The Belgian national team or their nickname Red Devils best-ever World Cup run was in 1986 when they placed fourth under command of players like Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets and Jean-Marie Pfaff. Belgian team reached the knockout phase five out of six times from 1982 to 2002.
On the World Cup 1986 tournament, Belgium surprisingly won against favourites Soviet-Union 3–4 after extra time. Belgium also beat Spain on penalties, but they lost to eventual champions Argentina in the semifinal (0–2). In the third-place match Belgium lost to France (2–4) after extra time. Captain and midfielder Jan Ceulemans was the first Belgian player to be selected in the All-Star Team of a World Cup. Enzo Scifo was elected as best young player of the tournament.