Belgium men's national field hockey team


The Belgian national men's field hockey team represents Belgium in international men's field hockey and is controlled by the Royal Belgian Hockey Association, the governing body for field hockey in Belgium.

Belgium
NicknameRed Lions
AssociationRoyal Belgian Hockey Association
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
CoachShane McLeod
Assistant coach(es)Steve Bayer
Michel van den Heuvel
ManagerEric Pirenne
CaptainThomas Briels
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 2 1 (30 June 2021)[1]
Highest1 (December 2018 – June 2019, January 2020 – June 2021)
Lowest14 (2003–04)
Olympic Games
Appearances15 (first in 1920)
Best result2nd (2016)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1973)
Best result1st (2018)
European Championship
Appearances17 (first in 1970)
Best result1st (2019)

Belgium won the Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018, the European Championship in 2019, and won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympics respectively. They reached eight semi-finals at the European Championship since 1995, including a third place in 2007 and runners-up in 2013 and 2017.

History


Hockey was introduced in Belgium in 1902. The country's first club was founded in 1904. In 1907, several clubs established the Belgian Hockey Association. Belgium played its first international match against Germany, and was one of the founding members of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Between 1920 and 1978, Belgium appeared in two of the first three World Cups and in eleven out of thirteen Summer Olympics. After the successful early years (before the 1950s) with three times being among the best five at the Summer Olympics, it would last six decades before Belgium reached the international field hockey top again from the 1990s on.

By the early 2000s, the Royal Belgian Hockey Association started to invest heavily in the youth and modernized its structures. In 2007, Belgium won the bronze medal at the European Championship, a first in the country's history. Belgium also qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics, for the first time in 32 years.

Belgium won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, a second medal after Belgium ended third at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. Two years later Belgium won the 2018 Hockey World Cup. It was the first major international title in the country's history. A year later Belgium won the gold medal at the European Championship which was held in Antwerp.

Honours


Summer Olympics
Second place: 2016
Third place: 1920
World Cup
First place: 2018
European Championship
First place: 2019
Second place: 2013, 2017
Third place: 2007, 2021
FIH Pro League
First place: 2020–21
Second place: 2019
Belgian National Sports Merit Award
Winners: 1959, 2019
Belgian Sportsteam of the Year
Winners: 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019

Tournament history


A red box around the year indicates a tournament played within Belgium.

Summer Olympics

  Gold    Silver    Bronze    Fourth place

In 1920, Belgium's field hockey team won the bronze medal at home, at the Olympic Stadium in Antwerp.
Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1908 Did not participate
1912 Not held
1920 Bronze medal 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 19
1924 Not held
1928 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 8 12
1932 Did not participate
1936 Group phase 9th 3 0 2 1 5 8
1948 Group phase 5th 4 2 0 2 6 8
1952 Second round 9th 2 1 0 1 6 1
1956 Group phase 7th 3 0 1 2 0 5
1960 Group phase 11th 5 1 1 3 7 9
1964 Group phase 11th 7 2 2 3 10 13
1968 Group phase 9th 8 4 1 3 17 9
1972 Group phase 10th 8 2 1 5 9 16
1976 Group phase 9th 6 3 0 3 11 19
1980 Did not qualify
1984
1988
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008 Group phase 9th 6 2 1 3 12 13
2012 Group phase 5th 6 3 1 2 13 9
2016 Runners-up 2nd 8 6 0 2 29 11
2020 Qualified
TotalBest: Runners-up15/2574301034139150

World Cup

Belgium captain Thomas Briels lifting the 2018 World Cup trophy

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

FIH World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1971 Did not participate
1973 Group phase 8th 5 2 0 3 8 12
1975 Did not participate
1978 Group phase 14th 6 1 2 3 12 18
1982 Did not participate
1986
1990
1994 Group phase 11th 5 0 1 4 6 26
1998 Did not qualify
2002 Group phase 14th 7 0 0 7 7 23
2006 Did not qualify
2010
2014 5th–6th play-off 5th 6 4 0 2 21 13
2018 Winners 1st 7 5 2 0 22 5
2023 Qualified
TotalBest: Winners7/1535135197697

European Championship

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

European Championship Record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1970 Second round 5th 7 6 0 1 18 7
1974 Group phase 10th 6 2 1 3 7 9
1978 Did not participate
1983 Group phase 8th 7 2 1 4 8 17
1987 Group phase 10th 7 1 3 3 14 21
1991 Group phase 9th 7 4 0 3 14 17
1995 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 12 8
1999 Fourth place 4th 7 4 0 3 19 28
2003 Group phase 6th 7 2 2 3 21 21
2005 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 20
2007 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 16 14
2009 Group phase 5th 5 3 0 2 22 11
2011 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 14 12
2013 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 12 6
2015 Group phase 5th 5 3 1 1 20 13
2017 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 13 9
2019 Winners 1st 5 5 0 0 22 2
2021 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 19 10
2023 Qualified
Total1 title18/19100481636256228

