Kevin De Bruyne (born 28 June 1991) in deronne, Belgium, is a Belgian football player and a midfielder. Currently at Manchester City FC.
De Brauner started at the Genk football club. In the summer of 2012, de Brauner joined Chelsea Football Club in the Premier League and then loaned to Werder Bremen football club in the Bundesliga. In January 2014, de Brauner joined the Bundesliga Wolfsburg football club. In July 2015, de Brauner was elected the German Footballer of 2015. In August of the same year, de Brauner joined Manchester City with a transfer fee of 74 million euros. Since then, he has won the Premier League Championship with the team three times and won the best player of the Premier League PFA season for two consecutive years.
For the national team, de Brauner made his debut for the Belgian national team in August 2010. Since then, he has participated in two world cups (2014 and 2018) and two European cups (2016 and 2020).
Kevin de Brauner started football training in delongan when he was 7 years old. Since then, he has been discovered by Ghent’s scouts. When de Browne was 12 years old, he signed with Genk football club near delongan, became a member of Genk youth training camp, and joined Genk youth team two years later. At the age of 14, he joined the Genk youth team and was appreciated by the coach for his outstanding performance. Therefore, he was promoted to the first team in the 2008-09 season when he was only 17 years old.
- Genk period
The 2008-09 season was de Brauner’s first season for Genk’s first team. In the second season (2009-10), de Brauner became the main player of the team. Although he scored only one goal in 24 games, this goal made Genk beat the strong team Royal Standard Liege football club in Bijia, and finally the team ranked in the middle of the 2009-10 season. In February 2010, de Brauner scored his first goal in his career.
The 2010-11 season was quite successful for de Brauner and Genk. De Brauner also helped Genk win the championship, which attracted the attention of many European giants.
In the 2010-11 season, de Brauner scored 5 goals and assisted 16 times in 22 games. At the same time, he also continued his good state until 2011-12 season. He played against Chelsea twice in the Champions League. In these two games, Genk lost 5-0 away and drew 1-1 with the blues at home.
After signing for Chelsea in January 2012, de Brauner was loaned back to Henk for the rest of the season in order to get enough games. Henk failed to continue the glory of the 2010-11 season and finally only won the fifth place in the Belgian Serie A. However, de Brauner scored 8 goals in 22 games and his performance was still excellent.
On January 31, 2012, Belgium’s Henk Club officially announced that 20-year-old Kevin de Brauner officially joined Chelsea in the Premier League with a contract of five and a half years, and Chelsea paid him £ 9 million. Chelsea’s attention to de Brauner was actively seeking the young player as early as the summer of 2011, but the transfer fee did not meet Henk’s requirements, so it ran aground. In the winter transfer of 2012, Chelsea was determined to complete the deal, and Henk also had a good attitude. The club’s CEO de green personally flew to London to negotiate with Chelsea. Finally, de Brauner officially joined and became the second player introduced by Chelsea in the winter window of 2012.
After the loan expired, de Brauner conducted pre-season training 2012-13 with Chelsea’s new teammates, participated in a two-week trip to the United States with the team, and made an appearance in the games against Seattle Gulf football club, Paris Saint Germain football club and AC Milan football club.
In 2012-13 season, de Brauner did not have any chance at Chelsea. He joined Bundesliga Werder Bremen football club on loan. In the first Bundesliga season, de Brauner was very successful, contributed 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga games, became the core of Bremen, and returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013.
In the 2013-14 season, after de Brauner returned to Chelsea, it coincided with Mourinho’s second visit to West London. De Brauner’s rough, free and unrestrained technical characteristics are not compatible with Mourinho’s rigorous tactical plan. De Brauner has only played a total of five times at Chelsea, four of which are as substitutes. Only in the Carling Cup match between Chelsea and Sunderland football club, and that was the last time de Brauner played for Chelsea. Without Mourinho’s reuse, de Brauner had the idea of leaving the team.
On January 18, 2014, Chelsea announced through its official website that de Brauner officially joined Wolfsburg football club, a strong German team, with a transfer fee of 20 million euros + 5 million euros. Less than a year and a half after joining Wolfsburg, de Brauner has become the hottest midfielder in Europe. Unlike when Chelsea were abandoned by Jose Mourinho and landed in the Bundesliga, de Brauner became the absolute main player of the team with his super strength.
In the second half of 2014-15 season, de Brauner continued the highlight performance in the first half of the season, contributing 5 goals and 1 assists in 3 games to prove his ability. In the battle against Bayern, de Brauner scored twice to help Wolfsburg overturn the Bundesliga giants 4-1. Throughout the 2014-15 season, de Brauner scored 11 goals and assisted 16 times in 28 official games at Wolfsburg. With considerable efficiency, he has become the assist king of the five major European leagues.
