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Belgium Women's National Football Team
Belgium
Nickname(s)Belgian Red Flames
AssociationBelgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIves Serneels
CaptainTessa Wullaert
Most capsAline Zeler (111)
Top scorerTessa Wullaert (45)
Home stadiumDen Dreef
FIFA codeBEL
FIFA ranking
Current 17 Steady(26 June 2020)[1]
Highest17 (December 2019)
Lowest35 (November 2010, March 2011)
First international
 France 1-2 Belgium 
(Reims, France; 30 May 1976)
Biggest win
 Belgium 12-0 Moldova 
(Leuven, Belgium; 19 September 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 9-1 Belgium 
(Alginet, Spain; 29 February 2004)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultGroup Stage (2017)

The Belgium women's national football team (nicknamed Belgian Red Flames) represents Belgium in international women's football. It is controlled by the Royal Belgian Football Association, the governing body for football in Belgium. Their home stadium is Den Dreef and their current coach Ives Serneels. During most of its history the team has had poor results, but showed improvement in the Euro 2013 and 2015 World Cup Qualifiers. In 2016 they qualified for their first major tournament: Euro 2017.

History

Early days (1976-1984)

Belgium played its first match against France on May 30, 1976 at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France. The game ended in a 2-1 victory. A year after this debut, the Belgian team played against Switzerland and France, tying both matches, 2-2 and 1-1 respectively. They played the same teams again the next year, this time beating both with 1-0 and 2-0. Another victory followed against Yugoslavia with 1-0. The team's first defeat however came at the hands of England: 3-0, which was followed by a 2-0 loss against France and a 2-2 tie against the Netherlands. In the following years, Belgium kept playing mostly against European teams.

First tournaments (1984-1989)

Belgium participated in qualifications for the first time for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football. They were sorted in Group 4 with the Netherlands, Denmark and West Germany. The campaign started off well with a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands, but continued with a 1-0 loss against Denmark and a 1-1 draw against West Germany. Despite having a neutral goal difference at this point, the Belgian team ended up last in the group after a 5-0 defeat against the Netherlands and draws against their other two opponents, 2-2 against Denmark and 1-1 against West Germany.

Their second attempt at qualifying was for the 1987 European Competition, where they were joined in Group 3 by France, the Netherlands again and Sweden. Their games against France were one win and one loss, both 3-1. Their matches against their two other opponents however were all defeats: 3-1 and 3-0 against The Netherlands, and 5-0 and 2-1 against Sweden. This resulted in Belgium again ending last in the group.

Belgium finally came close to qualifying for the tournament in its next iteration, in 1989. They played in Group 4 against four other teams: Czechoslovakia, France, Spain and Bulgaria. Among the eight games, they won two, drew four and lost two, with 7 goals for and 4 against. This earned them third place in the group of five, which did not suffice for qualification.

Stagnation (1990-2011)

The Belgian team suffered a series of poor results from 1990 to 2011. They never won even half of their matches in any of the qualification campaigns during this period, except for one. This notable exception was the 2003 Women's World Cup qualifiers, where they won five games and suffered only one loss. Scotland however had achieved the same result and with better goal difference, leaving Belgium second in their group. This is nevertheless Belgium's best performance at the World Cup qualifiers so far (as of 2015), although it was followed by their worst: they lost all eight games in the next iteration (2007). At the UEFA Women's Euro qualifications, their best performances during this period were at the 1995 edition and the 2009 edition, both times losing 'only' half of their matches and drawing one.

Improvements (2011-present)

An era of victories began when Ives Serneels replaced Anne Noë as manager in 2011. Serneels led the team to improved qualification campaigns for Euro 2013 and 2015 World Cup, both times ending third in the group (just short of qualifying). Between both campaigns, the Belgian female football team adopted the nickname "Belgian Red Flames".[2] Following the improvements, the RBFA invested in more growth in 2015, targeting qualification for Euro 2017.[3] After a successful start in their qualifications group, the team was invited to play at the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal, one of the most prestigious women's international football events.

