Belgium’s national soccer team was one of 13 teams to play in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, but the country didn’t achieve its first World Cup match win until 1970. Belgium has also claimed several surprising victories against reigning World Cup champions, including France in 2002.
Some other stats:
First appearance: 1930
Total appearances: 13 out of 21 World Cup tournaments
Title wins: 0
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What’s the History
The First Taste of Success
In 1930, Belgium participated in the first World Cup, but the team only made it to the knockout stages in 1986 when they went all the way to the semifinals.
That performance was part of a sustained era of success. Belgium appeared in six consecutive World Cups from 1982 to 2002, making it to the knockout stage for five of those tournaments.
A Golden Generation Emerges
A new crop of young, talented players powered Belgium to a win over…