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Eden Hazard

Position:
Midfielder
Height:
5'7" (1.72m)
Weight:
163 lbs (74 kg)
age:
24
DOB:
January 7, 1991
POB:
Belgium

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Player Profile

Eden Hazard's rise over the past couple of years has been meteoric, with the Belgian starlet undergoing a remarkable transformation from precocious Lille youngster to Ligue 1 sensation to one of the most sought after players in Europe. The fleet-footed attacker has drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but perhaps the greatest compliment has been the willingness of the Belgian press to proclaim that Hazard has what it takes to fill the enormous boots left by the legendary Enzo Schifo.

Born into a footballing family, Hazard's youth career took in Belgian sides Royal Stade Brainois and Tubize before he settled at Lille as a 14-year-old in 2005. Two years later and the teenage prodigy had made his debut in the French top flight, going on to make a handful of substitute appearances in the 2007-08 season. The following campaign was a real breakthrough year, though, as he went from impact sub to first-team talisman in the space of a few months, with his sparkling performances earning him an international debut for Belgium and the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.

The plaudits continued to roll in and Hazard was tied down to a new four-year contract with Lille in an attempt to stave off interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. With five league goals and eight assists, Hazard became his side's creator-in-chief and his influential displays saw his reputation continue to grow around the continent.

Hazard's start to the 2010-11 campaign was troubled as he was publicly criticised by Belgium national team coach Georges Leekens, who accused him of being lazy in training, and he was also dropped by Lille coach Rudi Garcia. He didn't start a league game for Lille until November but ultimately re-established himself as an integral member of the first-team.

After years of speculation, and competition from clubs including Manchester United and Manchester City, Chelsea sealed his signature for an estimated 32 million pounds in the summer of 2012.

The Belgian winger adapted quickly to English football and made an immediate impact with his dribbling skills and pace down the left wing. He managed 13 goals in his maiden season at Stamford Bridge and was part of Rafa Benitez's Europa League winning side. However, he made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in Chelsea's League Cup clash with Swansea after he was sent off for kicking a ball boy.

But it was during his second season in West London and under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho that Hazard would really flourish. His crisp strike in Chelsea's UEFA Super Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich in August 2013 set the tone for his season as he went on to score 17 goals in all competitions. Mourinho labelled him the best young footballer in the world and it was a sentiment echoed by his Premier League peers as he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year, finishing second to Luis Suarez for the senior award. Question marks do linger over Hazard's future however, with the Belgian confessing that he could move to Paris Saint-Germain at some point in his career.

Belgium were touted by many pundits as the dark horses for the 2014 World Cup, but the Red Devils, after overcoming the United States in the second round, went down in defeat at the quarterfinal stage to eventual finalists Argentina.

Any disappointment that Hazard may had felt in Brazil was channeled into a sparking 2014-15 season at Stamford Bridge. Hazard started all 38 Premier League matches for the Blues, scoring 14 goals and leading Chelsea to their first Premier League crown since 2009-10. Hazard's efforts in Celsea's title-winning season also saw him land the coveted PFA Player of the Year award.

Strengths: A defender's nightmare, Hazard can dribble at pace and, like Lionel Messi, he is 5ft 7in and has a low centre of gravity that helps him breeze past opposition players. He has an eye for the spectacular and has scored some memorable solo efforts.

Weaknesses: Hazard's work-rate and attitude has been questioned by his club and national team bosses. He was heavily criticised by Jose Mourinho after his negative comments about Chelsea's tactics following their Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid in April 2014.

Career high: Winning the 2014-15 Premier League title with Chelsea and claiming the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year award.

Career low: Suffering penalty heartache at the hands of Spain in the 2007 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Hazard's Belgium were hosting the tournament but went crashing out in the semifinals after losing a shootout to a Bojan Krkic-inspired Spain side.

Style: A fearless, explosive attacking midfielder who can change the game with a turn of pace or a dribble.

Quotes: "Eden is technically gifted and very fast. I would take him to Real Madrid with my eyes closed. He can become a great footballer, he is a star of the future." France legend Zinedine Zidane gives Hazard a ringing endorsement.

Trivia: Hazard comes from a football family. His parents, Thierry and Carine, were footballers in Belgium, and his younger brother Thorgan is a Chelsea team-mate.

