Thorgan Hazard

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Thorgan Hazard
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Hazard with Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full nameThorgan Ganael Francis Hazard [1]
Date of birth (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 26) [2]
Place of birth La Louvière, Belgium
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) [3]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 23
Youth career
1998–2003 Royal Stade Brainois
2003–2007 Tubize
2007–2011 Lens
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2011–2012 Lens 14 (0)
2012–2015 Chelsea 0 (0)
2012–2014Zulte Waregem (loan) 73 (18)
2014–2015Borussia Mönchengladbach (loan) 28 (1)
2015–2019 Borussia Mönchengladbach 119 (30)
2019– Borussia Dortmund 7 (1)
National team
2008 Belgium U15 3 (0)
2008–2009 Belgium U16 12 (4)
2008–2010 Belgium U17 12 (1)
2010 Belgium U18 1 (0)
2010–2012 Belgium U19 23 (10)
2012–2014 Belgium U21 10 (1)
2013– Belgium 25 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14:18, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2019

Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard (French pronunciation:  [tɔʁɡan azaʁ] ; born 29 March 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or as a winger for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Belgium national team. He is the younger brother of Eden and older brother of Kylian Hazard.

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Borussia Dortmund German sports club

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He began his professional career at Lens in Ligue 1, and moved to Chelsea in 2012 shortly after they had signed his older brother. He never played a competitive match for Chelsea, being loaned for two years to Zulte Waregem, where he was awarded the Belgian Golden Shoe in January 2014, for the best footballer in the Belgian Pro League, [4] and the prize for best professional football player in May 2014. [5] He joined Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2014, initially on loan, and made over 100 appearances for the club before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

RC Lens French association football club

Racing Club de Lens, is a French football club based in the northern city of Lens in the Pas-de-Calais department. Its nickname, sang et or, comes from its traditional colours of red and gold. Their primary rivals are their northern neighbours Lille, with whom they contest the Derby du Nord.

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S.V. Zulte Waregem association football club in Waregem, Belgium

Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem, commonly known as Zulte Waregem or by their nickname Essevee, is a Belgian professional football club based in Waregem, West Flanders. Zulte Waregem plays in the Belgian First Division A. Their highest finish at the highest level was second place in 2012–13. They have won two Belgian Cups. They qualified for the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, losing in the round of 32 to Newcastle United. Also in the seasons 2013–2014 and 2017–2018 they managed to play in the Europa League group stages. On both occasions the club ended 3rd in their group.

Having previously played at every level in the Belgian national youth team system, he was handed his first senior international cap against the United States in May 2013. He was part of the Belgian squad that came third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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2018 FIFA World Cup 21st FIFA World Cup, held in Russia in 2018

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Early life

Hazard grew up in Braine-le-Comte, a small town in the Wallonia region, but he was born in La Louvière. His first name was inspired by the Belgian comic strip Thorgal and he grew up in a family where football was dominant. [6] His mother Carine and father Thierry were both footballers in Belgium. His father spent most of his career playing at semi-professional level with Louviéroise in the Belgian Second Division. [6] He played mainly as a defensive midfielder. [6] His mother played as a striker in the Belgian Women's First Division and stopped playing when she was three months pregnant with his older brother Eden. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] After playing football, both parents became physical education teachers. [6] Thierry retired from his position in 2009 in order to devote more time to his children. [6]

Braine-le-Comte Municipality in French Community, Belgium

Braine-le-Comte is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Braine-le-Comte had a total population of 20,305. The total area is 84.68 square kilometres (32.70 sq mi) which gives a population density of 240 inhabitants per km².

Wallonia Region of Belgium

Wallonia is a region of Belgium. As the southern portion of the country, Wallonia is primarily French-speaking, and accounts for 55% of Belgium's territory, but only a third of its population. The Walloon Region was not merged with the French Community of Belgium, which is the political entity responsible for matters related mainly to culture and education, because the French Community of Belgium encompasses both Wallonia and the majority French-Speaking Brussels-Capital Region.

