Youri Tielemans

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans 2016.jpg
Tielemans playing for Anderlecht in 2016
Personal information
Full name Youri Tielemans
Date of birth (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 20)
Place of birth Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 17
Youth career
2002–2013 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Anderlecht 139 (26)
2017– Monaco 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Belgium U15 4 (2)
2012–2013 Belgium U16 10 (8)
2013– Belgium U21 14 (6)
2016– Belgium 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Youri Tielemans (born 7 May 1997) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for AS Monaco and the Belgium national team.

Considered one of the brightest young prospects in world football,[1] he made over 135 league appearances for Anderlecht and is the youngest Belgian to play in the UEFA Champions League, making his debut in the competition at the age of 16 years and 148 days.

Tielemans represented Belgium at several youth levels and gained his first cap for the full side in November 2016, aged 19.

Club career[edit]

Anderlecht[edit]

Tielemans captaining Anderlecht against Zenit in the UEFA Europa League's round of 32, 17 February 2017.

Born in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, located just outside the Brussels-Capital Region, Tielemans is a youth product of Anderlecht and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 16.[2]

On 21 July 2013, he was included in the senior squad for the first time, remaining an unused substitute in the 1–0 win over Genk in the 2013 Belgian Super Cup. A week later, he made his first-team debut in the opening round of the Belgian Pro League season against Lokeren, replacing injured Sacha Kljestan after 25 minutes of a 2–3 home loss.[3] This made him the fourth-youngest player in the league's history.[4]

On 2 October, he became the youngest Belgian player to play in the UEFA Champions League, starting in a match against Olympiacos at the age of 16 years and 148 days.[5] He played 29 games – of which 21 starts – as Anderlecht won the national title, scoring to open a 3–0 win over Club Brugge at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on 6 April 2014, a game in which he also assisted Cyriac.[6] Tielemans won the Belgian Young Player of the Year award in each of his first two seasons.[4]

Monaco[edit]

On 24 May 2017, Tielemans joined Ligue 1 champions Monaco on a five-year deal for a fee around €25 million.[7]

International career[edit]

In June 2015, Tielemans was called up to the senior Belgium squad for a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.[8] He finally made his senior international debut on 9 November 2016, in a 1–1 friendly away draw to rival Netherlands, replacing Steven Defour in the 82nd minute.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Tielemans has a Belgian father and a mother with Congolese roots.[10] He continued education until the age of 18, combining studies with his professional career.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 May 2017[11]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 29 1 2 1 4[a] 0 0 0 35 2
2014–15 Belgian Pro League 39 6 4 2 8[b] 0 1[c] 0 52 8
2015–16 Belgian Pro League 34 6 2 1 9[d] 0 45 7
2016–17 Belgian First Division A 37 13 1 0 15[e] 5 53 18
Total 139 26 9 4 36 5 1 0 185 35
Monaco 2017–18 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 139 26 9 4 36 5 1 0 185 35
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ 6 appearances in UEFA Champions League, 2 in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in Belgian Super Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ 2 appearances and 1 goal in UEFA Champions League, 7 appearances and 4 goals in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 17 April 2017[12]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Belgium
2016 2 0 0.00
2017 1 0 0.00
Total 3 0 0.00

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Anderlecht

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tighe, Sam (30 October 2014). "Top 100 European Football Prospects Aged Under 21". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ De Cock, Bjorn (28 October 2013). "In the footsteps of Vincent Kompany: Youri Tielemans". Benefoot. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lokeren smeert jong Anderlecht al nederlaag aan" (in Dutch). Sporza. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Who is Youri Tielemans? We profile exciting Anderlecht midfielder". Sky Sports. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Scholten, Berend (14 February 2015). "UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Youri Tielemans". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Club go down 3-0 at Anderlecht". Club Brugge. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Youri Tielemans signs contract until 2022 with French champion Monaco". HLN. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Belgium's Marouane Fellaini out of Wales tie". BBC. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Netherlands 1-1 Belgium". BBC Sport. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Bate, Adam; Terreur, Kristof (6 January 2014). "Targets: Belgium". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Y. Tielemans". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Youri Tielemans". European Football. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Anderlecht's Praet is Belgium's best". UEFA. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Youri Tielemans verzilvert topstatus Ebbenhouten Schoen". HLN. 8 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 25 May 2017. 

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