Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne with Belgium in 2013
|Full name||Kevin De Bruyne|
|Date of birth||28 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Drongen, Belgium|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|2012||→ Genk (loan)||13||(2)|
|2012–2013||→ Werder Bremen (loan)||33||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kevin De Bruyne (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈbrœy̆nə]; born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and the Belgian national team.
He began his career at Genk, where he was a regular player as they won the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. In 2012 he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and also loaned to Werder Bremen. He was signed by Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014.
De Bruyne began his career with hometown club KVV Drongen in 2003. Two years later, he joined Gent and in 2005 moved to Genk. De Bruyne continued his development in their youth set-up and was rewarded for his progress by being promoted to the first team squad in 2008.
De Bruyne made his first team debut for Genk in a 3–0 defeat at Charleroi on 9 May 2009. Having established himself in the team the following season, On 7 February 2010, De Bruyne scored his first goal for the club, which secured all three points for Genk in a 1–0 win against Standard Liège. He scored five goals and made 16 assists in 32 league matches during the 2010–11 season as Genk were crowned Belgian champions for the third time. On 29 October 2011, De Bruyne scored his first hat-trick for Genk against Club Brugge, which ended in a 5–4 win for Genk. On 28 January 2012, De Bruyne scored a brace against OH Leuven in a 5–0 win. On 18 February 2012, De Bruyne scored his first goal back at Genk following his agreed transfer to Chelsea and also assisted the other goal in a 1–2 away win against Mons. De Bruyne ended the season by wrapping up the scoring in a 3–1 victory over Gent. He finished the league campaign with eight goals from 28 appearances.
On 31 January 2012, on the winter transfer deadline day, English Premier League club Chelsea and Genk announced the permanent signing of De Bruyne, with the fee rumoured to be in the region of £7 million. He signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge, but would stay at Genk for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. De Bruyne told the club website, "To come to a team like Chelsea is a dream but now I have to work hard to achieve the level that's necessary." On 18 July 2012, De Bruyne made his debut for Chelsea in a friendly match against Major League Soccer (MLS) side Seattle Sounders FC in a 4–2 win. De Bruyne also played the first half against French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium, New York.
Loan to Werder Bremen
On 2 August 2012, Chelsea announced that De Bruyne was to join Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga on a season-long loan deal after having successfully completed a medical. De Bruyne scored his first goal for Bremen in a 3–2 defeat to Hannover 96 on 15 September, netting from 11 yards out after being played in by Eljero Elia. De Bruyne continued his good form, scoring in Bremen's next game, a 2–2 draw with VfB Stuttgart, on 23 September. De Bruyne got back on the score sheet on 18 November, scoring the winning goal — despite his team being down to 10 men — as Bremen came from a goal down to defeat Fortuna Düsseldorf 2–1.
De Bruyne scored his first goal in over two months on 4 May 2013, since netting a consolation goal in Bayern Munich's 6–1 hammering of Bremen, putting his side up 2–0 at home to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim before a late brace from Sven Schipplock meant that the game finished 2–2. He followed this up with a goal in Bremen's next match, securing a place in the Bundesliga for the next season with a 1–1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on 11 May.
Return to Chelsea
After a successful loan spell in the German Bundesliga with Werder Bremen, De Bruyne was linked with a move to stay in Germany with either Borussia Dortmund or Bayer Leverkusen. Incoming manager José Mourinho, however, assured De Bruyne he was a part of Chelsea's plan for the future, and the player officially returned to Chelsea on 1 July 2013. De Bruyne's agent, Patrick De Koster, explained, "We didn't receive any guarantees, but that's normal in a club like Chelsea. It's up to him [De Bruyne] to prove, like he did in the last 18 months."
De Bruyne injured a knee while scoring his first goal for Chelsea, in a pre-season friendly game against a Malaysia XI, but was fit to make his competitive debut on the opening day of the 2013–14 Premier League season against Hull City, and made an assist for the first goal in a 2–0 win.
On 18 January 2014, Wolfsburg signed De Bruyne for a fee of £18 million, ending a protracted transfer saga. On 25 January 2014, he made his debut for Wolfsburg in a 3–1 home loss against Hannover 96. On 12 April 2014, De Bruyne assisted 2 goals in their 4–1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg. After a week he scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in 3–1 away win against Hamburger SV. He also scored in the last two matches of the Bundesliga helping his team to win against VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
De Bruyne scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season on 2 October 2014, volleying in a clearance from outside the box to salvage a 1–1 draw against Lille in the Europa League. In the third group match away to Krasnodar on 23 October, De Bruyne bagged a brace as Wolfsburg secured their first win in the competition with a 4–2 victory. On 30 January 2015, he scored another brace in a 4-1 home win against Bayern Munich, their first Bundesliga defeat since April 2014.
Although De Bruyne was never called up nor chose to play for the England national youth teams, his mother was raised in Ealing, living there for 17 years, thus hypothetically making De Bruyne eligible to play for England, too. His grandparents and uncle still live there, and his mother has always communicated in English to him. De Bruyne was capped by Belgium at under-18, under-19, and under-21 level. He made his debut for the Belgian senior team on 11 August 2010 in an international friendly against Finland in Turku; the game ended in a 1–0 loss for Belgium.
De Bruyne became a regular member of Belgium's team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, where he scored four goals as the Red Devils qualified for their first major tournament in 12 years.
On 13 May 2014, he was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In their first game of the tournament, against Algeria in Belo Horizonte, De Bruyne assisted Marouane Fellaini's equaliser and was named man of the match by FIFA. In the round of 16, De Bruyne scored Belgium's opening goal in the third minute of extra time as they defeated the United States 2–1.
- As of 4 March 2015.
|Werder Bremen (loan)|
- Scores and results lists Belgium's goal tally first.
|1.||12 October 2012||Stadium Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia||Serbia||2–0||3–0||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|2.||22 March 2013||Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia||Macedonia||1–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|3.||7 June 2013||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Serbia||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|4.||15 October 2013||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Wales||1–0||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|5.||1 July 2014||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil||United States||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|6.||10 October 2014||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Andorra||1–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
In 2013 the Daily Mail alleged that Chelsea team-mate Thibaut Courtois, had had an affair with De Bruyne’s girlfriend Caroline Lijnen. De Bruyne was said to have been ‘devastated’ about the affair, but had since had a reconciliation with Courtois.
He is in a relationship with Michele Lacroix since 2014.
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- Belgium Stats at Belgian FA