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
Appearances2 (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.

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
ItalySan Marino 2019 Qualified
Total 2/21 7 2 2 3 5 8

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
Source: UEFA

Results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the friendly match against Denmark on 20 March 2019. Players eligible must be born after 1 January 1996.[1] Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Nordin Jackers (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 21) 9 0 Belgium Genk
1GK Ortwin De Wolf (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium Lokeren
1GK Jens Teunckens (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Royal Antwerp

2DF Dion Cools (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 22) 14 3 Belgium Club Brugge
2DF Wout Faes (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 20) 11 0 Belgium KV Oostende
2DF Senna Miangue (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 22) 10 0 Belgium Standard Liège
2DF Zinho Vanheusden (1999-07-29) 29 July 1999 (age 19) 6 0 Belgium Standard Liège
2DF Jordi Vanlerberghe (1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 22) 6 1 Belgium KV Oostende
2DF Elias Cobbaut (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF Casper de Norre (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 22) 5 0 Belgium Genk
2DF Samy Mmaee (1996-09-08) 8 September 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Netherlands MVV Maastricht
2DF Jur Schryvers (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
2DF Rocky Bushiri (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Belgium AS Eupen
2DF Dries Wouters (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium Genk

3MF Dodi Lukebakio (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) 12 4 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
3MF Alexis De Sart (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 22) 10 1 Belgium Sint-Truiden
3MF Samuel Bastien (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 22) 9 1 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Bryan Heynen (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 8 0 Belgium Genk
3MF Orel Mangala (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Germany Hamburger SV
3MF Stéphane Oméonga (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Scotland Hibernian
3MF Alexis Saelemaekers (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Manuel Benson (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Royal Excel Mouscron

4FW Siebe Schrijvers (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 22) 18 4 Belgium Club Brugge
4FW Aaron Leya Iseka (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) 12 3 France Toulouse
4FW Francis Amuzu (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 19) 2 1 Belgium Anderlecht

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 Arnaud Bodart (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Cyprus, 9 November 2017
GK Senne Vits (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Belgium Sporting Hasselt v.  Malta, 27 March 2017

DF Mathias Bossaerts (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Belgium KV Oostende v.  Romania, 15 November 2018
DF Sebastiaan Bornauw (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Sweden, 16 October 2018
DF Maximiliano Caufriez (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Netherlands, 23 March 2018
DF Nathan de Medina (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Royal Excel Mouscron v.  Turkey, 14 November 2017
DF Thibault De Smet (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Gent v.  Sweden, 6 October 2017

MF Aristote Nkaka (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Belgium KV Oostende v.  Hungary, 26 March 2018
MF Andy Kawaya (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Turkey, 5 September 2017
MF Charly Musonda (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 22) 12 1 England Chelsea v.  Latvia, 11 October 2016
MF Youri Tielemans (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 21) 14 6 France Monaco v.  Montenegro, 7 October 2016
MF Beni Badibanga (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Czech Republic, 12 November 2015

FW Isaac Mbenza (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 23) 12 2 England Huddersfield Town v.  Romania, 15 November 2018
FW Landry Dimata (1997-09-01) 1 September 1997 (age 21) 12 7 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Sweden, 16 October 2018
FW Julien Ngoy (1997-11-02) 2 November 1997 (age 21) 5 1 Switzerland Grasshopper v.  Italy, 11 October 2018
FW Obbi Oularé (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 23) 6 1 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Hungary, 26 March 2018
FW Ryan Mmaee (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 21) 2 1 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Cyprus, 10 October 2017
FW Zakaria Bakkali (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 23) 9 1 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña v.  Latvia, 11 October 2016

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 Tom De Mul 2004–2008 21 4
Gunter Van Handenhoven 1997–1999 21 1
7 Jonathan Blondel 2002–2007 20 4
Éric Deflandre 1992–1995 20 1
9 Grégory Dufer 2000–2003 19 3
Siebe Schrijvers 2016–present 19 4
Günther Vanaudenaerde 2004–2006 19 0

Last updated: 20 March 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–present 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–present 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 2012-12-06.

References and external links[edit]