FIH Pro League

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

FIH Pro League record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2019 Runners-up 2nd 16 9 3 4 57 33
2020–21 Winners 1st 14 9 3 2 40 26
TotalBest: Winners2/23018669759

Hockey World League (defunct)

  Winners    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

Hockey World League record
Year Position Round Pld W D* L GF GA
2012–135th Round 25500446
Semifinal6420189
Final 6 1 2 3 9 10
2014–152nd Semifinal7511218
Final 6 3 1 2 14 9
2016–175th Semifinal7601378
Final 5 4 0 1 15 5
TotalBest: 2ndFinal42286815855

Champions Trophy (defunct)

  Winners    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1978
until
2011
Did not participate
2012 First round 5th 6 2 0 4 15 16
2014 Second round 8th 6 1 3 2 13 15
2016 Second round 5th 6 2 2 2 13 15
2018 Second round 5th 6 1 4 1 12 15
TotalBest: 5th place4/37246995361

Champions Challenge (defunct)

  Winners    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

Champions Challenge record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2001 5th–6th play-off 6th 6 0 0 6 6 18
2003 Did not participate
2005 Third place 3rd 9 6 2 1 26 17
2007 5th–6th play-off 6th 6 1 1 4 13 21
2009 7th–8th play-off 7th 5 2 0 3 13 9
2011 Winners 1st 6 4 2 0 22 12
2012 Did not participate
2014
TotalBest: Winners5/832135148077
*Draws include matches decided on a penalty shoot-out.

Team


Current squad

The following 18 players were named on 24 June 2021 for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

Caps updated as of 12 June 2021, after the match against England.

Head coach: Shane McLeod

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
21 GK Vincent Vanasch (1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 33) 244 Rot-Weiss Köln

4 DF Arthur Van Doren (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 26) 197 Bloemendaal
12 DF Gauthier Boccard (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 29) 233 Waterloo Ducks
16 DF Alexander Hendrickx (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 27) 139 Pinoké
23 DF Arthur De Sloover (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 24) 96 Beerschot
25 DF Loïck Luypaert (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 29) 254 Braxgata

7 MF John-John Dohmen (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 33) 408 Orée
14 MF Augustin Meurmans (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 24) 71 Racing
19 MF Félix Denayer (Captain) (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 31) 334 Dragons
22 MF Simon Gougnard (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 30) 292 Dragons
24 MF Antoine Kina (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 25) 80 Gantoise
26 MF Victor Wegnez (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 25) 101 Racing

8 FW Florent Van Aubel (1991-10-25) 25 October 1991 (age 29) 246 Dragons
9 FW Sébastien Dockier (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 31) 208 Pinoké
10 FW Cédric Charlier (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 33) 328 Racing
13 FW Nicolas De Kerpel (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 28) 72 Herakles
17 FW Thomas Briels (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 33) 352 Oranje-Rood
27 FW Tom Boon (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 31) 304 Léopold

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months or are part of the current training squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club Latest call-up
GK Loic Van Doren (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 24) 29 Dragons 2021 EuroHockey Championship
GK Simon Vandenbroucke (1999-06-06) 6 June 1999 (age 22) 3 Waterloo Ducks v.  Canada, 7 April 2021

DF Nicolas Poncelet (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 24) 21 Amsterdam v.  Netherlands, 30 May 2021
DF Maxime Van Oost (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 21) 4 Waterloo Ducks v.  France, 1 April 2021
DF Emmanuel Stockbroekx (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 27) 162 Orée v.  Spain, 5 February 2021


FW Tanguy Cosyns (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 30) 141 Racing v.  Canada, 7 April 2021
FW Thibeau Stockbroekx (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 21) 7 Oranje-Rood v.  Canada, 7 April 2021
FW Tommy Willems (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 24) 7 Waterloo Ducks v.  France, 1 April 2021
FW Maxime Plennevaux (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 28) 31 Léopold v.  Netherlands, 4 November 2020
FW William Ghislain (1999-07-28) 28 July 1999 (age 21) 6 Waterloo Ducks v.  Great Britain, 1 November 2020

See also


References


  1. "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  2. "Red Lions – Olympische selection aangekondigd!". hockey.be (in Dutch). 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.