Kevin De Bruyne

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Kevin De Bruyne
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De Bruyne playing for Manchester City in January 2016
Personal information
Full name Kevin De Bruyne[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-28) 28 June 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Drongen, Belgium[2]
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 17
Youth career
1997–1999 KVV Drongen
1999–2005 Gent
2005–2008 Genk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Genk 97 (16)
2012–2014 Chelsea 3 (0)
2012–2013 Werder Bremen (loan) 33 (10)
2014–2015 VfL Wolfsburg 51 (13)
2015– Manchester City 27 (7)
National team
2008–2009 Belgium U18 7 (1)
2009–2010 Belgium U19 10 (1)
2010–2011 Belgium U21 2 (0)
2010– Belgium 41 (12)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2016

Kevin De Bruyne (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈbrœynə]; born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. He is often described as one of the best modern day advanced playmakers due to his technique, wide range of passing, and long-range shooting skills.[4][5]

De Bruyne began his career at Genk, where he was a regular player when they won the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. In 2012 he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and then loaned to Werder Bremen. He signed with Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014, and in 2015 he was named Footballer of the Year in Germany.[6] Later that year, he joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million.

De Bruyne made his full international debut in 2010, and earned over 40 caps for Belgium. He was part of the Belgian squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Genk[edit]

De Bruyne made his first team debut for Genk in a 3–0 defeat at Charleroi on 9 May 2009.[7] Having established himself in the team the following season,[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[8]

Chelsea[edit]

De Bruyne warming up with Chelsea in 2013

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.[12] 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."[13][14] 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.

Werder Bremen (loan)[edit]

De Bruyne during his spell with Werder Bremen in 2012

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.[15] 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.[16][17] De Bruyne continued his good form, scoring in Bremen's next game, a 2–2 draw with VfB Stuttgart, on 23 September.[18][19] 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.[20][21]

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.[22][23] 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.[24][25]

Return to Chelsea[edit]

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.[26]

De Bruyne injured a knee while scoring his first goal for Chelsea, in a pre-season friendly game against a Malaysia XI,[27] 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.[28]

Wolfsburg[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 18 January 2014, Wolfsburg signed De Bruyne for a fee of £18 million, ending a protracted transfer saga.[29] On 25 January 2014, he made his debut for Wolfsburg in a 3–1 home loss against Hannover 96.[30] On 12 April 2014, De Bruyne assisted 2 goals in their 4–1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg.[31] After a week he scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in 3–1 away win against Hamburger SV.[32] He also scored in the last two matches of the Bundesliga helping his team to win against VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

2014–15 season[edit]

De Bruyne playing for Wolfsburg against Arsenal in July 2015

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.[33] In the third group match away to Krasnodar on 23 October, De Bruyne scored twice as Wolfsburg secured their first win in the competition with a 4–2 victory.[34] On 30 January 2015, he scored another brace in a 4–1 home win against Bayern Munich, their first Bundesliga defeat since April 2014.[35] On 1 March 2015, De Bruyne assisted three goals in a 5–3 win over his former club Werder Bremen.[36][37]

On 12 March 2015, De Bruyne scored two goals in a 3–1 first-leg Europa League round-of-16 victory over Internazionale.[38] On 15 March 2015, De Bruyne scored one goal and assisted another two in 3–0 victory over SC Freiburg.[39]

De Bruyne ended the league season with 10 goals and 21 assists, the latter a new Bundesliga record, as Wolfsburg finished second in the Bundesliga and qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.[40] On 30 May 2015, he started and scored in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final as die Wölfe defeated Borussia Dortmund 3–1 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[41]

De Bruyne ended his breakout season with 16 goals and 27 assists in all competitions,[42] and was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year in Germany[6]

2015–16 season[edit]

De Bruyne began the season by winning the 2015 DFL-Supercup against Bayern Munich, providing the cross for Nicklas Bendtner's 89th-minute equaliser for a 1–1 draw and then scoring in the subsequent penalty shootout.[43] On 8 August 2015, he continued his good form by scoring his first goal of the season, and providing two assists in a 4–1 win at Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[44]

In August, De Bruyne, in the midst of transfer speculation, insisted that he would not force Wolfsburg to sell him, but admitted that he could not ignore interest from Manchester City, saying: "If an offer does come, I will hear about it and how much it is, but I have not yet heard anything... I would not go to England just to prove that I can play there. I do not have to go to England... If I go there it’s because for me and for my family it is a good choice. That’s the key for me."[45]

On 10 August it was reported that Manchester City had made a second bid for De Bruyne worth £47 million. Wolfsburg sporting director, Klaus Allofs, claimed that the club would fight to keep him, saying "I think some other clubs have definitely turned Kevin’s head... Some huge figures are doing the rounds and I can understand why Kevin is leaving everything open."[46]

On 27 August it was reported that Manchester City had made a bid for De Bruyne worth £58 million. Klaus Allofs said that City had made an "astonishing" wage offer to De Bruyne.[47]

Manchester City[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 30 August 2015, Manchester City announced the arrival of De Bruyne on a six-year contract, for a reported club-record fee of £55 million, making him the second most expensive transfer in British football history after Ángel Di María's move to Manchester United in 2014.[48][49] He made his debut for the team in the Premier League on 12 September against Crystal Palace, replacing injured Sergio Agüero in the 25th minute.[50] On September 19, he scored his first goal for the club against West Ham United in first half stoppage time in an eventual 2–1 loss.[51] He went on to score in a 4–1 League Cup win against Sunderland, on 22 September[52] and a 4–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on 26 September.[53] On 3 October, he scored in the team's 6–1 win against Newcastle United.[54]