La Louvière Municipality in French Community, Belgium

La Louvière is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. La Louvière's municipality includes the old communes of Haine-Saint-Paul, Haine-Saint-Pierre, Saint-Vaast, Trivières, Boussoit, Houdeng-Aimeries, Houdeng-Gœgnies, Maurage, and Strépy-Bracquegnies. La Louvière is the capital of the Centre region, a former coal mining area in the sillon industriel, between the Borinage to the West and the Pays Noir to the East.

Hazard has three other siblings. His older brother, Eden, played for Lens' biggest rivals Lille and now plays for Real Madrid in Spain. Hazard's other younger brothers are Kylian and Ethan. In 2013, Kylian joined White Star Bruxelles, and on 29 August 2017, he signed to join Chelsea's development team, however is currently playing for Cercle Brugge. [11] Ethan goes to the youth academy of Eden's former club, Tubize. [6] [8] [12] [13] Hazard and his three brothers were raised in a comfortable environment with their parents ensuring they had whatever they needed to excel. [14] The family lived "no more than three meters" from a football training ground and the brothers often ventured onto a training pitch through a small hole in order to hone and develop their skills. [7]

Eden Hazard Belgian footballer

Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Belgium national team. Widely considered as one of the best players in the world, Hazard is known for his creativity, speed, acceleration, dribbling and passing.

The Derby du Nord is a football match contested between French clubs RC Lens and Lille OSC, two of region's most successful clubs. The derby has the name despite Lille being the only club of the two situated in the department of Nord. Lens are situated in the western department of Pas-de-Calais. The name can also refer to matches involving Lille and Valenciennes as both clubs are located within Nord, however, the match historically refers to matches involving Lille and Lens. As a result, the Lille–Valenciennes match is sometimes referred to as Le Petit Derby du Nord.

Lille OSC French association football club

Lille Olympique Sporting Club, commonly called LOSC, also referred to as LOSC Lille, Lille OSC or simply Lille, is a French association football club based in Lille. The club was founded in 1944 as a result of a merger and plays in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. Lille has played its home matches since 2012 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in nearby Villeneuve d'Ascq, which replaced the club's previous home of Stade Lille-Metropole in the same community.

Club career

Lens

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Hazard with Lens in 2011

Hazard began his football career playing for hometown club Royal Stade Brainois at age five. After spending five years at the club, Thorgan followed his brother Eden to Tubize. At age 14, he was discovered by French club Lens while playing for Tubize in a local tournament. Similar to his brother's move to Lille, his parents accepted an offer from Lens with hopes that the training facilities in France would be better, here he met fellow Belgium player and future Chelsea teammate Charly Musonda. [14] Hazard's father later admitted Eden was much better than Thorgan, and that joining clubs in the North of France was the best solution, stating, "They remained so close to home and, at the same time, they integrated at structures where they could grow, because in Belgium, unfortunately, it's a little empty for the training of youth." [15] While in the club's youth academy, Hazard played for the Lens under-16 team, alongside players such as Geoffrey Kondogbia and Raphaël Varane, that won the 2008–09 edition of the Championnat National des 16 ans 44.

A.F.C. Tubize association football club in Belgium

Association Football Clubs Tubize, also known as AFC Tubize is a Belgian football club located in the city of Tubize. The club last promoted to the first division in 2008. The club was founded in 1990 as the result of a merger of two clubs, F.C. Tubize and Amis Réunis de Tubize.

Chelsea F.C. Association football club

Chelsea Football Club are an English professional football club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, they compete in the Premier League, the top division of English football. Chelsea are among England's most successful clubs; they have been league champions six times and won over thirty competitive honours, including six European trophies. Their home ground is Stamford Bridge.

Charly Musonda (footballer, born 1996) Belgian footballer

Charles Musonda, known as Charly Musonda or Charly Musonda Junior, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Eredivisie club Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea of the Premier League. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can play as a winger.

