John Obi-Mikel Reminisces about Eden Hazard


Eden Hazard was last in the news when he announced his retirement, after being captain of the Belgium national team in the Qatar World Cup in 2022. He had played forward in Group games but was unable to score. However, Belgium did beat Canada and lost out to Morocco. They also played and ended with a draw of zero scores with Croatia. Overall Belgium exited after the group games.


Hazard debuted as an international footballer in the year 2008. His score tally is 33 out of 126 appearances. When Belgium reached the semi-finals of World Cup 2018 it was also because of his efforts. Also, they lost out to France in that tournament though they beat England when the playoff happened for the third position. When he announced his career end he wrote on his Instagram account, thanking everyone for their support and love, also for all the happiness that he had obtained.  Continue reading


Real Madrid did not make a bad decision when it comes to signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea and shattering their transfer record to do that. The Belgian had established himself as a Premier League legend during his seven years at Stamford Bridge and was one of the best players in the world at that point of time. On the other hand, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus the summer earlier, Real Madrid did not have a real superstar in their team. So, Hazard ticked all the boxes and when the move was made, most fans were ecstatic.

What has followed over the next three years though has been a nightmare for Hazard. The Belgian has had to deal with one injury after another, and has never managed to find his place at Real Madrid. At the moment, he might very well be the last choice winger at the club. Of course, injuries can happen to anyone and he cannot really be blamed. And alarms were ringing once again when he was forced off the pitch while representing the Belgian national team against the Netherlands. Fortunately, there is some good news this time around. Continue reading


The situation of Eden Hazard at Real Madrid is a strange one. We all know what he was once capable of but we have never been able to see it in the Royal White jersey. Injuries have played their part in making his Spanish journey difficult and even though he seems to be fully fit and recovered now, it might just be a bit too late.

Carlo Ancelotti aiming to play him as a false nine looks less like an innovative idea and more like the only way the Belgian gets some playing time. When you’re on as big a contract as Hazard, you should be playing regularly. Technically, you should be starting every week but that is not expected to happen anytime soon and therefore the next best thing is cameo appearances off the bench. Continue reading


Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly planning to use Eden Hazard as a false number nine next season. The 31-year-old again found it difficult to show his best form for Los Blancos during the 2021-22 campaign, managing only one goal and two assists in 23 appearances in all competitions. In total, the Belgium international has scored six times and registered 10 assists in 66 appearances for Real Madrid, largely struggling at Bernabeu since his big-money move from Chelsea in July 2019.

Hazard still has more than two years left to run on his contract, though, and he will be staying with the La Liga and European champions this summer despite the speculation surrounding his future. According to AS, Ancelotti is planning to deploy the Belgian as a false number nine next season in the matches where Karim Benzema needs a rest. The report claims that the position on the left of the attack is now closed due to Vinicius Junior’s form, while Rodrygo and Federico Valverde are ahead of him for the spot on the right. Continue reading


Real Madrid star Eden Hazard was in the starting XI as Belgium beat Poland in a UEFA Nations League Group A4 clash. Eden Hazard started the game on the left side of the Belgium attack spearheaded by MichyBatshuayi in the absence of injured Chelsea striker RomeluLukaku.

Ex-Lille and Chelsea midfielder Hazard is the Belgium captain and he led the team out against Poland at theStadionNarodowy in Warsaw. Eden Hazard was on the pitch until he was replaced by Brighton and Hove Albion forward Leandro Trossard midway through the second half. By the time of his exit, Belgium were leading 1-0 thanks to the first half strike from Besiktasstriker Batshuayi off the assist from Leicester City midfielder YouriTielemans. Batshuayi scored on 16 minutes and it turned out to be the only goal of the game. Continue reading


Five years ago, Ander Herrera produced one of the best man-marking performances in Premier League history on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United toppled the champions elect 2-0. It’s April 16, 2017 at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho wants to win and so does Ander Herrera. But there’s one problem: Chelsea.

Antonio Conte was leading the Blues to a barnstorming Premier League title triumph in which they’d tally 30 victories, then an English record. Their talisman, Eden Hazard, enjoyed a sensational season, thriving with 16 goals and five assists in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation. By the spring, Chelsea had already beaten the Red Devils twice – both at Stamford Bridge – where Mourinho had reigned for two separate spells before Conte conquered the division. Continue reading


Eden Hazard was a major absentee as Real Madrid came from behind to beat hosts Sevilla 3-2 in the league thereby moving closer to winning the Spanish La Liga title this season and a second Spanish La Liga title in three years.

Belgian international Eden Hazard missed the trip to play Sevilla due to injury. As a matter of fact, the former Chelsea and Lille player has been missing from the Real Madrid squad since he underwent surgery to remove a metal plate in his right ankle towards the end of last month. The expectation is that the Belgian national team skipper will return to action before the end of the season.

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Belgian star Eden Hazard was left on the substitutes bench for the entire game as his Real Madrid side suffered a big defeat in the El Clasico. Eden Hazard has been a regular on the Real Madrid substitutes bench and his status was the same for the El Clasico meeting with Barcelona at home on Sunday night.

Eden Hazard and Real Madrid came into the El Clasicoclashat the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu on the back of five successive wins over Barcelona. The Catalan giants were able to stop the poor run thanks to the 4-0 away win over Real Madrid. Continue reading


Real Madrid are through to the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals after Belgian international Eden Hazard came up with a big goal in extra time of the last 16 clash with hosts Elche. The goal from Eden Hazard ensured that Real Madrid came from behind to beat Elche 2-1 with all the goals coming in extra time.

The major events from the Copa Del Rey last 16 tie happened in the extra thirty minutes added after the two teams failed to score in regulation time. The game burst into life on 102 minutes when Madrid skipper Marcelo was sent off for a professional foul on Elche substitute TeteMorente. From the resulting free-kick, the home team took the lead. Verdi took it and his shot was blocked before the rebound was deflected into the back of the net by Brazil international Casemiro. The goal from Elche happened in the 103rd minute and it gave the hosts a slim advantage at the end of the first half in extra time.
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Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard has been dropped from the Belgium squad ahead of their final World Cup 2022 qualifier against hosts Wales in Group E. Eden Hazard and four others were dropped from the squad with a place at the World Cup tournament in Qatar already sealed.

Belgium secured a spot at the tournament on Qatari soil next year when they emerged as Group E winners in the European section of the qualifiers thanks to the home win over Estonia. The Belgians beat lowly Estonia 3-1 at home to secure passage to Qatar. The motivation for the final qualifier against the Welsh team is to maintain their unbeaten run in the qualifiers. Belgium can also take their winning run to six games in the qualifiers with an away win over Wales.
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