Simon Mignolet

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Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet - Gerrard testimonial 2013.jpg
Mignolet playing for Liverpool in 2013
Personal information
Full name Simon Luc
Hildebert Mignolet[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 22
Youth career
2004–2006 Sint-Truiden
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Sint-Truiden 100 (1)
2010–2013 Sunderland 90 (0)
2013– Liverpool 46 (0)
National team
2003 Belgium U16 1 (0)
2004 Belgium U17 2 (0)
2005–2006 Belgium U18 11 (0)
2006–2007 Belgium U19 3 (0)
2009 Belgium U20 1 (0)
2008–2010 Belgium U21 10 (0)
2011– Belgium 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:45, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet (Dutch pronunciation: [simɔn miɲɔlɛ]; born 6 March 1988) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool and the Belgium national team as a goalkeeper.

Mignolet started his career with Belgian Second Division side Sint-Truiden in 2004, and spent six years with the club, making 100 senior league appearances. He moved to Premier League side Sunderland in June 2010[3] for £2 million, spending three years with them and making 90 appearances, before moving to Liverpool in June 2013 for £9 million.[4]

Mignolet has also represented the Belgian national football team at every level from the Under 16s upwards. He made his full international debut in 2011, and has since gone on to make fourteen further appearances for his national side.

Club career[edit]

Sint-Truiden[edit]

Mignolet was born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He first joined his local football team, Belgian Second Division side Sint-Truiden, in 2004, eventually rising through their youth system to become their first-choice goalkeeper in 2006 at the age of just 18. In 2009 he made 29 appearances and scored a penalty in the league, as he helped Sint-Truiden to win the Belgian Second Division, and was named Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year the following year after he helped Sint-Truiden to avoid relegation.

Sunderland[edit]

Simon Mignolet with Sunderland in 2011

After being invited for a training ground tour, Mignolet signed a five-year contract at Premier League club Sunderland on 17 June 2010 in a deal worth £2m.[5][6] It was later confirmed by Sint-Truiden that Sunderland had beaten PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente and Udinese to securing Mignolet's signature.[7]

Mignolet made his Sunderland debut in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City on 15 August 2010, and was named man of the match for his performance. In the next home game, a 1–0 victory against Manchester City, Mignolet kept his first clean sheet for Sunderland, following an excellent reaction save to deny Emmanuel Adebayor a goal. Mignolet put in another fine performance against Arsenal, as Sunderland drew 1–1 after Darren Bent equalised in the 95th minute. Craig Gordon would replace Mignolet in goal several weeks later however, and remained first choice thereafter. Mignolet did not feature again until 8 January 2011, when Sunderland suffered a loss at home to Notts County in the third round of the FA Cup. Mignolet would become first choice keeper again after a knee injury to Gordon in February, and earned a string of rave reviews for his performances.[8] Following the draw, manager Steve Bruce hailed the young keeper's fine start to life in English football.[9] Mignolet cemented his position as first choice keeper the following season, being preferred to new signing Keiren Westwood in goal.[10] On 29 October 2011, Mignolet was injured during a 2–2 draw with Aston Villa, suffering a broken nose following a collision with Emile Heskey.[11]

Mignolet played every single game of the following season, keeping a large number of clean sheets and producing several man of the match performances.[12][13] His form prompted Manchester City and England keeper Joe Hart to praise Mignolet in December 2012 as being the best goalkeeper in the league so far that season.[14] On 21 June 2013, it was reported Liverpool had agreed a deal to sign the player for around £9m.[15]

Liverpool[edit]

Mignolet saves a penalty on his debut for Liverpool.

On 25 June 2013, Mignolet signed with Liverpool for a fee of £9m on a five-year deal.[16] Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed Mignolet as being "one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League".[17] On 13 July 2013, he made his unofficial debut for Liverpool in a 4–0 win in a pre-season friendly over Preston North End.[18] On 17 August 2013, Mignolet made his official debut in the 1–0 home win against Stoke City at Anfield; in the 89th minute of the game, he saved a Jonathan Walters penalty, as well as Kenwyne Jones' follow up shot, to preserve Liverpool's lead and effectively win the game.[19] He then recorded two more clean sheets against Aston Villa and Manchester United, with both matches ending 1-0 to Liverpool. Two weeks later, he conceded his first goals for Liverpool in the Premier League in a 2–2 draw with Swansea City, though he was still named man of the match for the fixture. Mignolet was also named man of the match in the 3–3 draw with Everton, making a total of 9 saves throughout the course of the game. Since his introduction to the squad, Mignolet has played in all matches of the 2013-2014 Premier League season.

