Kurt Zouma Biography
Kurt Zouma born Kurt Happy Zouma on 27 October 1994, he is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Chelsea and the France national team.
He began his career at Saint-Étienne, making his professional debut aged 16. Zouma won the Coupe de la Ligue with the club in 2013 and joined Chelsea for £12 million in January 2014. Chelsea loaned him back to his first club for the remainder of the season and in his first full campaign in England, Zouma helped Chelsea win the League Cup and the Premier League.
In July 2017 Zouma joined Stoke City on loan for the 2017–18 season. Zouma has represented France at youth levels, up to under-21. He made his senior international debut against Denmark on 29 March 2015.
Kurt Zouma Age
Born in Lyon on 27 October 1994 (age 23 as of 2018), Zouma began his career at age nine with Vaulx-en-Velin until he was 15.
Kurt Zouma Wife
Sandra Zouma is Kurt Zouma’s wife. She is French and two years older than Kurt. Together they have two children.
Kurt Zouma Origin
Zouma’s parents emigrated to France from the Central African Republic. His older brother Lionel plays in the same position for Greek club Asteras Tripoli.
Zouma is named after Kurt Sloane, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s character in the 1989 film Kickboxer, while his middle name Happy reflects an African tradition of using positive words as middle names. Zouma is married to Sandra, with whom he has two children.
Kurt Zouma Current Teams
France national football team
Zouma is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-16 and under-17 level. He played with the under-17 team at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Zouma has been the captain for the French under-21 side. He was part of the under-20 team that won the 2013 World Cup in Turkey. In the quarter-finals against Uzbekistan in Rize, he headed the last goal of a 4–0 victory.
Senior France manager Didier Deschamps wanted to build a defence around Zouma and fellow youngster Raphaël Varane, and on 19 March 2015, he was called him up for the first time for friendlies against Brazil and Denmark.
He made his debut in the latter match ten days later, a 2–0 win at his former club ground with Saint-Étienne, the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, replacing Morgan Schneiderlin for the last eight minutes of the game.
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After his injury for Chelsea in February, Zouma missed France’s hosting of UEFA Euro 2016. He returned to the squad in August 2017, replacing the injured Raphaël Varane for a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands. On May 17 2018, he was named on the standby list for the 23 man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Stoke City F.C.
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2017–18 season: Loan to Stoke City
Following agreeing to a new six-year deal with Chelsea, on 21 July 2017, Zouma joined fellow Premier League side Stoke City on loan for the 2017–18 season. On 12 August, he made his debut in a 1–0 loss at Everton.
In November 2017, Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross expressed his surprise that Chelsea had loaned out Zouma, who had only missed one match, against his parent club. On 20 November he headed his first goal for the Potters, in a 2–2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion. Zouma played 37 matches for Stoke in 2017–18 as the club suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.
Kurt Zouma Fifa 18
On May 17 2018, he was named on the standby list for the 23 man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 78 with a potential of 85. Zouma has got a 2-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are Medium / Medium. Zouma’s height is 190 cm and his weight is estimated at 96 kg according to FIFA’s database. Currently, Kurt Zouma is playing with number 6. His best stats are: Strength: 90, Jumping: 88, Aggression: 84, Slide Tackle: 79, Stand Tackle: 79.
Ball Control 63
Slide Tackle 79
Stand Tackle 79
Att. Position 53
Short Pass 63
Long Pass 58
Sprint Speed 72
Shot Power 63
Long Shots 49
FK Acc. 59
Kurt Zouma Stoke City
Kurt Zouma says he won’t think about his future at Chelsea until the summer as he focuses on trying to keep Stoke City in the Premier League.
The defender has featured in all but five of Stoke’s Premier League matches during his loan spell so far, and the 23-year-old believes his decision to leave Chelsea last summer has been vindicated.
“I’m happy with my loan move, of course,” Zouma told Standard Sport after Stoke’s draw with West Ham. “I came here to play and I did it.” Zouma has five years remaining on his contract at Chelsea, having agreed a new deal prior to joining Stoke.
