Belgium national under-21 football team

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Belgium U-21
Nickname(s) Young Devils
Association Belgian Football Association
Head coach Johan Walem
Most caps Jean-François Gillet (36)
Top scorer Cédric Roussel (10)
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
Appearances 2 (first in 2002)
Best result Semi-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
1978 Did not qualify
1980
1982
1984
1986
1988
1990
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
Total 2/20 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  Sweden 7 5 2 0 18 4 +14 17 Final tournament 16 Oct 7 Sep 11 Sep 4–1 3–0
2  Belgium 7 5 2 0 13 5 +8 17 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–2 2–1
3  Hungary 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11 2–2 11 Sep 16 Oct 4–0 2–1
4  Turkey (Z) 7 2 2 3 7 9 −2 8 0–3 1–2 0–0 7 Sep 4–2
5  Cyprus (E) 8 2 0 6 7 18 −11 6 0–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 2–1
6  Malta (E) 7 0 0 7 5 18 −13 0 0–4 7 Sep 12 Oct 0–1 16 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 7 June 2018. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Z) Cannot qualify directly, but can still qualify via play-offs.

Results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the friendly against Netherlands on 22 March 2018 and 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Hungary on 26 March 2018. 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
1 1GK Nordin Jackers (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 20) 7 0 Belgium Genk
12 1GK Jens Teunckens (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Royal Antwerp

5 2DF Senna Miangue (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 21) 10 0 Italy Cagliari
2 2DF Dion Cools (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 22) 9 2 Belgium Club Brugge
4 2DF Wout Faes (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Netherlands Excelsior
16 2DF Elias Cobbaut (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 20) 5 0 Belgium Mechelen
15 2DF Samy Mmaee (1996-09-08) 8 September 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Belgium Standard Liège
13 2DF Jur Schryvers (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren

11 3MF Dodi Lukebakio (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 20) 7 2 England Watford
14 3MF Samuel Bastien (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 21) 6 1 Italy Chievo
8 3MF Alexis De Sart (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 21) 5 1 Belgium Sint-Truiden
6 3MF Aristote Nkaka (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Belgium KV Oostende
19 3MF Stéphane Oméonga (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Genoa

10 4FW Siebe Schrijvers (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 21) 13 2 Belgium Genk
9 4FW Landry Dimata (1997-09-01) 1 September 1997 (age 20) 8 2 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
7 4FW Isaac Mbenza (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 22) 8 1 France Montpellier
20 4FW Aaron Leya Iseka (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 20) 7 1 Belgium Zulte-Waregem
17 4FW Obbi Oularé (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 22) 6 1 Belgium Royal Antwerp

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 Ortwin De Wolf (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Lokeren v.  Netherlands, 23 March 2018
GK Arnaud Bodart (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Cyprus, 9 November 2017
GK Senne Vits (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Sporting Hasselt v.  Malta, 27 March 2017

DF Dries Wouters (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Genk v.  Netherlands, 23 March 2018
DF Maximiliano Caufriez (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Netherlands, 23 March 2018
DF Nathan de Medina (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Royal Excel Mouscron v.  Turkey, 14 November 2017
DF Jordi Vanlerberghe (1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 22) 2 1 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Turkey, 14 November 2017
DF Casper de Norre (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden v.  Cyprus, 10 October 2017
DF Thibault De Smet (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Gent v.  Sweden, 6 October 2017
DF Zinho Vanheusden (1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Inter Milan v.  Turkey, 5 September 2017
DF Mathias Bossaerts (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium KV Oostende v.  Turkey, 5 September 2017

MF Bryan Heynen (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Belgium Genk v.  Turkey, 14 November 2017
MF Orel Mangala (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart v.  Cyprus, 10 October 2017
MF Andy Kawaya (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Turkey, 5 September 2017
MF Manuel Benson (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Genk v.  Malta, 27 March 2017
MF Charly Musonda (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 21) 12 1 England Chelsea v.  Latvia, 11 October 2016
MF Youri Tielemans (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 21) 14 6 Monaco Monaco v.  Montenegro, 7 October 2016
MF Beni Badibanga (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Czech Republic, 12 November 2015

FW Julien Ngoy (1997-11-02) 2 November 1997 (age 20) 4 1 England Stoke City v.  Netherlands, 23 March 2018
FW Ryan Mmaee (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 20) 2 1 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Cyprus, 10 October 2017
FW Zakaria Bakkali (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 22) 9 1 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña v.  Latvia, 11 October 2016

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]