Team profile


    Belgium boast a lengthy and proud history of participation in international volleyball but the Red Dragons only made their World League debut in 2014.
    After finishing 11th and 12th in their first two outings, they got promoted to Group 1 in 2016 where they ranked ninth, which is their best finish to date. Belgium are 18th in the FIVB World Ranking.
    Belgium won the European League title for the first time in impressive fashion in 2013 as they swept the Czech Republic and Croatia in the semifinal and gold medal match respectively. Belgium’s international volleyball history dates back to the 1948 European Championship when the team finished fifth. They enjoyed a solitary trip to the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968.
    Their first World Championship outing since 1978 was in 2014, otherwise largely restricted to competing at European level.


    Vital Heynen

    Vital Heynen

    After leading Germany to fifth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championship, 48-year-old Vital Heynen returned to his native Belgium this year to take over the men’s national team from Dominique Baeyens. As a player he represented Belgium 150 times, before embarking on his coaching career which saw him lead Belgian volleyball club Noliko Maaseik to several domestic titles in Belgium, followed by appointments in Turkey, Poland and France.
    Aside from Belgium’s national team, Heynen also currently coaches the club team of VfB Friedrichshafen in Germany’s Bundesliga


    • Team Manager Vital Vossen
    • Assistant coach Brecht Van Kerckhove
    • Second Assistant Coach Steven Vanmedegael
    • Physiotherapist Bram Wuyts