Jude Bellingham

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Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham Birmingham 2019.jpg
Bellingham with Birmingham City in 2019
Personal information
Full name Jude Victor William Bellingham[1]
Date of birth (2003-06-29) 29 June 2003 (age 16)[2]
Place of birth Stourbridge,[3] England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 22
Youth career
0000–2019 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Birmingham City 15 (2)
National team
England U15
2018–2019 England U16 7 (4)
2019– England U17 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:42, 1 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:42, 1 December 2019 (UTC)

Jude Victor William Bellingham (born 29 June 2003) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Birmingham City. When he made his senior debut in August 2019, at the age of 16 years, 38 days, he became the club's youngest ever first-team player.[3] He has represented England at under-15, under-16 and under-17 levels.

Early life[edit]

Bellingham was born in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in 2003.[3] He is the eldest son of Mark Bellingham, a sergeant in the West Midlands Police and prolific goalscorer in non-league football.[4]

Club career[edit]

Bellingham joined Birmingham City as an under-8.[3] He made his debut for their under-23 team at the age of 15, on 15 October 2018 away to Nottingham Forest's U23s. Entering the game after an hour, he scored the only goal in the 87th minute "sliding in to force the ball over the goal line after pressure by Kyle McFarlane on the keeper diverted the ball into his path."[5] By March 2019, he had three goals from ten development squad appearances,[6] had featured in FourFourTwo's list of the "50 most exciting teenagers in English football",[7] and was being mentioned as of interest to major European clubs.[8][9] He was included as the "19th man" in the travelling party for the first-team's visit to West Bromwich Albion in the Championship on 29 March 2019.[6]

Bellingham took up a two-year scholarship with Birmingham City to begin in July 2019.[10] He was part of the first-team squad that spent a week in Portugal as part of their pre-season training,[11] played and scored in pre-season friendlies,[12] and was given squad number 22 for the 2019–20 season.[13] On 6 August 2019, Bellingham became Birmingham City's youngest ever first-team player – at the age of 16 years, 38 days, beating the record of 16 years 139 days set by Trevor Francis in 1970[3] – when he started the EFL Cup first round visit to Portsmouth. He played for 80 minutes in the 3–0 defeat, and was the Birmingham Mail's man of the match.[14] He made his first Football League appearance 19 days later, as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 defeat away to Swansea City,[15] and his home debut on 31 August against Stoke City. Entering the game after half an hour to replace the injured Jefferson Montero, Bellingham went on to score the winning goal – albeit via a generous deflection – as Birmingham came back from 1–0 down to beat Stoke 2–1, and thus became Birmingham's youngest ever goalscorer, at the age of 16 years and 63 days.[16] He started the next match, away to Charlton Athletic two weeks later, and scored the only goal from Kerim Mrabti's cutback.[17]

International career[edit]

Bellingham was presented with a Special Achievement Award at the 2018 Birmingham City Academy awards night in recognition of his captaining the England under-15 team during the 2017–18 season.[18] By the end of 2018 he had made his debut for the England under-16 team, and went on to feature in seven games, score four goals, and captain the team.[19][20]

He was included in England's under-17 squad for the Syrenka Cup, a friendly tournament held in September 2019 in preparation for the 2020 European Championship qualifers the following March.[21] He made his debut as a substitute in England's opening match of the tournament, a 5–0 defeat of Finland in which he scored the third goal,[22] and captained the team in their second fixture, in which they came back from a goal behind to beat Austria 4–2 and qualify for the final. Again, Bellingham scored the third goal.[23] He retained the captaincy for the final, in which England beat hosts Poland on penalties following a 2–2 draw,[24] and was named player of the tournament.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 November 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2019–20[15] Championship 15 2 0 0 1 0 16 2
Career total 15 2 0 0 1 0 16 2


England U17

  • Syrenka Cup: 2019[24]


  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Birmingham City" (PDF). English Football League. p. 4. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ "J. Bellingham". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Bellingham creates Blues history". Birmingham City F.C. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  4. ^ Coney, Steven (22 September 2016). "700-up! Legendary striker Mark Bellingham on reaching the amazing milestone". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Report: Nottingham Forest Under-23s 0 Blues Under-23s 1". Birmingham City F.C. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b Dick, Brian (29 March 2019). "The Birmingham City prodigy being fast-tracked by Garry Monk". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  7. ^ "The 50 most exciting teenagers in English football". FourFourTwo. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  8. ^ Wallace, Sam (10 March 2019). "While Bundesliga clubs sense opportunity, England's youth face difficult choice over whether to stick or twist". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  9. ^ Dick, Brian (30 March 2019). "Who is Jude Bellingham? A quick introduction to Birmingham City's teenage wonder boy". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  10. ^ Rice, Bradley (20 July 2019). "Birmingham City coach makes this Jude Bellingham transfer admission". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  11. ^ Dicken, Alex (7 July 2019). "Birmingham City confirm 26-man squad for Portugal tour". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Report: Blues 6 Swindon Town 1". Birmingham City F.C. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
    Chapman, Joseph (20 July 2019). "Birmingham City player ratings as Pep Clotet's men win again in pre-season". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Blues 2019/20 squad numbers". Birmingham City F.C. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  14. ^ Chapman, Joseph (6 August 2019). "Birmingham City player ratings: Jude Bellingham shines bright despite defeat". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Jude Bellingham in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Birmingham 2–1 Stoke: Blues comeback heaps more pressure on Nathan Jones". Sky Sports. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Charlton Athletic 0–1 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Lubala and Harding at Blues Academy Awards". Birmingham City F.C. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Academy highlights of the month: November and December 2018" (PDF). Birmingham City F.C. Academy. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Jude Bellingham: Internationals". worldfootball.net. HeimSpiel. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  21. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (30 August 2019). "New England MU17s boss Kevin Betsy will take his squad to Poland for the Syrenka Cup". The Football Association (The FA). Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  22. ^ "U17 Friendlies 2019: September: England–Finland 5:0". worldfootball.net. HeimSpiel. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  23. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (8 September 2019). "Young Lions come back from behind to beat Austria and secure Syrenka Cup Final spot". Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Young Lions lift the Syrenka Cup with a penalty shootout win over hosts Poland". The FA. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  25. ^ "Puchar Syrenki U-17: Przegrywamy po karnych z Anglią" [U17 Syrenka Cup: We lose to England on penalties]. WESZŁO! (in Polish). 10 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.

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