Hazard with Lens in 2011.
|Full name||Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard|
|Date of birth||29 March 1993|
|Place of birth||La Louvière, Belgium|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Current club||Zulte Waregem
(on loan from Chelsea)
|1998–2003||Royal Stade Brainois|
|2012–||→ Zulte Waregem (loan)||53||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard (French pronunciation: [toʁɡɑ̃n azɑʁ]; born 29 March 1993) is a Belgian footballer who plays for Zulte Waregem on loan from Chelsea. He is the younger brother of Eden Hazard and, like his brother, can play as an attacking midfielder and a winger. Hazard is a Belgian youth international and has represented his nation at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under 21 level. In May 2013, he was handed his first senior international cap against the United States.
Hazard was born in the city of La Louvière, but was raised in Braine-le-Comte, a small town in the Wallonia region. His first name was inspired by the Belgian comic strip Thorgal and he grew up in a family where football was dominant. His mother, Carine and father, Thierry (not to be confused with the French singer and songwriter of the same name) were both footballers in Belgium. His father spent most of his career playing at semi-professional level with R.A.A. Louviéroise in the Belgian Second Division. He played mainly as a defensive midfielder. His mother played as a striker in the Belgian Women's First Division and stopped playing when she was three months pregnant with his older brother. After playing football, both parents became sports professors. Thierry retired from his position in 2009 in order to devote more time to his children.
Hazard has three other siblings. His older brother, Eden, played for Lens' biggest rivals Lille and now plays for Chelsea in England. Hazard's other younger brothers are Kylian, and Ethan. Eden, Thorgan's brother, said "My brother is better than me" in an interview. In 2013, Kylian joined White Star Bruxelles, while Ethan remains in Belgium playing in the youth academy of Eden's former club A.F.C. Tubize. Hazard and his three brothers were raised in a comfortable environment with their parents ensuring they had whatever they needed to excel. The family lived "no more than three meters" from a football training ground and the brothers often ventured onto a training pitch through a small hole in order to hone and develop their skills.
Hazard began his football career playing for hometown club Royal Stade Brainois at the age of five. After spending five years at the club, Thorgan followed his brother to Tubize. At the age of 14, he was discovered by French club Lens, while playing for Tubize in a local tournament. Similar to his brother's move to Lille, his parents accepted an offer from Lens with hopes that the training facilities in France would be better. Hazard's father later admitted that the decision to let Eden and, later Thorgan, join clubs in the North of France was the best solution stating "They remained so close to home and, at the same time, they integrated at structures where they could grow, because in Belgium, unfortunately, it's a little empty for the training of youth". While in the club's youth academy, Hazard played for the Lens under-16 team, alongside player such as Geoffrey Kondogbia and Raphaël Varane, that won the 2008–09 edition of the Championnat National des 16 ans.
On 7 April 2010, Hazard signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until June 2013. Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Hazard trained with the senior team during the pre-season. On his pre-season debut, he scored a goal in a 1–1 draw with Belgian club KSV Roeselare. Hazard, however, began the season with the club's Championnat de France amateur team in the fourth division. He made his amateur debut on 8 August 2010 appearing as a substitute in a 2–0 victory over Drancy. After spending most of the season playing concurrently with the reserve team in the CFA and with the under-19 team in the Coupe Gambardella, on 9 May 2011, Hazard was named to the senior team for the first time for a league match against Bordeaux that was played on 11 May. The player ultimately did not feature in the match and finished the 2010–11 campaign with no senior team appearances.
Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Hazard was promoted to the senior team permanently and assigned the number 22 shirt. He made his professional debut in the team's opening league match of the season against Reims appearing as a second half substitute in a 2–0 defeat.
On 24 July 2012, Chelsea confirmed on its website that the club had agreed terms with Lens for the transfer of Hazard, soon after the signing of his brother Eden from Lille. He made his debut on 17 August 2012 in an Under-21 Premier League match, which ended in a 0–0 home draw against Manchester City. On 30 August 2012, Hazard was sent on a season-long loan move to Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem. The move was set up to allow Hazard first-team experience rather than be developed at Chelsea.
Zulte Waregem (loan)
On 30 August 2012, Hazard was loaned out to Zulte Waregem until May 2013. He made his debut on 15 September 2012, in a 1–0 away win against OH Leuven. Hazard scored his first goal on 31 October 2012, in a 4–1 home win against Charleroi. On 16 May 2013, Hazard put in an impressive shift as he scored the game's opening goal from the penalty spot before providing two assists in a 5-2 defeat of Club Brugge at the Regenboogstadion in Waregem.
On 15 July 2013, Chelsea and Waregem agreed for Hazard to be loaned back for another year until the end of the 2013-14 season. Hazard scored a free-kick and assisted a goal as Zulte won their season opener against K. Lierse S.K. on 27 July.
