Biography

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is a Belgian footballer currently at Chelsea. Find out more about Eden in our in-depth biography

Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Eden Hazard is a Belgian footballer who plays for Premier League club Chelsea.

The Belgium international is one of the best players in the Premier League following his impressive impact at Chelsea.

Hazard has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the League Cup during his Stamford Bridge career so far.

Eden won the PFA player of the year award in 2015 following his impressive performances in the Blues’ title-winning campaign.

The Chelsea number 10 was part of Lille’s team that won the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France in 2011.

Hazard has scored 21 goals in 81 caps during his international career so far with the Belgium national team.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 7 January 1991
Age: 26 years old
Place of birth: La Louviere, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian
Height: 173cm / 5ft 8 in
Weight: 76kg / 168 lbs

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Twitter: hazrdeden10

Early life

Hazard’s parents Carine and Thierry were both footballers, so it was only natural that Eden would follow in their footsteps.

Eden’s young brother Thorgan is also a top-class footballer with Borussia Monchengladbach. The Chelsea star has two other brothers Kylian and Ethan, who both play professional football – too.

Given Eden and his football family lived “three metres” from a football pitch, Hazard had ample opportunity to hone his skills.

The Chelsea forward started his hometown club Royal Stade Brainois at the age of four. He earned a reputation as a gifted talent during his time at the Belgian team.

He spent the majority of his youth at Tubize. Indeed, Eden was there for eight years before he was recruited for Lille’s academy.

Naturally it was a big decision for his parents to allow Eden – and his brother Thorgan – to move to another country at such a young age.

Lille

Photo: Eden Hazard / Instagram

Eden moved to Lille in 2005. 24 months later, Hazard signed his first professional contract with the Ligue 1 side to ensure his future for another three seasons.

He started to move up the ranks in 2007-08 as a promising talent at the age of 16. Hazard was promoted to Lille’s reserve team where he featured in France football’s four tier.

Hazard was a second-half substitute in 3-1 loss to Racing Club on 1 September 2007. A week later, Eden made his first full start for Lille’s amateur side in a 1-0 win against Lesquin.

Claude Peul, who is currently in charge of Leicester City, called Hazard up to the first-team squad in 2008 due to an injury crisis at the Ligue 1 outfit.

Eden was a substitute in a friendly against Bruges in November 2007 and impressed enough to be named in Lille’s 18-man squad for their next game against Nancy.

Hazard made his professional debut as a late substitute against Nancy. He was taken out of the firing line for a couple of months before he returned to the first-team to feature against Metz, Sochaux, and Paris Saint-Germain.

New Lille manager Rudi Garcia gave Hazard a more important role in the 2008-09 season. He scored his first Lille goal when he netted an equaliser in a 3-2 win against Auxurre in the 88th minute.

His full debut came on 15 November when Garcia started Hazard against Saint-Etienne. He repaid the manager’s faith with a goal in a 3-0 win.

Heading into the second half of the season, Hazard made important contributions in victories over Sochaux and Monaco with a goal and an assist. Unsurprisingly, Lille handed Hazard a new three-year deal to secure his future.

Hazard scored four times in 30 games in Ligue 1 to help Lille secure a spot in the Europa League.

He started to attract interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal and Manchester United, while Spanish duo Barcelona and Real Madrid were rumoured to be linked.

Hazard was in prolific form in the Europa League in the 2009-10 season with goals against FK Sevojno, Genk, Genoa and Slavia Prague.

Eden had to wait until 20 December to score his first Ligue 1 goal in a 3-0 victory over Le Mans before he netted in a 1-0 win against Lens a month later.

He made himself known to English football with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League.

Hazard finished the 2009-10 season with 10 goals and made eight assists in 42 appearances in all competitions.

Eden was a key player in helping Lille to win the Ligue 1 title under Garcia in 2010-11. However, he started the campaign on the bench due to an issue with his consistency.

He started to rediscover his best performances with a goal in a 3-1 win against leaders Brest before Eden netted twice in 2-1 win over AS Monaco.

Hazard’s upturn in form was encapsulated when Lille added another season to his contract following some important goals in January.

The Belgian star won his first piece of silverware when Lille beat Nancy 1-0. Hazard scored the winning goal from a free-kick.

Eden finished with seven goals and eight assists in 37 games in Ligue 1 to help Lille win their first French top-flight crown since 1954.

The French champions qualified for the Champions League as Hazard and Garcia’s squad looked to build on their double success.

Hazard made his Champions League debut in a 2-2 draw with Russian club CSKA Moscow in 2011. He made his first assist in the competition in a 1-1 draw with Turkish club Trabzonspor.

He scored 20 goals and made assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, although Lille failed to retain their title.

Hazard won Ligue 1’s player of the year award for his impressive performances throughout his final season at Lille.

Chelsea

Photo: Eden Hazard / Instagram

Chelsea signed Hazard for an undisclosed fee on 4 June 2012. The Blues were reported to have paid £32m to sign the Belgium international ahead of interest from Manchester City and Manchester United.

Eden was given Jose Boswinga’s No17 shirt.

He made his competitive debut in a 3-2 loss to Manchester City at Villa Park before his first Premier League appearance came in a win against Wigan Athletic.

Hazard’s first Chelsea goal from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win against Newcastle United. His Champions League debut for Chelsea came in a clash against Serie A giants Juventus.

