Eden Hazard: 5 Lesser Known Facts about one of Chelsea’s best

5 Lesser Known Facts about Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard has been Chelsea’s Talisman for a while now and the Belgian is arguably the Best Player in the Premier League.


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“When I was small, I was the same as everyone else. I used to play in a small council estate nearby. But it’s really my family who taught me. I started watching my dad play from the age of two. I wanted to be like him.” 

So how much do we know about Chelsea No. 10? Let’s find out! 

 

1. Made His International debut at the age of 17!

Eden Hazard arrived at Lile at the age of 14 and made his senior team debut at the age of 16. Like most World Class players the Present Belgian Captain didn’t take long to break onto the International scene and made his Debut with Belgium National team at the age of 17. Fun Fact- Ronaldo and Messi were actually a year older than Eden hazard when they debuted for their respective Countries. 

 

2. Hazard was convinced to join Chelsea by a former Blue

While at Lile, Hazard played alongside Joe Cole who was on Loan from Liverpool for the 2011/12 Season which Proved to be Hazard’s last. The Former Blue who very recently announced his retirement played a big role in Hazard’s move to Chelsea. Hazard recently revealed He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!”

 

3. Only player to personally announce his move on Twitter

Eden Hazard Transfer from Lile to Chelsea was one with a lot of Drama. With Clubs Like Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona reported to have bid for him Hazard picked Chelsea and believe it or not he announced his move personally on Twitter. No official Club handle, No Fancy video or even a picture. Just a simple statement “I’m signing for the champion’s league winner.” simple as that. In retrospect, turned out to be one of the most important tweets for Chelsea.

 

4. The Hazard’s have some Football Pedigree

It’s a pretty well-known fact that Eden Hazard and Borussia Moenchengladbach Forward Thorgan Hazard are brothers. But did you know that Their other two Brothers Ethan and Kylian Hazard are Footballers too, While Kylian is at Cercle Brugge, on loan from Chelsea, It is said that the Blues are targetting 15-Year-old Ethan Hazard as well who is currently at AFC Tubiz?. No points for guessing what his parents did for a living!

 

5. First Foreign player to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year.

Hazard has won a host of Individual and team honors with Chelsea and the Belgian National team. But before all this, he first found success at Lile and went on to become the first Foreign player to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year. Furthermore, Lile went on to even win an unexpected League title with Hazard as the Protagonist.

Eden Hazard: The Best Player in the Premier League

Eden Hazard: The Best Player in the Premier League

Nutmegs Firmino passes to Azpilicueta, who gives it back to Hazard, he cuts in Nutmegs Moreno and smashes a shot across the face of the Goal to comfortably beat Compatriot Simon Mignolet. Just like that, Chelsea went from being 1-0 down to 2-1 up in a span of seven Minutes and Eden Hazard created the first and Scored the second, such is the impact of the Belgian. So Much so that in the recent years, he has been often considered to be the Best player in the Premier League.

Hazard made the FIFA FIFPro World XI, finished Second in the race for the Golden Ball at the World Cup in Russia and has already scored six Goals in Seven appearances this Season. Hazard has always been renowned as one of the most talented players in the Premier League, but there is something about the Belgian this Season that’s making several heads turn. So let’s try to break it down, shall we? 

Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.

Hazard is an adaptable player when you play for Chelsea it’s an occupational ‘hazard’ to be adaptable, pun intended. Hazard’s played under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Gus Hiddink, Antonio Conte and now under Maurizio Sarri. Though Hazard was successful under all his former Managers, Maurizio Sarri’s style of play seems to suit him the most.

Sarri’s Style of play or Sarriball is possession based Football at it’s attacking best, with Slick movements, pinpoint ground passing and Clinical finishing in the Final Third. That philosophy basically summarises what Eden Hazard does Week in and Week out.

