Belgium National Football Team

Belgium is currently ranked 1st in the FIFA world rankings. They have won 9 major international tournaments, including the 1980 UEFA European Championship.

Netherlands National Football Team

The Netherlands is currently ranked 8th in the FIFA world rankings. They have won 5 major international tournaments, including the 1988 UEFA European Championship.

Low Countries derby

  • Unofficial
    Belgium 8–0 Netherlands
    (Antwerp; 28 April 1901)
  • Official
    Belgium 1–4 Netherlands
    (Antwerp; 30 April 1905)
Latest meeting 25 September 2022
Netherlands 1–0 Belgium
UEFA Nations League
(Amsterdam, Netherlands) Statistics Meetings total 128 Most wins  Netherlands (57) All-time record Netherlands wins: 56
Belgium wins: 41
Draws: 31 Largest victory Netherlands 8–0 Belgium
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 29 March 1936) Largest goal scoring Netherlands 6–7 Belgium
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 25 November 1951) Longest win streak  Netherlands (5) (three times) Longest unbeaten streak  Netherlands (10)

The Low Countries derby (Dutch: Derby der Lage Landen, French: Derby des Plats Pays), is the name given in football to any match between Belgium and the Netherlands. The countries have a long-standing tradition of rivalry in football, having played over 125 official derbies so far. Only Austria–Hungary and Argentina–Uruguay have been contested more often. Not only have the Low Countries met 19 times in the framework of major tournaments, they have also played at least 35 friendly cup duels.

All Low Countries derbies

The Dutch (foreground) and Belgian teams lining up before a 1962 derby

The full official record between the two countries is as follows:

Correct as of 3 June 2022.

Competition Played Results Goals
Belgium Draw Netherlands Belgium Netherlands
World Cup qualifiers 12 2 3 7 7 19
World Cup 2 1 1 0 1 0
European Championship
qualifiers
2 0 0 2 1 7
European Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nations League 2 0 0 2 1 4
Olympic Games 2 1 0 1 4 3
Friendly* 109 37 27 45 207 251
TOTAL 129 41 31 57 221 289
* Most games between 1905 and 1925 were friendly cup matches – see below.

Belgium vs Netherlands Cups

Left: The Coupe Vanden Abeele / Right: Illustration of the first Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad-beker duel in Rotterdam in 1905

From their first friendly derbies onwards, Belgium and the Netherlands competed for floating trophies. During the encounters in Belgium the teams played for the Coupe Vanden Abeele until 1925, and in the friendlies in the Netherlands they played for the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad Beker until 1923, for a total of 39 Belgian-Dutch friendly cup matches (of which 35 official internationals). The cup awarded in Belgium was named after and initially handed out by Frédéric Vanden Abeele Sr., father of the secretary of Beerschot Athletic Club (where the tournament took place). As the Dutch disliked the design of this Belgian cup, they quickly nicknamed it Het Koperen Dingetje, meaning “The Copper Thingy”.

Belgium-Netherlands Cup Record
Competition Played Results Goals
Belgium Draw Netherlands Belgium Netherlands
Belgium 1905–25 Coupe Vanden Abeele 14 3* 3 8 25 34
Netherlands 1905–23 Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad Beker 21 5 5 11 35 55
Total 35 8* 8 19 60 89
* Excluding the four trophies between 1901 and 1904 won by a ‘Belgian’ selection, as these matches are unofficial.

See also

Footnotes

References

Bibliography

  • Fraiponts, Jean; Willocx, Dirk (2003). Kroniek van het Belgische voetbal / Pioniers en Rode Duivels – 1863–1906 (in Dutch). Antwerp: Assoc. BE bvba. ISBN 978-90-77314-01-2. (Extract consulted online on 30 August 2010 on Beerschot Athletic Club)
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