Where and when to see the Red Devils in Brussels today? 

The Belgian national football team, dubbed the Red Devils, can look forward to a special reception in central Brussels today. After being received by the king, they will appear in the city hall's grand balcony around 3PM. The map above shows when and where you can catch a glimpse of our football heroes, who beat England for the bronze yesterday.

The players will first go to Laken Castle, around 12:30 CET, where they will be received and honoured by King Filip. They next move on to the Kunstberg, where they will get on an open party bus around 2PM, which will bring them to the Grand Place in Brussels, the central historic square at the city hall.

The bus starts at the Kunstberg, and passes along the Putterij, Duquesnoy Street, Sint-Jansplein and Lombard Street to reach the Stoofstraat and the Grand Place. 

If you want to witness the event at the city hall, try to arrive on time, because the maximum capacity has been set at 8,000 people and police think it may be full soon.  

Around 3PM the players are expected to appear on the big balcony of the city hall, just like the generation of Mexico 1986, which took an unprecedented 4th place at the World Cup (with goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff and Jan Ceulemans among others). The present generation did a little bit better, seizing the bronze yesterday. 

The players will leave the Grand Place around 4:30PM. While only 8,000 people will be allowed on the square for safety reasons, two big screens will be installed nearby to have the enthusiasts follow the festivities. One of these screens will be placed at the Beurs. All activities will end at 5PM. Police are asking football fans not to bring bags or items in glass. The World Cup final between France and Croatia kicks off at 5PM. 

Top stories