A Good World Cup

Eden Hazard Led Belgium from the Front at the World Cup in Russia, with the Belgian Red Devils finishing at third place, which is their Best Performance at the World Stage. The fans of the Premier League knew exactly what this man was capable of, but the World took notice when Hazard pulled the strings for Belgium. The 27-Year-old proved that he’s truly a World Beater and he’s carried that confidence into the Premier League as well. From what his teammates and Coaches have said before it’s pretty conclusive that Hazard is immensely talented but is a laid-back character, Captaining his Nation has certainly made him a lot more Mature and responsible.

Misfiring Strikers

Alvaro Morata has misfired for Chelsea so far scoring only one Goal this Season, looking abysmal and lost on the pitch. Yes, it isn’t ideal that your first choice striker is incompetent in front of Goal while Olivier Giroud is a Striker that helps the Wingers create opportunities rather than going for Goal himself. This situation has presented as a perfect opportunity for Eden Hazard as he’s now Chelsea’s main Goal threat, a pressure situation that he seems to thrive in. If Hazard can continue scoring the way he is right now, Chelsea may not even need a through and through Striker.

Thibaut Courtois picks up FIFA Best Goalkeeper award

Thibaut Courtois picks up FIFA Best Goalkeeper award

Real Madrid’s Summer recruit, Thibaut Courtois won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award for his performances at Chelsea and Belgium Last Season. The Belgian Shot stopper was given the title of the “Best Goalkeeper in the World” but was ironically left out of the “FIFA FIFPro World XI” which is exceptionally bizarre because it seems like FIFA is contradicting itself. Nevertheless, Courtois had a great Season and was particularly impressive at the World Cup in Russia.

Courtois picked up the trophy over Kasper Schmeichel for his exploits with Denmark at the World Cup & with Leicester City and also took the award away from France and Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris for an impressive World Cup Winning campaign. Courtois played every minute of Belgium’s World Cup campaign and was extremely impressive especially, against five-time World Champions Brazil, Courtois tucked Neymar’s swerving shot away to ensure that Belgium would win the game.

Thibaut Courtois is only the Second ever recipient of this award, considering FIFA started awarding Goalkeeper’s only since the 2017 edition of the ceremony, makes you wonder how under-appreciated Goalkeepers are in the modern game. Courtois and Gianluigi Buffon are the only two players to have received the award, not a bad start at all to kick this award off. Goalkeeping great and Manchester United Legend Edwin Van Der Sar presented the award to Courtois, and the Belgian was gleaming.

“I would like to thank my team-mates and my coaches – they always give the best advice,” he further thanked his teammates “Thanks to all those who voted for me and thanks to my teammates from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Belgium as well as my family and friends, who are there for me in the good times and bad times.”

Well deserved and it’s good to see Goalkeepers getting their due not only in the Transfer Market with big fees being splurged around but also at nights like this where they’re being showered with accolades. 

Belgium 3 – 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Belgium 3 - 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Belgium secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Iceland in their opener for the UEFA Nations League.

Belgium started their campaign with a terrific win against Iceland which marked their 16th win from their last 18 competitive matches. Iceland were chasing a first win in the competition after losing their League A opener against Switzerland on Saturday but ended up in a 0-3 loss against Belgium in their Nations League A, Group 2 clash in Reykjavik.

The Red Devils were in charge from the second Eden Hazard stuck in a 29th-minute penalty after Romelu Lukaku had been pulled down. The Manchester United forward managed to grab the other two on Tuesday night.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute as Belgium played their first competitive game since beating England in the third-place play-off at the World Cup 2018, before Lukaku, who had won the penalty, struck himself two minutes later.

Bustling forward Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Chelsea playmaker Hazard calmly sending Hannes Halldorsson the opposite way with the shot penalty.

Lukaku made it 2-0 to Belgium minutes later, shooting a close-range ball on the rebound that was decided to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevarsson managed to clear. The Manchester United striker then added a third 9 minutes from full time.

It was Belgium’s first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday. Iceland manager Erik Hamren has now lost his opening two games as a new manager, conceding 9 goals in the process, leaving the Nordic nation’s reputation for a miserly defense in tatters.

