Overview

Team profile

Belgium

After two decades away from the international volleyball stage, Belgium have been gradually establishing themselves as a force once again. They made their World Grand Prix debut last year and won Group 2 by defeating the Netherlands 3-2 in the Final Four final. They progressed to the Final Six of Group 1 but failed to win a match and finished sixth. Belgium have competed at three World Championships spanning six decades. Last year they ended up in joint-11th place, they were 13th in 1956 and 22nd in 1978.

 
Known as the Yellow Tigers, Belgium began competing consistently at 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. They would have to wait 20 years before returning, but in 2007 a creditable seventh-place finish paved the way for greater things. They slipped to 11th in 2009 but returned to have a breakthrough year in 2013. They claimed a silver medal in the European League and two months later travelled to the European Championship. There they battled it out with Serbia for third place, and stunned them with a dramatic 3-2 win to take 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 perhaps their two finest performances in 2013, claiming silver at 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 been head coach of the Asterix Kieldrecht women’s club 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
  • Doctor Leonie Geukens/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
Brazil
9 9 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 27 27 2 13.500 721 555 1.299
2
China
9 9 0 5 3 1 0 0 0 26 27 5 5.400 770 569 1.353
3
USA
9 8 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 24 26 9 2.888 823 731 1.125
4
Italy
9 5 4 4 0 1 0 3 1 14 18 14 1.285 740 690 1.072
5
Russia
9 5 4 1 3 1 0 1 3 14 16 17 0.941 730 746 0.978
6
Japan
9 4 5 3 1 0 1 2 2 13 16 16 1.000 699 721 0.969
7
Germany
9 4 5 2 2 0 1 1 3 13 15 17 0.882 733 692 1.059
8
Serbia
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 2 1 12 17 19 0.894 796 775 1.027
9
Thailand
9 3 6 1 1 1 0 2 4 8 11 21 0.523 667 726 0.918
10
Belgium
9 2 7 2 0 0 0 2 5 6 8 21 0.380 571 692 0.825
11
Turkey
9 2 7 1 0 1 0 4 3 5 10 23 0.434 690 783 0.881
12
Dominican Republic
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 27 0.000 415 675 0.614

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