Belgium finished second in their Euro 2017 qualifications group (after England), which was enough to earn them their first ever qualification for a major tournament. At Euro 2017 Belgium secured a 2-0 upset win over Norway during group stage. However after losing 1-0 to Denmark and 2-1 to the Netherlands they finished third in their group and did not advance to the knockout round.

Belgium performed well in UEFA World Cup Qualifying for the 2019 World Cup and secured second place in Group 6 behind Italy. As a result they qualified for the UEFA Play-offs as they were one of the top 4 ranked second place teams. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark were the other teams in the play-off. Belgium faced Switzerland in their play-off semi-final, after two legs the aggregate score was 3-3, but Switzerland advanced on away goals. The Netherlands then defeated Switzerland in the play-off final to claim the final UEFA qualifying spot at the 2019 World Cup.[4]

Home stadium

The Belgium women's national team play their home matches on the Den Dreef.

Coaching staff

Manager Belgium Ives Serneels
Assistant manager Belgium Tamara Cassimon
Goalkeeping coach Belgium Sven Cnudde
Fitness coach Belgium Cédric Lehance
Physiotherapist Belgium Fabienne Van De Steene

Players

Caps and goals may be incorrect.

Current squad

The following 21 players were named to the squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifier against  Lithuania on 27 October 2020.[5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Nicky Evrard (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 25) 16 0 Belgium Gent
1GK Diede Lemey (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 24) 4 0 Italy Sassuolo
1GK Justien Odeurs (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 33 0 Belgium Anderlecht

2DF Julie Biesmans (1994-05-04) 4 May 1994 (age 26) 47 2 Netherlands PSV
2DF Maud Coutereels (1986-05-21) 21 May 1986 (age 34) 86 9 France Lille
2DF Laura De Neve (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 26) 15 0 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF Laura Deloose (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 27) 24 3 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF Heleen Jaques (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 32) 89 2 Belgium Gent
2DF Davina Philtjens (1989-02-26) 26 February 1989 (age 31) 78 8 Italy Sassuolo

3MF Tine De Caigny (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 23) 53 20 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Marie Minnaert (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 21) 3 0 Belgium Club Brugge
3MF Kassandra Missipo (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 22) 13 0 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Jarne Teulings (2002-01-11) 11 January 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Charlotte Tison (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 22) 6 0 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Justine Vanhaevermaet (1992-04-29) 29 April 1992 (age 28) 10 0 Norway LSK Kvinner

4FW Janice Cayman (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 32) 92 34 France Lyon
4FW Elena Dhont (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 22) 10 1 Netherlands Twente
4FW Chloe Vande Velde (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 23) 14 2 Belgium Gent
4FW Davinia Vanmechelen (1999-08-30) 30 August 1999 (age 21) 16 4 Belgium Standard Liège
4FW Sarah Wijnants (1999-10-13) 13 October 1999 (age 21) 9 0 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Tessa Wullaert (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 27) 78 39 Belgium Anderlecht

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the past 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lisa Lichtfus (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège 2020 Algarve Cup PRE

DF Isabelle Iliano (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Gent 2020 Algarve Cup
DF Shari Van Belle (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 20) 6 0 Belgium Gent 2020 Algarve Cup
DF Jody Vangheluwe (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Belgium Club Brugge 2020 Algarve Cup PRE

MF Alexandra Soree (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 22) 2 0 United States Orlando Pride 2020 Algarve Cup

FW Lisa Petry (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège 2020 Algarve Cup
FW Lola Wajnblum (1996-01-22) 22 January 1996 (age 24) 4 0 Belgium Standard Liège 2020 Algarve Cup
FW Ella Van Kerkhoven (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 26) 7 1 Italy Inter Milan 2020 Algarve Cup PRE
FW Elke Van Gorp (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 25) 30 7 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Lithuania, 12 November 2019

Individual records

*Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.

