Overview

Team profile

Belgium

Belgium boast a lengthy and proud history of participation in international volleyball but last year was the Red Dragons' World League debut. They will have been reasonably proud of their efforts as they finished third in Group 2, having topped Pool C before losing to France at the semifinal stage of the Final Four. They won the third-place match by defeating the Netherlands in straight sets. They followed that up by coming joint-17th at the World Championship as they won one of their five pool matches and were eliminated on point ratio behind Italy. They are now ranked No.20 in the world.


They won the European League title for the first time in impressive fashion in 2013 as they swept Czech Republic and Croatia in the semifinal and gold medal match respectively. The triumph underlined Belgium's status as an up-and-coming contender on the European scene under coach Dominique Baeyens. Belgium's international volleyball history dates back to the 1948 European Championship when the team finished fifth. They enjoyed a solitary trip to the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. Last year was their first World Championship outing since 1978 and they have largely been restricted to competing at European level.

Coach

Baeyens Dominique

Baeyens Dominique

In 2014, Dominique Baeyens led Belgium's men's team to their first World Championship appearance in 36 years. They finished equal 17th. Previously he had coached the team to gold in the 2013 European League. In the 2014 World League he guided Belgium to a third-place finish in Group 2 in their first appearance in the event. Before taking over the national team in 2012, Baeyens had coached Belgian club teams Cera Tarnat, Zellik and Knack Roeselare. With the latter he won six national titles, four Belgian Cups and five Belgian Supercups. He has been named Belgium's Coach of the Year eight times. As a player he won the Belgian Cup with Kruikenburg.


Staff

  • Team Manager Zdenek Sklenar
  • Assistant coach Achten Christophe
  • Second Assistant Coach Tanghe Kris
  • Physiotherapist Klaps Maarten

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
Belgium
12 10 2 3 3 4 1 0 1 27 32 17 1.882 1150 1024 1.123
2
Netherlands
12 9 3 4 2 3 2 0 1 26 31 17 1.823 1071 995 1.076
3
Finland
12 4 8 1 2 1 3 3 2 14 21 28 0.750 1044 1119 0.932
4
Portugal
12 1 11 0 0 1 3 4 4 5 13 35 0.371 1007 1134 0.888

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