Belgium boast a lengthy and proud history of participation in international volleyball but 2014 was the Red Dragons’ World League debut. They will have been reasonably proud of their efforts as they finished third in Group 2, having topped Pool C before losing to France at the semifinal stage of the Final Four. They won the third-place match by defeating the Netherlands in straight sets. They followed that up by coming joint-17th at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship as they won one of their five pool matches and were eliminated on point ratio behind Italy. Last year, they finished 12th overall in the World League. They are now ranked No. 21 in the world.
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. 2014 was their first World Championship outing since 1978 and they have largely been restricted to competing at European level.