Hamren made three changes to the side that lost to the Swiss with Runar Sigurjonsson, Emil Hallfredsson and Hordur Magnusson coming in for Rurik Gislason, Gudlaugur Victor Palsson, and Bjorn Sigurdarson and his side looked much more solid in the opening minutes.

Belgium began with 9 of the players who started the World Cup third-place playoff win against England in Russia, with the injured Kevin De Bruyne replaced by Dries Mertens. Yet despite missing one of their central playmakers, there was no absence of creativity in the side.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had an early shot diverted as Iceland pushed forward, but once Belgium had taken a decisive 2-0 lead, the hosts strived to produce anything relating to a decent shot on goal.

In contrast, the Belgians poured forward, with Thomas Meunier hitting the bottom of the post midway through the second half, and Lukaku shooting a late one over the bar before driving the ball past Halldorsson to complete the match.

Switzerland 6 – 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Switzerland 6 - 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Switzerland secured a huge win in their UEFA Nations League debut with a 6-0 victory against Iceland.

It was an unhappy start for Iceland’s coach Erik Hamren and his team. Iceland’s national football team was beaten 6-0 by Switzerland in their opening game at the brand new UEFA Nation’s League tournament.

With key players missing through injury, including captain Aron Gunnarsson, and several first-team players having retired after the World Cup, Iceland were a team who did not manage to perform well. They have become renowned for making life difficult for their opponents in the World Cup but new manager Erik Hamren has plenty to ponder after watching his side lose in a terrible way against their hosts.

In a remarkable performance in St Gallen, Switzerland were 2-0 up at the halftime. Steven Zuber set the ball rolling for the Swiss with a thumping effort after 13 minutes and Deniz Zakaria tapped home the second ten minutes later after Hannes Halldorsson had dropped Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick. Shaqiri had another chance at a free-kick after the break which was diverted into his own net by Birkir Bjarnason. This put them 3-0 up.

Haris Seferovic, debutant Albian Ajet and fellow substitute Admir Mehmedi managed to add a goal in the scoresheet each against Iceland. With seven minutes remaining, substitute Admir Mehmedi capped a spectacular display with a tap-in from a Zakaria cross.

It could have been worse for Iceland but Seferovic had two further strikes chalked off for offside.

Iceland face Belgium on Tuesday, 12th September. Hopefully, by then, they’ll have corrected their mistakes and be ready for battle. On the other hand, Switzerland are also set to face Belgium in the next UEFA Nations League fixture but only on October 13th and this form of theirs will be instrumental when they face the third-placed team of World Cup 2018.

Denayer – Olympique Lyon sign Manchester City defender

Denayer - Olympique Lyon sign Manchester City defender

Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais have completed the signing of Belgium international Jason Denayer from defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

A statement from the club’s official website read: Olympique Lyonnais is very pleased to announce the arrival of the Belgian international central defender of Manchester City, Jason Denayer, who has just signed a 4-year contract with OL.”

The reported fee for the transfer is €6.5 million which could reach up to €10 million with bonuses.

Jason Denayer began his career training with the Belgian club Lierse and later signed his first professional contract with English side Manchester City in 2013. The centre-back was loaned out to Celtic Glasgow, then to Galatasaray, Sunderland and again back to Galatasaray last season where he won the Turkish league. In his club career, Denayer has made 92 league appearances

The 23-year-old has also earned 8 caps for the senior Belgium team and was a member of their Euro 2016 squad.

Speaking to OLTV, Denayer said: “It gives me great pleasure to come and play in Lyon. After several attempts, this one will have been the good one. The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that the leaders really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honor to play here.”

“I know that OL wants to figure well on all the tables and there will be beautiful competitions to play with the championship of France where the club aims the top level but also the national cups and of course the Champions League. I come with a lot of ambitions and the desire to help the team. I am here too to regain stability after the last four seasons on loan,” he added.

Lyon takes on Strasbourg in their next Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday, 25th August.

Dendoncker – Wolves sign Belgian midfielder from Anderlecht

Dendoncker - Wolves sign Belgian midfielder from Anderlecht

Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signing of Belgium international Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.

