The Young Devils led by Jackie Mathiesen appeared in Pot 3. The Belgians qualified for the finals by winning Group A with 20 points (6 wins, 2 matches, no losses) ahead of Denmark, Turkey, Scotland and Kazakhstan.
Belgium will participate for the fourth time in the European Championship, with the 2007 semi-final win, in the Netherlands, with the best result. In 2002 (in Switzerland) and in 2019 (in Italy and San Marino), the Devils were eliminated from the group stage.
The UEFA European Under-21 Championship will be held from June 21 to July 8, 2023 in Romania, which will host the opening match, and in Georgia, where the final will be held in Batumi.
This tournament will be a qualifier for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, for which France automatically qualifies as the host country. The top three from the final stage, with the exception of France and England (which do not form a team at the Games), will qualify for the Olympics. A play-off will be organized if necessary in Bucharest.
Germany won the 2021 European Championship.
Jacqui Matijsen: “A very difficult and beautiful group”
“We kinda expected it,” Mathiesen explained in a video created by Union Belge. “We will play against big teams in Europe, like Holland and Portugal, and Georgia which is the host country, which is always special.” “We will play in the capital, Tbilisi. In terms of logistics, this is not a bad thing. If we find a good position, we can prepare perfectly,” the coach analyzed. “Now we have to move on. We have to be ready in eight months. For me, the important thing is to make the best possible choice and motivate people. I hope to see the same mentality and the same Grinta that I saw in the decisive match in Denmark. With that, we will have a chance, we can Do something wonderful.” The UEFA European Under-21 Championship will be held from June 21 to July 8, 2023 in Romania, which will host the opening match, and in Georgia, where the final will be held in Batumi. The best two from each group will advance to the quarter-finals. The first three Euros, with the exception of France, will automatically qualify as the host country, and England, which does not have a team at the Games, will qualify for the Olympics. A play-off will be organized if necessary in Bucharest.