Overview

Team profile

Belgium

After two decades away from the international stage, Belgium have gradually established themselves as a force once again. They made their FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix debut in 2014 and won Group 2 by defeating the Netherlands 3-2 to claim victory in the Final Four. They progressed to the Final Six of Group 1 but failed to win a match and finished sixth.

Belgium finished 10th overall after being promoted to Group 1 in the following year, defeating Turkey in their first match and Russia in their last match in the preliminary round. Belgium have also competed at three World Championships. In 2014, they finished in joint-11th place.

Belgium began competing consistently at a continental level in the 1960s, making their European Championship debut in 1967 and appearing three more times over the next 20 years. They finished 14th in 1967 and 12th in 1975, 1979 and 1987. In 2007 a seventh-place finish paved the way for greater things. They slipped to 11th in 2009 but returned to have a breakthrough year in 2013 when they claimed a silver medal in the European League and two months later travelled to the European Championship. There they defeated Serbia for the bronze medal.

Coach

Gert Vande Broek

Gert Vande Broek

Gert Vande Broek returns after leading Belgium’s women’s team to their World Grand Prix debut in 2014, where they finished sixth in Group 1. He had previously guided them to arguably their two finest performances in 2013, claiming silver in the European League and bronze at the European Championship. That same year he was presented with the International Volleyball Federation’s 2013 Sport Science Award in recognition of his innovative coaching methods. Vande Broek, who took over Belgium’s team in 2008, has also coached Asterix Kieldrecht women’s team in his home nation since 1994. They have won nine Belgian championships and nine national cups under his management.

Staff

  • Team Manager Raf Vekemans
  • Assistant coach Kris Vansnick
  • Second Assistant Coach Giulio Cesare Bregoli
  • Doctor Stijn Bogaerts
  • Physiotherapist Bert Heremans

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
USA
9 8 1 6 2 0 0 1 0 24 25 5 5.000 739 603 1.225
2
China
9 8 1 6 1 1 0 0 1 23 24 6 4.000 701 591 1.186
3
Russia
9 8 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 23 26 10 2.600 833 738 1.128
4
Brazil
9 7 2 3 4 0 1 0 1 22 23 10 2.300 779 674 1.155
5
Netherlands
9 5 4 3 2 0 0 2 2 15 17 14 1.214 709 706 1.004
6
Serbia
9 5 4 1 0 4 1 1 2 12 18 20 0.900 836 854 0.978
7
Italy
9 4 5 1 2 1 2 3 0 13 19 19 1.000 840 818 1.026
8
Japan
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 1 2 12 16 19 0.842 776 783 0.991
9
Turkey
9 3 6 1 1 1 1 2 3 9 13 21 0.619 719 773 0.930
10
Thailand
9 2 7 0 1 1 0 1 6 5 7 24 0.291 611 744 0.821
11
Belgium
9 1 8 0 1 0 1 3 4 4 8 25 0.320 668 771 0.866
12
Germany
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 4 27 0.148 610 766 0.796

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