Belgian campaign kicks off against Germany

In Frankfurt (Germany) the schedule has been released for Belgium's group A in the qualifying campaign for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. The national football squad, also dubbed "the Red Devils" face a tough start with ties against group favourites Germany and Turkey.

Sept. 3, 2010 -- Belgium vs. Germany
Sept. 7, 2010 -- Turkey vs. Belgium
Oct. 8, 2010 -- Kazakhstan vs. Belgium
Oct. 12, 2010 -- Belgium vs. Austria
March 25, 2011 -- Austria vs. Belgium
March 29, 2011 -- Belgium vs. Azerbaijan
June 3, 2011 -- Belgium vs. Turkey
Sept. 2, 2011 -- Azerbaijan vs. Belgium
Oct. 7, 2011 -- Belgium vs. Kazakhstan
Oct. 11, 2011 -- Germany vs. Belgium

There are 9 qualifying groups. Only the 9 winners qualify directly. The numbers 2 face a play-off match. Belgium are coached by Dutchman Dick Advocaat (photo: second from right) and take an underdog position against Germany and Turkey. However, the Belgians will have to do better than either Germany or Turkey of the two if they want to qualify.