They lost to eventual winners France in the World Cup, but has the time come to finally deliver a trophy?

Belgium UEFA Nations League Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Belgium 3 vs Iceland 0

Starting Line-ups: 

Belgium – Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, 15 Meunier, 17 Tielemans, Witsel, 11 Carrasco, 14 Mertens, Lukaku, 10 E Hazard

Iceland – Halldórsson, Saevarsson, Ingason, R Sigurdsson, 18 Magnússon, 16 Sigurjonsson, Bjarnason, 20 Hallfredsson, 23 AF Skúlason, 10 G Sigurdsson, 22 Bödvarsson

Eden Hazard scored a penalty and Romelu Lukaku scored a brace to give the Belgians a 3-0 win in their first UEFA Nations League game.


Believe it or not, a team getting to the World Cup semi-final is usually a success story but with Belgium you get the impression that given the talent in their side, they feel as if they should have got to the final and even won the tournament. Their golden generation once again failed to deliver and heading into the the UEFA Nations League, time is of the essence to succeed.

It must be said, they have an easy group compared to others in League A as they have Iceland and Switzerland so they should most definitely get through to the knockout stages to be played next year. However the injury to Kevin De Bruyne could play a big role in their chances.

De Bruyne playing against France (Getty Images)

The Coach

Roberto Martinez, age 44, (13.07.73)
Appointed in August 2016 with a contract running until the conclusion of Euro 2020, he was something of a surprise choice as the Royal Belgian Football Association had wanted a coach with international experience. Although his continental involvement was limited to an Everton run in the Europa League, on the plus side he has extensive knowledge of the Premier League, which is home to half of the Belgian squad, and led Wigan Athletic to FA Cup success in 2013. However, he has often struggled to get this incredibly talented team to play as it should with Kevin De Bruyne making his complaints heard on more than one occasion.

Roberto Martinez of Belgium (Getty Images)

Belgium UEFA Nations League Group

Belgium are in League A, Group 2 alongside Switzerland and Iceland.

Belgium UEFA Nations League Fixtures

11/09/2018 Tuesday 20:45 A2 Iceland 0 vs Belgium 3
12/10/2018 Friday 20:45 A2 Belgium vs Switzerland
15/11/2018 Thursday 20:45 A2 Belgium vs Iceland
18/11/2018 Sunday 20:45 A2 Switzerland vs Belgium

Belgium UEFA Nations League Squad

Roberto Martinez has pretty much named the same squad that played in the World Cup, however there re two changes due to injuries. Kevin De Bruyne and Adnan Januzaj both drop out due to injury complaints, and interestingly Christian Benteke comes back in.

GOALKEEPERS: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet (injured), Matz Sels

DEFENDERS: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen

MIDFIELDERS: Yannick Carrasco, Timothy Castagne, Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Hans Vanaken, Birger Verstraete, Axel Witsel

FORWARDS: Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Leandro Trossard

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