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What Kevin De Bruyne still lacks

The career of Kevin De Bruyne (31) has already been eventful. The Foot magazine takes advantage of his CV to review the main lines of his career and his prize list.

MORPHOLOGY: 1m8172kg

Even if he is not a physical monster, Kevin De Bruyne is a tough guy capable of meeting the physical challenge of his opponents.

TRAINING

KVV Tronchial: 1997-1999
KAA La Gantoise: 1999-2005
KRC Genk: 2005-2008 He started football at the age of 6 in the club of his birthplace, but he was quickly spotted. Direction the flagship club of his native region, La Gantoise. For 6 years, he pursued his ranges, but quickly resolved to go to one of the major clubs at the time, KRC Genk. He is just 14 years old and continues his rapid progress at the training center. However, the club did not slow down his development and integrated him into the first team at only 17 years old.

EXPERIENCE

KRC Genk: 2008-2012

He was about to turn 18 when he discovered the Jupiler Pro League in May 2009, during a 3-0 away defeat against Charleroi. Previously, he will have had a few benches against Dender, Westerlo and Cercle Brugge. The following season, he joined the first team definitively and established himself as a safe bet for KRC Genk, which he led to the national title in 2011. After a year and a debut with his training club in the Champions League, he was then about to leave and took advantage of a good offer to leave Belgium at the age of 21.

Chelsea F.C.: January 2012-2013

Bought for €8 million by the English club, in January 2012, he signed there for 5 years with a career plan that should allow him to become the future boss of the Blues. Loaned to Genk, he finished his season there, but he will still have to go through the ready box to play the following season. The Premier League will wait…

Werder Bremen: 2012-2013

Direction the Bundesliga and Werder Bremen where he stands out. Even if the German formation does not play the leading roles, Kevin De Bruyne makes an impression and stands out to the point of being designated as one of the club’s best acquisitions.

Chelsea F.C.: 2013-January 2014

After his excellent season at Werder, De Bruyne returns to London with the ambition to impose himself there. But José Mourinho does not think like him. Initially, he wants to include him in André Schürrle’s deal and loan him to Bayer Leverkusen. What he refuses. A decision that Mourinho sees as an offense. He will put it away and use it very little. 9 ends of matches in the first part of the season…

VfLWolfsburg : January 2014-2015

The German club jumped at the chance and recruited from the winter of 2014, against 22 M€, the Belgian midfielder. After a few difficult months, he breaks free and becomes one of the best players in the German championship. In June 2015, he was even voted Player of the Season, a first for a Belgian.

Manchester City: Since 2015

In August 2015, he returned through the front door to the Premier League. Manchester City does not hesitate to recruit him for 76 M€, double his value, to build his team around the Belgian midfielder. And for 7 seasons, he has been making the Citizens happy. Much to the dismay of the Blues…

AWARDS

  • Belgian Champion: 2011
  • Belgian Super Cup: 2011
  • Despite too few years in his country, Kevin De Bruyne can boast of having won his national champion with his training club.
  • German Cup: 2015
  • German Super Cup: 2015
  • Before leaving the German championship for Manchester, he was one of the architects of Wolfsburg’s victory in the German Cup against Borussia Dortmund (3-1) and in the Supercup against Bayern Munich (1-1, 5 table 4).
  • England Champion: 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022
  • FA Cup: 2019
  • Community Shield: 2019
  • English League Cup: 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021

Since being under the orders of Pep Guardiola, Kevin De Bruyne has grown to the point of becoming a valuable relay for the Spanish coach. And if he has won so many titles, it is not trivial even if he still misses the Champions League of which he was a finalist in 2021.

  • 2018 World Cup: 3rd

Frustrated by the semi-final defeat (1-0) against France, Kevin De Bruyne had to settle for 3rd place against England at the World Cup in Russia. Since then, even if the promises and the talent were there, it is the disappointment that prevails at the level of his years in the selection. Yet long considered the number 1 in FIFA classification…

CONCLUSION

An exceptional talent and a maestro of the decisive pass, Kevin De Bruyne has clearly marked the history of world and Belgian football. However, he lacks this great trophy which will make him switch to legendary status. Former player of RE Virton, Oostende, Sint-Truiden and Westerlo

“Throughout my long experience in Belgium, I have been able to measure the importance acquired by Kevin De Bruyne. Even if he started young from the Belgian championship, he was able to establish himself as a reference in his position and become over the years one of the best players in the history of Belgium like Paul Van Himst , Jan Ceulemans, Marc Wilmots and Enzo Scifo. »

“In midfield, he is a metronome and a player capable of unblocking a situation with a pass, a shift, a cross or a strike. And he gained weight in the Belgian group to become a leader in a group and a generation that did not lack character and talent. Only De Bruyne has taken the time to earn that respect on the pitch. In the Belgian jersey, we sometimes feel he is on a mission, but it is obvious, even if in club, he has won a lot, that he lacks this international title to validate all this talent. »

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