Youri Tielemans

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans 2019.jpg
Tielemans with Belgium in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2013 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Anderlecht 139 (26)
2017–2019 Monaco 47 (5)
2019Leicester City (loan) 13 (3)
2019– Leicester City 85 (12)
National team
2012–2013 Belgium U15 4 (2)
2012–2013 Belgium U16 10 (8)
2013–2016 Belgium U21 14 (6)
2016– Belgium 47 (4)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Belgium
FIFA World Cup
Third place 2018
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 30 October 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:25, 10 October 2021 (UTC)

Youri Marion A. Tielemans[3] (born 7 May 1997) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Leicester City and for the Belgium national team.

Tielemans began his career at Anderlecht, where he made 185 official appearances and scored 35 goals across four seasons. He won the league title twice and in 2017 was chosen as the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year. He 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. After two years at Monaco in Ligue 1, he joined Leicester in 2019, initially on loan and then for an estimated fee of £32 million. He scored the only goal of the 2021 FA Cup Final.

Tielemans represented Belgium at several youth levels and before gaining his first cap for the national team in November 2016, aged 19. He was part of the squad that came third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, also featuring at UEFA Euro 2020.

Club career[edit]

Anderlecht[edit]

Tielemans playing for Anderlecht in 2016

Tielemans is a youth product of Anderlecht and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 16.[4]

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.[5] This made him the fourth-youngest player in the league's history.[6]

On 2 October 2013, 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.[7] He played 29 games – of which 21 starts – as Anderlecht won the 2013–14 Belgian Pro League, 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.[8] Tielemans won the Belgian Young Player of the Year award in each of his first two seasons.[6]

Tielemans scored 13 times in 37 Belgian First Division A matches as Anderlecht won the 2016–17 Belgian First Division A. He won the 2017 Ebony Shoe Award for best player of African origin,[9] and was named 2016–17 Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year.[10] He scored 5 goals in 15 2016–17 UEFA Europa League matches, with his club reaching the quarter-finals, and was selected in its Squad of the Season.[11]

Monaco[edit]

On 24 May 2017, Tielemans joined 2016–17 Ligue 1 champions Monaco on a five-year deal for a fee of around €25 million.[12] He made his competitive debut on 29 July in the Trophée des Champions at the Grand Stade de Tanger, playing the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain and assisting Djibril Sidibé's opening goal.[13] On 4 August, Tielemans made his Ligue 1 debut in the 3–2 home win over Toulouse, coming on as a substitute for Radamel Falcao in the 87th minute. He made his UEFA club competition debut for Monaco on 13 September in the UEFA Champions League group match away to RB Leipzig, playing the full 90 minutes and registering his first competitive goal for Monaco by equalizing in a 1–1 draw. On 16 September, Tielemans made his first Ligue 1 start and played the entire match in the 3–0 home win over Strasbourg, after having played a total of 56 minutes as a substitute in his first four Ligue 1 matches.[14][15]

France Football named Tielemans in their lists of the biggest flops of the first half of the season and the season overall.[16][17] He scored his first Ligue 1 goal in his 31st game on 2 September 2018, in a 3–2 home loss to Olympique de Marseille.[18]

Leicester City[edit]

Tielemans playing for Leicester City in 2021

On 31 January 2019, Tielemans joined Premier League club Leicester City on loan until the end of the season, with Adrien Silva going the other way in a swap deal.[19][20] On 9 March, Tielemans scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Fulham.[21]

On 8 July 2019, Tielemans completed a permanent move to Leicester City, on a four-year deal for an estimated fee of £32 million.[22] He scored in a 3–1 home win over Bournemouth on 31 August, but courted controversy with a high challenge on Callum Wilson that escaped punishment even after consultation with the video assistant referee;[23] referees' chief Mike Riley ruled that this was an incorrect decision and Tielemans should have been sent off.[24]

On 15 May 2021, Tielemans scored the only goal of the 2021 FA Cup Final with a long-range strike against Chelsea in the 63rd minute, sealing Leicester's first ever FA Cup title.[25] He was named the man of the match.[26]

International career[edit]

In June 2015, Tielemans was called up to the senior Belgium squad for a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.[27] 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.[28]

Tielemans was included in manager Roberto Martínez's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[29] He played four matches in the tournament, including the 2–0 win over England in the third-place match.[30]

Tielemans scored his first senior goal for Belgium on 21 March 2019, in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Russia.[31] He was called up for the delayed final tournament in May 2021.[32]

Style of play[edit]

Tielemans began as a holding midfielder, but was moved by Anderlecht manager Besnik Hasi to a more attacking role, where he scored long-range goals and was compared to Frank Lampard and Axel Witsel.[6] A 2015 profile by Sky Sports noted his versatility as a defensive or attacking midfielder, concluding that his pace, passing and shot power suited the latter role better.[6] Paul Van Himst, a former Anderlecht and Belgium player, noted at the same time that Tielemans had good skills with long passes.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Tielemans was born in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Flemish Brabant.[33] His father is of Flemish descent and his mother is of Congolese descent.[34] He continued education until the age of 18, combining studies with his professional career.[6] He is married to Mendy and has two daughters, Melina and Leana.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 4 November 2021[36]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals 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 Pro League 37 13 1 0 15[e] 5 53 18
Total 139 26 9 4 0 0 36 5 1 0 185 35
Monaco 2017–18 Ligue 1 27 0 2 0 1 0 4[a] 1 1[f] 0 35 1
2018–19 Ligue 1 20 5 1 0 2 0 6[a] 0 1[f] 0 30 5
Total 47 5 3 0 3 0 10 1 2 0 65 6
Leicester City (loan) 2018–19 Premier League 13 3 0 0 13 3
Leicester City 2019–20 Premier League 37 3 2 0 5 2 44 5
2020–21 Premier League 38 6 6 3 0 0 7[d] 0 51 9
2021–22 Premier League 10 3 0 0 1 0 4[d] 0 1[g] 0 16 3
Total 98 15 8 3 6 2 11 0 1 0 124 20
Career total 284 46 20 7 9 2 57 6 4 0 374 61
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in Belgian Super Cup
  4. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Two appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances and four goals in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ a b Appearance in Trophée des Champions
  7. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 10 October 2021[37][38]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Belgium
2016 2 0
2017 6 0
2018 11 0
2019 9 2
2020 6 2
2021 13 0
Total 47 4
Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.[37]
List of international goals scored by Youri Tielemans
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 March 2019 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Russia 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
2 10 October 2019  San Marino 6–0 9–0
3 15 November 2020 Den Dreef, Leuven, Belgium  England 1–0 2–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
4 18 November 2020  Denmark 1–0 4–2

Honours[edit]

Anderlecht

Leicester City

Belgium

Individual

References[edit]

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