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Belgium

Facts & Figures

Belgium Team Logo
  • Capital City: Brussels (Bruxelles)
  • Population: 10m
  • Languages: Flemish, French
  • Team Nickname: Les Diables Rouges / Rode Duivels (The red devils)
  • Official Team Web Site (also available in English)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: 4th Place (1986)
  • Best European Championship Performance: Runners-Up (1980)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 7 (May 2017)

Ideas for a Belgian Themed Party

Belgium have over the years established a reputation as a strong "second tier" team, difficult to beat if not always exciting to watch. Their current crop of players, however, who play in the strongest leagues in Europe, are changing this perception and turning the "Red Devils" into something of a force to be reckoned with, lifting them to their highest ever position in the FIFA rankings in early 2016.

Belgium Party Decorations

Food for a Belgian Themed Party

Belgian food - rather like its football team until recently - has a reputation for being solid but bland. The country is perhaps best known for its beer, chocolate and pâté, and its cooking style has been heavily influenced by its nearest neighbours France, Germany and the Netherlands. A very popular dish - regarded by many as the national dish - is "moules-frites", mussels and chips/fries.

Try some of these next time the Red Devils are playing:

Belgian Recipes

Drink for a Belgian Themed Party

Without a doubt, beer is the drink of choice in Belgium, and what a choice! For a relatively small country, Belgium reputedly has more than 100 breweries producing around 450 different beers. Some are pilsners, like Stella Artois, and Jupiler. Most, however, are local beers, specialties of a region or city. Among the best known are Duvel, Chimay, Hoegaarden, De Koninck and Kwak. Search for Belgian beer at DrinkSupermarket.com, where there is a huge selection!

Another option is the local gin, or jenever. This is often served in very small glasses. Unfortunately, while Dutch jenever isn't hard to get hold of, the Belgian product seems to be harder to track down outside the country itself.

Coffee is also very popular in Belgium, where the café culture is well developed. Every street seems to have its own coffee shop, but many are traditional local businesses, not the big international concerns. In Belgium coffee is savoured and enjoyed slowly, often with a little sweet cake, biscuit or chocolate to bring out the flavour.

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