On 7 April 2010, Hazard signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a three-year deal until June 2013. [16] Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Hazard trained with the senior team during the pre-season. On his pre-season debut, he scored a goal in a 1–1 draw with Belgian club Roeselare. [17] [18] However, Hazard began the season with the club's Championnat de France amateur team in the fourth division. He made his amateur debut on 8 August 2010, appearing as a substitute in a 2–0 victory over Drancy. [19] After spending most of the season playing concurrently with the reserve team in the CFA and with the under-19 team in the Coupe Gambardella, on 9 May 2011, Hazard was named to the senior team for the first time on 11 May in a Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux. However, Hazard did not feature in the match and finished the 2010–11 campaign with no senior team appearances.

Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Hazard was promoted to the senior team permanently and assigned the number 22 shirt. [20] He made his professional debut in Lens' opening league match of the season against Reims, appearing as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 defeat. [21] He played 14 league games that season.

Chelsea

On 24 July 2012, Chelsea confirmed on its website the club had agreed terms with Lens for the transfer of Hazard, soon after the signing of his brother Eden from Lille. [22] [23] He made his debut on 17 August 2012 in an Under-21 Premier League match, a 0–0 home draw against Manchester City in what was to be his only appearance in Chelsea colours before leaving the club. [24] [25]

Zulte Waregem

On 30 August 2012, Hazard was sent on a season-long loan move to Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem. The move was set up to allow him first-team experience rather than be developed slowly by Chelsea. [26]

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Hazard playing for Zulte Waregem in 2014

On 30 August 2012, Hazard was loaned out to Zulte Waregem until May 2013. [27] He made his debut on 15 September 2012 in a 1–0 away win against OH Leuven. [28] [29] Hazard scored his first goal on 31 October in a 4–1 home win against Charleroi. [30] On 16 May 2013, Hazard put in an impressive shift as he scored the game's opening goal from the penalty spot before providing two assists in a 5–2 defeat of Club Brugge at the Regenboogstadion in Waregem. [31]

On 15 July 2013, Chelsea and Waregem agreed for Hazard to be loaned back for another year until the end of the 2013–14 season. [32] [33] Hazard scored a free-kick and assisted a goal as Zulte won their season opener against Lierse on 27 July. [34]

On 2 August, the Belgian club announced Hazard would be replacing experienced defender Davy De Fauw as club captain, which was received with much anger from a section of the club's supporters. [35] This led to Hazard handing the captain's armband back, less than 24 hours after receiving it. [36] After the incident, it was rumoured the move to make Thorgan the club captain was one of the conditions in the loan deal imposed by Chelsea.

On 28 November 2013, Hazard scored against Wigan Athletic in a 2–1 win in the UEFA Europa League group stage win away at the DW Stadium. [37] He was voted as Zulte's player of the season, and scored 17 goals in 53 matches across all competitions. Hazard also won the Belgian Player of the Year Award.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Hazard training for Mönchengladbach in 2015

On 5 July 2014, Hazard was loaned to Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga for the 2014–15 season. [38] During his loan, Hazard wore the number 26. In the 3–1 win against FC 08 Homburg in the DFB-Pokal 16 August 2014, Hazard made his debut, coming on in the 78th minute as a substitute for Branimir Hrgota. [39] He then made his league debut 24 August 2014 in a 1–1 draw against VfB Stuttgart, coming off the bench in the 67th minute. [40]

Hazard scored twice in Gladbach's 7–0 win over FK Sarajevo in the UEFA Europa League play-offs on 28 August 2014, including a curling free-kick from 35 yards out. [41] [42] On 24 September 2014, Hazard made his first start for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga, against Hamburger SV, playing 71 minutes before being substituted for Fabian Johnson in a 1–0 win. [43] On 6 December 2014, Hazard started against Hertha BSC, only his second start in the Bundesliga. He played the full 90 minutes and assisted Tony Jantschke for the first goal of the match in the opening ten minutes, as well as scoring the winning goal in the 83rd minute, his first of the Bundesliga season. The match ended in a 3–2 win, breaking the club's four-match winless streak. [44] [45]

