|Full Name||Kevin De Bruyne|
|Born||28 June 1991
|Current team||Manchester City|
Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. De Bruyne is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time, and has often been described as a “complete footballer”.
De Bruyne’s mother is Belgian, born in Burundi and has also lived in the Ivory Coast. His hometown Drongen, a sub municipality of the city of Ghent, is situated in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Aside from his mother tongue Dutch, De Bruyne also speaks French, English and German.
Since 2014, De Bruyne has been in a relationship with Michèle Lacroix, who announced on 28 September 2015 that she was pregnant with the couple’s son. Mason Milian De Bruyne was born on 10 March 2016. Their second son, Rome De Bruyne, was born on 31 October 2018. De Bruyne and Lacroix married in June 2017. In April 2020, it was announced that they were expecting their third child, who was later born in September 2020, to be their first daughter named Suri De Bruyne.
His autobiography, entitled Keep It Simple, was published by Borgerhoff & Lamberigts in October 2014.
De Bruyne began his career with hometown club KVV Drongen in 1997. Two years later, he joined Gent and moved to Genk in 2005. 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. From an Interview with his youth club, it was revealed that De Bruyne was a Liverpool fan and admirer of Michael Owen.
De Bruyne made his first team debut for Genk in a 3–0 defeat at Charleroi on 9 May 2009. Having established himself in the team the following season, 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. 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.
On 31 January 2012, on the winter transfer deadline day, 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.
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 Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium, New York.
- Werder Bremen
On 31 July 2012, Chelsea announced that De Bruyne was to join Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on a season-long loan deal. He 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.
He continued his good form, scoring in Bremen’s next game, a 2–2 draw with VfB Stuttgart, on 23 September. 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.
- Return to Chelsea
After a successful loan spell in the 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.
On 18 January 2014, Wolfsburg signed De Bruyne for a fee of £18 million (€22 million). On 25 January 2014, he made his debut for Wolfsburg in a 3–1 home loss against Hannover 96. On 12 April 2014, De Bruyne assisted 2 goals in their 4–1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg. After a week he scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in 3–1 away win against Hamburger SV. He also scored in the last two matches of the Bundesliga helping his team to win against VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
- Manchester City
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 (€75 million), making him the second most expensive transfer in British football history after Ángel Di María’s move to Manchester United in 2014.
He made his debut for the team in the Premier League on 12 September against Crystal Palace, replacing the injured Sergio Agüero in the 25th minute. On 19 September, he scored his first goal for the club against West Ham United in first half stoppage time in an eventual 2–1 loss. He went on to score in a 4–1 League Cup win against Sunderland, on 22 September and a 4–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on 26 September. On 3 October, he scored in the team’s 6–1 win against Newcastle United.
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. Before making his full debut for Belgium’s senior side, De Bruyne was eligible to play for Burundi, his mother’s birthplace.
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.
- 2014–2016: First World Cup and Euro appearances
On 13 May 2014, he was named in Belgium’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In their first game of the tournament, against Algeria in Belo Horizonte, De Bruyne assisted Marouane Fellaini’s equaliser and was named man of the match by FIFA. 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.
On 31 May 2016, De Bruyne was selected for Belgium’s final 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016. On 18 June 2016, De Bruyne was praised for his performance in Belgium’s 3–0 win over the Republic of Ireland. On 26 June 2016, De Bruyne was voted BBC Man of the Match for his performance in a 4–0 win over Hungary in the round of 16, where he provided two assists.
- World Cup 2018
De Bruyne was selected for Belgium’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On 18 June, in the opening game against debutants Panama, De Bruyne provided an assist for Romelu Lukaku in an eventual 3–0 win. On 6 July, he scored the second goal of the match in a 2–1 quarter-final victory over Brazil and was named the man of the match. In the semi-finals, Belgium were defeated 1–0 by eventual champions France. On 14 July, Belgium defeated England 2–0 in the third-place play-off.
- Euro 2020
On 17 June 2021, De Bruyne scored his first and the winning goal in Belgium’s second match of UEFA Euro 2020, a 2–1 win over Denmark. He had also previously assisted the team’s first goal. During round of 16 clash with Portugal, De Bruyne suffered an ankle injured from a tackle from behind, by Portugal’s Joao Palhinha. On 2 July Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said that de Bruyne could recover in time for the quarter-final match, later that day, despite not training all week and he was later confirmed in the starting line-up.
Style of Play
De Bruyne is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, He is often described by pundits as one of the best and most complete modern day advanced playmakers, due to his technique, skill, athleticism, work-rate off the ball, vision, crossing accuracy, wide range of passing, and powerful long-range shooting ability with either foot.
Although he is not blessed with significant physical strength, pace, or ability in the air, he is a quick and elegant player on the ball, with good dribbling skills, while his positional sense, tactical intelligence, movement, direct style of play, and ability to run at defences when in possession also enable him to take advantage of spaces in the opposition’s defence, and subsequently create chances and goalscoring opportunities for himself or his teammates, making him a dangerous offensive threat on counter-attacks.
- Belgian Pro League: 2010–11
- Belgian Cup: 2008–09
- Belgian Super Cup: 2011
- DFB-Pokal: 2014–15
- DFL-Supercup: 2015
- Premier League: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
- FA Cup: 2018–19
- Football League/EFL Cup: 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
- FA Community Shield: 2019
- UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2020–21
- FIFA World Cup third place: 2018
- Bundesliga Young Player of the Year: 2012–13
- Bundesliga Player of the Year: 2014–15
- Bundesliga Team of the Year: 2014–15
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2014–15
- Footballer of the Year (Germany): 2015
- Belgian Sportsman of the Year: 2015
- Manchester City Player of the Season: 2015–16, 2017–18, 2019–20
- Manchester City Goal of the Season: 2019–20
- FIFA FIFPro World11: 2020
- IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
- UEFA Team of the Year: 2017, 2019, 2020
- ESM Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
- PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
- Premier League Playmaker of the Season: 2017–18, 2019–20
- UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018
- Premier League Goal of the Month: November 2019, July 2020
- Premier League Player of the Season: 2019–20
- PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2019–20, 2020–21
- UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season: 2019–2
- IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2020, 2021
- IFFHS UEFA Team of the Decade: 2011–2020
- FourFourTwo Player of the Year: 2021
Kevin De Bruyne joined Chelsea in year 2012. On 31 January 2012, on the winter transfer deadline day, Premier League club Chelsea and Genk announced the permanent signing of De Bruyne.
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.
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