WC 2018: Belgium

Group G

Belgium qualified for the greatest football tournament on earth on the 3rd of September 2017. The qualification followed a setback in Greece, and for a time it looked as if Belgium would not be making the cut. Romelu Lukaku had a different plan up his sleeve, and powered his side into the 2018 WC with a clinical header in Piraeus.

Team Members

  • Toby Alderweireld - Defender
  • Dedryck Boyata - Defender
  • Jordan Lukaku - Defender
  • Christian Kabasele - Defender
  • Thomas Vermaelen - Defender
  • Jan Vertonghen - Defender
  • Vincent Kompany - Defender
  • Laurent Ciman - Defender
  • Thomas Meunier - Defender
  • Michy Batshuayi - Forward
  • Romelu Lukaku - Forward
  • Dries Mertens - Forward
  • Christian Benteke - Forward
  • Eden Hazard - Forward
  • Koen Casteels - GK
  • Simon Mignolet - GK
  • Matz Sels - GK
  • Thibaut Courtois - GK
  • Kevin De Bruyne - Midfielder
  • Thorgan Hazard - Midfielder
  • Adnan Januzaj - Midfielder
  • Kevin Mirallas - Midfielder
  • Nacer Chadli - Midfielder
  • Mousa Dembélé - Midfielder
  • Leander Dendoncker - Midfielder
  • Marouane Fellaini - Midfielder
  • Youri Tielemans - Midfielder
  • Axel Witsel - Midfielder

Coach

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez replaced Mark Wilmots in 2016. Martinez’ appointment was a bit of a surprise as previously he had coached only at club level in England. Martinez is a former Everton and Swansea coach. The Spaniard proved that stereotypes have never been justified by coaching Belgium to the finals in unbeaten fashion. The 2018 WC will be the first time ever for Martinez to be involved in a WC as either coach or player.

Past WC History

TBelgium played their very first WC in 1930 and have racked up 12 first stage appearances since. Their last WC was played in 2014 in Brazil and their best WC achievement to date is having finished in 4th place in 1986 in Mexico. Much the same as Korea Republic, they have only managed to make 1 semi-final appearance in the history of the WC and have never played in the finals.

Stats

  • Belgium holds an overall ranking of 3rd place
  • In the 2014 WC, Belgium reached the quarter-final stage despite the fact that the team only held the lead for 52 minutes in their 5 matches combined.

Kit

Produced by Adidas, Belgium’s home kit is predominantly red with diamonds patterned on the front of the jersey. The emblem is very visible and has been placed in the centre of the chest. The Adidas logo is not as visible as the team emblem and seems to blend in with the jersey colours. The away kit differs from the home kit in that the dominant colour is yellow. The away shorts are black and the home shorts are red.