He scored against Norwich City, Leeds United and Aston Villa in the opening months of the season. Hazard scored a 25-yard strike in a 4-0 win against Stoke City to become the first team to win at The Britannia in the 2012-13 season.

Hazard was controversially sent off for kicking a ball out from underneath a ball boy who was trying to waste time during a League Cup game at Swansea in 2013.

Eden netted an important goal from the bench in a 2-1 win against Sparta Prague to send Chelsea through to the Europa League last 16.

Hazard scored a goal and made an assist to help Chelsea come from 2-0 down to force a replay in a 2-2 stalemate with Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

He finished the season with 13 goals in all competitions as Chelsea won the Europa League trophy.

Photo: Eden Hazard / Instagram

Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea in June 2013. The new Blues manager used Hazard sparingly in the opening months of the season.

He scored the winner in a 3-1 win against Norwich City to open his account for the season in October. He netted two more goals in an emphatic victory over Cardiff City.

Mourinho lavished praise on Hazard for his best performance of the season in a 4-3 victory over Sunderland in December. Eden scored some important goals against Liverpool and Manchester City to earn the trust of Mourinho.

His first Premier League hat-trick came in a landslide win against Newcastle United on 8 February. Hazard scored 14 goals and made seven assists in 35 games in the Premier League to win the PFA young player of the year. He finished behind Luis Suarez in the player of the year award.

Hazard inherited the number 10 shirt from Juan Mata at the start of the 2014-15 season following Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United.

He won a penalty before Eden scored from the spot to help Chelsea secure a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in a crunch Premier League game in October.

Hazard’s form was rewarded with a five-year contract in February 2015. Spurred on by his new deal, Hazard outwitted David De Gea with a backheel to help Chelsea beat Manchester United’s 1-0.

The Belgian forward netted 14 goals and made nine assists in 38 appearances in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign. His performance secured him the PFA player of the year award.

Hazard was also part of the Chelsea team that won the League Cup thanks to 2-0 win over London rivals Tottenham.

The former Lille forward endured a forgettable third season at Stamford Bridge. Hazard was criticised for his slow start to the campaign and Mourinho was sacked in December 2015.

Eden didn’t score his first Premier League goal until a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth in April 2016. Hazard was accused of being distracted by reports linking the forward with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Hazard finished a disastrous 2015-16 season with four goals and three assists.

Photo: Eden Hazard / Instagram

Antonio Conte was appointed as Guus Hiddink’s successor ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. The Italian helped to rekindle Hazard’s best form as the Belgian forged a devastating partnership with Diego Costa.

Eden produced man of the match performances against West Ham and Burnley in their opening two games to set the tone for the season. He scored in a 3-0 win against defending champions Leicester before Mourinho’s Manchester United side lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge with Hazard on the score sheet.

Hazard was in devastating form in a 5-0 victory over Everton in west London in November 2016. His 50th Premier League goal came in a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Eden scored home and away against Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City in successive 3-1 victories. The Belgian also netted against in a 3-1 win against Arsenal.

Hazard helped Chelsea to win their second title in three seasons thanks to a season-best 16 goals. He also made five assists.

The Chelsea No10 couldn’t prevent the title winners from losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Eden broke his right ankle on international duty in May 2017. He didn’t make his return until a substitute appearance in a 2-1 win at Leicester.

His first Premier League goal of the season came in a 1-0 win at Bournemouth in October 2017. Hazard netted twice in a 3-3 draw with AS Roma in the Champions League.

International career

Photo: Eden Hazard / Instagram

Hazard was courted by officials from France Football Federation but Eden opted to represent Belgium.

He became the eighth-youngest player in Belgium’s history at the age of 17 years and 316 days against Luxembourg.

Hazard came into favour following Dick Advocaat’s axing. He completed 90 minutes for the first time in a 3-0 win against Hungary with two assists November 2009.

Belgium missed out on a place at Euro 2012 following a 3-1 loss to Germany.

Eden had to wait until 2014 World Cup to get his first taste of a major tournament. He scored two goals in nine appearances in their qualification campaign to book a place in Brazil.

He provided the assist for Belgium’s 2-1 win against Algeria in their group-stage opener. He teed up Divock Origi for an 88th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over Russia in their second fixture. The Red Devils exited the competition at the round of last eight to finalists Argentina.

Hazard and Belgium booked their place at Euro 2016 with ease. He made one goal and four assists in five games in France to help Belgium reach the quarter-finals. However, the Belgium skipper couldn’t prevent his team from a surprise loss to Wales.

Belgium and Hazard will feature at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Personal life

Photo: Eden Hazard / Instagram

Hazard married Natacha Van Honacker in 2012. They attended the same school together and first met when he was 14 years old. The couple have three sons: Yannis, Leo and Samy.

His brother Thorgan left Chelsea to move to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in 2015.

Eden’s mother was a striker and his father was a defensive midfielder during their respective playing careers.

Surprising facts about Eden Hazard

• Hazard was the youngest goalscorer in Lille’s history – he was only 17 when he scored his first goal for the French club.

• Eden was one of the first players to announce his transfer on Twitter.

• He was criticised in 2010 after Eden was substituted during a Belgium game and was photographed eating a burger moments later, prompting “burger gate”.

• Hazard is a big NBA fan and follows the New York Knicks.

• His childhood hero was Zinedine Zidane, who is currently in charge of Real Madrid.

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