Thibaut Courtois

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Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois - 02.jpg
Courtois playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Bree, Belgium
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Atlético Madrid
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 13
Youth career
1997–1999 Bilzen V.V.
1999–2009 Genk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Genk 41 (0)
2011– Chelsea 0 (0)
2011– Atlético Madrid (loan) 106 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Belgium U18 4 (0)
2011– Belgium 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:53, 13 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:30, 08 June 2013 (UTC)

Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois (French pronunciation: ​[tibo kuʁtwa]; born 11 May 1992) is a Belgian footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid in La Liga on loan from Chelsea, and the Belgium national team, as a goalkeeper.

Despite his young age, he is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world,[3][4][5] and won the 2012-13 Ricardo Zamora Trophy with Atlético Madrid.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Bree, Courtois began his career with local side Bilzen V.V.,[6] where he started his career as a left back. Soon after, in 1999, he joined Racing Genk at the age of seven, and it was there that he was converted into a goalkeeper.

Genk[edit]

Courtois at Genk during the 2010-11 season

After progressing through the Genk youth system, Courtois, aged 16 years and 341 days, made his first team debut for Genk on 17 April 2009 against Gent. He was a key figure in Genk's title victory in the 2010–11 season in the Belgian Pro League. He received the Goalkeeper of the Year and Genk's Player of the Year award, only conceding 32 goals over the course of 40 league matches and keeping 14 clean sheets for Genk.[7][8]

Chelsea[edit]

In July 2011 Courtois joined English club Chelsea, signing a five-year deal. [9][10][11]

Loans to Atlético Madrid[edit]

Courtois playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013.

Within weeks of joining Chelsea, Courtois was sent on a season-long loan to La Liga club Atlético Madrid.[12][13] He made his debut for Atlético in a UEFA Europa League match against Vitória de Guimarães,[14] followed by his La Liga debut, a 0–0 draw with Osasuna. Courtois became first choice keeper over Sergio Asenjo, keeping four clean sheets in his first six La Liga games.[15][16][17][18][19] On 26 November 2011, Courtois received his first red card of his professional career after fouling Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, as Atlético lost the Madrid derby 4–1.[20] Atlético reached the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final, and Courtois kept a clean sheet as the club won 3–0 over fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.[21]

Courtois' loan to Atlético was extended to cover the 2012–13 season.[22] His first game of the loan extension was against parent club Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final in Monaco, which ended in a 4–1 victory for Atlético Madrid. Later in the season Courtois set a new Atlético Madrid record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderon,[23] ended by being beaten in a 1–0 loss to Real Sociedad.[24] Atlético reached the 2013 Copa del Rey Final, and Courtois was named man of the match[citation needed] in a 2–1 victory against city rivals Real, the first time that Atlético had beaten Real in 14 years.

For the 2013/14 season, Courtois' loan to Atlético Madrid was extended by a further 12 months.[25]

On April 2014, Atlético were paired with Courtois' parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final, causing suggestion that Courtois had a clause in his contract stating that Atlético would have to pay Chelsea €3 million per match to use him against his parent club. European football's governing body UEFA, though, insisted that Courtois would be able to play against Chelsea at no additional cost.[26]

International career[edit]

Courtois was first called up to the Belgium squad in October 2011[27][28] and made his debut the following month in a friendly 0–0 against France, making him the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for the Belgian national team.[29][30][31]

Courtois played every minute during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as Belgium qualified for its first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.[32]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 April 2014[33]
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genk 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 40 0 1 0 3 0 44 0
Total 41 0 1 0 3 0 45 0
Atlético Madrid 2011–12 37 0 6 0 15 0 58 0
2012–13 37 0 8 0 1 0 46 0
2013–14 31 0 7 0 9 0 47 0
Total 105 0 13 0 25 0 143 0
Total 146 0 14 0 28 0 188 0

Controversy[edit]

