Thibault Courtois: interesting football career facts
Despite his young age, Thibault Curtois had already played more than two hundred matches for the main teams of London “Chelsea”, Madrid “Atletico” and his native club “Gena”. In addition, the player has about 40 matches for the national team of Belgium. And all this - to the incomplete 25 years - is a solid indicator, even with an eye on the position in which Tibo is playing on the field. He is a goalkeeper, and a goalkeeper with a capital letter.
Career in Belgium
It is noteworthy that in junior football Thibault Curtois began to play in the position of defender, and got into the frame of the gate, already being a player in one of the leaders of the Belgian championship “Gena”. His debut in big football was to some extent due to a curiosity. In the summer of 2009, “Genk” traditionally sold its players to leading European clubs. Among others, there were two goalkeepers, and the two remaining gate guards were injured. The situation is very rare in football, but the miners had to put a very young goalkeeper pulled out of the youth team into the framework. At that time, the guy was only 16 years old.
Thibault Courtois managed to perfectly prove himself during the 2010-2011 season. In “Genk” he was an unconditional main player and spent 44 matches in all tournaments. It is not surprising that the young talented goalkeeper quickly came to the attention of large European clubs. The first who wished to see a promising football player in their ranks was London Chelsea. However, at the gate of the "pensioners" for many years, goalkeeper number 1 was a great Petr Cech, so the young Courtois was sent to gain experience in Atletico Madrid.
Long-term lease was delayed for three years. In the camp of the "mattress", for which Thibault Courtois spent 111 matches, stubbornly did not want to part with a talented performer, however, years later, Cech fell out of favor with the then old-new coach of the "blue" Jose Mourinho, and the goalkeeper was recalled from the lease.
In the premier league
In England, the Czech-Belgian confrontation continued right on the football fields, and Thibault Curtois won it. Chelsea soon sold a veteran to Arsenal, and the young goalkeeper remains the first number of aristocrats to this day. Together with the young Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea Thibault is the most expensive and promising goalkeeper of the English Premier League.The Belgian holds up to 95% of Chelsea matches in all tournaments of the season, and it’s hard to imagine what qualities a potential team rookie should have in order to oust Curtois from the ground.