Thibaut Courtois Biography
Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Chelsea and the Belgium national team.
Courtois graduated through the youth system of Genk, and at the age of 18, he played a key role in the team’s Belgian Pro League victory. In July 2011 he joined Chelsea for a reported £8 million, and was immediately loaned to Atlético Madrid. In three seasons there, he won the Europa League in 2012, the Copa del Rey in 2013 and the La Liga title in 2014. He also won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper in La Liga, for his performances in his two latter seasons.
Courtois returned to Chelsea in July 2014, and in his first season he helped them win the League Cup and the Premier League title. Courtois made his senior international debut in October 2011, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to represent Belgium. He has since earned over 50 caps and appeared at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
Thibaut Courtois Family
The player was born Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois on 11th May 1992 to Gitte Courtois and Thierry Courtois both of whom are former volleyball players. He has an elder sister by the name Valérie Courtois, a voleyball player who plays as a libero for Budowlani Łódź and the Belgium national volleyball team. In 2013, she was named Best Libero of the European Championships. He also has a kid brother, Gaetan Courtois who is a big supporter of his elder brother.
Thibaut Courtois Girlfriend
Thibaut was in a relationship with his former Spanish girlfriend, Marta Domínguez and together they have two children. A daughter by the name Adriana Courtois, born on 26 May 2015, and a son; Nicolas Courtois, born in May 2017. The couple ended their relationship in April 2017 while Domínguez was pregnant with their son Nicolás.
Thibaut Courtois Height & Weight
The Chelsea goalkeeper is 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 91 kg (200 lbs).
Thibaut Courtois Net Worth and Salary
The star is reported to be have a net worth of $20 million and a salary of $4 million. His earnings are from club contracts, sponsorship & endorsement deals.
Thibaut Courtois Chelsea
Courtois joined Premier League club Chelsea in July 2011 for a reported €9 million, signing a five-year deal. Within weeks of joining Chelsea, Courtois was sent on a season-long loan to Atlético Madrid. There he was given the number 13 shirt by Atlético, previously worn by David de Gea who had transferred to Manchester United. He remained in Athletico till June 2014.
In June 2014, Chelsea manager José Mourinho confirmed that Courtois would return to Chelsea for the upcoming season. He was assigned the number 13 kit number, last worn by Victor Moses. On 18 August, Mourinho announced that Courtois would start the Premier League opener against Burnley in place of Petr Čech.
Although he conceded the first goal to Scott Arfield at Turf Moor, Chelsea won 3–1. Courtois kept his first Premier League clean sheet in his second game, making several crucial saves in a 2–0 home win over Leicester City.
The player signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea on 11 September 2014, keeping him at the club until 2019. Courtois suffered a head injury in the first half of Chelsea’s 2–0 home win over Arsenal on 5 October due to a collision with Alexis Sánchez; he was substituted and then taken to hospital. He was then treated for a minor cut to his ear and released from hospital that night.
He won his first trophy with Chelsea on 1 March 2015, as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in the League Cup Final, with Čech instead playing in that match; Chelsea also finished the season as league champions.
Courtois opened the 2015–16 season by playing in the 2015 FA Community Shield on 2 August, a 1–0 loss to Arsenal. Six days later, as the Premier League campaign opened with a home fixture against Swansea City, he was given a straight red card for conceding a penalty with a foul on Bafétimbi Gomis, who converted the penalty past replacement Asmir Begović for a 2–2 draw.
On his return on 23 August, Courtois saved a penalty from James Morrison in a 3–2 win at West Bromwich Albion. On 11 September, Courtois suffered a leg injury in training which required surgery and meant that he was expected to miss the next three months of competition.
On 16 April, he was again sent off at home to Manchester City for conceding a penalty with a foul on Fernandinho; Sergio Agüero converted it past Begović to seal a 3–0 win. He became the sixth Premier League goalkeeper to be sent off twice in the same season.
Courtois kept the first clean sheet of the 2016–17 season and broke a run of 13 home Premier League games without a clean sheet since November 2015 after the 3–0 home victory over Burnley. Chelsea won all their league matches from October to December with Courtois keeping a clean sheet in all five.
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Thibaut Courtois International career
Courtois was first called up to the Belgium squad in October 2011 and made his debut the following month in a friendly 0–0 draw against France at the Stade de France, making him the youngest goalkeeper to play for the Belgian national team.
2014 World Cup
The star played every minute during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as Belgium qualified for its first major tournament since the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Throughout these qualifiers, he kept six clean sheets in ten matches.
On 13 May 2014, Courtois was named in the squad to go to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. At the tournament, he played all five games of the Belgian team, starting with a 2–1 win against Algeria in Belo Horizonte. Courtois then managed to keep consecutive clean sheets in 1–0 wins against Russia and South Korea as the Red Devils reached the quarter-finals.
He also played every minute during Belgium’s first eight games of their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign, helping seal qualification for the first time in 16 years. However, he missed their last two games through injury.
Courtois and his side made it to the quarterfinal, where they lost to Wales despite taking an early lead. Afterwards, Courtois hinted that Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was at fault for the loss and also stated that the defeat was the “biggest disappointment” of his career.
2018 World Cup
Courtois was selected in Belgium’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was Belgium’s first-choice goalkeeper throughout the tournament, and played a key role in Belgium’s 2–1 win over Brazil in the quarter-final; which saw Belgium advance to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time since 1986.
Thibaut Courtois Honours | Awards
- Belgian Pro League: 2010–11
- La Liga: 2013–14
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- UEFA Super Cup: 2012
- UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14
- Premier League: 2014–15, 2016–17
- FA Cup: 2017–18
- Football League Cup: 2014–15
- Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year: 2011
- Belgian Bronze Shoe: 2011
- La Liga Zamora Trophy: 2013, 2014
- La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2013
- Best Belgian Player Abroad: 2013, 2014
- ESM Team of the Year: 2013–14
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14
- FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2014
- London Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year: 2015
- Belgian Sportsman of the year: 2014
- Premier League Golden Glove: 2016–17
- FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2018
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Chelsea transfer news: Thibaut Courtois replacement identified with Real Madrid bid ready
Updated: Jun 2, 2018
Stamford Bridge No 1 Courtois has been heavily linked with a Chelsea exit in recent months.
Real Madrid are long-term admirers of the Belgium international, while Liverpool are also said to be tracking the 26-year-old.
And according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea will look to sign Stoke star Butland if Courtois quits Stamford Bridge.
They reckon Chelsea are preparing for a mammoth offer from Real for Courtois this summer.
The Mail add that Stoke want at least £30m for Butland, 25, with the Championship club reluctant to sell the England international.
Roma star Alisson – who is also wanted by Liverpool – is on Chelsea’s wish list.
However, Butland is the cheaper option, especially with Chelsea’s concerns over spending money following Roman Abramovich pulling the plug on the Blues’ stadium expansion.
Courtois is under contract until 2019 and talks are underway over a new deal, however, negotiations haven’t gone as smoothly as planned.
The goalkeeper has been vocal on his Chelsea future in recent months, with the Stamford Bridge ace revealing he sees himself returning to Madrid.
“If Real is really interested, my personal situation could affect, yes,” he said.
“The family aspect, it is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I’m busy talking to Chelsea to extend.
“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid, it’s known. My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that I miss her. My son is still too small to communicate like that.
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to make a return trip to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.
“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they never did it. What is certain is that I will one day return to Madrid. We agreed to meet (with Chelsea) again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January.
“Nothing presses, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will prolong. I am happy here and I see a direction that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signals are positive. Just their desire to extend also Eden Hazard, that reassures me.”