BELGIUM

BELGIUM

Belgium officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country and has a population of more than 11 million. Belgium has succeeded in creating a style that is unique to both sports and arts thanks to its multi-cultural structure.

Especially in the last 20 years, Belgian football has been able to compete with the world’s giant football countries with great investments in football academies. Thanks to the significant academy projects initiated by Michael Sablon after the 2000 European Championships, Belgium have become one of the best football academy system in the world today.

Belgian teams used to play 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 systems; experiments were started to change it. Michael Sablon, -who worked for two years on it- revealed the master plan of Belgian football “G-A-G”. This plan, -which represents Global, Analytical and Global words- represents Dutch football (Global) with high-level technique, French football (Analytical) with a focus on physical strength and tactical understanding and Global systems requiring attack football. Today, all football academies in Belgium implement the 4-3-3 system regardless any age categories.

All the matches held in the Belgian football academies are analyzed regularly by the sports research departments of the universities that the clubs run jointly. According to analyses, weak and developable aspects of the young footballers are reported directly to the clubs.

Belgium 1. Football League is the second youngest league of European with the average of 24.7 years. The team with the youngest average age is playing with an average of 23.2, while the oldest team has an average age of 26.4. It is perhaps not surprising that the Jupiler Pro League as a whole should be one of Europe’s youngest, with many talented players quickly snapped up by clubs in other countries.

Through PreFootball, young footballers who will be participating in Belgium will be able to face with their future competitors on the pitch besides they will take an opportunity to experience the latest innovations in Belgian football academies.