Timothy Castagne

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Timothy Castagne
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Castagne in 2018
Personal information
Full name Timothy Castagne [1]
Date of birth (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 28)
Place of birth Arlon, Belgium
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [2]
Position(s) Full-back
Team information
Current team
Fulham
Number 21
Youth career
2002–2004 SB Waltzing-Bonnert
2004–2006 Lorrain Arlon
2006–2011 Virton
2011–2014 Genk
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014–2017 Genk 80 (1)
2017–2020 Atalanta 75 (5)
2020–2023 Leicester City 91 (5)
2023– Fulham 28 (0)
International career
2013 Belgium U18 4 (0)
2013–2014 Belgium U19 12 (0)
2014–2016 Belgium U21 8 (1)
2018– Belgium 41 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:05, 6 April 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:13, 26 March 2024 (UTC)

Timothy Castagne (French pronunciation: [timɔtikastaɲ] ; born 5 December 1995) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a full-back for Premier League club Fulham and the Belgium national team. [3] [4]

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Castagne began his senior career with Genk after graduating from the club's youth academy. After moving to Italy with Atalanta in 2017, he was signed by English side Leicester City in 2020, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2021. He joined Fulham in 2023.

Castagne represented Belgium at various youth levels before making his debut for the senior team in 2018. He was part of Belgium's squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early career

Born in Arlon, Belgian Luxembourg, Castagne began playing football for local clubs US Waltzing and Lorrain Arlon before moving to the youth academy of Virton, the largest club in the province. [5] He practised with the youth teams of Standard Liège after going to a boarding school in the area, but continued to play matches at Virton at the weekend. [6]

Genk

In 2011, Castagne moved to Genk, after Standard decided not to recruit him permanently. [7] In June 2013, he signed a professional contract for three years at Genk. In January 2014, then Genk coach Mario Been included him in training camp with the first team after leaving a good impression, which meant that he was definitively included in the first team in the second half of the season. [8] He made his Belgian Pro League debut under new head coach Alex McLeish on 14 September 2014 as a starter against Club Brugge. [9] On 2 May 2015, Castagne scored his first senior goal in a 7–1 home win. [10]

Atalanta

In July 2017, he joined Serie A club Atalanta in a €6 million deal, [11] after Andrea Conti had left Atalanta for Milan. [12] [13] He scored his first goal for the Bergamo team on 2 January 2018, in Coppa Italia win over Napoli. [14]

After a first season of adaptation, [15] his play improved in the first half of the second season, [16] and on 27 August 2018, he scored his first goal in the Serie A in a 3–3 draw against Roma. [17] Alternating with Hans Hateboer on the right wing-back, he scored 4 goals in the league overall; the others came in the second leg against Roma, [18] and in two important end-of-season victories against Lazio (1–3), [19] and Genoa (2–1). [20]

The following year he continued to alternate with Hateboer, scoring two goals in all competitions: on 22 September 2019, he scored the equalising goal in the 95th minute against Fiorentina in a 2–2 draw, [21] and the other in the UEFA Champions League in which he scored the first goal in a 0–3 win against Shakhtar Donetsk which allowed the Nerazzurri to advance to the round of 16. [22]

During three years at Atalanta, Castagne made 96 appearances and scored 8 goals in all competitions. [3] [23] His farewell was motivated by a difficult relationship with the coach Gian Piero Gasperini. [24]

Leicester City

On 3 September 2020, Castagne completed a move to Premier League club Leicester City on a 5-year deal. [25] On 13 September 2020, he scored his first goal for Leicester City in a 3–0 win over West Bromwich Albion; hence, he became the fifth Belgian player to score on his Premier League debut, after Luc Nilis, Thomas Vermaelen, Christian Benteke and Leandro Trossard. [26]

Fulham

On 29 August 2023, following Leicester's relegation to the Championship the previous season, Premier League side Fulham announced the signing of Castagne on a four-year contract, with an option for a further year, for an undisclosed fee, [27] reported to be around £15 million. [28]

International career

Castagne made his international debut for Belgium on 7 September 2018 in a friendly against Scotland, as a starter. [29]

On 22 March 2019, he provided an assist for his now Leicester team mate Youri Tielemans in a 3–1 win against Russia in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.

On 12 June 2021, in the 25th minute of Belgium's opening game of the UEFA Euro 2020 against Russia, he collided head-to-head with Daler Kuzyayev. Both had to be substituted. Castagne suffered a double eye-socket fracture and had to leave the tournament. [30]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 6 April 2024 [3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] EuropeTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Genk 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 00000000
2014–15 Belgian Pro League27110281
2015–16 Belgian Pro League21010220
2016–17 Belgian Pro League3205012 [lower-alpha 3] 2492
Total80170122993
Atalanta 2017–18 Serie A 200313 [lower-alpha 3] 0261
2018–19 Serie A284514 [lower-alpha 3] 0375
2019–20 Serie A271006 [lower-alpha 4] 1332
Total75582131968
Leicester City 2020–21 Premier League 27250002 [lower-alpha 3] 0342
2021–22 Premier League27100009 [lower-alpha 5] 0361
2022–23 Premier League3722030422
Total91570301101125
Fulham 2023–24 Premier League2801030320
Career total274112326036333916
  1. Includes Belgian Cup, Coppa Italia, FA Cup
  2. Includes EFL Cup
  3. 1 2 3 4 Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. Five appearances in UEFA Europa League, four appearances in UEFA Europa Conference League

International

As of match played 26 March 2024 [31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Belgium 201820
201952
202040
2021100
202280
2023100
202420
Total412
Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first. [31]
List of international goals scored by Timothy Castagne
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
18 June 2019 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, BelgiumFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 2–03–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
210 October 2019Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 9–09–0

Honours

Leicester City

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