On 2 October, De Bruyne was announced as one of the players on the longlist for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award, alongside such team-mates as Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré.[55] Just 18 days later, on 20 October he was revealed, by FIFA themselves, as one of the players on the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.[56]

On 21 October, De Bruyne scored an injury-time winner against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League, to take City within one point of group leaders Juventus, with three games remaining.[57]

On 28 November, he scored after nine minutes, against Southampton, his first goal in six games.[58]

On 1 December, he scored a brace in a 4–1 win over Hull City to qualify Manchester City for the semi-finals of the Football League Cup.[59]

On 26 December, De Bruyne registered one goal and two assists in a 4–1 win against Sunderland.[60]

On 27 January 2016, De Bruyne scored one in a League Cup semi-final 3–1 victory over Everton, but sustained an injury to his right knee that would keep him out of the team for two months.[61]

On 2 April, De Bruyne made his return from injury in a 4–0 win against Bournemouth at Dean Court, scoring the team's second goal in the twelfth minute.[62] Four days later, he scored the opening goal in a 2–2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg at the Parc des Princes.[63]

On 12 April De Bruyne scored the winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain, advancing Manchester to the Champions League semi-finals, for the first time in the club’s history, on an aggregate score of 3–2. Writing in The Independent, Mark Ogden said, "It was a stunning goal from the Belgian, who took a touch to control the ball before curling it beyond Trapp from the edge of the penalty area."[64]

De Bruyne's next goal came on 8 May 2016 in a 2–2 draw with Arsenal, although the result left City's Champions League qualification hopes out of their own hands.[65]

International career[edit]

De Bruyne (right) lining up for Belgium in 2013, alongside Vincent Kompany and Simon Mignolet

Early in De Bruyne's career it was rumoured that his mother had been born in Ealing and that he was therefore eligible to play for the England national team, but in fact his mother was born in Burundi and moved to Ealing as a child.[66]

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.[67]

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.[68]

On 13 May 2014, he was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[69] In their first game of the tournament, against Algeria in Belo Horizonte, De Bruyne assisted Marouane Fellaini's equaliser[70] and was named man of the match by FIFA.[71] 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.[72]

On 10 October 2014, De Bruyne scored twice in a 6–0 rout of Andorra in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, equalling the team's record victory in a European qualifier set in 1986.[73]

In June 2016 De Bruyne played at UEFA Euro 2016.[74]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 May 2016
Club Season League1 Cup League Cup Continental Other2 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genk 2008–09 Pro League 2 0 0 0 2 0 [3][75]
2009–10 35 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 40 3 [3][75]
2010–11 32 5 0 0 3 1 0 0 35 6 [3][75]
2011–12 28 8 1 0 6 0 1 0 36 8 [3][75]
Totals Genk 97 16 3 0 11 1 2 0 113 17
Werder Bremen (loan) 2012–13 Bundesliga 33 10 1 0 34 10 [76]
Chelsea 2013–14 Premier League 3 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 9 0 [3]
Wolfsburg 2013–14 Bundesliga 16 3 2 0 18 3 [77]
2014–15 34 10 6 1 11 5 51 16 [78]
2015–16 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 [3]
Totals Wolfsburg 51 13 9 2 11 5 1 0 72 20
Manchester City 2015–16 Premier League 25 7 1 1 5 5 10 3 41 16 [3]
2016–17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 [3]
Career totals 208 46 14 3 8 5 35 9 3 0 268 64

International career[edit]

De Bruyne playing for Belgium in 2013
As of 26 June 2016
National team Season Apps Goals
Belgium[8] 2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 5 1
2013 11 3
2014 10 3
2015 8 4
2016 7 1
Total 43 12

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Belgium's goal tally first[79]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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
7.
2–0
8. 3 September 2015 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2–1
3–1
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9. 10 October 2015 Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra
2–0
4–1
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
10. 13 October 2015 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Israel
2–0
3–1
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
11. 13 November 2015 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Italy
2–1
3–1
Friendly
12. 28 May 2016 Stade de Genève, Lancy, Switzerland   Switzerland
2–1
2–1
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Genk[80]
VfL Wolfsburg[80][81]
Manchester City

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

De Bruyne speaks Dutch, French, German and English. His mother is English, but was born in Burundi and has also lived in the Ivory Coast.[88] In a 2013 interview, De Bruyne said: "My mother has an English mentality, but I am fully Belgian."[66] His hometown Drongen, a submunicipality of the city of Ghent, is situated in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

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 reconciled with Courtois.[89] Since 2014, De Bruyne has been in a relationship with Michèle Lacroix,[90] who announced on 28 September 2015 that she was pregnant with the couple's baby son.[91] Mason Milian De Bruyne was born on 10 March 2016.[92]

In 2015 De Bruyne bought his first car, a Mercedes, having previously relied on club vehicles, in preparation for the birth of his first child.[93] De Bruyne's autobiography, entitled Keep It Simple, was published in October 2014.[93]

Books[edit]

  • Keep It Simple (2014) (autobiography, co-authored with Raoul de Groote), Amsterdam: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, ISBN 978-9089-31-482-6

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