Above: Official Belgium World Cup team portrait (Twitter)
Belgium’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 3rd
Belgium national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018
Racial stock of the Belgium-2018 World Cup team:
— 70% European ancestry [16.0/23.0],
—– of which, fourteen players (61%) are fully White-European
—– of which, thirteen (57%) are fully White-Christian
— 22% Subsaharan African ancestry [5.0/23.0]
— 9% North African ancestry [2.0/23.0]
Four players are Muslim (17%), probably near the total Muslim-share among Belgium residents born between the late 1980s and late 1990s (majority of players’ years of birth) as of today.
For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry breakdown, see below.
Official Belgium World Cup team with the King of Belgium (Twitter)
Race and Europe’s ‘National’ Teams, World Cup 2018
Introduction to Series of World Cup Posts
This year’s World Cup (June-July 2018), as a politicized sporting event, gives us the opportunity to reflect on the racial situation in Europe as it stands, as it has evolved over the past twenty years (using World Cup teams as fixed comparison points). The trajectory of changes in the racial stock of teams may point to wider racial prospects for the 2020s, 2030s, and beyond.
Rarely discussed in its own terms, but on millions (perhaps billions) of minds, is the fact that Western Europe’s World Cup squads of recent years have not been very European but are largely multi-racial teams, sometimes White-minority teams, and thus symbolically in line with Europe’s shakily reigning “Multicultacracy” ideology.
The goal of these posts is to quantify this year’s Western European national teams’ racial-ancestral(-cultural) origins in some depth. Which European teams are the ‘least’ and which are the ‘most’ European?
Are there political implications to the racial balance of World Cup national teams? I would propose that there are, as follows:
Some countries, notably France, have received criticism for being top-heavy with non-European ‘mercenary’ players, men of recognized individual talent but with oftentimes less-than-solid ties to, and often being resentful of, the country they are representing. Will such racial ‘mercenary’ teams overperform in 2018, as they would presumably be expected to if team play is a summation of individual talents, or underperform, perhaps due to a relative lack of national-patriotic feeling?
Europe’s World Cup 2018 teams analyzed so far:
— Belgium: 70% White, 22% Black, 17% Muslim (This Post)
— Croatia: 100% White, no Muslims (with racial-anthropology analysis)
— Denmark: 90% White/Scandinavian
— England: 63% White, No Muslims
— France: 33% White, Black Majority
— Germany: 83% White, 11% Muslim
— Iceland: 100% White, 98% Icelandic (featuring racial-anthropological analysis)
— Poland: 100% White, disproportionately from western Poland
— Portugal: 77% White, heavy African-colonial element
— Russia: 84% White with the remainder from the Caucuses and Central Asian/Turkic
— Serbia: 94% White, 4% Muslim, 4% Gypsy
— Spain: 92% White
— Switzerland: 70% White, but only 44% White-Christian
— Sweden: 91% White, No Muslims
Player-by-Player Racial-Ancestral-Cultural Origins
(Method of classification: The twenty-three men on the BELGIUM World Cup 2018 squad are individually evaluated by race, national-ancestral origin, birthplace, and place raised until adolescence, where such data is available. Players of half-White mixed race receive a 0.5 ‘European;’ two half-White players are thus together counted as 1.0 Whites.)
(Any corrections or additional information is welcome in the comments.)
Player years of birth range from 1985 to 1997.
[Whites at 3.0/3.0]
— Thibaut Courtois (White; Flemish origin)
— Simon Mignolet (White; Flemish origin despite French name)
— Koen Casteels (White; Flemish origin)
[White ancestry at 5.5/7.0] [Black ancestry at 1.5/7.0]
— Toby Alderweireld (White; born in Antwerp, Flanders; rather typical Flemish racial type with Nordid predominance; see picture)
— Thomas Vermaelen (White; Flemish origin; Alpinid appearance [see picture]; while some pictures suggest a hint of distant exotic ancestry, most do not)
— Vincent Kompany (half-Black, half-White; Congolese father and White-Belgian mother; see picture; reportedly eloquent/soft-spoken; unusually for a pro footballer, holds a Master’s degree; non-Muslim, but said this in a 2016 interview after one of Belgium’s many Islamic terror attacks: “I grew up in a…neighbourhood [in which] I think 90 per cent of the people – and it was a big neighbourhood – were Muslim but I’ve seen a lot of good stuff coming out of the religion, so I have a different view of it [to most people].”)
