Everything You Need To Know About Eden Hazard.

Everything You Need to know about Eden Hazard consist of his early life, club, and country history and some of his trophies and personal records. Eden Hazard was given birth to on the 7th of January 1991 in La Louviere but grew up in Braine-le-Comte. He was born into a footballing family; his mother Carine and Father Thierry were both footballers. His father played as a defensive midfielder for Belgian second division club La Louviere while his mum was a striker in Belgian Women’s first division but later stopped playing when she was three months pregnant for Eden Hazard. That everything you need to know about his parents.  He has three younger brothers who are also footballers: Thorgan Hazard, Kylian Hazard, and Ethan Hazard.

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Youth Career

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Eden Hazard began his youth footballing career playing for Royal Stade Brainois at the age of four. During his spell, he was described as a gifted player by one of his youth coaches. He spent eight years at the Belgian club youth team before moving to Tubize. While at Tubize he was spotted by a Lille scout while playing in a Local tournament with the club. His parents were later approached by the French club and they accepted the offer for him to have a better training section in France. That is everything you need to know about his youth career.

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Lille

In the year 2005, Eden Hazard joined Lille and spent two years developing in the club’s local sports school due to the unavailability of its youth academy in Luchin. On the 28th of May 2007, he signed his first professional contract with the French club on a three-year contract. At the age of 16, he was promoted to the club’s reserve team ahead of the 2007/08 campaign. He helped the reserve team finish fifth place that season which was the best among all professional clubs’ reserve teams playing in the group. That is everything you need to know about his spell in Lille’s reserve or youth team.

Eden Hazard was given the number 26 shirt ahead of the 2008/09 campaign after sparely playing with the number 33 shirt in the last season when he made his debut for the first team. He was then promoted to the senior team permanently after the appointment of Rudi Garcia as head coach. On the 14th of September 2008, he made his debut for the French club as a substitute against Sochaux in a 1-1 draw. He made one of his most beneficial substitute appearance against Auxerre where he scored the equalizing goal from a clearance, the goal led to Lille gaining high confidence and scoring another goal at injury time to win the game on the 20th of September. In his first Professional league start, he scored the opening goal in a 3-0 victory over Saint-Etienne. He was later offered a three-year contract extension by the Lille lasting till 2012 after his assuring performance.  After the wind-up of the season, he won some personal awards after a great performance.

The Belgian began the 2009/10 season on a positive note scoring in Lille’s first competitive game of the season. On the 20th of December 2009, he scored his first league goal in his team 3-0 win over Le Mans and provided the assist for the remaining two goals. His performance got better this season and he also won some personal awards but lost the Player of the Year award to Lyon’s striker Lisandro Lopez.

Eden Hazard played Lille’s first six games of the 2010/11 season; he scored his first goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Nice. Hazard was benched by Lille’s head coach at the time in late September due to inconsistency. During this period, his performances were criticized by Belgium assistant coach Marc Wilmots but Lille’s head coach replied by saying he was just 19 years old and there is still time for him to make more progress in all areas. After the international break, the Belgian regained his scoring form netting the final goal in Lille’s 4-1 victory over Caen in the Coupe de la Ligue.

Ahead of the 2010/11 season, Eden Hazard switched to the number 10 jersey. On the 15th of April, he marked his 100th consecutive Ligue 1 appearance, which is the longest run in the French topflight league. On the 20th of May 2011, Eden Hazard appeared in his final match as a Lille player against Nancy and he scored his first professional hat trick.

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Chelsea

Eden Hazard joined Chelsea on the 4th of June 2012 for a fee reported to be 32 million pounds. On the 18th of July, he made his Chelsea’s debut in the club’s first pre-season friendly against the Seattle Sounders and he played the majority of the game and scoring his first Chelsea goal. He made his competitive debut for Chelsea in the 2012 FA Community Shield against Manchester City which they were defeated 3-2 on the 12th of August. He ended his debut season at Chelsea with 13 goals in all competitions and his first UEFA Europa League title.

He started his second season at Chelsea with a great performance against Bayern Munich in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup where he assisted the first goal and scored the second, but they were eventually defeated 5-4 on penalties. Hazard scored his first Premier League hat trick against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on the 8th of February 2014.

