BELGIUM's matches at Stade de France
About the BELGIAN football team
The Belgian football team is the national team composed of Belgian players who represent the country in international competitions in men's football. In reference to the colour of their shirts (red), the Belgian internationals are nicknamed the "Red Devils".
In November 2015, the Red Devils became the eighth nation to reach first place in the FIFA World Rankings, thanks to their excellent results in qualifying for Euro 2016. In Europe, Belgium is ranked fifth in the UEFA rankings.
In the past, the Belgian team won the gold medal at the 1920 Olympics, and has subsequently participated in twelve final phases of the World Cup. Its best result is fourth place at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. In the European Championships, Belgium has done no better than a lost final in 1980 against Germany.
Eden Hazard is without doubt the emblematic player of this Belgian team, with outstanding performances since his professional debut in 2007.
BELGIUM's previous matches at Stade de France
On June 7 2015 at Stade de France, Belgium beat the French team 4-3 in a friendly match. Belgium's scorers were Fellaini (18th and 43rd minute), Nainggolan (50th minute) and Hazard (54th minute, pen). For France, Mathieu Valbuena (53rd minute, pen), Nabil Fekir (89th minute) and Dimitri Payet (91st minute) scored the goals.
The Red Devils quickly got into the game and then took the lead through two goals from Marouane Fellaini. Didier Deschamps's players nevertheless avoided a heavy defeat thanks to two goals right at the end of the game.
Another Belgium match at Stade de France was the friendly match against the French team on November 15 2011. On that occasion, the two teams managed a goalless draw, in a match where the French were not able to shine. The French had a very hard time in defence, but still managed to thwart all the attempts of Fellaini, Hazard and Witsel.