The success recorded by the Belgium national men’s football team in 2018 FIFA World Cup has been attributed to the players’ doggedness and sheer will to succeed. Although they finished in 3rd place, the Belgium fans were more than happy that their beloved team left the quadrennial competition with some accolades. One of the players that played a huge role in the successful outing of the Belgium team is the Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne. Let’s learn more about him…
Kevin De Bruyne Bio (Age)
The soccer star was born in Drongen, Ghent, Belgium, on 28th June 1991 to Herwig and Anna De Bruyne. At a tender age of 6, Kevin’s passion for football saw him join his hometown club, KVV Drongen’s Youth Academy where he trained until 1999. He continued his youth career at Gent where he stayed from 1999 up until 2005 after which he proceeded to Genk. In 2008, Kevin De Bruyne got his long-awaited first-team promotion in Genk. He made his senior debut in a match pitting Genk against Charleroi but he had to wait until 7th February 2010 to bag his first senior goal for the club. Among other things, he helped the club to a Belgian Pro League title win in their 2010-11 campaign.
Kevin De Bruyne then moved over to English club Chelsea in 2012. He was loaned off almost immediately to Werder Bremen of Germany owing to less playing time at Chelsea. In 2014, he put pen to paper on a deal worth £18m with Wolfsburg. The following year after joining Wolfsburg, he was named Footballer of the Year due to the huge success he recorded in the 2014-15 season where he scored 16 goals and assisted 17 times. On the 30th day of August 2015, Kevin De Bruyne signed a six-year club record transfer contract with Manchester City worth about £54m.
De Bruyne first represented the Belgium national team in 2008 at the U18 level. He then moved on to make appearances at the U19 and U21 teams. It was in 2010 that he made his first full international debut for Belgium. Since then, he has been a part of the national team that got to the last 8 of both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro of 2016.
Injury and Career Stats
A player getting injured on the field of play is not an unusual occurrence in the game of football. Kevin De Bruyne has had his own fair share of injuries, even to the point of being sidelined for months in order to recover fully. Sometime in October 2010, when he was at Genk, he had mononucleosis which ruled him out for about 49 days. In November the following year, he was out for about 3 days due to influenza.
Moving over to Manchester City, he has had quite a number of injuries. He was sidelined for two full months due to a knee injury that occurred on Jan 28th, 2016. From late September of that same year, he was out for almost three weeks owing to a hamstring injury. In the 2016/17 season, Kevin De Bruyne picked up two minor injuries; a calf injury on October 23rd, 2016, and a groin injury on March 24th, 2017, lasting 5 days and a week respectively.
The 2018/2019 season at Manchester City has been his worst hit season. Kevin was sidelined for 63 days following a torn knee ligament injury. Barely two weeks after recovering, he was ruled out for another 43 days due to a ligament injury he sustained on November 1st, 2018. Again, on December 27th, 2018, he had a knock which lasted for about 5 days.
Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne has enjoyed a successful career so far both at the club and national levels. His senior career at Genk saw him make 113 appearances for the club; he found the back of the net 17 times. He was shipped off to Werder Bremen on loan shortly after moving to Chelsea in 2012 where he made just nine appearances with just an assist to his name.
At Wolfsburg, Kevin De Bruyne had an impressive season which led to interests from big clubs around the world. He scored a club best of 20 goals and assisting in a total of 29 in just 72 appearances. Moving over to Manchester City was a career boost for him. In over 380 appearances for the club, he has netted 85 goals while assisting in 55.
Representing his country at the youth levels, he made seven appearances for the U18 scoring just once, 10 appearances for the U19, again scoring only once, and appearing twice with the U21 team. For the senior football team, he has earned 68 caps including 2 World Cup outings (2014 & 2018) and a UEFA Cup competition in 2014 alongside other competitions and friendlies. So far, he has 27 assists and 15 goals to his tally.
Kevin De Bruyne started dating Michele Lacroix in 2014 shortly after breaking up with his then-girlfriend, Caroline Lijnen whom he dated for 3 years. It is said that he parted ways with Lijnen over allegations of infidelity.
Michele Lacroix birthed a son named Mason Milian De Bruyne for Kevin on 10th March 2016. They later got married in Italy sometime in June 2017.
Height and Other Facts to Know About De Bruyne
1. Kevin De Bruyne is 181 m tall which is exactly 5 ft 11 inches. For a midfielder, this is average enough. He has a well-built body you’d expect of an athlete. This helps him in his agility and ball-winning prowess.
2. De Bruyne is also a citizen of Burundi. His mother, Anna De Bruyne, though of English nationality, was born in the East African country.
3. He is multi-lingual. His hometown of Drongen happens to be the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Kevin is fluent in Dutch, French, and English.
4. KDB, as he is often called by his fans around the world, started his own clothing line called KDB in partnership with the clothing label Cult Eleven in 2014.