In April 2013, Courtois was caught in the eye of a storm when a magazine revealed that he had an affair[34] with the former girlfriend of Kevin De Bruyne, Caroline Lijnen, while she was in Spain. De Bruyne did not talk publicly about the case, but on social networking sites he showed his displeasure several times. It even came to a point that national team coach Marc Wilmots had to negotiate between De Bruyne and Courtois because they didn't want to play together anymore. In the end, Wilmots succeeded.[35]

In February 2014, Courtois again caused some stir in the Belgian national team, by saying that Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet should stay "humble and respectful and he should remember that".[36] Though, in previous interviews, Mignolet had only said that it was his ambition to keep working and try to regain his spot in the national team.[37]

Thibauting[edit]

Inspired by Courtois' pose from a particular save in January 2013, a new word called Thibauting has been designed to pay homage to the Belgian goalkeeper. On November 2013, the word was included in a list to be polled to determine the best new sports word of the year in Belgium.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acta del Partido celebrado el 28 de agosto de 2011, en Madrid - Atlético Madrid vs Osasuna; RFEF, 28 August 2011 (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Thibaut Courtois". Atlético Madrid. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Courtois rated 'best in world'". Sky Sports. 18 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Courtois: I am one of the best in the world". Goal.com. 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "The world's best footballers in 2013". The Guardian. 24 December 2013. 
  6. ^ kbilzersevv.be
  7. ^ "Courtois History". 101 Great Goals. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "STATS Hosted Solution | Player Stats - Thibaut Courtois - Racing Genk". Hosted.stats.com. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Courtois to Chelsea". Goal.com. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Courtois Completed". Chelsea F.C. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chelsea loan keeper Thibaut Courtois to Atletico Madrid". BBC. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Courtois loaned to Atletico". Sportsmail Reporter. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Courtois on Loan". Chelseafc.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Match: Guimaraes v Atlético Madrid - Europa League". ESPN. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Thibaut Courtois Bio, Stats, News - Football / Soccer - - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 11 May 1992. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  16. ^ "Match: Atlético Madrid v Osasuna - Spanish Primera División - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  17. ^ "Match: Atlético Madrid v Racing Santander - Spanish Primera División - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  18. ^ "Match: Atlético Madrid v Sporting Gijon - Spanish Primera División - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  19. ^ "Match: Atlético Madrid v Sevilla FC - Spanish Primera División - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  20. ^ "Atletico Madrid's Gregorio Manzano: Thibaut Courtois' red card in Real Madrid clash was wrong". Luis Mira. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Report: Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao". ESPN. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "COURTOIS TO STAY IN SPAIN". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Courtois hopeful of Atleti extension". ESPNFC. 12 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Prieto strikes as Sociedad stun Atletico". Eurosport. 11 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "COURTOIS LOAN EXTENDED". Chelseafc.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Thibaut Courtois CAN play for Atlético vs Chelsea in Champions League". inside World Soccer. 12 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Match Stats: Belgium v Kazakhstan". ESPN. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  28. ^ "Match Stats: Belgium v Germany". ESPN. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  29. ^ "Courtois makes Debut". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  30. ^ "Belgium Draws". Taiwan News. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  31. ^ "Chelsea FC Loan Roundup: 11/20/11". Stephen Schmidt. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  32. ^ "Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois labelled 'best in world' by Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld". BSkyB. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  33. ^ http://br.soccerway.com/players/thibaut-courtois/77294/
  34. ^ "Chelsea love triangle (part II)". Daily Mail Online. 9 April 2013. 
  35. ^ "Opschudding bij Rode Duivels". Het Nieuwsblad. 9 April 2013. 
  36. ^ "Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois blasts ‘disrespectful’ Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet in Belgium no.1 battle". Metro. 7 February 2014. 
  37. ^ "Mignolet: "Er kan maar één doelman spelen…"". Voetbalnieuws.be. 1 January 2014. 
  38. ^ "'Thibauting' included in poll for Belgian sports word of the year". inside World Soccer. 29 November 2013. 

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