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Belgium Fails to Advance For 1st Time in 28 Years
In a game that ended up being meaningless for both teams, Belgium and South Korea tied at 1-1 on June 25. Belgium needed to beat South Korea and have the Netherlands beat Mexico — to advance to the next round.



From AP

 JUNE 13: Belgium, Netherlands Play to Scoreless Tie
 JUNE 20: Belgians Wilt in Heat After Costly Penalty
 JUNE 25: South Korea Rallies to Tie Belgium
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World Cup Highlights

 10th appearance (1930, '34, '38, '54, '70, '82, '86, '90, '94 and '98) in the World Cup finals
 Fourth in 1986 World Cup
 Finalist 1980 European championships

First-Round Results

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site
Saturday, June 13 Netherlands 0, Belgium 0 Saint-Denis
Saturday, June 20 Belgium 2, Mexico 2 Bordeaux
Thursday, June 25 South Korea 1, Belgium 1 Paris

Complete First-Round Results


Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GK Filip De Wilde 33Anderlecht
GK Philippe Van De Walle 36Eendracht Aalst
GK Dany Verlinden 34 Club Bruges
DVital Borkelmans 34 Club Bruges
DBertrand Crasson 26 Napoli
D Glen De Boeck 26 Anderlecht
DEric Deflandre 24 Club Bruges
D Eric Van Meir30 Lierse
DMike Verstraeten 30 Germinal Ekeren
DLorenzo Staelens 33 Club Bruges
DGordan Vidovic 29 Excelsior Mouscron
MDanny Boffin 32 FC Metz
MEnzo Scifo32 Anderlecht
M Franky Van der Elst 36 Club Bruges
M Nico Van Kerckhoven 27 Lierse
MMarc Wilmots 29 Schalke 04
MPhilippe Clement24Genk
FLokonda Mpenza 19 Standard Liege
FMbo Mpenza21 Standard Liege
F Luc Nilis 30 PSV Eindhoven
F Luis Oliveira29 Fiorentina
FGert Verheyen 27 Club Bruges


Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
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How Qualified: Second place in UEFA Group 7, defeated Ireland in playoff
DateResult
Aug. 31, 1996Belgium 2, Turkey 1
Oct. 9, 1996Belgium 3, San Marino 0
Dec. 14, 1996Netherlands 3, Belgium 0
Mar. 29, 1997 Belgium 2, Wales 1
Apr. 30, 1997 Belgium 3, Turkey 1
June 7, 1997Belgium 6, San Marino 0
Sept. 6, 1997 Netherlands 3, Belgium 1
Oct. 11, 1997Belgium 3, Wales 2
UEFA Ssecond-Place Playoff 
Oct. 29, 1997Belgium 1, Ireland 1
Nov. 15, 1997Belgium 2, Ireland 1

Facts and Figures

Knight-Ridder/Tribune
Location: Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands
Population: 10.1 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Brussels
Comparative area: Slightly larger than Maryland
Religions: Roman Catholic 75 percent, Protestant or other 25 percent
Landscape: Flat coastal plains in northwest, central rolling hills, rugged mountains of Ardennes Forest in southeast


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