Belgium national under-21 football team

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Belgium U-21
Nickname(s)Young Devils
AssociationBelgian Football Association
Head coachJohan Walem
Most capsJean-François Gillet (36)
Top scorerKevin Vandenbergh (12)
First colours
Second colours
First international
France France 1–1 Belgium Belgium
(Amiens, France; 3 September 1976)
Biggest win
Belgium Belgium 8–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Mechelen, Belgium; 3 June 2007)
Biggest defeat
Czech Republic Czech Republic 7–0 Belgium Belgium
(Prague, Czech Republic; 24 April 2001)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultSemi-finals, 2007

The Belgium national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Belgium and is controlled by the Belgian Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. Their biggest successes were winning the 2007–09 International Challenge Trophy and reaching the European Championship semi-finals in 2007 in the Netherlands. Thanks to the latter achievement, Belgium qualified for the football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Their current home stadium is Den Dreef in Leuven.

UEFA U-21 Championship record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Europe 1978 Did not qualify
Europe 1980
Europe 1982
Europe 1984
Europe 1986
Europe 1988
Europe 1990
Europe 1992
France 1994
Spain 1996
Romania 1998
Slovakia 2000
Switzerland 2002 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 4
Germany 2004 Did not qualify
Portugal 2006
Netherlands 2007 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 4
Sweden 2009 Did not qualify
Denmark 2011
Israel 2013
Czech Republic 2015
Poland 2017
Italy San Marino 2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 4 8
Total 3/22 10 2 2 6 9 16

Results and fixtures[edit]

Belgium are currently competing for qualification to the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The table below shows their current standing in the qualification group.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 10 8 2 0 23 5 +18 26 Final tournament 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–2 2–1
2  Sweden 10 6 2 2 19 8 +11 20 0–3 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–0
3  Turkey 10 5 2 3 14 10 +4 17 1–2 0–3 0–0 4–0 4–2
4  Hungary 10 3 2 5 12 14 −2 11 0–3 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–1
5  Cyprus 10 2 1 7 8 23 −15 7 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1
6  Malta 10 1 1 8 8 24 −16 4 0–4 0–4 0–1 2–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: UEFA

Results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Germany on 17 November 2019. Players eligible must be born after 1 January 1998.[1] Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team. Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2019 after the match against  Germany.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mile Svilar (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Portugal Benfica
12 1GK Arnaud Bodart (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège

3 2DF Zinho Vanheusden (1999-07-29) 29 July 1999 (age 20) 9 2 Belgium Standard Liège
20 2DF Rocky Bushiri (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 20) 7 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden
5 2DF Thibault De Smet (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden
2 2DF Jelle Bataille (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Belgium K.V. Oostende
14 2DF Maxime Busi (1999-10-14) 14 October 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Belgium Charleroi
19 2DF Hannes Delcroix (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk
17 2DF Daam Foulon (1999-03-23) 23 March 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
16 2DF Ewoud Pletinckx (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem

8 3MF Orel Mangala (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21) 10 0 Germany Stuttgart
22 3MF Alexis Saelemaekers (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 20) 10 0 Belgium Anderlecht
13 3MF Dante Vanzeir (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Belgium KV Mechelen
6 3MF Albert Sambi Lokonga (1999-10-22) 22 October 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Belgium Anderlecht
18 3MF Sieben Dewaele (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht

11 4FW Francis Amuzu (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 20) 10 2 Belgium Anderlecht
7 4FW Jérémy Doku (2002-05-27) 27 May 2002 (age 17) 4 1 Belgium Anderlecht
9 4FW Loïs Openda (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 19) 4 3 Belgium Club Brugge
10 4FW Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Willem II
15 4FW Cyril Ngonge (2000-05-26) 26 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gaëtan Coucke (1998-11-03) 3 November 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Genk v.  Germany, 17 November 2019
GK Jens Teunckens (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium Antwerp v.  Moldova, 15 October 2019

DF Sebastiaan Bornauw (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 20) 5 1 Germany Köln v.  Germany, 17 November 2019
DF Wout Faes (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 21) 17 0 Belgium Oostende v.  Germany, 17 November 2019
DF Killian Sardella (2002-05-02) 2 May 2002 (age 17) 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2019

MF Daouda Peeters (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Juventus v.  Germany, 17 November 2019
MF Louis Verstraete (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Belgium Gent v.  Germany, 17 November 2019
MF Francesco Antonucci (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 20) 2 1 Netherlands Volendam v.  Germany, 17 November 2019
MF Othman Boussaid (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands NAC Breda v.  Moldova, 15 October 2019
MF Matthias Verreth (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2019
MF Dante Rigo (1998-12-11) 11 December 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2019
MF Yari Verschaeren (2001-07-12) 12 July 2001 (age 18) 2 1 Belgium Anderlecht 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

FW Robbie D'Haese (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Oostende v.  Wales, 6 September 2019

Statistics[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Jean-François Gillet 1996–2002 36 0
2 Thomas Chatelle 1999–2003 28 4
Maarten Martens 2003–2007 28 7
4 Faris Haroun 2004–2008 24 4
5 Siebe Schrijvers 2016–2019 23 4
6 Tom De Mul 2004–2008 21 4
Gunter Van Handenhoven 1997–1999 21 1
8 Jonathan Blondel 2002–2007 20 4
Éric Deflandre 1992–1995 20 1
10 Grégory Dufer 2000–2003 19 3
Günther Vanaudenaerde 2004–2006 19 0

Last updated: 22 June 2019
Source: Belgian Football Federation

Top goalscorers[edit]

  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Kevin Vandenbergh 2003–2005 12 14 0.86
2 Cédric Roussel 1997–1999 10 12 0.83
3 Wesley Sonck 1997–1999 8 11 0.73
4 Michy Batshuayi 2012–2014 7 13 0.54
Landry Dimata 2016–2018 7 12 0.58
Maarten Martens 2003–2007 7 28 0.25
Ronny Martens 1978–1984 7 14 0.5
Sven Vermant 1993–1995 7 8 0.88
Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo 2005–2008 7 17 0.41
10 Benjamin De Ceulaer 2004–2005 6 17 0.35
Youri Tielemans 2013–2016 6 14 0.43
Marc Wilmots 1987–1989 6 9 0.67

Last updated: 20 March 2019
Source: Belgian Football Federation

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2007–09
Runners-up (1): 2005–06

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgium squad". Belgian FA. Retrieved 6 December 2012.

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