After a couple of decades away from the
international volleyball stage, Belgium have slowly began establishing
themselves as a force. They will make their World Grand Prix debut at the 2014
edition, and open their campaign against Poland in Pool J. Their only other
participation on the international stage is two World Championship appearances,
finishing 13th in 1958 and 22nd in 1978.
The team, known as the Yellow Tigers, began
competing consistently at continental level in the 1960s, making their European
Championship debut in 1967 and making three more appearances over the next 20
years. They finished 14th in 1967 and 12th in 1975, 1979 and 1987. They would
have to wait 20 years before returning, but in 2007 a creditable seventh place
finish led the way for greater things to come. They slipped to 11th in 2009 but
returned to have a breakthrough year in 2013. They claimed a silver medal in
the European League, going down 3-2 to Germany in the final, and two months
later travelled to the European Championships. There they battled for a bronze
medal with Serbia, and stunned them with a dramatic 3-2 win to take the medal.