He is set to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer to compete with likes of Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for a place in the Chelsea defence, but insists that, for now, he is full focused on keeping Stoke in the Premier League.
Asked whether he has thought about his future at Chelsea, Zouma told Standard Sport: “Especially not at the moment…If I know I’m still in the Premier League [with Stoke] then I will see about the future. But not now.”
“I’m just focused on my team and try and keep them in the Premier League and win games – that’s the most important thing. That’s the most that I want. It doesn’t matter about the rest at the moment.” Understandably so, considering the predicament Stoke find themselves in.
With four games remaining of his loan spell the Potters are five-points adrift of safety, facing a huge fight to maintain their Premier League status following West Ham’s late equaliser at the London Stadium on Monday night.
Zouma played the entirety of the 1-1 draw. Stoke took the lead through Peter Crouch in the 79th minute before Andy Carroll’s added-time goal denied them a crucial victory.
While Zouma admitted the Stoke players were “sad” in the dressing room at full time, Zouma urged his teammates to re-group and try and get a result over Burnley on Sunday.
“I think we should have won here [against West Ham], that was the target: to win. Obviously we are a bit sad with the goal we conceded at the end of the game, but I think we did well. We defended well.
“We scored the first one, we wanted to keep a clean sheet but unfortunately we couldn’t. “Our heads are a bit down, but there are still four games left to go and we still believe we can stay in the Premier League. We have to be focused for Sunday.”
Kurt Zouma Injury Update
Chelsea star Kurt Zouma suffered a knee injury during the Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday after landing awkwardly during a clearance and will require surgery that will likely end his campaign.
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph reported Zouma is “likely to be out for six months” after the injury, noting it was a “big blow for Chelsea.”
Zouma’s Injury a Big Blow to Chelsea’s Shaky Central Defence. Given the poor form of the likes of John Terry and Cahill so far this season, the 21-year-old’s unavailability comes as a big blow for interim Blues boss Guus Hiddink.
In stark contrast to their title-winning form in 2014-15, Chelsea’s defence has been remarkably poor this term. Hiddink now has even further limited options in the centre of defence, with Terry and Cahill likely to be utilised, barring the use of Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back.
Scan today has shown I injured my ACL. I will have surgery this week & will come back stronger. Thank you everyone for all the messages ????
— Kurt Zouma (@KurtZouma) February 8, 2016
With fixtures coming up against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League, Hiddink would no doubt have liked to have his whole squad available to him, but he will now have to do without Zouma.
The France international is highly rated as one of the best young defenders in Europe at the moment and provides great physical presence in the Chelsea back line as well as youthful verve.
Zouma made only seven Premier League starts last term, but he has already made 20 in the English top flight in 2015-16, per WhoScored.com.
Both he and the Chelsea coaching staff will be frustrated at his latest setback—he missed the end of the 2014-15 season with a knee injury—but time must be taken before Zouma is brought back into the side.
Zouma’s physicality makes him susceptible to picking up injuries, and he must preserve his long-term fitness, as he likely has a long and successful career ahead of him.
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Kurt Zouma News
Manchester United are in talks with Chelsea for Kurt Zouma, reports say.
MetroUK | August 8th, 2018
The Red Devils’ move has shocked Chelsea, who are unsure whether they should allow one of their players to join a direct rival. Zouma is surplus to requirements this summer at Chelsea after spending last season on loan at Stoke, where the centre-back suffered relegation.
Jose Mourinho brought Zouma to Stamford Bridge when he was in his second stint as Chelsea manager in 2014. L’Equipe claim United are rivalling Everton for Zouma’s signature, but face a reluctant Chelsea. Everton want to take Zouma on loan for the season, while United are seeking a permanent deal for the Frenchman.
Chelsea have sold players to United before, with Mourinho sanctioning the sale of Juan Mata to the Red Devils in 2014. Nemanja Matic then joined Mourinho at United last summer, a deal many Chelsea fans disagreed with considering the Serbian’s obvious pedigree. The move for Zouma comes after United were frustrated in their attempts to buy a world class centre-back this summer.