- Wolfsburg period
On July 26, 2015, with his fantastic performance in the 2014-15 season, de Brauner scored 10 goals and 20 assists in the Bundesliga, helping Wolfsburg win the second place in the league and successfully advance to the Champions League. In the expert reporter vote selection organized by kicker, de Brauner won 367 of 814 valid votes, beating Alger Robben and Manuel Neuer to become the German Footballer of the 2014-15 season with an absolute advantage. This is also the fifth time in history that a foreign player has won this award.
In the Bundesliga in 2014-2015 season, de Brauner scored 10 goals and contributed 21 assists, becoming the assists king of Bundesliga and helping the team win the German Cup. In the German Super Cup in 2015-16 season, Tintin also helped the team win the German Super Cup.
- Manchester City
On August 30, 2015, Manchester City announced on its official website that the team and Bundesliga powerhouse Wolfsburg have reached an agreement on the transfer of debruner. Debruner will join blue moon and sign a six-year contract with the team, with a maximum annual salary of 20 million euros. Manchester City did not disclose the details of the contract on its official website, but according to British media reports, de Brauner’s worth is £ 54 million and there is a floating bonus of £ 4.5 million. In order to persuade de Brauner to join, Manchester City will pay ￡ 250000 a week.
On September 20, 2015, de Brauner scored his first goal since joining Manchester City in the match in which Manchester City lost 2-1 at home to West Ham United in the sixth round of the English Premier League in 2015-16.
On October 20, 2015, Manchester City officially announced that de Brauner won the club’s player of the month in September. De Brauner participated in six matches throughout September 2015, including three Premier League matches, two Champions League matches and one Carling Cup match, namely 1-0 away at Crystal Palace (Premier League), 1-2 home at Juventus (Champions League), 1-2 home at West Ham (Premier League), 4-1 away at Sunderland (United cup), 1-4 away at Tottenham (Premier League) and 2-1 away at menshing Gladbach (Champions League). As a newcomer, de Brauner performed very well in his first month of joining Manchester City and quickly integrated into the team. In these six games, he contributed 3 goals and 2 assists. In the 2015-16 season, de Brauner still handed over the transcripts of 7 goals and 9 assists in the league despite being injured for two months, and was personally elected the best player of the season in Manchester City.
In October 2016, de Brauner was shortlisted as the best player in the Premier League in September. On October 22, in the 2-1 narrow victory over Sevilla at home in group D on the third day of the Champions League in 2015-16, de Brauner finished in stoppage time to help Manchester City win.
- Manchester city period
On January 3, 2017, Manchester City officially announced that de Brauner was elected the team’s player of the month in November. In Manchester City’s five games in November, de Brauner contributed one goal and three assists to help Manchester City beat Barcelona and draw with menxing in the Champions League. He qualified in advance and scored a wonderful free kick against Barcelona. On May 17, in a make-up match in the 34th round of the English Premier League in 2016-17, Manchester City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at home. De Brauner first assisted Jesus to open the record in the first half, and then scored his own goal to expand the score, helping Manchester City win three consecutive victories and rise to No. 3 in the table. On May 21, during Manchester City’s 5-0 away victory over Watford in the 38th round of the Premier League in 2016-17, de Brauner contributed two assists in the game, and finally won the Premier League assists king of the season with 18 assists, which also set a record for Manchester City’s assists in the Premier League in a single season. In 2016-17 season, de Brauner made 49 appearances for Manchester City in various competitions, scored 7 goals and sent 21 assists.
On October 1, 2017, in the seventh round of 2017-2018 Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea, de Brauner scored in the 67th minute. This goal was de Brauner’s first goal in the Premier League in 2017-18, helping Manchester City win Chelsea 1-0 away. On October 6, the Premier League officially announced that Kevin de Brauner was nominated for the best player in September. On October 14, in Manchester City’s 7-2 victory over Stoke City at home, de Brauner completed his 100th game on behalf of Manchester City, in which he not only sent two direct assists but also two indirect assists in 66 minutes of starting.
On January 10, 2018, in the first leg of Manchester City against Bristol City in the English Carling Cup semi-final, de Brauner scored in the 55th minute to help Manchester City beat Bristol City 2-1 at home. De Brauner was the captain of Manchester City in the game, which was de Brauner’s captain in the professional league.
In 2018-19 season, de Brauner suffered from injuries. He played 32 games in various competitions, scored 6 goals and sent 11 assists, helping the team win the championship of all England competitions (Premier League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and Community Shield).