— Jan Vertonghen (White; Flemish origin; also representative of a common racial type in Flanders [Nordid influence prominent but strong hints of Alpinic and Dinarid elements]; see picture)
— Thomas Meunier (White; Walloon origin; speaks French and English but not Dutch; in a long-term relationship with Black girlfriend Deborah Panzokou since they were in high school in the late 2000s, baby born 2015; see picture; the surname ‘Panzokou’ may be from the Central African Republic [CAR], as the Minister of Rural Development of that country is a David Banzokou [note slight spelling difference]; Deborah Panzokou appears herself to be of mixed-race, perhaps with a Francophone CAR father and White-European [presumably Francophone-Walloon] mother, which, if so, makes Thomas Meunier’s son one-quarter African; Note that religiously, the CAR is 60-30-10 Protestant-Catholic-Muslim, making any Islamic connection even via marriage for Thomas Meunier himself quite unlikely)
— Dedryck Boyata (Black; father a Congolese footballer; born in Brussels; very dark and phenotype [see picture] appears to be of the West Congolid type)
— Leander Dendoncker (White; Flemish origin)
[White ancestry at 4.5/8.0] [Black ancestry at 1.5/8.0] [North African ancestry at 2.0/8.0]
— Axel Witsel (Half-Black, half-White; mother an apparently White-Belgian and father a then-football player for a Belgian club. Father was reportedly born in France to Martinique parents. The island of Martinique in the Caribbean is a French possession since 1635 and, like the U.S South, began to import Black-Africans as slave labor by the late 1600s, tipping to majority-slave at some point in the 1700s; today, the genetic aggregate of the island is likely 60%+ Subsaharan by ancestry, with Black-identifying individuals necessarily higher still. See here for a picture purportedly of Axel with his father. Axel Witsel’s father, who appears Black, may have on order of 80-90% African ancestry; any picture of Axel at any angle or lighting unsurprisingly reveals distinct Subsaharan and European ancestry in Axel) (=0.5 Black, 0.5 White)
— Kevin De Bruyne (White; father Flemish but mother said to be of White-African origin “His mother is English, but was born in Burundi and has also lived in the Ivory Coast. In a 2013 interview, De Bruyne said: “My mother has an English mentality, but I am fully Belgian.” His hometown…is situated in Flanders” [wiki]; in a stable relationship with now-wife Michele Lacroix since 2014, baby born 2016 [see picture])
— Marouane Fellaini (North African; born in Brussels to Moroccan parents; Muslim; despite full-Moroccan origin-by-ancestry, phenotype is rather on the European side of the Moroccan spectrum [see picture], though not as much as Zidane [Algeria] and not quite as much as the lighter-end of the Moroccan Berbers. A picture of Marouane Fellaini with his father, a former footballer for a Moroccan club, reveals the father also nearly fits at the fringes of European phnenotype spectrum; this contrasts with fellow Moroccan-origin Belgium player Nacer Chadli [see below], who does not.)
— Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (White; born in Flanders to a Portuguese father and Spanish mother)
— Thorgan Hazard (White; born in Walloonia; both parents professional footballers; phenotype is in the Keltic Nordid range [see picture], though his brother and Belgium team captain Eden displays a different phenotype with much more pronounced Atlantid tendencies in addition to the Dinarid strain also evident in Thorgan [see also a 2008 photo of the Hazards’ parents with brother Eden])
— Youri Tielemans (half-Black, half-White; father is Flemish and mother is Congolese; see picture; born in Brussels, but eligible to play for D.R.Congo [f.k.a. Zaire]; born May 1997, Belgium’s youngest player this year)
— Mousa Dembélé (half-Black, half-White; “His father Yaya is Malian, while his mother, Tilly Huygens, is Belgian of Flemish ethnicity” [wiki]; despite half-WhiteChristian origin and European birth, is personally an observant Muslim, here in a 2016 interview in which he commented, as a Muslim celebrity in Belgium, on one of the Islamic terror attacks in Belgium)
— Nacer Chadli (North African; born in Liege, Belgium; parents of Moroccan origin, and until 2011 Nacer played for the Morocco national team, at which time he switched to Belgium. Non-European phenotype [see here], in contrast to his more-European-looking Moroccan-origin teammate Marouane Fellaini [on whom, see above])
[White ancestry at 3.0/5.0] [Black ancestry at 2.0/5.0]
— Romelu Lukaku (Black; born in Antwerp to Congolese parents; said to be an observant Catholic)
— Eden Hazard [Team Captain] (White; born in Walloonia; both parents professional footballers; see picture; phenotype contrasts with his brother’s, fellow Belgium team player Thorgan Hazard [see above], and Eden displays what appears to be Atlanto-Mediterranean influence along with a Dinarid tendency; a 2008 photo of Eden Hazard with his parents shows no trace of recent non-European admixture. Eden’s mother has a rather Alpinid look and the Dinarid and likely Atlantid influence on Eden is clearly from the father’s side; Eden’s phenotype is nothing outside the usual West European spectrum; married to Natacha Van Honacker, with whom he has three children, born 2010-2015; see picture of Eden Hazard with wife and two of his sons)
— Dries Mertens (White; born in Flanders; see picture; appears to be of characteristically-Flemish Keltic Nordid (if heavy on the Dinarid) with some Alpinid; Non-Religious, as quoted in a 2017 interview: “I’m not so much believing in something [religious],” he explains. “But I believe in the way of, ‘if you’re happy and the people around you are happy, your world’s going to be more beautiful.’ That’s my way of living […]”; in a relationship since circa age eighteen in 2005 with Kat Kerkhofs, pictured together here, married 2015; no children)
— Adnan Januzaj (White; born in Brussels in 1995 to parents who had emigrated from Kosovo in 1992; Muslim; is quite European in appearance despite the higher non-European ancestral component to Balkan Muslims vis-a-vis their Balkan-Christian neighbors [i.e., the Ottoman legacy], Albanians remain a European population; see picture of Adnan at age 18 [perhaps of Pontid type with dinaric influence]]; also pictured here with his father)
— Michy Batshuayi (Black; born in Brussels in 1993; pictured here; parents are from D.R.Congo [f.k.a. Zaire] and emigrated to Belgium in the 1980s; parents pictured here)
Comparison with past BELGIUM squads
Belgium-2014 players were born between 1978 and 1995.
Racial-Ancestral Stock: White-European ancestral-share on Belgium-2014 was 74% [17.0/23.0] in 2014, including four half-Black/half-White players. The team was 17% [4.0/23.0] Subsaharan and had three further non-Black Muslim players (13%), of whom one was a White-Albanian (Adnan Januzaj, also on the 2018 roster; see above). Belgium-2014 had fifteen full-White players (65%), of which fourteen (61%) were White-Christian.
Belgium Record in 2014 World Cup
5: Games (finished at 6th place)
6: Goals For
3: Goals Against
+0.6: Goal Differential per Game Played
Belgium did not qualify for the World Cup in 2010.
Belgium did not qualify for the World Cup in 2006.
Belgium-2002 players were born between 1965 and 1978.
Racial-Ancestral Stock: Apparently only one non-white — the striker Mbo Mpenza (b. 1976, Zaire) — on the twenty-three-man roster, making for a 95%+ White full squad. Zaire-born Mbo Mpenza was seemingly in Belgium from early childhood, as his brother Émile was born 1978 in Belgium already.
