On April 7th, the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSF) dismissed René Vandereycken from his position of head coach for the Rode Duivels. He was largely fired for Belgium’s match results under Vandereycken. Certainly, qualifying for the next World Cup is a high priority for the Belgian FA. Belgium currently sits 4th out of 6th in Group 5 of the European qualifying zone. Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina (whom played a good match against Belgium) sit atop the group. Belgium’s last World Cup appearance was in 2002 where the Rode Duivels got as far as Round 2. Supposedly, there are over 20 potential candidates to replace René Vandereycken’s post. The list includes such notable managers as Dick Advocaat and Eric Gerets, but also Michel Preud’homme, Jean-Pierre Papin, Jean-François De Sart, Marc Wilmots, Hugo Broos, Laszlo Boloni, and Louis van Gaal. Thus far Gerets and Preud’homme have turned down the position. I’m hoping Dick Advocaat will accept the position. The FC Zenit St. Petersburg manager would be a great addition to the Rode Duivels, bringing experience and hopefully momentum in the World Cup qualifying stage. Things look bleak now, but perhaps a manager like Dick Advocaat can turn things around and potentially clinch a spot in South Africa next year. He recently took time out of his day to meet with the Belgian FA at a restaurant where he discussed the opportunity. Advocaat, has reportedly announced that he could see himself managing Belgium and expressed his desire to do so. In the past, he has coached South Korea, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.
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At the end of this month the Rode Duivels will play a World Cup 2010 Qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The match will played in Genk, Belgium and kickoff is at 20:45 on Saturday, March 28th. So the encounter is several weeks away. Our opponents lie fourth in European Group 5 with six points ... [read more]
The new FIFA rankings were released for January 14, 2009. Belgium basically stood still in the table by maintaining its ranking of 54. Fellow World Cup 2010 qualifying nations, Estonia and Armenia were the only nations to move up in the rankings from Europe Group 5.
Rank Country Points
1. Spain ... [read more]
The Rode Duivels finished 2008 with a draw in an international friendly against Luxembourg. It was a very disappointing, frustrating, and angering (understatement) result. Prior to that fiasco, Belgium was having a nice journey in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Belgium tied Turkey 1-1 and just lost by one goal against ... [read more]
René Vandereycken released the Rode Duivels line-up against Luxembourg in an upcoming international friendly. The match will be next Wednesday at 20:30 H in Luxembourg. Moussa Dembele will be replaced by Kevin Mirallas due to Moussa’s knee injury. The selection:
Keepers: Stijn Stijnen (Club Bruges), Silvio Proto (Germinal Beerschot), Logan Bailly (Racing Genk)
Defenders: ... [read more]
Belgium international Moussa Dembélé is still injured from Belgium’s World Cup 2010 Qualifying match against Spain. He currently has a knee injury that is keeping him out of club play. AZ Alkmaar’s spokesman said that pictures taken October 16th revealed that luckily his injury is not serious:
“We won’t be deprived of Dembélé ... [read more]
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Looking Ahead: Belgium vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
2:4 welcome to hell in Zenica!!! Bosnia 4ever!!!
Looking Ahead: Belgium vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
Anybody know how to watch this game online?
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