French (Fr)

Tweets Chelsea FC

Chelsea FS sur Facebook

Joomla Templates and Joomla Extensions by ZooTemplate.Com

Photo de la semaine

Dit is mijn afbeelding

All Round Soccer

Bannière

Aged 19, Courtois signed a five-year contract with Chelsea. At his previous club, Racing Genk, he was part of the team that won the 2010/11 Belgian League, the club's first championship in nine years. It was the young keeper's first season as a regular. The year before the club had finished 11th.

The young goalkeeper's contribution earned him the accolades of Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year and Genk's Player of the Year. The team conceded 32 goals over the course of 40 league matches.

At the start of that season he played against Andre Villas-Boas's Porto side, the tie a qualifier for the Europa League which the Portuguese side went on to win.

Courtois is 6ft 6in in height and an Under 18 international. He has been named in the full Belgian national squad but has yet to play.

He first joined Genk at the age of eight and originally played at left-back, switching to between the posts when in the 10/11 age group. He progressed through the youth ranks and made his league debut in April 2009 when aged just 16. He had moved into the squad during the winter break when two keepers departed Genk.

At the start of the 2010/11 season, Genk's number one goalkeeper had problems with his work licence so Courtois started and when he did well, he kept his place, showing calmness under pressure that belied his years.

The league championship was decided in the final play-off game, against Standard Liege who needed to win to be champions. Genk required a draw to win it. With the score 1-1, Courtois made three good saves in the last 10 minutes.

Premier League News

Championsleague News

UEFA.com - UEFA Champions League - News
All news about European football. Generic news, match previews, match reports and much more.
UEFA.com

UEFA Cup News

UEFA.com - UEFA Europa League - News
All news about European football. Generic news, match previews, match reports and much more.
UEFA.com
  • Dnipro edge to lead
    FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk came from behind to beat HNK Hajduk Split in the first of tonight's two play-off opening legs; Stjarnan host FC Internazionale Milano later.
  • Scotland, Hull denied Snodgrass for six months
    Scotland and Hull City AFC winger Robert Snodgrass will spend at least six months on the sidelines after dislocating a kneecap in the Premier League on Saturday.
  • Who are FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk?
    Belarusian runners-up for the past four years, FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk now take on Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven – UEFA.com assesses Sergei Borovski's charges.
  • Deulofeu and Banega add to Sevilla influx
    "Sevilla were always my first option," said Gerard Deulofeu after joining on loan from FC Barcelona while Éver Banega has also signed to be reunited with coach Unai Emery.
  • Marin targets trophy hat-trick with Fiorentina
    Marko Marin has joined ACF Fiorentina on loan from Chelsea FC and hopes to win the UEFA Europa League with a third club in as many years – and end his injury curse.