Belgium Record in 2002 World Cup
4: Games (finished at 13th place)
6: Goals For
7: Goals Against
+0.25: Goal Differential per Game Played
The racial-cultural situation in Belgium continues to be unfavorable and has now started to ‘bite’ enough to be taken notice of; this trend is reflected rather neatly the changing racial demographics on the Belgian national team’s roster.
Belgium had full-roster 95%+ White share in 2002, and the average Belgian will remember the early 2000s well (the average living Belgian was born in 1976, presumably earlier still for White-European-origin Belgians); the next time Belgium qualified for the World Cup, in 2014, the former comfortable White supermajority had slipped to a 74% White ancestry-share and to as low as 61% full-White-Christian. The 2014 numbers have slipped just slightly for the 2018 roster, almost as if following a trendline (2018: 70% White, 57% full-White-Christian).
The slide is likely to continue as long as the EU apparatus, as presently constituted, continues to plod along with its racial-ideological commitments; I should say, not just that the EU ‘exists’ but continues to be centered on Brussels itself. Any moves towards a proactive racially minded immigration policy, by any government in Belgium or by any successor entity to Belgium, would be suppressed, probably with high priority, by the EU.
However, due to many recent high-profile terror attacks, popular awareness of the Islam issue is high not only in Belgium but across the West; opinion in Belgium is decidedly against Islam (see, e.g., “Less than 20% of Flemish see Muslim and Western values as compatible: study), except that, as noted above, the political situation makes any moves (seen to be) “against” Islam (beyond the most symbolic and halting) impossible, and the non-Muslim Vincent Kompany’s pro-Islamic remarks (see his entry above) probably representing something like the center of acceptable opinion in the current climate.
How many Muslims are there in Belgium? Wiki cites a 2015 study finding Muslims to be closing in on 25% of the population in Brussels, and 5% for the rest of Belgium outside Brussels, for a 7% total-Muslim share. Unlike on some other West European World Cup teams which have high domestic Muslim population-pools but no Muslims on their twenty-three-man rosters (like Sweden and England), Belgium’s team demographics do reflect its high Muslim presence, in that four of its players are Muslim (including the perhaps-notable case of Mousa Dembélé, Belgian born to a White-Christian mother, but who identifies as a Muslim), for an Islamic share of the team at 17%. This includes 1.5 players of White-European ancestry (i.e., the Kosovo-Albanian Adnan Januzaj, on whom see entry above, and Mousa Dembele’s White mother for the other 0.5), and one of the remaining Muslim players (Marouane Fellaini, see entry above) almost fits in the European racial range, by phenotype anyway. All this leaves a complicated racial-cultural situation among the Muslim component of the team, something that certainly will continue as this century moves into its second quarter and beyond. (Islamification, where it happens, always happens this way; a bridgehead is made, and the ethno-religio-cultural situation is complicated for decades or generations before full-Islamification occurs. This, rather than some imagined “conquest-and-instant-Islamification” scenario, is the way it has worked, and may be working now, except that the number of White converts to Islam remains so low, for now.)
Belgium remains, as it has for decades, a crisis away from a Flanders-based quasi-ethnonationalist secession crisis; the ethnonationalist Vlaams Blok/Belang peaked in the mid-2000s (best result: June 2004, taking 26% of seats in the Flemish Parliament, after which the party was banned for racism; in the old days, a royal edict was issued placing a ban for heresy on some group deemed enemies of the state, while today the same kind of ban exists but levied on ethnonationalists). The successor party following the November 2004 banning of the Vlaams Blok for racism, the ‘Alt Right’ Vlaams Belang, now attracts 5% support, and has been displaced by the ‘Alt Lite’ New Flemish Alliance, which took an impressive 38% of Flemish seats in the 2014 national-parliament elections, to Vlaams Belang’s 4%.
Despite the decline of Vlaams Belang, it continues to be an ethnonationalist anchoring voice, as (e.g.) it calls for separate Flemish and Walloon World Cup teams, though they do not go as far as Jean-Marie Le Pen did in essentially openly calling for a racially-representative (White) World Cup team.