Leander Dendoncker, who can also be utilized as a centre-back, completed his medical on Thursday and has confirmed an initial season-long loan, which will turn into a permanent transfer next summer.

Dendoncker is an outcome of the Anderlecht youth academy and he went on to produce 190 senior appearances for the club. After making his appearance in 2013, he performed on the significant platforms in the form of Champions League and Europa League with Anderlecht. Having earlier won 2 Belgian Super Cups, Dendoncker and Anderlecht claimed the Belgian First Division title in 2016/17.  Last season again, he a very consistent player, playing 42 matches and scoring once in a 3-1 victory over Charleroi in April.

On the international stage, the midfielder made his Belgium debut in 2015 and was a part of the World Cup squad for Belgium this year. He performed exceptionally against England in the group stage and the 3rd place playoff, beating England both times in this summer’s World Cup. He has earned 6 caps for Belgium to date.

Dendocker is now set to play in the Premier League for the first time with Wolves.

Speaking to Wolves TV, Dedoncker said: “A move to the Premier League is a dream for every footballer.”

“My international ­team-mates say it is the biggest league in the world. They told me to come here and that I would ­become a better player ­because playing in the ­Premier League is like playing Champions League every week. I don’t think that is a lie, because I think the best players are here.”

He becomes Nuno Espirito Santo’s 6th signing of the summer transfer window this season after the arrivals of Adama Traore, Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez.

Wolves face Everton in their opening fixture of the Premier League campaign on Saturday.

Axel Witsel – Belgium international joins Borussia Dortmund

Axel Witsel - Belgium international joins Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Belgium international Axel Witsel from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.

Axel Witsel arrived at Dortmund’s training camp on Monday hoping to finalise a move to the Bundesliga after 18 months with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian. The 29-year-old signs a 4-year-contract with the club with the fee rumoured to be around £18 million. Dortmund have indicated that they anticipate the transfer to be formally completed with FIFA’s approval in the coming days. 

Sporting Director, Michael Zorc said: “For several months already we’ve been strongly interested in signing Axel Witsel, and we’re very happy that he’s chosen to join Borussia Dortmund.”

“Axel is a player with huge international experience who has all the skills required to shape BVB’s central midfield: tactical understanding, strength in the tackle, speed, creativity and a good mentality.”

Axel Witsel started his career at Standard Liege, winning two Belgian League titles, the Belgian Cup and two Belgian Super Cups between 2007-2011. He then won the 2012 Portuguese League Cup in his debut season with Benfica, before adding the Russian Premier League, Russian Cup, and Russian Super Cup to his collection through a four-year spell at Zenit St Petersburg. Witsel then moved to Tianjin Quanjian in January 2017, registering 5 goals and 3 assists in 36 appearances for the Chinese Super League side.

The midfielder started 5 of Belgium’s 6 matches and was a key player for Belgium as they finished third place in the World Cup this year in Russia. 

Witsel said: I’m totally happy and also proud to be allowed to play for BVB soon. After our first conversation, I did not have to think twice, because for me Borussia Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent. After the World Cup, it was my goal to move back to Europe from China.

“I’m totally happy and also proud to be allowed to play for Dortmund. I didn’t have to think twice after the first talks, because, for me, Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent. Honestly, I can’t wait to run aground in front of 81,000 people.”

Witsel becomes the club’s 7th signing of the summer after the arrivals of Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney, Marius Wolf, Marwin Hitz, Eric Oelschlagel and Achraf Hakimi.

Belgium 2 – 0 England | FIFA World Cup, Highlights

Belgium 2 – 0 England

Disappointment galore both the side before they faced each other in the 3rd place game, as they crashed out against France and Croatia respectively. While England were knocked out by a determined Croatian side, while Belgium could not handle the French attack.

For the neutral, the game was pretty invalid, as all the focus is put on tomorrow’s big finals between France and Croatia. Gareth Southgate’s men found it pretty tough to clear the Belgian defence, and when they cleared the defence it was Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois who made flying saves.

