Steven Defour Bio

image taken from : Royal Belgian Football Association
FULL NAMESteven Arnold Defour
BORNApril 15, 1988
HEIGHT1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
NATIONALITYBelgian
ROLEMidfielder

Steven Arnold Defour (born April 14, 1988 in Mechelen, Belgium) is a Belgian professional footballer. He is a midfielder for Burnley in the English Premier League.

Background

Defour began his career with KV Mechelen after his birth in Mechelen, however owing to the club’s financial issues, he transferred to KR Club Genk in 2004.

At the age of 17, he made his Pro League debut for them during the 2004-05 season. For the 2005-06 season, he was their first choice, appearing in 26 games and scoring one goal to help them finish fifth.

Debut

Defour earned his senior Belgian football team debut in May 2006, when he was only 18 years old. On September 6, 2008, he scored his first goal for Belgium in a 3-2 win against Estonia at Stade Maurice Dufrasne during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Rise to glory

Defour signed a five-year contract with Standard Ligue in 2006, when he was barely 19 years old. He was then named captain of the team and replaced Sergio Conceicao of Portugal as an important member of the squad.

That season, he earned the Belgian Golden Shoe and led his side to their first Belgian first-division title in 25 years.

Low points

Steven signed a €6 million five-year contract with Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht (or Anderlecht) in August 2014.

However, the following year, on January 25, he was sent off for purposefully kicking the ball toward home supporters who were holding a banner with his severed head and the words ‘Red or Dead’ depicted on it, a situation that drew condemnation from both the Royal Belgian Football Association and the league.

Club career

Defour came to K.R.C. Genk after beginning his youth football career with KV Mechelen and playing with them until 2004. He made his Pro League debut with them at the age of 17 in the 2004-05 season, and he had a very good 2005-06 season with them, scoring once in 26 appearances. This contributed to his team’s fifth-place result.

Defour attempted to join AFC Ajax when Genk failed to qualify for European competition, but the deal fell through owing to a failure to negotiate transfer payments. As a result, Defour signed a five-year contract with Standard Liege. He was also named captain, leading them to their first league title in 25 years, as well as the ‘Belgian Golden Shoe’ for the 2007 season.

Defour was once again outstanding for Standard Liege in 2009, scoring four goals in 31 games to help them reclaim domestic dominance in Belgian football.

In 2011, Defour signed a five-year contract with Porto for €6 million, during which time he made 37 appearances, scored two goals, and helped his team win the Primeira Liga Championship.

Defour went to Anderlecht in 2014, and after a contentious season with them, he joined Premier League team Burnley for a club-record £8 million transfer price. He made his debut for them in a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield, where he assisted on Andre Gray’s goal. He scored his first goal for Burnley in a 1-1 draw against Hull City on September 10, and his performance was praised by manager Sean Dyche after the game.

Records

Defour played with Standard Liege, who won the Belgian Pro League in 2007-08 and 2008-09, as well as the Belgian Cup in 2010-11 and the Belgian Supercup in 2008 and 2009. In addition, he was a member of the Porto teams that won the Primeira Liga in 2011-12 and 2012-13, as well as the Candido de Oliveira Supertaca in 2012 and 2013.

He earned the Belgian Golden Shoe in 2007 following a fantastic season with Standard Liege, according to his own records.

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