Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Belgian footballer
Date of Birth: 07.01.1991
Country: Belgium

  1. Biography of Eden Hazard
  2. Early Career
  3. Professional Career
  4. Move to Chelsea
  5. International Career

Biography of Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is a Belgian football player who plays for the Belgian national team and the English club Chelsea. He primarily plays as a forward and midfielder.

Eden Hazard

Early Career

Hazard started playing football at the age of 4, in the team Royal Stade Brainois. Even at a young age, his coaches noticed his exceptional abilities. After 8 years, he moved to Tubize, where he caught the attention of a talent scout from the Lille club during one of the matches. The scout's report convinced the club's management to contact Hazard's parents, who liked the offer and believed that their son could be trained at a higher level in France. In 2005, Hazard moved to Lille and spent two years in the local sports school before signing his first three-year contract.

Eden Hazard

Professional Career

In the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, Hazard was part of Lille's reserve team. He made his debut on September 1, 2007, coming on as a substitute in the second half. Throughout the season, Hazard was occasionally called up to play for the first team, although he was still officially considered an amateur. During his amateur career, Hazard played 11 matches and scored 1 goal.

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In the following season, Hazard was promoted to the first team but mainly came off the bench. One of his most successful appearances as a substitute happened on September 20. Lille was losing 2-1 against Auxerre, but Hazard managed to equalize with an incredible strike in the 88th minute. This unexpected goal inspired his teammates, and the match ended with a 3-2 victory for Lille, with the third goal scored in injury time. With this goal, Hazard set a club record as the youngest player to score for Lille.

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Hazard received a contract extension offer and started to be included more frequently in the starting lineup. At the end of the season, he was named Young Player of the Year by the National Union of Professional Footballers, becoming the first foreigner to win this award. Although other clubs' agents showed interest in the talented player, Lille was reluctant to let Hazard go. Meanwhile, Hazard scored his first goal of the season in the first match against Serbian club FK Sevojno. He continued to perform well, helping the club secure its position in the league, although they were eventually relegated from two variations of the French championship. At the end of the season, Hazard once again received the award for Young Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win it twice and narrowly missing out on the Player of the Year title.

Move to Chelsea

In May 2012, after another successful season, Hazard announced his move to Chelsea. He made his debut for the new team on July 18.

International Career

Hazard started playing for the Belgian national youth team and was promoted to the senior national team on November 18, 2008. He scored his first international goal on October 7, 2011, in a match against Kazakhstan, three years after his promotion to the senior level.