Belgium’s first encounter against England ended up at 1-0 with both sides resting as many as eight players on the pitch. On Saturday, however, England made a handful of changes against Belgium, as Belgium made a change on their own.

 

Belgium opened the scoring:

Despite the changes, both teams were attacking with Belgium drawing the first blood. As many times in the past in this tournament, it was the counter-attack which led to the Belgium goal. The last time Belgium netted a counter-attack, it left their opposition in tears.

A beautiful ball from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne found his striker Lukaku’s feet before Lukaku fed the ball to an on-rushing Nacer Chadli, who slid the ball across the face with Thomas Meunier tapping home the easiest of finishes.

Post that, Gareth Southgate’s team struggled to do much despite having more of the ball and 15 shots, putting five on the frame. England’s great opportunity knocked the door in the 70th minute when Eric Dier chipped the ball over Courtois’s on-rushing hand, and with the ball nearly rolling into the net a flying Toby Alderweireld cleared the ball out of the net.

 

Toby’s flying efforts:

https://twitter.com/Futbol_Matrix/status/1018155827218255873

An amazing piece of defence was on display from the Tottenham man, and when his team needed him to deliver he was there on the spot at the right time. England struggled then on, giving much of the ball to the Belgium players.

However, the players on the other side were not fully satisfied with a 1-0 goal-line, and it was Courtois club-mate Eden Hazard who came up with a dagger finish.

The winger beat the defenders twice before curling the ball across the net in a stunning fashion and a beautiful finish to put the match to bed at 2-0.

The victory gives Belgium its best-ever finish at World Cup and builds a bit more momentum moving forward. For England, they have taken a road pretty different from the others with their combination and the age of the team.

This England team are destined to win in the future, or will they crumble under pressure yet again?

England VS Belgium Combined XI | FIFA World Cup 2018

England VS Belgium Combined XI

A third-place match is probably one of the hardest games to play, the focus deteriorates, and the passion isn’t the same. Belgium and England missed out on a World Cup Final and this game is just a formality. Let’s have a look at a combined XI comprising of the two Semi-finalists.

GK- Jordan Pickford (England)

Pickford just makes the cut ahead of Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois who has also been exceptional. Pickford’s distribution passion and attacking mindset have played a vital role in England’s advancement to the Semi-Finals. 

LB- Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)

The Spurs man has been reliable for Belgium and has even played as a wide defender when the team needed it. Who can forget his looping header that started the come back against France? Sensational!

CB-Harry Maguire (England)

The 25-Year-old Centre-Back has done his country proud! Maguire weighs 99 Kilograms and stands tall at 6’4″, Now wonder set pieces have been England’s strength

CB-John Stones (England)

John Stones has been the core of England’s back three and the Man City Defender has performed consistently for the “Three Lions”. Fun Fact he’s also scored more goals in the World Cup than Leo Messi, Mesut Ozil, and Thomas Muller.  

RB-Thomas Meunier (Belgium)

It should’ve been Keiran Trippier instead of Thomas Meunier but with the Englishman recovering from a groin strain, we’ve decided to go with the equally competent Meunier.

CDM- Jordan Henderson (England)

Henderson has surprised us all with his consistency in Midfield and the Liverpool Player has put his experience to play.

CM- Axel Witsel (Belgium)

Witsel has looked exactly the same since moving to China and getting substantially richer. Unlike most Players who deteriorate in terms of quality and look lazy.

CAM- Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Belgium’s Creator-in-Chief has been pivotal to Belgium’s progress and is one of the most sought-after playmakers in the World.

  

CF(Number 10 role)- Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Linked to Real Madrid and considered to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir. Hazard proved his mettle at a global stage and the Belgian skipper has been truly World-Class.

ST- Harry Kane (England)

Harry Kane looks all set to win the Golden booth provided his Belgian striking rival, Romelu Lukaku doesn’t score a Hattrick.

ST- Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Lukaku has proved himself yet again and has come a long way from being a scrawny teenager at Everton.