In 2019-20 season, de Brauner made 35 appearances in the league, scored 13 goals, assisted 20 times and was elected the best player in the game for 10 times. Among them, the score of 20 assists made de Brauner equal to Henry’s single season assist record. 33 goals in a single season is also the most in the league. He also won the honor of best player in 2019-20 in the selection of Manchester City, premier league officials and England players’ Union. In October 2020, de Brauner was elected the best midfielder in the Champions League in 2019-20. On December 18, de Brauner was selected as FIFA’s best team of the year in 2020.
In the 2020-21 season, de Brauner’s injury affected the average attendance rate. He played 40 games for Manchester City in various competitions, scored 10 goals and sent 18 assists, helped the team reach the Champions League final, won the Premier League Championship and League Cup championship in England, and won the PFA best player for the second consecutive year. On April 7, 2021, Manchester City officially announced the renewal of de Brauner’s contract until 2025.
In 2021-22 season, de Brauner became the fourth captain of Manchester City.
National team career
De Brauner played for the Belgian national team
On August 11, 2010, at the age of 19, de Brauner made his Belgian national team debut against Finland.
On May 13, 2014, the Belgian national team announced the final list of 24 people to participate in the world cup in Brazil, and de Brauner was finally shortlisted. On June 18, 2014, in the first round of group E of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in Belgium’s 2-1 reversal victory over Algeria, de Brauner was elected as the best player of the game. The game lasted 90 minutes, with 56 passes and one shot. The equalizing goal of Belgium came from de Brauner’s assists. On July 1, 2014, in the eighth final between the United States and Belgium, de Brauner started the game and scored a goal, helping Belgium beat the United States 2-1 and advance into the top eight.
On March 21, 2015, the Belgian Football Association announced the list of European Cup qualifiers in 2016, and de Brauner was successfully shortlisted by virtue of his performance in Wolfsburg. De Brauner’s performance in Belgium also surpassed the Premier League MVP Eden Azar in 2014-15. In 21 national team games, de Brauner has contributed one assist or goal every 109 minutes, while Azar has only one assist or goal every 209 minutes in the past 20 games.
On May 12, 2016, the Belgian Football Association officially announced the list of 24 players for the European Cup, of which de Brauner was selected. On June 18, in the match of Belgium’s 3-victory over Ireland in Group E of the 2016 European Cup, de Brauner hit a free kick from the left, and de Brauner assisted to score a goal to help Belgium win. On July 2, de Brauner started the match between Wales and Belgium in the quarter finals of the 2016 European Cup, but Belgium lost 3-1 to Wales and missed the last four.
On September 29, 2017, the Belgian national team announced the list of European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and de Brauner was included in the list. Throughout 2017, de Brauner made eight appearances for Belgium.
On March 28, 2018, in the international warm-up match between Belgium and Saudi Arabia, de Brauner scored in the 78th minute, which was de Brauner’s first goal for the Belgian national team in 2018, helping Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0.
On July 7, 2018, game 2 of the quarter finals of the world cup was held in Kazan. De Brauner scored a goal, Belgium beat Brazil 2-1, and Belgium reached the top 4 of the world cup for the second time since 1986.
In the summer of 2021, de Brauner joined the Belgian national team in the 2020 European Cup. In the group stage, de Brauner helped Belgium win the first place of the group and advance to the knockout stage. In the 1 / 8 final against defending champion Portugal, de Brauner was injured by a flying shovel in stoppage time in the first half. In the quarter finals, although de Brauner came back, his state was not the same as before. Finally, he was eliminated by Italy with a score of 1-2 and stopped in the top eight.
Life off the field
In August 2014, De Bruyne uploaded an image photo of himself on social media sites after he had Down syndrome, and he deliberately photoshopped his photo to appeal to people who care about special people. As an ambassador for the 2014 Special Olympics Europe Summer Games in Antwerp, he hopes that people will pay attention to the Special Olympics and special groups.
De Bruyne is nicknamed “Tintin” because the midfielder has the same hairstyle as Tintin, the protagonist of “The Adventures of Tintin,” and because De Bruyne and the author of the comic are also Belgian.
In the World Cup in Brazil, De Bruyne led the Belgian team to defeat the United States in the eighth final against Belgium, and advanced to the last eight with their heads held high. But after the match, De Bruyne was mistakenly seen by many netizens as Prince Harry of the British royal family because of his looks.
De Bruyne used to be a Liverpool fan. It is said that he used to spread red Liverpool sheets on his bed and also liked to wear Liverpool’s sportswear. A Michael Owen shirt is still his favorite.