On 23 February 2015, Hazard agreed to sign permanently for Borussia Monchengladbach, affective from 1 July. He joined on a five-year contract, thus lasting until June 2020, a buy-back agreement with Chelsea was also included. The contract consists of four years, along with one year optional. The transfer fee was reported as €8 million (£5.9 million), 16 times as much as Chelsea paid for him. [46] During an interview about his move becoming permanent in the summer, Hazard confirmed his deal does contain a buy-back clause and that he still dreams of returning to Stamford Bridge in the future. In his interview, he said, "I am focusing on excelling at Borussia Monchengladbach, but I still hope to play for Chelsea one day." [47]

On 8 August 2015, in his first game after his transfer, Hazard scored in a 4–1 win at FC St. Pauli in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. [48] Following the resignation of manager Lucien Favre, who lost the first five matches of the Bundesliga, and André Schubert's appointment, he was unable to find a place in the starting lineup. [49] Hazard made his first start under Schubert on 20 December against Darmstadt 98, eventually earning preference from Schubert over Ibrahima Traoré on the right side. [50] Hazard finished the season with four goals, two coming in a match against Hertha BSC on 3 April 2016 in a 5–0 win. [51]

Looking to improve his playing time and goalscoring heading into the year, [52] Hazard scored his first ever hat-trick in a 6–1 victory over Swiss club Young Boys in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off round on 24 August 2016. Mönchengladbach set a record with a 9–2 aggregate scoreline, the largest ever margin of victory in a play-off tie. [53] On 17 September, Hazard and teammate Raffael both scored first-half braces against Werder Bremen in a Bundesliga match. [54]

With rumours that Chelsea were looking to exercise their buy-back clause on Hazard, and that the clause expired at the end of 2016, [55] club sport director Max Eberl claimed Chelsea did not actually have an explicit buy-back clause in Hazard's contract. [56] Hazard, addressing these rumours, said, "I signed a contract here, because I want to play here." On 28 September, Hazard scored his first UEFA Champions League goal, opening the scoring against Barcelona at Borussia-Park before the visitors went on to win 1–2. [57]

On 25 November 2017, he scored from the penalty spot to help his side defeat the Bundesliga record champion Bayern Munich with a 2–1 win. [58] Hazard also scored twice in a 2–1 victory against Hertha BSC, [59] and ended the season with eleven goals and six assists. [60]

On 19 August 2018, Hazard, Alassane Pléa and Raffael each scored hat-tricks in an 11–1 win at fifth-tier BSC Hastedt in the first round of the cup. [61]

Borussia Dortmund

On 22 May 2019, Hazard joined Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract for a reported fee of €25.5 million. [62] [63] He joined the club at the same time as new teammate Julian Brandt, who arrived from Bayer 04 Leverkusen. [64] [65]

International career

Youth

Hazard is a Belgian youth international and has represented his nation at under-16, under-17, and under-18 level. With the under-16 team, Hazard was a regular participant. He made his debut on 16 September 2008 in a 5–0 defeat to Germany in a tournament in Hassloch. [66] In the team's next match in the tournament, against Macedonia, Hazard scored a goal in a 3–0 victory. For the rest of the under-16 campaign, he scored goals in matches against Malta and Poland. Hazard also played with the team at the 2009 edition of the Aegean Cup in Turkey. He featured in all three matches as Belgium crashed out in the group stage portion of the competition.

Due to his increased participation with Lens domestically, Hazard primarily played in competitive matches with the under-17 team under coach Bob Browaeys. In August 2009, he played with the team in the Toto Cup, a yearly international youth tournament held in Austria. In the first qualifying round for the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, Hazard scored his only goal with the team in a 1–1 draw with Montenegro. [67] He was subsequently called up to the team in March 2010 for Elite Round qualification matches that were played in Northern Ireland. [68] Hazard played in all three matches as Belgium failed to earn qualification to the tournament.

