Belgium women's national football team

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.

Belgium
Nickname(s)Belgian Red Flames
AssociationBelgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIves Serneels
CaptainVacant
Most capsAline Zeler (103)
Top scorerTessa Wullaert (39)
Home stadiumDen Dreef
FIFA codeBEL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 19 Increase 1 (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest19 (July 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)
 Norway 8–0 Belgium 
(Oslo, Norway; 26 September 1992)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultGroup Stage (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]

Recent schedule and results

This section lists results from the past 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019

Team

Caps and goals may be incorrect.

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for the friendly against  Thailand on 1 June 2019.[5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
GK Nicky Evrard 26 May 1995 (age 24) 16 0 Netherlands Twente
GK Justien Odeurs 13 May 1997 (age 22) 33 0 Belgium Anderlecht

DF Maud Coutereels 21 May 1986 (age 33) 86 9 France Lille
DF Laura De Neve 9 October 1994 (age 24) 15 0 Belgium Anderlecht
DF Heleen Jaques 20 April 1988 (age 31) 89 2 Italy Fiorentina
DF Davina Philtjens 26 February 1989 (age 30) 78 8 Italy Fiorentina
DF Shari Van Belle 22 December 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Belgium Gent
DF Aline Zeler 2 June 1983 (age 36) 100 28 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven

MF Julie Biesmans 4 May 1994 (age 25) 47 2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
MF Celien Guns 18 June 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands SC Heerenveen
MF Marie Minnaert 5 May 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Belgium Gent
MF Kassandra Missipo 3 February 1998 (age 21) 13 0 Belgium Gent
MF Lenie Onzia 30 May 1989 (age 30) 34 4 Belgium Gent
MF Justine Vanhaevermaet 29 April 1992 (age 27) 10 0 Norway Røa IL

FW Janice Cayman 12 October 1988 (age 30) 92 34 France Lyon
FW Yana Daniëls 8 May 1992 (age 27) 32 4 England Bristol City
FW Elena Dhont 27 March 1998 (age 21) 6 1 Belgium Gent
FW Lisa Petry 12 February 2001 (age 18) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège
FW Ella Van Kerkhoven 20 November 1993 (age 25) 7 1 Belgium Anderlecht
FW Tessa Wullaert 19 March 1993 (age 26) 78 39 England Manchester City

Recent call-ups

The following players have been selected for Belgium in the past 12 months, but are not part of the current squad.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lisa Lichtfus 29 December 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  United States, 7 April 2019

DF Laura Deloose 19 June 1993 (age 26) 24 3 Belgium Anderlecht v.  United States, 7 April 2019

FW Tine De Caigny 9 June 1997 (age 22) 36 9 Belgium Anderlecht v.  United States, 7 April 2019
FW Chloé Vande Velde 6 June 1997 (age 22) 6 1 Belgium Gent v.  United States, 7 April 2019
FW Davinia Vanmechelen 30 August 1999 (age 19) 16 4 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  United States, 7 April 2019

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

Current campaign

Euro 2021

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

Competitive record

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.

FIFA Women's World Cup

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
Total 60 21 6 32 106 114
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship

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
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

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

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.

Records

Aline Zeler 2014 (cropped)
Aline Zeler

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).
  • 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 41. This record is held by Tessa Wullaert.

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ Van Lindt, Aernout (20 Sep 2013). "Belgian Red Flames: eerst de naam, dan de hype?" (in Dutch). Vrouwenvoetbalkrant. Retrieved 5 Mar 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 September 6, 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.belgianfootball.be/en/national-teams/belgian-red-flames/red-flames-team-selection
  6. ^ "Fixtures and Results – Algarve Cup". FPF. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Red Flames zevende in Cypriotisch oefentoernooi na zege tegen Oostenrijk" (in Dutch). De Standaard. 8 Mar 2017. Retrieved 8 Mar 2017.
  8. ^ "Cyprus Women's Cup 2019". Cyprus Women's Cup. Retrieved 17 Feb 2019.

