Coach: Marc Wilmots
Colours: Red and black shirts, black shorts, red socks
v Italy (13 June, Lyon)
v Republic of Ireland (18 June, Bordeaux)
v Sweden (22 June, Nice)
Runners up (1980)
Third place (1972)
Group stage (1984, 2000)
Belgium have been chronic underperformers when you consider the quality they possess, but they have shown signs of promise in World Cup tournaments and did make it to the final of the 1980 European Championship, only to be beaten by Germany. They will hope their current array of superstars can go all the way this summer.
How They Got There
Belgium topped their qualifying group despite only picking up one point against second-placed Wales. They picked up seven wins in ten games, scoring 24 goals in the process. It was at home that they really impressed, scoring 17 goals and conceding just two.
v Wales: 0-0 (h), 0-1 (a)
v Bosnia and Herzegovina: 3-1 (h), 1-1 (a)
v Israel: 3-1 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Cyprus: 5-0 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Andorra: 6-0 (h), 4-1 (a)
Even without crocked captain Vincent Kompany, Wilmots has an embarrassing amount of talent to call upon, with the likes of Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois, Spurs trio Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembélé, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Everton forward Romelu Lukaku in the squad. However, the key to any success could come from one of their two world class playmakers. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will captain the side this summer in Kompany’s absence and despite his indifferent season, he is still a crucial player for the Belgians. All eyes, though, will most likely be on Manchester City man Kevin De Bruyne. He has had a superb individual season, which included a League Cup win and a Champions League semi final appearance. They both have the ability to unlock the best possible defences this summer.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Brugges), Laurent Ciman Montreal Impact), Christian Kabasele (Genk)
Midfielders: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)
Forwards: Mitchy Batshuayi (Marseille), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Divock Origi (Liverpool)