The Belgian national team has a new coach

The new trainer of the Belgian Red Devils is Dick Advocaat. He was officially introduced to the press at a press conference on Tuesday in Brussels. "This is an important day for Belgium," says the Belgian Football Association.
Dick Advocaat will take over as Belgium coach on Oct. 1. This is three months earlier than planned.
The Dutchman was originally due to take over on Jan. 1 after his contract with Zenit St Petersburg expired but he was sacked by the Russian club in August following a run of poor results.

Stand-in Belgium trainer Frank Vercauteren resigned after a 2-1 defeat away to Armenia in a Group Five World Cup qualifier last week.

The defeat meant that the Belgian Red Devils could not qualify for the 2010 finals.

Dick Advocaat will lead Belgium in their final two qualifiers at home to Turkey on Oct. 10 and away to Estonia four days later.

A long string of poor performance

Belgium's last appearance at a major championships was in the 2002 World Cup finals. Former Netherlands and South Korea coach Advocaat had taken over as coach at Zenit in 2006, leading them to the Russian title in 2007 and the UEFA Cup the following year.

"The last major championship for the Red Devils was in Japan and Korea. Belgium is pining for another big tournament," said the president of the Belgian Football Association François De Keersmaecker, adding, "We don't want to put too much pressure on him (Dick Advocaat) but we are really looking forward to the new campaign with him."