External links

2015–16 in Belgian football

The following article is a summary of the 2015–16 football season in Belgium, which is the 113th season of competitive football in the country and runs from July 2015 until June 2016.

2016–17 in Belgian football

The following article is a summary of the 2016–17 football season in Belgium, which is the 114th season of competitive football in the country and runs from July 2016 until June 2017.

2017–18 in Belgian football

The following article is a summary of the 2017–18 football season in Belgium, which is the 1145th season of competitive football in the country and runs from July 2017 until June 2018.

Amber Maximus

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Anne Noë

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In 2018, BESIX had a turnover of 2.54 billion euros and 15,000 employees worldwide.

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the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest tower;

buildings of the European Parliament in Brussels;

the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza pyramids plateau;

the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the world’s second favorite landmark according to TripAdvisor;

major infrastructure of the Expo 2020 in Dubai as well as the Belgian and French pavilions;

the renovation of the Atomium in Brussels;

the Al Wakrah Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar;

a terminal at the Charles de Gaulle Airport;

the Belgian scientific polar research station in Antartica, Princess Elisabeth Antartica.

Belgium national team

Belgium national team can refer to:

Belgium national baseball team

Belgium national basketball team

Belgium women's national basketball team

Belgium Davis Cup team (tennismen)

Belgium Fed Cup team (tenniswomen)

Belgium national football team

Belgium women's national football team

Belgium national under-21 football team

Belgium national football B team

Belgium national under-17 football team

Belgium national under-19 football team

Belgium national beach soccer team

Belgium national futsal team

Belgium national handball team

Belgium women's national handball team

Belgium men's national field hockey team

Belgium women's national field hockey team

Belgium men's national ice hockey team

Belgium women's national ice hockey team

Belgium national korfball team

Belgium national rugby sevens team

Belgium national rugby league team

Belgium national rugby union team

Belgium women's national rugby union team

Belgium men's national volleyball team

Belgium women's national volleyball team

Belgium men's national water polo team

Belgium women's national water polo team

Belgium women's national under-17 football team

Belgium women's national under-17 football team represents Belgium in international youth football competitions.

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Den Dreef

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Imke Courtois

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Ives Serneels

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Sarah Wijnants

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Women's football in Belgium

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31 August 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6Romania 0–1 BelgiumStadionul Municipal, Botoșani
19:00
  • Van Kerkhoven Goal 84'
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
4 September 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6Belgium 2–1 ItalyDen Dreef, Leuven
17:00
Referee: Florence Guillemin (France)
5 October 2018 World Cup qualifier – Play-off SFBelgium 2–2  SwitzerlandDen Dreef, Leuven
20:30
Report
Attendance: 7,300
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
9 October 2018 World Cup qualifier – Play-off SFSwitzerland  1–1 BelgiumTissot Arena, Biel/Bienne
19:00
Report
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)
27 February 2019 2019 Cyprus Cup Group StageBelgium 3–0 SlovakiaAEK Arena, Larnaca
13:00
Report
1 March 2019 2019 Cyprus Cup Group StageAustria 0–0 BelgiumAntonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca
18:00 Report
4 March 2019 2019 Cyprus Cup Group StageNigeria 0–1 BelgiumGSZ Stadium, Larnaca
18:00 Report Dhont Goal 7'
6 March 2019 2019 Cyprus Cup Third Place MatchAustria 0–0
(2–3 p)
 BelgiumGSZ Stadium, Larnaca
14:00 Report
Penalties
7 April 2019 FriendlyUnited States 6–0 BelgiumLos Angeles, California
21:00 ET
Report Stadium: Banc of California Stadium
Attendance: 20,941
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
24 May 2019 FriendlyGreece 1–2 Belgium
Report
1 June 2019 FriendlyBelgium 6–1 Thailand
Report
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