The Belgian national team played their first football match on 1 May 1904, drawing 3-3 with France in Brussels. The national side’s nickname is the Red Devils.
Belgium’s national stadium is the King Baudouin Stadium, which opened in 1930. The stadium has a capacity of 50,122 and hosted five matches at Euro 2000.
The national team’s current head coach is Marc Wilmots who guided Belgium to the 2014 World Cup, their first participation since 2002. Belgium have competed in 12 FIFA World Cups, and finished fourth in Mexico in 1986. The national side have also participated in four Euro Championships and finished runners-up in the 1980 edition.
Despite Belgium’s somewhat underwhelming footballing history, a new generation of players has given the national team reason to be optimistic about the future. The likes of Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Youri Tielemans, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas and Romeulu Lukaku make the current Belgian side one of the best in Europe.
Belgium are captained by Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany. Jan Ceulemans is the player with the most senior caps, with 96. Timmy Simons lies second with 93 caps to his name. The national team’s all-time leading goalscorers are Paul van Hims and Bernard Voorhoof who both scored 30 goals for Belgium.