Saturday, May 4, 2013

Eden Hazard

    Name: Eden Hazard
    Nationality: Belgian
    Date of Birth: 07/01/1991
    Height: 170 cm
    Weight: 56.0 kg
    Previous Clubs: Lille
   Position: Midfielder

Chelsea career
Eden Hazard agreed terms to sign for Chelsea in June 2012 from Lille in France, where he had played since 2005, and became the fourth Belgian to join the club following the arrivals of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.

After impressing on his debut, which also included a goal, against Seattle Sounders, Eden continued to catch the eye throughout pre-season, and it was little surprise to see him start the Community Shield match against Manchester City at Villa Park.

A week later he made his Premier League debut, creating two goals in the first six minutes of a scintillating display against Wigan Athletic, first releasing Branislav Ivanovic with a defence-splitting pass, and then drawing a foul from Ivan Ramis to win a penalty.
He followed that up in our next game - a 4-2 win at home to Reading - by winning a penalty which Frank Lampard converted to break the deadlock, as well as laying on the fourth for Branislav Ivanovic.
He scored his first Chelsea goal three days later from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win against Newcastle United, while his first strike from open play came in the 4-1 win against Norwich City, when he finished off a quick counter-attack by scoring from Juan Mata's pass.
Hazard received his first red card as a Chelsea player in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Swansea City following an altercation with a ball-boy, subsequently seeing the Belgian suspended for three matches.
Pre Chelsea
Born on 7 January 1991 in La Louviere, Belgium, both of Hazard's parents played football at a professional level.
After a youth career which saw him play for both Royal Stade Brainois and Tubize, he made the switch to Lille back in 2005.
Two years later, during the 2007/08 season, he made a handful of substitute appearances, before the following campaign saw him really make his mark and become a first team regular, earning him international recognition and the Young Player of the Year award at only 17-years-old.
The 2009/10 season saw him shine once again, ensuring he was crowned Young Player of the Year for the second successive season, while also being named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
The 2010/11 campaign was arguably his most memorable in a Lille shirt, although it didn't start well. Hazard was publicly criticised by Belgium coach Georges Leekens before being dropped for Lille and failing to start a game for two months.
However, after forcing his way back into the side, he played an integral role in inspiring the team to a league and cup double, while also being crowned Player of the Year.
Glowing references from the likes of Zinedine Zidane only served to enhance his stock, and it was almost inevitable that one day the biggest clubs in Europe would come calling.
During his final season at Lille, when he was a team-mate of Joe Cole, he scored 21 goals in 48 games and made 18 assists, as the club finished third behind Montpellier and Paris St-Germain to make the Champions League qualifying rounds.
He signed off in style after being handed the captain's armband for his final game for Lille, scoring a memorable hat-trick against Nancy in a devastating first-half display.

International career
Hazard made his Belgium international debut as a 17-year-old in a game against Luxembourg in November 2008, coming on as a late substitute and has already racked up almost 30 caps.

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