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Thibaut Courtois

Position:
Goalkeeper
Height:
6'6" (1.99m)
Weight:
201 lbs (91 kg)
age:
22
DOB:
May 11, 1992

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Player Profile

Despite his young age, Thibaut Courtois is already considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Standing 6ft 6in tall, Courtois is dominant in the air against even the biggest frontlines and is armed with almost freakishly fast reflexes. Equipped with all the attributes to be a top class goalkeeper, Courtois' potential is frightening and a big future awaits the Belgium shot-stopper.

Courtois was first spotted at the age of seven by Belgian club KRC Genk, who immediately signed up the youngster. After progressing through the club's ranks, Courtois made his Genk debut at 16 before becoming a regular between the sticks in 2010-11. The Belgian was then named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year in his first full campaign and formed an integral part of Genk's title-winning team.

Big European clubs soon became aware of this talented young keeper and it was Chelsea who won the race to sign him, though with Petr Cech firmly established as No. 1 they opted to immediately send him out on loan to Atletico Madrid, who had just sold David de Gea to Manchester United.

Courtois quickly established himself as the No. 1 at the Vicente Calderon and capped an impressive first season in Spain by winning the UEFA Europa League, keeping a clean sheet in the final against Athletic Bilbao.

More silverware followed for Courtois, who opted to extend his stay with Atletico, as he lifted the 2013 Copa del Rey on the back of a season spent setting a new club record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal at home.

When Chelsea allowed Courtois' loan to be extended for a third year, they were not to know just what his impact would be; the Belgian helped eliminate the London club from the UEFA Champions League just one hurdle short of the final. Courtois also recorded the lowest goals conceded-to-games ratio in La Liga for the second successive season while helping Atletico claim the biggest prize in Spanish football before eventually returning to parent club Chelsea in time for the 2014-15 campaign.

Courtois made his international debut in 2011 and went on to play every minute of Belgium's first World Cup campaign since 2002, helping his country reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Strengths: Courtois' height allows him to command his penalty area and the Belgian stopper is equally adept at getting down quickly to make saves.

Weaknesses: His Long passing is slightly questionable, while his ability to organise a defence has also come under scrutiny.

Career High: In 2013-14, Courtois was a regular as Atletico Madrid became the first team in a decade to break Real Madrid and Barcelona's dominance of Spanish football. The keeper kept 19 clean sheets and in the process became widely recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

Career Low: In the same season, Courtois came within seconds of winning the Champions League but was unable to prevent his team conceding a stoppage time leveller and three more goals in extra time as Atletico lost out to bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Style: Along with his aerial prowess and intimidating stature, Courtois has a calm and collected manner -- making him unflappable between the sticks.

Quotes: "At his age, he's already one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He works hard every training session and wants to work. That's the right spirit. To be honest I don't know how he can improve his game, but he will find a way. That's good for us." Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen on his international teammate in July 2014.

Trivia: Courtois became the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for Belgium when he made his debut in a friendly match against France, aged just 19.

Words: Hal Boxhall-Dockree

Career

Team Comp GS SB SV W D L FC FS YC RC
Belgium WCQ 4 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico Sup Cup 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico Esp Cup 5 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium Int 5 0 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico UCL 12 0 34 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Atletico La Liga 37 0 70 0 0 0 1 6 3 0
Season Totals   65 0 127 5 1 2 1 8 3 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear sv fc fs yc rc
Belgium H - Tunisia Jun 7, 2014 Int W 1-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium A - Sweden Jun 1, 2014 Int W 0-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Luxembourg May 26, 2014 Int W 5-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Real Madrid May 24, 2014 UCL L 4-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Barcelona May 17, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Malaga May 11, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Levante May 4, 2014 La Liga L 2-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Chelsea Apr 30, 2014 UCL W 1-3 Started 4 0 1 0 0
Atletico A - Valencia Apr 27, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Chelsea Apr 22, 2014 UCL D 0-0 Started 2 0 1 0 0
Atletico H - Elche Apr 18, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Getafe Apr 13, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Barcelona Apr 9, 2014 UCL W 1-0 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Villarreal Apr 5, 2014 La Liga W 1-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Barcelona Apr 1, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Athletic Mar 29, 2014 La Liga W 1-2 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Granada Mar 26, 2014 La Liga W 1-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Betis Mar 23, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Started 1 0 1 0 0
Atletico H - Espanyol Mar 15, 2014 La Liga W 1-0 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Milan Mar 11, 2014 UCL W 4-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Celta Vigo Mar 8, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Ivory Coast Mar 5, 2014 Int D 2-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Real Madrid Mar 2, 2014 La Liga D 2-2 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Osasuna Feb 23, 2014 La Liga L 3-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Milan Feb 19, 2014 UCL W 0-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Valladolid Feb 15, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 0 0 1 0 0
Atletico A - Real Madrid Feb 5, 2014 Esp Cup L 3-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - R Sociedad Feb 2, 2014 La Liga W 4-0 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Athletic Jan 29, 2014 Esp Cup W 1-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Rayo Jan 26, 2014 La Liga W 2-4 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Athletic Jan 23, 2014 Esp Cup W 1-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Sevilla Jan 19, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Valencia Jan 14, 2014 Esp Cup W 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Barcelona Jan 11, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Valencia Jan 7, 2014 Esp Cup D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Malaga Jan 4, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 3 0 0 1 0
Atletico H - Levante Dec 21, 2013 La Liga W 3-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Valencia Dec 15, 2013 La Liga W 3-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Elche Nov 30, 2013 La Liga W 0-2 Started 2 0 1 0 0
Atletico A - Zenit Nov 26, 2013 UCL D 1-1 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Getafe Nov 23, 2013 La Liga W 7-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Japan Nov 19, 2013 Int L 2-3 Unused Substitute
Belgium H - Colombia Nov 14, 2013 Int L 0-2 Unused Substitute
Atletico A - Villarreal Nov 10, 2013 La Liga D 1-1 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Vienna Nov 6, 2013 UCL W 4-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Athletic Nov 3, 2013 La Liga W 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Granada Oct 31, 2013 La Liga W 1-2 Started 0 0 1 1 0
Atletico H - Betis Oct 27, 2013 La Liga W 5-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Vienna Oct 22, 2013 UCL W 0-3 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Espanyol Oct 19, 2013 La Liga L 1-0 Started 3 1 0 1 0
Belgium H - Wales Oct 15, 2013 WCQ D 1-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Belgium A - Croatia Oct 11, 2013 WCQ W 1-2 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Celta Vigo Oct 6, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - FC Porto Oct 1, 2013 UCL W 1-2 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Real Madrid Sep 28, 2013 La Liga W 0-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Osasuna Sep 24, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Valladolid Sep 21, 2013 La Liga W 0-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Zenit Sep 18, 2013 UCL W 3-1 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Almeria Sep 14, 2013 La Liga W 4-2 Started 0 0 1 0 0
Belgium A - Scotland Sep 6, 2013 WCQ W 0-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - R Sociedad Sep 1, 2013 La Liga W 1-2 Started 3 0 1 0 0
Atletico A - Barcelona Aug 28, 2013 Sup Cup D 0-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Rayo Aug 25, 2013 La Liga W 5-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Atletico H - Barcelona Aug 21, 2013 Sup Cup D 1-1 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Atletico A - Sevilla Aug 18, 2013 La Liga W 1-3 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - France Aug 14, 2013 Int D 0-0 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Serbia Jun 7, 2013 WCQ W 2-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Slovakia Feb 6, 2013 Int W 2-1 Unused Substitute
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SV: Saves
  • YC: Yellow Cards