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Thibaut Courtois

Position:
Goalkeeper
Height:
1.99m
Weight:
91 kg
age:
23
DOB:
May 11, 1992

2014 / 2015 Barclays Premier League

  • 32Games
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  • 74Saves
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  • 12Clean Sheets

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Player Profile

Despite his young age, Thibaut Courtois is already considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Standing 6ft 6in tall, Courtois is dominant in the air against even the biggest frontlines and is armed with almost freakishly fast reflexes. Equipped with all the attributes to be a top class goalkeeper, Courtois' potential is frightening and a big future awaits the Belgium shot-stopper.

Courtois was first spotted at the age of seven by Belgian club KRC Genk, who immediately signed up the youngster. After progressing through the club's ranks, Courtois made his Genk debut at 16 before becoming a regular between the sticks in 2010-11. The Belgian was then named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year in his first full campaign and formed an integral part of Genk's title-winning team.

Big European clubs soon became aware of this talented young keeper and it was Chelsea who won the race to sign him, though with Petr Cech firmly established as No. 1 they opted to immediately send him out on loan to Atletico Madrid, who had just sold David de Gea to Manchester United.

Courtois quickly established himself as the No. 1 at the Vicente Calderon and capped an impressive first season in Spain by winning the UEFA Europa League, keeping a clean sheet in the final against Athletic Bilbao.

More silverware followed for Courtois, who opted to extend his stay with Atletico, as he lifted the 2013 Copa del Rey on the back of a season spent setting a new club record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal at home.

When Chelsea allowed Courtois' loan to be extended for a third year, they were not to know just what his impact would be; the Belgian helped eliminate the London club from the UEFA Champions League just one hurdle short of the final. Courtois also recorded the lowest goals conceded-to-games ratio in La Liga for the second successive season while helping Atletico claim the biggest prize in Spanish football before eventually returning to parent club Chelsea in time for the 2014-15 campaign.

Courtois made his international debut in 2011 and went on to play every minute of Belgium's first World Cup campaign since 2002, helping his country reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Strengths: Courtois' height allows him to command his penalty area and the Belgian stopper is equally adept at getting down quickly to make saves.

Weaknesses: His Long passing is slightly questionable, while his ability to organise a defence has also come under scrutiny.

Career High: In 2013-14, Courtois was a regular as Atletico Madrid became the first team in a decade to break Real Madrid and Barcelona's dominance of Spanish football. The keeper kept 19 clean sheets and in the process became widely recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

Career Low: In the same season, Courtois came within seconds of winning the Champions League but was unable to prevent his team conceding a stoppage time leveller and three more goals in extra time as Atletico lost out to bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Style: Along with his aerial prowess and intimidating stature, Courtois has a calm and collected manner -- making him unflappable between the sticks.

Quotes: "At his age, he's already one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He works hard every training session and wants to work. That's the right spirit. To be honest I don't know how he can improve his game, but he will find a way. That's good for us." Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen on his international teammate in July 2014.

Trivia: Courtois became the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for Belgium when he made his debut in a friendly match against France, aged just 19.

Words: Hal Boxhall-Dockree

Career

Team Comp GS SB SV W D L FC FS YC RC
Chelsea CC 2 0 9 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea Prem 32 0 74 1 0 1 0 8 1 0
Belgium WC 5 0 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea UCL 5 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium Int 2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Totals   46 0 114 3 3 1 0 10 1 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear sv fc fs yc rc
Chelsea A - West Brom May 18, 2015 Prem L 3-0 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Liverpool May 10, 2015 Prem D 1-1 Started 3 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - C Palace May 3, 2015 Prem W 1-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Leicester Apr 29, 2015 Prem W 1-3 Unused Substitute
Chelsea A - Arsenal Apr 26, 2015 Prem D 0-0 Started 1 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Man Utd Apr 18, 2015 Prem W 1-0 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - QPR Apr 12, 2015 Prem W 0-1 Started 4 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Stoke Apr 4, 2015 Prem W 2-1 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Hull Mar 22, 2015 Prem W 2-3 Started 6 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Southampton Mar 15, 2015 Prem D 1-1 Started 4 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - PSG Mar 11, 2015 UCL D 2-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - West Ham Mar 4, 2015 Prem W 0-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Tottenham Mar 1, 2015 CC W 2-0 Unused Substitute
Chelsea H - Burnley Feb 21, 2015 Prem D 1-1 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - PSG Feb 17, 2015 UCL D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Everton Feb 11, 2015 Prem W 1-0 Unused Substitute
Chelsea A - Aston Villa Feb 7, 2015 Prem W 1-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Man City Jan 31, 2015 Prem D 1-1 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Liverpool Jan 27, 2015 CC W 1-0 Started 4 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Bradford Jan 24, 2015 FAC L 2-4 Unused Substitute
Chelsea A - Liverpool Jan 20, 2015 CC D 1-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Swansea Jan 17, 2015 Prem W 0-5 Unused Substitute
Chelsea H - Newcastle Jan 10, 2015 Prem W 2-0 Unused Substitute
Chelsea H - Watford Jan 4, 2015 FAC W 3-0 Unused Substitute
Chelsea A - Tottenham Jan 1, 2015 Prem L 5-3 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Southampton Dec 28, 2014 Prem D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - West Ham Dec 26, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Stoke Dec 22, 2014 Prem W 0-2 Started 2 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Newcastle Dec 6, 2014 Prem L 2-1 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Tottenham Dec 3, 2014 Prem W 3-0 Started 2 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Sunderland Nov 29, 2014 Prem D 0-0 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Schalke Nov 25, 2014 UCL W 0-5 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - West Brom Nov 22, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Wales Nov 16, 2014 ECQ D 0-0 Started 6 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Iceland Nov 12, 2014 Int W 3-1 Started 6 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Liverpool Nov 8, 2014 Prem W 1-2 Started 3 0 0 1 0
Chelsea A - NK Maribor Nov 5, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Unused Substitute
Chelsea H - QPR Nov 1, 2014 Prem W 2-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Man Utd Oct 26, 2014 Prem D 1-1 Started 6 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - NK Maribor Oct 21, 2014 UCL W 6-0 Unused Substitute
Chelsea A - C Palace Oct 18, 2014 Prem W 1-2 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Belgium A - Bosnia-Herz Oct 13, 2014 ECQ D 1-1 Started 5 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Andorra Oct 10, 2014 ECQ W 6-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Arsenal Oct 5, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Sub-Off 23 min 0 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - SP Lisbon Sep 30, 2014 UCL W 0-1 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Aston Villa Sep 27, 2014 Prem W 3-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Man City Sep 21, 2014 Prem D 1-1 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Schalke Sep 17, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Swansea Sep 13, 2014 Prem W 4-2 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Australia Sep 4, 2014 Int W 2-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Everton Aug 30, 2014 Prem W 3-6 Started 3 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Leicester Aug 23, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Burnley Aug 18, 2014 Prem W 1-3 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium A - Argentina Jul 5, 2014 WC L 1-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - USA Jul 1, 2014 WC W 2-1 Started 4 0 0 0 0
Belgium A - South Korea Jun 26, 2014 WC W 0-1 Started 6 0 0 0 0
Belgium H - Russia Jun 22, 2014 WC W 1-0 Started 3 0 1 0 0
Belgium H - Algeria Jun 17, 2014 WC W 2-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SV: Saves
  • YC: Yellow Cards