Belgium Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Rode Duivels, Diables Rouges
Head coach: Georges Leekens
Captain: Thomas Vermaelen
Most caps: Jan Ceulemans (96)
Top scorer: Bernard Voorhoof, Paul van Himst (30)
Home stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Belgium is a nation divided along largely linguistic lines - French-speaking Wallonia and Flemish-speaking Flanders. The national team is known as the Red Devils and is sometimes seen as the only thing that unites the country. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals in 1986 before succumbing to the unstoppable Argentina of Diego Maradona, their best-ever performance in the World Cup. Belgium were runners-up in the 1980 European Championship, losing 2-1 to West Germany.
At the domestic level Belgium has one of the oldest leagues in the world. A proper championship started in 1896, only seven years after the Football League in England. The traditional giants of the post-war Belgian game are Anderlecht and Club Brugge, with Standard a significant third force. A number of other great names from the early years of the game have long since drifted into the background, most importantly Union St Gilloise.
Belgian clubs are given a sequential foundation number at the time of their foundation called a matricule.The smaller the number the older the club and for many clubs it's a badge of pride to have a low number and sometimes even appears in club emblems. Koninklijke/Royal, which is found in many club names, is an honorary title given by the Belgian royal family for clubs of a certain antiquity (25 years existence before 1958, 35 years existence between 1958 and 1968, 50 years existence after 1968).
FIFA 2014 World Cup Group H
2014 World Cup Game Schedule
Round of 16
|Jun 17||Belgium||2-1||Algeria||Belo Horizonte||1:00 PM|
|Jun 17||Russia||1-1||Korea Republic||Cuiaba||6:00 PM|
|Jun 22||Belgium||1-0||Russia||Rio De Janeiro||1:00 PM|
|Jun 22||Korea Republic||2-4||Algeria||Porto Alegre||4:00 PM|
|Jun 26||Korea Republic||0-1||Belgium||Sao Paulo||5:00 PM|
|Jun 26||Algeria||1-1||Russia||Curitiba||5:00 PM|
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
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