The Journey of Thorgan Hazard

Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard is an international footballer who plays for the Belgium National Team Borussia Dortmund. During his time at Zulte Waregem, Thorgan won the Belgian Golden Shoe in January 2014, for the best footballer in the Belgian Pro League, and the prize for the best professional football player in May 2014. Thorgan played for the national teams in the youth levels as well as the senior team. Represented Belgium in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

EARLY LIFE

Thorgan was born on 29 March 1993 in La Louvière, Belgium. Being born in a football dominant family where both his parents were footballers in Belgium.

Career

International

Thorgan has represented the Belgian National Team at the U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, and the senior level. He made his U-16 debut on 16 September 2008 in a tournament in Hassloch. Thorgan played the 2009 edition of the Aegean Cup in Turkey. He primarily played in competitive matches with the U-17 team, since he was busy playing with Lens domestically. Thorgan made his U-19 debut on 8 February 2011. He represented the team at the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Thorgan received his first national senior team call-up on 16 May 2013, hence making his debut on 29 May 2013. He was selected as a standby player. Thorgan was named in the squad of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

CLUB

Thorgan began his football career playing for hometown club Royal Stade Brainois at age five. He followed his brother Eden to Tubize. Hazard was discovered by the French club Lens while playing in a local tournament for Tubize. On 7 April 2010, Hazard signed his first professional contract. Hazard was promoted to the senior team. He made his professional debut in Lens’ opening league match of the season against Reims. On 24 July 2012, he signed for Chelsea. Thorgan made his Chelsea debut on 17 August 2012, which was also his only match for the team.  Thorgan went on loan to Zulte Waregem and won Zultes player of the year award, and also the Belgian Player of the Year Award. Hazard was loaned to Borussia Mönchengladbach before being permanently signed by the team from Chelsea. On 22 May 2019, Hazard joined Borussia Dortmund.

Achievements

 

Champion of the Belgian Golden Shoe 2013,

Winner of the Belgian Footballer of the year 2013-14.

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