2010, 15 minutes
Most substitutions in one game 
Most simultaneous substitutions 
  • 6, at half time vs  Yugoslavia on 19 May 1986
  • 6, at half time vs  Algeria on 14 May 2002
First game that went into extra time
On 30 April 1905, vs  Netherlands
Oranje team beaten by playful 'Anderlecht'

 —Dutch 1964 newspaper heading. It pointed to the fact that at a certain moment in Belgium's 1–0 win over the Netherlands all Belgians on the pitch came out for RSC Anderlecht[31]

Club providing the most Belgian internationals in a single match 
RSC Anderlecht, 11; in the match vs  Netherlands on 30 September 1964 in the second half all players were from Anderlecht.
Belgian players who later became manager/head coach 
Hector Goetinck, François Demol, André Vandeweyer, Guy Thys, Walter Meeuws, Paul Van Himst, Wilfried Van Moer, Georges Leekens, René Vandereycken, Franky Vercauteren (caretaker) and Marc Wilmots

Penalties[edit]

Most saves in penalty shoot-outs in competitive games 
Jean-Marie Pfaff, 1 vs  Spain (penalty of Eloy Olaya) on 22 June 1986
Most saves in penalty shoot-outs, including friendlies 
Philippe Vande Walle, 2 vs  England (penalties by Rob Lee and Les Ferdinand) on 29 May 1998
Most misses in penalty shoot-outs in competitive games 
None
Most misses in penalty shoot-outs, including friendlies 
Enzo Scifo, 1 vs  England on 29 May 1998

Clean sheets[edit]

Thibaut Courtois holds the record for clean sheets.
Most clean sheets 
Thibaut Courtois, 35 clean sheets
Most clean sheets in competitive matches 
Thibaut Courtois, 27 clean sheets
Most clean sheets on aggregate at the World Cup and European Championship finals 
Thibaut Courtois, 8 clean sheets (2 at the 2014 World Cup, 3 at Euro 2016 & 3 at the 2018 World Cup)
Most clean sheets in a single World Cup tournament 
Thibaut Courtois, 3 clean sheets (2018)
Most clean sheets in total at World Cup tournaments 
Thibaut Courtois, 5 clean sheets (2 in 2014 & 3 in 2018)
Most clean sheets in a single European Championship tournament 
Thibaut Courtois, 3 clean sheets (Euro 2016)
Most clean sheets in total at European Championship tournaments 
Thibaut Courtois, 3 clean sheets (Euro 2016)
Most clean sheets in a single Olympic Games finals tournament 
Jean De Bie, 2 clean sheets (in 1920)
Most clean sheets in total at the Olympic Games finals 
Jean De Bie, 2 clean sheets (in 1920)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ These records and statistics include caps and goals against Romania on 14 November 2012, against Luxembourg on 26 May 2014 and against Czech Republic on 5 June 2017, which were counted by RBFA, but are not officially recognised by FIFA – the former two due to an excessive number of substitutions according to the Laws of the Game,[1][2][3] the latter because the Belgian and Czech football federations were too late in requesting an official match[4]. When applicable, footnotes clarify the discrepancy.
  2. ^ This includes the by the FIFA unrecognized friendly against the Czech Republic on 5 June 2017
  3. ^ This includes the by the FIFA unrecognized friendly against Luxembourg on 26 May 2014
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h This includes 3 caps in by the FIFA unrecognized friendlies
  5. ^ a b c d This includes 2 caps in by the FIFA unrecognized friendlies
  6. ^ a b c d e f g This includes 1 cap in by the FIFA unrecognized friendly
  7. ^ This includes 1 goal in a by the FIFA unrecognized friendly
  8. ^ a b This includes 2 selections for by the FIFA unrecognized friendlies
  9. ^ This includes 3 selections in by the FIFA unrecognized friendlies
  10. ^ This includes 1 selection in a by the FIFA unrecognized friendly
  11. ^ a b This includes 3 goals in a by the FIFA unrecognized friendly
  12. ^ This includes 1 hat-trick in a by the FIFA unrecognized friendly
  13. ^ Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs do not count on a player's overall scoring tally.

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