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Belgium National Football Team

Belgium
Governing bodyUnion Royale Belge des Sociétés de Football-Association
Affiliated1904
StadiumStade Roi Baudouin (50,093 seats)
ManagerRoberto Martínez

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Players

#NameAgeA
Goalkeepers
12S. Mignolet 3000000300000
13K. Casteels 2600000400000
1T. Courtois 263604400000000
M. Sels 2600000100000
Defenders
17C. Kabasele 2700000300000
5J. Denayer 2361010300000
15T. Meunier 273604401002000
4V. Kompany 323544401000100
19B. Mechele 2500000200000
20D. Boyata 271973210200100
21T. Castagne 2200000400000
2T. Alderweireld 293604400000000
Midfielders
7H. Vanaken 26151010400000
18A. Januzaj 23151010200000
Y. Carrasco 251462202000000
6A. Witsel 293604400000000
8Y. Tielemans 213504401001000
11D. Praet 2400000200000
3L. Dendoncker 2300000300000
22N. Chadli 29993121300000
Attackers
14D. Mertens 313454402002000
16T. Hazard 251814220220000
10E. Hazard 273444402010000
23M. Batshuayi 251152110320000
D. Origi 2301010100000

News

Belgian soccer fans chant about burning Jews - Arutz Sheva
Soccer fans in Belgium sing about 'burning the Jews, because they burn best,' drawing condemnation from team, which banned several fans.
Arutz Sheva (4 weeks ago)
Top Story: MP & Silva's Pro League contract goes to Spring Media - SportsPro Media
Belgian soccer's Jupiler Pro League has signed an exclusive international media rights advisory deal with Stockholm-based agency Spring Media.
SportsPro Media (1 day ago)
WNT head coach Colin Bell names 20-player squad for Belgium friendly - Irish Examiner
Republic of Ireland Women's National Team Head Coach Colin Bell has named a 20-player squad for the upcoming international friendly against Belgium.
Irish Examiner (1 week ago)
Projecting the USWNT's 23 for the 2019 Women's World Cup Roster - Sports Illustrated
The U.S. women's national team kicks off a 10-match tour de preparation ahead of the Women's World Cu
Sports Illustrated (9 hours ago)
From FIFA to field hockey, Weil takes on new event challenge - Daily Inter Lake
AP Interview: Launching a new global competition into a packed sports calendar, field hockey's governing body hired the former top salesman at FIFA to oversee
Daily Inter Lake (1 day ago)
Soccer-Belgium squad handed hero's welcome on World Cup return - New Straits Times
BRUSSELS: Belgium's soccer team received a hero's welcome in Brussels on Sunday, after achieving their best-ever World Cup result in Russia.
New Straits Times (6 months ago)
With Israelis on the squad, Palestine's soccer team storms the Asia Cup - Haaretz
For the first time, the Palestinian national team is competing in the Asia Football Cup on merit. It'll have to beat Jordan and Syria to qualify for the next stage.
Haaretz (1 week ago)
Who is Laurent Ciman? - Waking The Red
As Laurent Ciman was signed on December 27 through the allocation process, I wanted to take a look at who he is exactly, and what he'll bring to Toronto FC.
Waking The Red (1 week ago)

Belgium's FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch

The Red Devils will fancy their chances in Group G among the likes of England, Panama, and Tunisia. They are undoubtedly favorites to top the group but with football's unpredictability always lurking around, their best performances will be required.

Coach's Objective

The football hemisphere was thrown into a frenzy when news of Radja Nainggolan's omission surfaced. The 30-year-old midfielder enjoyed a stellar season for AS Roma and was subsequently adjudged their best player of the season for his contributions to the side enjoying a third-place finish in Serie A and reaching the UEFA Champions League semis.

Nevertheless, according to Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez, the decision to leave the midfielder out was purely a tactical call as contrary to suggestions that a bad air exists between the pair.

"Radja is a top player," Martinez told a news conference, acknowledging Nainggolan's prowess.

"I don't think Radja is a player to be used in a small role.

"The reason that Radja's not in the squad is purely a tactical decision," he added.

With regards to the said tactics, Belgium is expected to sail through Group G with very little trouble and so be able to make it past the quarter-final stage considering their squad depth. Anything short of that will be dubbed as an underachievement.

New Faces

Goalkeeper Koen Casteels could make his official debuts for the Belgium national team at the World Cup having been selected among the final 23-man squad.

Veterans

Vicent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, and Moussa Dembele form part of the side's most experienced group. Marouane Fellaini and Axel Witsel have also been named in the preliminary squad list.

Absentee

The most notable omission is, of course, Radja Nainggolan. The AS Roma midfielder announced his retirement right after the list was publicised. Christian Kabasele, Christian Benteke and Jordan Lukaku were also left out.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembélé, Marouane Fellaini, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku.

Belgium Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1895, Affiliated: 1904
Uniform Jerseys: Red, Shorts: Red, Stockings: Red
Website www.belgianfootball.be
World Cup Appearances 13: 1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014, 2018
World Cup Results Fourth: 1986
Continental Titles Second: UEFA EURO (1980)
Best Results First: Olympic Football Tournament Final 1920
Third: FIFA U-17 World Cup Final 2015
Fourth: FIFA Futsal World Cup Final 1989, Olympic Football Tournament Final 2008

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