The Belgian can play a variety of attacking positions - winger, number ten, striker - offers incredible tempo going forward, and has great stamina too! In his first season at BVB (2019/20) he was involved in 20 goals (7 goals, 13 assists) – a new personal best, as well as the ninth highest total in the league and second highest at BVB. In 2021/22, he experience repeated injury problems and was absent from the squad for 11 of the 34 games. As always, he was a very willing runner: his average of 12.0 km per 90 minutes is very impressive.
The Hazard family, from the Belgian town of La Louvière, must be unique in the colourful world of football. All six members of the family play or have played at the highest level. His father Thierry used to play as a defender in the second and third tiers of the Belgian league system, while his mother Carine was a striker in the Belgian women’s first division.
The newspapers love to tell the story of how she was still playing football three months into her pregnancy with eldest son Eden. Eden (born 1991) is one of the world’s top footballers and moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid for €100 million in the summer of 2019. Kylian (born 1995) plays for Belgian top-tier outfit Cercle Brügge, while the youngest, Ethan (born 2004) is working towards a professional career in the youth academy of AFC Tubize.
Thorgan Hazard was born on 29 March 1993 in La Louvière, Belgium, and grew up in the small town of Braine-le-Comte, which has 22,000 inhabitants and is located south of the capital Brussels. We always played football, everywhere. Football was always the focal point for us," he told kicker. Either in his parents' garden or on a nearby field. "Eden always put me in goal and used to smash the ball at me. I always wanted to play outfield myself, but there was nothing I could do about it as the youngest." Hence, he was happy to see the day when Kylian was old enough to play with his two older brothers. "Then," said Thorgan with a broad grin, "he had to go in goal". (kicker-Sportmagazin, Issue 56/2019)
Thorgan joined the academy of second-tier side AFC Tubize at the age of 10, then went abroad - more specifically to France, and RC Lens – at the age of 14 in 2007. It was there that he made the leap to professional football, with his debut coming in a second-tier match against Stade Reims on 30 July 2011. Hazard represented Belgium at every youth level from U15 upwards and made his debut for the senior side in a match against the USA on 30 May 2013. He was part of the Belgium squad that finished in third place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, making two appearances in the tournament. He was also present at EURO 2020 (postponed to the summer of 2021), providing two assists for the hotly-tipped Belgians en route to the quarter-finals, where they lost 2-1 to Italy.
Thorgan Hazard is married and has four children. With a total of 43 goals, he is the Belgian record scorer in the Bundesliga.