After the departure of Juan Mata, Hazard was handed the number 10 shirt ahead of the 2014/15 season. He helped Chelsea win their first League title since 2010 after scoring the decisive goal from the spot as Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace.

In his final season as a Chelsea player, he scored on his first start of the 2018/19 season. On the 15th of September, he scored a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Cardiff City. Eden Hazard scored the decisive penalty in a 4-3 shootout win over Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge to send Chelsea to the 2019 UEFA Europa League final. On the 29th of May 2019, he scored twice and made one assist as Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the final of the Europa League. This was eventually his last match as a player of Chelsea. This is everything you need to know about his spell at Chelsea.

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Real Madrid

The Belgian star joined Real Madrid on the 7th of June 2019 for a reported approximated fee of 100 million euros which could rise to 146.1 million euros due to additional fees. His first season at Real Madrid was engulfed with injury, he made his debut on the 14th of September 2019 as a substitute in Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante. He scored his first Real Madrid goal on the 5th of October. Hazard made only 16 league appearances in his debut season as Real Madrid won the 2019/20 La Liga title.

His first appearance for Real Madrid in the 2020/21 campaign was in the UEFA Champions League group stage match against Borussia Monchengladbach which ended as a draw after they were 2-0 down before he came on. On the 1st of November, he scored his first goal of the season in his team’s win over Huesca. It was his first goal in over a year.

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Belgium

Eden Hazard played for Belgium at four youth levels before he was invited to the senior team. He earned his first call up to the Belgian senior team for the first time on the 18th of November 2008.  On his debut, he became the eighth youngest international player in Belgian football history at 17 years and 316 days. He has made over a hundred appearances for his country since his debut. Hazard currently captains the Belgian National team after given the captains’ band ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Russia. Real Madrid’s forward captained Belgium to be the first team to qualify for the Euro 2020.

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Achievements

Eden Hazard is among the footballers with so many achievements. He has won so many personal awards as well as trophies. Below are some of his personal awards and trophies.

Trophies

  • Ligue 1 (Lille): 2011
  • Coupe de France (Lille): 2011
  • English Premier League (Chelsea): 2015, 2017
  • FA Cup (Chelsea): 2018, <2017 runner-up>
  • League Cup (Chelsea): 2015, <2019 runner-up>
  • UEFA Europa League (Chelsea): 2013, 2019
  • FIFA Club World Cup (Chelsea): runner-up 2012
  • Spanish La Liga (Real Madrid): 2020
  • Spanish Cup (Real Madrid): 2020
  • FIFA World Cup (Belgium): third place 2018

Personal Awards

  • FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2015(8th Place), 2018(8th Place)
  • Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2018(7th Place), 2019(8th Place)
  • Belgian Sportsman of the Year: 2018
  • UEFA Europa League Player of the Season: 2019
  • UNFP Player of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2015
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Season: 2015, <2014 2nd Place>, <2017 2nd Place>
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2015
  • PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2019
  • Belgium Player of the Year: 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Best Abroad Belgian Footballer: 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year: 2015, 2019
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2018
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: March 2010, March 2011, March 2012, April 2012
  • Premier League Player of the Month: October 2016, September 2018
  • PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the month: October 2016
  • Premier League Playmaker of the Season: 2019
  • Bravo Award: 2011
  • Premier League Goal of the Month: February 2017, April 2019
  • Chelsea Goal of the Year: 2016 (Vs. Tottenham Hotspur), 2017 (Vs. Arsenal), 2019 (Vs. Liverpool)
  • UEFA Europa League Final Man of the Match: 2019
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2012
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2017, 2018
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2018 (1st team), 2019 (1st team)
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2019
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2015, 2019
  • FIFA World Cup Fantasy Team: 2018
  • IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2018

Did You Know???

Eden Hazard is….

  • The youngest player to score in Lille’s history.
  • The first player to win the UNFP Young Player Of the Year award for consecutive seasons since its inception.
  • The youngest player ever to win the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year award.
  • The first and only player to make 100 consecutive Ligue 1 appearances.
  • The only player in Europe to have taken more than 15 penalties and scored all of them.
  • The fourth player to win Chelsea’s player of the year award for two years in a row.
  • The fourth player after Henry, Le Tissier, and Eric Cantona to record 15 goals and 15 assists in a Premier League season.
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