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Thorgan Hazard - Better than Brother Eden?


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A resplendent Thorgan Hazard in Belgium's kit

Full Name: Thorgan Hazard

Date Of Birth: 29th March 1993 (18)

Nationality: Belgian

Club: RC Lens

Position: Winger

Squad Number: NA

Honours: None, Belgian U17, U19 Caps

SM Rating: Not On DB

Predicted SM Rating: 75

Potential SM Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ - 92+

Potentially The New: Eden Hazard/Franck Ribery

OK, so we have all heard of Eden Hazard, the super talented young Belgian who's taken the footballing world by storm, starred for Lille in his teens, been courted by Real Madrid, Arsenal, Inter Milan et al, has drawn comparisons to the legendary Zinedine Zidane and has broken into the Belgian National Team, all accomplished by the ripe old age of 18. Well the Hazard family have another absolute gem coming through (and incidentally; have yet another potential wonderkid in Ethan Hazard, still in Belgium) in second born son Thorgan, tipped by both Lens coach Jean-Guy Wallame and brother Eden to be even better than the emerging 18 year old. Thorgan comes from a family steeped in football heritage, aside from the obvious his mother was a referee and his father Thierry played briefly as a professional for AFC Tubize.

Like Eden, Thorgan Hazard was scouted and snapped up by a French Ligue Un team, in this case it was for the eternal rivals of OSC Lille: Lens. At 14 he was turning out for Lens' U17s, and has since featured twice for the reserves; managing an assist into the bargain and is a solid starter for their U19s. Of course comparisons were drawn between the two brothers, and this wasn't to be unnoticed by Belgium Under 17s coach Bob Browaeys who has called up the tricky dual flanked winger on nine occasions, starting him six times and recieving four assists and one goal in return. Alongside Rits, Raman and Arslanagic, he is one of the youngsters tipped for the very top of the footballing spectrum by his international coach who had this to say (Translated using Babelfish, anything *starred* is my translation of anything that didn't translate):

Belgian U17 Coach: Bob Browaeys

"I would say that the top are Mats (Rits) and Thorgan (Hazard), of course it would be correct to say that they will certainly be the biggest for the *Belgian National Team* as well as Dino (Arslanagic) and Benny (Raman). Thorgan is the best thing here since (his) brother and the comparison is visible. To come back in five or six years we will have a great on our hands in the boy."

Already his talents have been spotted by much bigger clubs, with Barcelona believed to be checking up on him regularly after youth coach Alejandro Garcia was spotted talking with club officials and Hazard after a training session in October.

Despite attracting attention from European giants Hazard has his feet planted firmly on the ground, and has ambitions only to play for Lens (at the moment...!), who he is expected to turn out for after his seventeenth birthday in March; when he will be promoted to the senior squad alongside Geoffrey Komdogbia. Despite starting out as an attacking midfielder, Thorgan has found himself appearing as an out and out winger down both flanks; showing versatility and ambidextous ability which will eb perfectly suited to the French game, where he will have to compete with Boukari, Roudet and Doumeng for a starting berth.

In summary, according to youth coaches, his brother and club officials this kid will be bigger than Eden Hazard, as per usual, I am forced to utter the cliche 'only time will tell', but if Eden's example is anything to go by, that time will be short and Thorgan will be jinking down the wings in the Felix Bollaert and being linked with Real Madrid!

A massive talent, full to the brim with potential, Thorgan Hazard is one to keep an eye out for, Lens could have something special on their hands here.


Typical Youtube compilation of Thorgan - worth a look!

UPDATE: Thorgan now has a Professional contract with Lens. Signed in the Summer of '10, it concludes in July 2013 and notched up his first ever 'real' appearance for Lens' first team in which he scored their only goal in a 1-1 draw in a friendly with Belgian side K.S.V. Roeselare. Technically if the French fourth division was on the database, Thorgan would already be on the SM database. Since the start of the 10/11 season, he's been a mainstay in the RC Lens Championnat de France team (the equivalent of our 'reserve teams', however the league itself is the equivalent of League 2). His impressive form lead to the full Lens team calling him up to the

subs' bench for the home clash against Bordeaux in May, however despite winning 1-0, Hazard wasn't called upon; although 11/12 is finally set to be the season in which the youngster becomes a fully fledged member of RC Lens' first squad.

After coming of age at 18, Thorgan was quickly thrust into the Belgian U18 side, although he only managed to play one game in which he scored one and assisted the other as the Belgians beat Ukraine's U18s 2-1. Given his impressive debut, Thorgan jumped up immediately to the U19 side and debuted against Belarus in February. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, a 25 yard half volley just after half time. In qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championships he played every minute of Belgium's three matches in stage one qualification, assisting two out of the four goals in the matches - of which he scored one himself which turned out to be an 88th minute winner in their 3-2 win over Croatia past Chelsea's Matej Delac.


Thorgan Hazard In action for Lens' Reserves

So Belgium emerged unbeaten with Hazard Mk.2 as the star of the show, but they failed to replicate their form in the (ongoing, as it is) Euro U19 Championships in Romania. Belgium's initial match against Spain, red hot favourites for the Championships, was delayed due to bad weather, forcing the replay a day later. Belgium were trounced 4-1, but Thorgan notched up the assist for Belgium's sole goal. Two 1-1 draws against Serbia and Turkey later and Belgium are out of the U19s. Thorgan played every minute, and despite an assist failed to impress in his latter two appearances. Interestingly however, both Hazard and Brugge's Maxime Lestienne have been tipped to move up to for the Belgian U21s - so watch this space!

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Re: Thorgan Hazard - Better than Brother Eden?

very nice. what do u see him rated in the next year? will him blossom at a young age like messi or do you think that he will take a bit longer?

Probably added at a modest 74/75, but he hasn't got a lot of quality competition at Lens (unlike Eden at lille), and so his transition could be even smoother than his brothers'.

Eden and the lens coach (no bias there! :P) have both said that Thorgan is the better footballer.

Give it two years and we'll see how far along he is. ;)

I'll PM everyone who's posted on this thread when he's added, but I can see a frenzy to snap him up occuring.

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