International career[edit]

Mignolet on his debut for Belgium in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria on 25 March 2011

Mignolet first represented the Belgian under-21 side in 2008, and went on to make ten appearances for the side.[20] On 1 September 2010, he won his first call up to the Belgian senior squad after a good run of form for Sunderland.[21] He made his full international debut in a 2–0 victory over Austria on 25 March 2011 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match.[20][22] He remained in the starting line-up for each of the four remaining qualifying matches,[23][24][25][26] in addition to playing in three friendly matches during the qualifying campaign.[20] However, he was unable to help Belgium qualify for the Euro 2012 finals, as a 3–1 defeat against Germany saw them finish third in their qualifying group.[27] Mignolet played in two further friendly internationals during the 2011–12 season, starting against Greece and England.[28][29] Following the match against England, however, he did not play an international match for four months, with Thibaut Courtois being preferred instead.[30] He returned to the starting lineup on 14 November 2012, in a 1–2 friendly loss over Romania.[31] His next international match came over six months later, in a 4–2 friendly victory over the United States on 29 May 2013.[32]

Mignolet served as back-up goalkeeper during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, with Courtois playing every minute as Belgium qualified for its first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 October 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sint-Truiden 2006–07 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2007–08 24 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
2008–09 29 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2009–10 28 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Total 100 1 4 0 0 0 104 1
Sunderland 2010–11 23 0 1 0 2 0 26 0
2011–12 29 0 6 0 0 0 35 0
2012–13 38 0 2 0 0 0 40 0
Total 90 0 9 0 2 0 101 0
Liverpool 2013–14 38 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 40 0
2014–15 8 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 11 0
Total 46 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 51 0
Career total 236 1 13 0 5 0 2 0 256 1

Honours[edit]

Sint-Truiden

Individual

Personal life[edit]

Mignolet can speak English, French, Dutch and German.[34] He also has a degree in Political Science.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In profile: Simon Mignolet". Sells Goalkeeper Products. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Simon Mignolet". Premier League. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Sunderland sign keeper Mignolet -BBC
  4. ^ Transfer news: Liverpool sign goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland -Sky Sports
  5. ^ Bruce close to keeper deal | Sunderland - EatSleepSport
  6. ^ "Mignolet on dream move". Sunderland A.F.C. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ FINISHED: No Contact Yet Between PSV And Simon Mignolet - Agent - Goal.com
  8. ^ "Bruce heaps praise on goalkeeper Simon Mignolet". Sunday Sun. 6 March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  9. ^ Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hails performance of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after draw with Arsenal - Goal.com
  10. ^ Smith, Rory (13 August 2011). "Liverpool 1 Sunderland 1: match report". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  11. ^ Keeper doubtful for Man Utd game (2011-10-30). "Mignolet suffers broken nose | Sunderland News, Fixtures, Results, Transfers". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  12. ^ Rayner, Stuart (2012-10-02). "Simon Mignolet just fails to save the day - Sunderland News - SAFC". JournalLive. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  13. ^ Holden, Kit (2012-10-28). "Match Report: Sunderland's Simon Mignolet at his best to keep Stoke City at bay - Premier League - Football". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  14. ^ Colin Young (2013-01-18). "Simon Mignolet interview: On pressure, his injury and his degree | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  15. ^ "BBC Sport - Simon Mignolet: Liverpool sign Sunderland keeper for £9m". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  16. ^ "Simon Mignolet: Liverpool sign Sunderland keeper for £9m". BBC Sport. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  17. ^ "Mignolet completes £9m move to Liverpool as Rodgers makes fourth summer signing". Daily Mail. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Urquhart-Cannon, Alex (13 July 2013). "Reds hit Preston for four - report". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Liverpool 1-0 Stoke" BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  20. ^ a b c "Simon Mignolet". Royal Belgian Football Association. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sunderland form wins Mignolet Belgium call-up". Tribal Football. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Euro 2012 qualifying Group A: Austria 0 Belgium 2". Soccerway. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Belgium 4-1 Azerbaijan - Lineups". UEFA. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Belgium 1-1 Turkey - Lineups". UEFA. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Azerbaijan 1-1 Belgium - Lineups". UEFA. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Germany 3-1 Belgium - Lineups". UEFA. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  27. ^ Potter, Stefan (11 October 2011). "Germany 3-1 Belgium - Lineups". UEFA. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Match: Greece v Belgium". ESPN. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  29. ^ McNulty, Phil (2 June 2012). "England 1-0 Belgium". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  30. ^ Niblock, Gary (15 August 2012). "Belgium – Netherlands Team News: Courtois starts in goal for the Rode Duivels". BeNeFoot. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "Romania 2-1 Belgium". Royal Belgian Football Association. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "USA 2-4 Belgium". Royal Belgian Football Association. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  33. ^ "Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois labelled 'best in world' by Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld". BSkyB. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  34. ^ Free video: Brand new Kop Kids -Liverpoolfc.com Video
  35. ^ Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is all too aware of how a change in regime can galvanise Sunderland -The Daily Telegraph

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