As of 5 October 2020:

  • The Red Flame with the most caps is Aline Zeler, who featured in the national team 111 times before retiring.
  • The highest number of goals scored by a single player is 46 with 92 caps. This record is held by Tessa Wullaert.
Aline Zeler
Tessa Wullaert

Team records

As of 12 July 2019:

  • Belgium's biggest win is 12-0, achieved against Moldova on 19 September 2017.
  • Belgium's highest FIFA rank has been 19 (in July 2019).

Managers

Recent results and fixtures

  • The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixtures

2020

TBD FriendlyBelgium v NorwayOstend, Belgium
19:00 Stadium: Versluys Arena
26 October 2020 UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying Group HLithuania v BelgiumMarijampol?, Lithuania
Report Stadium: S?duva Stadium
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)

Current campaign

Euro 2021

Belgium has been sorted into Group H for the Euro 2021 qualifiers. Matches started in August 2019.

Achievements

Belgium has not yet featured at the World Cup, but has reached the end stage of the Euro 2017 tournament. Their best qualification rounds before that were for 2003 World Cup, 2013 Euro and 2015 World Cup.

World Cup record

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 1 12
Sweden 1995 6 2 1 3 15 13
United States 1999 8 0 1 7 6 23
United States 2003 6 5 0 1 13 9
China 2007 8 0 0 8 8 25
Germany 2011 8 3 1 4 18 13
Canada 2015 10 6 1 3 34 11
France 2019 8 4 2 1 11 8
AustraliaNew Zealand 2023 To Be Determined To Be Determined
Total - - - - - - - - 60 21 6 32 106 114
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship record

UEFA Women's Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Denmark England Italy Sweden 1984 Did not qualify 6 1 3 2 7 12
Norway 1987 6 1 0 5 6 17
West Germany 1989 8 2 4 2 7 4
Denmark 1991 6 1 0 5 1 12
Italy 1993 4 1 2 1 1 8
England Germany Norway Sweden 1995 6 2 1 3 15 13
Norway Sweden 1997 Belgium and 17 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group
Germany 2001 Belgium and 16 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group
England 2005 8 1 0 7 5 39
Finland 2009 8 3 1 4 7 15
Sweden 2013 10 6 2 2 18 8
Netherlands 2017 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 3 8 5 2 1 27 5
England 2021 To be determined
Total - 1/12 3 1 0 2 3 3 70 26 15 32 94 133
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Minor Cups

Algarve Cup record

Belgium was invited to play at the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal and ended fifth out of eight teams. The teams were divided into two groups; after the group stage, placement matches were played among the equally ranked teams from both groups. Belgium ended third in Group A, and won the placement match against Russia (third place in Group B) with 5-0.[6]

Cyprus Cup record

Belgium has been invited to the Cyprus Cup four times, as of 2019. Their first appearance was in 2015. They were sorted into group C that year, with Mexico, Czech Republic and South Africa, and ended last in the group. They also lost the placement match (after penalties) against South Korea, resulting in the last place of all 12 teams. In 2017 Belgium finished third in Group A with Switzerland, North Korea and Italy, and eventually reached seventh place out of 12 after winning the placement match against Austria. [7]

Belgium was also invited to play the tournament in 2018, in a group with Austria, Czech Republic and Spain. They ended second in the group behind eventual winner Spain, and fifth overall (out of 12) after winning the placement match against South Africa. Belgium returned to the Cyprus Cup in 2019. They were in Group C with Austria, Slovakia and Nigeria.[8] Belgium finished in third place after defeating Austria on penalties in the third place match.

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Van Lindt, Aernout (20 Sep 2013). "Belgian Red Flames: eerst de naam, dan de hype?" (in Dutch). Vrouwenvoetbalkrant. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Belgians invest in women's game from grassroots up, targeting EURO2017". insideworldfootball.com. 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Women's World Cup play-off draw on Friday". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Red Flames squad". Royal Belgian Football Association. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Fixtures and Results - Algarve Cup". FPF. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Red Flames zevende in Cypriotisch oefentoernooi na zege tegen Oostenrijk" (in Dutch). De Standaard. 8 Mar 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Cyprus Women's Cup 2019". Cyprus Women's Cup. Retrieved 2019.

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