Belgium 2022 World Cup Guide| All you need know

Belgium and their golden generation of football could be breathing its last as they make their way to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. 

Spearheaded by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois, Belgium finished third in the last edition of the FIFA World Cup before losing to eventual winners France. Looking at the talent at their disposal, it won’t be a surprise if Belgium goes all the way and win the World Cup.

The qualification campaign for Belgium

The impeccable and ruthless approach under Roberto Martinez has seen Belgium produce their best, but have fallen short of the silverware at the last hurdle. Six wins in eight qualifying rounds saw them book their place in the main round. Stern challenges of Wales, Czech Republic, and Estonia were seen off easily as they went undefeated in the qualifiers, amassing 20 points from a possible 24, in the process scoring 25 goals and conceding six which saw them being one of the efficient teams in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup from Europe.

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World Cup Group Details

Placed in Group F of the World Cup group stage, Belgium will be the favorite to win the group along with 2018 runners-up Croatia. The Red Devils will start their World Cup campaign against Canada who returns to the FIFA World Cup after 36 years. They will face the North American side on Wednesday (November 23) at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Roberto Martinez’s side will then shift base to Doha where they face Morocco at the Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday (November 27). The blockbuster clash of the group stage will come on Thursday (December 1) at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan as Belgium and Croatia go head-to-head in what could be the group winner’s decider.

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Squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg)

Defenders: Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Royal Antwerp), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa ), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Wout Faes (Anderlecht)

Midfielders: Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Amadou Onana (Everton), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Loïs Openda (Lens), Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Players to watch out for Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)

Team Details

  • De Rode Duivels
  • Les Diables rouges
  • Die Roten Teufel
  • (The Red Devils)
Head coachRoberto Martínez
CaptainEden Hazard
Most capsJan Vertonghen (141)
Top scorerRomelu Lukaku (68)

World Cup history

Appearances14 (first in 1930)
Best resultThird place (2018)

FIFA Rankings

Current2 (6 October 2022)
Highest1 (November 2015 – March 2016, September 2018 – March 2022)
Lowest71 (June 2007)

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