Hazard appeared in only one match with the under-18 team before bypassing the age level to represent the under-19 team ahead of the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He made his debut on 8 February in a friendly match against Belarus, scoring the team's only goal in a 1–0 win. [69] On 27 March 2011, Hazard scored the game-winning goal converting a penalty in a 2–1 win over the Ukraine. In Elite Round qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Hazard featured as a starter and played the entire match in all three group stage matches. In the second group stage match against Estonia, Hazard netted the winner in the 88th minute to give Belgium a 3–2 win. [70] The victory allowed the nation to qualify for the tournament with one match to spare. Belgium ultimately finished the Elite Round unbeaten.

At the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Hazard featured in two of the three group stage matches Belgium contested. In the team's opening match against Spain, Hazard assisted on the team's only goal in a 4–1 defeat after his shot from distance was blocked by the Spanish defence and fell into the path of teammate Florent Cuvelier, who converted his shot. [71] Belgium ultimately finished last in its group, which resulted in the team being eliminated from the tournament.

Due to being an underage player in the 2010–11 season, Hazard remained eligible to play on the under-19 team for the 2011–12 season. In the first match of the campaign against Denmark, Hazard scored the team's only goal converting a penalty in a 1–1 draw. On 7 September 2011, he scored the second goal in the team's 4–1 friendly match win over Turkey. In first round qualification for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Hazard scored a team-leading three goals. In the first group match against Wales, he scored a double in a 3–0 win and, in the team's final group match against Scotland, Hazard netted the second goal in a 3–1 victory. [72] [73] [74] In Elite Round qualification, Hazard appeared in two of the team's three group stage matches as Belgium finished third in the group behind favourites Spain and Italy. [75]

Senior

On 16 May 2013, Hazard earned his first senior call-up after being included in Marc Wilmots' 28-man squad ahead of a friendly with the United States followed by a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Serbia. [76] On 29 May, he made his senior international debut for Belgium as a second-half substitute for Chelsea teammate Romelu Lukaku in the 4–2 friendly win over the United States. [77] Hazard was one of seven standby players named for Belgium's squad for the 2014 World Cup final stages. [78] It took him three-and-a-half years to gain his second cap, in a 1–1 Low Countries derby friendly away to the Netherlands on 9 November 2016, again from the bench. [79]

Hazard scored his first goal in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 10 October 2017 in a 4–0 home victory against Cyprus. [80] On 4 June 2018, manager Roberto Martínez named Hazard in Belgium's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. [81] He made his tournament debut on 18 June, playing the last seven minutes of the group match against Panama in place of Dries Mertens in a 3–0 victory, and played the entirety of the 1–0 win against England in the next match in Kaliningrad; [82] the Belgians finished a best-ever third place.

Career statistics

Club

As of 18 May 2019 [83] [84]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [nb 1] Europe [nb 2] Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Lens 2011–12 Ligue 2 14020160
Zulte Waregem 2012–13
(loan)
Belgian Pro League 34430374
2013–14
(loan)
Belgian Pro League3914411025317
Total7318711029021
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2014–15
(loan)
Bundesliga 2814193415
2015–16 Bundesliga2943240366
2016–17 Bundesliga23621843311
2017–18 Bundesliga341031--3711
2018–19 Bundesliga331023--3513
Total1473114821718346
Career Total2344923931928867

International

As of match played 16 November 2019 [85] [86]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Belgium
201310
201400
201500
201610
201761
2018112
201962
Total254

International goals

As of match played 16 November 2019. Belgium score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hazard goal. [85]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No.DateVenueCapOpponentScoreResultCompetition
110 October 2017 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium6Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 2–04–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
218 November 2018 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland19Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1–02–5 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A
32–0
416 November 2019 Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia25Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1–04–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Honours

Belgium

Individual

Notes

  1. Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des champions, Belgian Cup, Belgian Supercup
  2. Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup

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