On 2 August, the Belgian club announced that Hazard would be replacing experienced defender Davy De Fauw as club captain, which was received with much anger from a section of the club's supporters. This led to Hazard handing the captain's armband back, less than 24 hours after receiving it. Hazard scored against Wigan in the Europa League Group Stages on the 28 Nov 2013 and went on to win at the DW stadium 1-2.
Hazard is a Belgian youth international and has represented his nation at under-16, under-17, and under-18 level. With the under-16 team, Hazard was a regular participant. He made his debut on 16 September 2008 in a 5–0 defeat to Germany in a tournament in Hassloch. In the team's next match in the tournament against Macedonia, Hazard scored a goal in a 3–0 victory. For the rest of the under-16 campaign, he scored goals in matches against Malta and Poland. Hazard also played with the team at the 2009 edition of the Aegean Cup in Turkey. He featured in all three matches as Belgium crashed out in the group stage portion of the competition.
Due to his increased participation with Lens domestically, Hazard primarily played in competitive matches with the under-17 team under coach Bob Browaeys. In August 2009, he played with the team in the Toto Cup, a yearly international youth tournament held in Austria. In the first qualifying round for the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Hazard scored his only goal with the team in a 1–1 draw with Montenegro. He was, subsequently, called up to the team in March 2010 for Elite Round qualification matches that were played in Northern Ireland. Hazard played in all three matches as Belgium failed to earn qualification to the tournament.
Hazard appeared in only one match with the under-18 team before bypassing the age level to represent the under-19 team ahead of the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He made his debut on 8 February in a friendly match against Belarus scoring the team's only goal in a 1–0 win. On 27 March 2011, Hazard scored the game-winning goal converting a penalty in a 2–1 win over the Ukraine. In Elite Round qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Hazard featured as a starter and played the entire match in all three group stage matches. In the second group stage match against Estonia, Hazard netted the winner in the 88th minute to give Belgium a 3–2 win. The victory allowed the nation to qualify for the tournament with one game to spare. Belgium ultimately finished the Elite Round unbeaten. At the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Hazard featured in two of the three group stage matches Belgium contested. In the team's opening match against Spain, Hazard assisted on the team's only goal in a 4–1 defeat after his shot from distance was blocked by the Spanish defence and fell into the path of team-mate Florent Cuvelier who, subsequently, converted his shot. Belgium, ultimately, finished last in its group, which resulted in the team being eliminated from the tournament.
Due to being an underage player in the 2010–11 season, Hazard remained eligible to play on the under-19 team for the 2011–12 season. In the first match of the campaign against Denmark, Hazard scored the team's only goal converting a penalty in a 1–1 draw. On 7 September 2011, he scored the second goal in the team's 4–1 friendly match win over Turkey. In first round qualification for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Hazard scored a team-leading three goals. In the first group match against Wales, he scored a double in a 3–0 win and, in the team's final group match against Scotland, Hazard netted the second goal in a 3–1 victory. In Elite Round qualification, Hazard appeared in two of the team's three group stage matches as Belgium finished third in the group behind favourites Spain and Italy.
On 16 May 2013, Hazard earned his first senior call up after being included in Marc Wilmots 28-man squad ahead of a friendly with USA followed by a World Cup qualifier against Serbia. On May 29, 2013, Hazard made his senior international debut for Belgium as a second-half substitute for Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku in the 4-2 friendly win over USA.
Career statistics and goals
- (Correct as of 19 December 2013)
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
- Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des champions, Belgian Cup, Belgian Supercup
- Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup
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- "Eden Hazard, protection rapprochée" (in French). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
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- "Thorgan Hazard: passeulement le frère de..." (in French). Région Omnisports. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- "Montenegro v. Belgium Match Report". Union of European Football Associations. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- "Thorgan Hazard en Irlande du Nord" (in French). RC Lens. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- "Thorgan Hazard auteur du but de la victoire des U19" (in French). 7sur7. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Belgium win Group 1 early to claim finals return". Union of European Football Associations. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- "Spain see off ten-man Belgium". Union of European Football Associations. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "Belgium v. Wales Match Report". Union of European Football Associations. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Scotland v. Belgium Match Report". Union of European Football Associations. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "1ier tour CE Slovénie" (in French). Royal Belgian Football Association. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Holders Spain into finals again" (in French). Union of European Football Associations. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Football – Belgium call up Eden Hazard's brother for USA and Serbia". SPORTS247. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
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- "Thorgan Hazard". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Thorgan Hazard French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Thorgan Hazard at L'Équipe Football (French)
- Thorgan Hazard – UEFA competition record
- ESPN Profile
- Belgium Stats at Belgian FA