Eden Hazard Bio

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FULL NAMEEden Michael Hazard
BORNJanuary 7, 1991
HEIGHT1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
NATIONALITYBelgian
ROLEWinger / Attacking Midfielder

Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian footballer who was born in La Louvière, Belgium, on January 7, 1991.

Hazard is a winger who mostly plays as an attacking midfielder and on the left flank. He is a technically sound player who is noted for his quickness, inventiveness, technical skills, and passing skill. He is frequently regarded as one of the top footballers in the world nowadays.

Background

Hazard was born into a football household, therefore the game was in his blood. Both his father and mother were football players who had competed in local Belgian levels. He joined Royal Stade Brainois at the age of four and trained with them for the next eight years.

A club coach commended him during his debut training, identifying him as a “talented” athlete. He went to Tubize, a Belgian First Division B team, in 2003 and played there for two years.

He moved to Lille in the top division of France in 2005. On May 28, 2007, he signed his first professional deal with Lille after spending two years at the club’s training programme.

He’d previously represented Belgium at the Under-15 and Under-16 levels when he was younger. He played 37 games at various levels before making his senior international debut, scoring 11 goals.

Debut

Hazard began playing with the club’s youth squad shortly after signing the deal. Because many regular players were on international service, he was called up to the senior squad for a friendly in November 2007.

As a result, he played his first game as a substitute on November 16th, although his professional debut was on November 24th, when he came on as a substitute in the 78th minute of the game.

Hazard made his international debut for Belgium on November 19, 2008, in a match against Luxembourg, replacing Wesley Sonck in the 67th minute. In a friendly match against Czech Republic on August 12, 2009, he made his debut appearance for the squad. Belgium, on the other hand, had lost the game 1-3.

Rise to glory

Hazard was promoted to Lille’s senior team on a permanent basis for the 2008-09 season. On September 20, he scored his first goal against Auxerre. He helped his side tie the game when he scored in the 88th minute. Lille went on to win the match 3-2. He scored his first match-winning goal against Sochaux in February 2009, and gave a match-winning assist against Monaco on February 22.

For the second season in a row, he was named UNFP Young Player of the Year on May 9, 2010. He did, however, lose out on the Player of the Year prize by a hair.

Hazard’s arrival with Chelsea was announced on June 4, 2012. In the first game of the 2012-13 season, he made his Champions League debut for Chelsea against Juventus. His first goal in the Championship came against Norwich City on October 6th, in a 4-1 victory. In October 2013, he was included to the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist.

He was on fire in the 2013-14 Premier League, scoring goals in back-to-back games against Swansea City, Liverpool, and Hull City. Hazard scored his first Premier League three trick in a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on February 8, 2014. He eventually won the PFA Young Player of the Year title for his efforts, as well as coming in second place for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Chelsea won the 2014-15 Premier League with him on the team, and he was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

Hazard guided Chelsea to their 12th win in a row in the 2016-17 Premier League season, a new club record. On December 26, 2016, he scored his 50th Premier League goal in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. Later, he helped Chelsea win their second Premier League title. He was chosen to the PFA Team of the Year for the fourth time in April 2017.

Hazard was also picked to Belgium’s World Cup team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was a vital player for his side throughout the competition, leading them to the quarterfinals.

Captaincy

Vincent Kompany, who captained the Belgium national team for the first match as the squad’s regular leader on June 7, 2015, was banned. He scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 victory over France.

In the absence of Kompany, he also captained Belgium in the UEFA Euro 2016 final.

Records

Hazard has shown to be one of the top players in the planet. His records in both international and club football are outstanding. In 2015, he was ranked eighth among the players shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

In 200 Premier League games, Hazard has 68 goals and 45 assists, whereas in 147 Ligue 1 games, he has 36 goals. In all, he has 137 goals in 485 appearances in various local and foreign divisions. He has scored 21 goals in 82 appearances for Belgium in international football.

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