Career

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Chelsea Champions Cup 3 0 1 1 5 3 5 8 0 0
Belgium WCQ 1 2 0 0 4 1 1 7 0 0
Chelsea UCL 8 1 2 0 13 6 4 35 0 0
Chelsea FAC 4 2 0 2 2 0 0 14 0 0
Chelsea CC 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea Prem 32 3 14 7 73 32 17 89 2 0
Chelsea Super C 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium Int 7 1 2 0 5 2 1 17 0 0
Season Totals   56 10 20 10 102 44 28 170 2 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Belgium H - Tunisia Jun 7, 2014 Int W 1-0 Sub-Off 73 min 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Belgium A - Sweden Jun 1, 2014 Int W 0-2 Sub-Off 79 min 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
Belgium H - Luxembourg May 26, 2014 Int W 5-1 Sub-Off 46 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Cardiff May 11, 2014 Prem W 1-2 Sub-Off 88 min 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Norwich May 4, 2014 Prem D 0-0 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Atletico Apr 30, 2014 UCL L 1-3 Started 0 0 3 2 0 9 0 0
Chelsea H - PSG Apr 8, 2014 UCL D 2-0 Sub-Off 17 min 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Stoke Apr 5, 2014 Prem W 3-0 Sub-On 58 min 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - PSG Apr 2, 2014 UCL L 3-1 Started 1 0 3 1 0 4 0 0
Chelsea A - C Palace Mar 29, 2014 Prem L 1-0 Started 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Arsenal Mar 22, 2014 Prem W 6-0 Started 1 0 5 1 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Galatasaray Mar 18, 2014 UCL W 2-0 Started 0 0 2 2 1 6 0 0
Chelsea A - Aston Villa Mar 15, 2014 Prem L 1-0 Started 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Tottenham Mar 8, 2014 Prem W 4-0 Started 1 0 3 1 2 4 0 0
Belgium H - Ivory Coast Mar 5, 2014 Int D 2-2 Sub-On 61 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Fulham Mar 1, 2014 Prem W 1-3 Started 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
Chelsea A - Galatasaray Feb 26, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Chelsea H - Everton Feb 22, 2014 Prem W 1-0 Started 0 0 3 2 1 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Man City Feb 15, 2014 FAC L 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea A - Man City Feb 15, 2014 FAC L 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea A - West Brom Feb 11, 2014 Prem D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Newcastle Feb 8, 2014 Prem W 3-0 Sub-Off 84 min 3 0 6 4 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Man City Feb 3, 2014 Prem W 0-1 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0
Chelsea H - West Ham Jan 29, 2014 Prem D 0-0 Started 0 0 6 2 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Stoke Jan 26, 2014 FAC W 1-0 Started 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0
Chelsea H - Stoke Jan 26, 2014 FAC W 1-0 Started 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0
Chelsea H - Man Utd Jan 19, 2014 Prem W 3-1 Started 0 0 1 0 2 5 0 0
Chelsea A - Hull Jan 11, 2014 Prem W 0-2 Started 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 0
Chelsea A - Derby Jan 5, 2014 FAC W 0-2 Sub-On 54 min 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Derby Jan 5, 2014 FAC W 0-2 Sub-On 54 min 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Southampton Jan 1, 2014 Prem W 0-3 Sub-Off 84 min 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Chelsea H - Liverpool Dec 29, 2013 Prem W 2-1 Started 1 0 3 1 1 6 0 0
Chelsea H - Swansea Dec 26, 2013 Prem W 1-0 Sub-Off 81 min 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Arsenal Dec 23, 2013 Prem D 0-0 Sub-Off 72 min 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Sunderland Dec 17, 2013 CC L 2-1 Sub-On 82 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - C Palace Dec 14, 2013 Prem W 2-1 Started 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Steaua Dec 11, 2013 UCL W 1-0 Started 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 0
Chelsea A - Stoke Dec 7, 2013 Prem L 3-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Chelsea A - Sunderland Dec 4, 2013 Prem W 3-4 Started 2 1 5 4 0 4 1 0
Chelsea H - Southampton Dec 1, 2013 Prem W 3-1 Started 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
Chelsea A - FC Basel Nov 26, 2013 UCL L 1-0 Sub-On 55 min 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea A - West Ham Nov 23, 2013 Prem W 0-3 Sub-Off 83 min 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 0
Belgium H - Japan Nov 19, 2013 Int L 2-3 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Colombia Nov 14, 2013 Int L 0-2 Sub-Off 65 min 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
Chelsea H - West Brom Nov 9, 2013 Prem D 2-2 Started 1 0 4 2 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Newcastle Nov 2, 2013 Prem L 2-0 Started 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0
Chelsea A - Arsenal Oct 29, 2013 CC W 0-2 Unused Substitute
Chelsea H - Man City Oct 27, 2013 Prem W 2-1 Sub-Off 83 min 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Chelsea A - Schalke Oct 22, 2013 UCL W 0-3 Sub-Off 87 min 1 0 1 1 1 4 0 0
Chelsea H - Cardiff Oct 19, 2013 Prem W 4-1 Started 2 1 3 3 0 1 0 0
Belgium H - Wales Oct 15, 2013 WCQ D 1-1 Sub-On 57 min 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Belgium A - Croatia Oct 11, 2013 WCQ W 1-2 Started 0 0 2 0 1 5 0 0
Chelsea A - Norwich Oct 6, 2013 Prem W 1-3 Sub-On 74 min 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Tottenham Sep 28, 2013 Prem D 1-1 Sub-Off 68 min 0 0 2 1 0 5 0 0
Chelsea H - Fulham Sep 21, 2013 Prem W 2-0 Sub-Off 84 min 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 0
Chelsea H - FC Basel Sep 18, 2013 UCL L 1-2 Started 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea A - Everton Sep 14, 2013 Prem L 1-0 Started 0 0 1 1 3 4 1 0
Chelsea A - Bayern Aug 30, 2013 Super C L (5) 2-(4) 2 Sub-Off 112 min 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Man Utd Aug 26, 2013 Prem D 0-0 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Aston Villa Aug 21, 2013 Prem W 2-1 Started 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 0
Chelsea H - Hull Aug 18, 2013 Prem W 2-0 Started 0 0 3 0 2 4 0 0
Belgium H - France Aug 14, 2013 Int D 0-0 Sub-Off 73 min 0 0 3 1 1 6 0 0
Chelsea A - Real Madrid Aug 7, 2013 Champions Cup L 3-1 Started 0 0 2 2 2 4 0 0
Chelsea A - Milan Aug 4, 2013 Champions Cup W 0-2 Sub-Off 68 min 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0
Chelsea H - Inter Aug 1, 2013 Champions Cup W 2-0 Sub-Off 72 min 1 0 3 1 2 0 0 0
Belgium H - Serbia Jun 7, 2013 WCQ W 2-1 Sub-On 63 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Slovakia Feb 6, 2013 Int W 2-1 Started 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards