Kevin De Bruyne thanks Manchester City supporters in the Middle East ahead of club’s Premier League kick off

Kevin De Bruyneis arguably one of the world’s most devastating players. (Supplied by Manchester City)
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Updated 20 September 2020

Kevin De Bruyne thanks Manchester City supporters in the Middle East ahead of club’s Premier League kick off

  • A new documentary, Made in Belgium, goes behind the scenes with the PFA Player of the Year
  • The 29-year-old has now played a pivotal role in seven major trophies, including those two Premier League titles

DUBAI: From Manchester to Abu Dhabi, few would dispute that Kevin De Bruyne is currently the best midfielder in the English Premier League, if not world football.

And Manchester City prepare to kick off their 2020-21 season with a trip to Wolves on Monday night, the PFA Player of the Year has sent out a message of appreciation for his fans in the Middle East, who will now have a chance to see him up more close and personal than ever before.

The Belgian maestro came following the release of Made in Belgium, a documentary on the player showing on City+, the Club’s content subscription service which is available in the UAE.

“Much of my talking is done on the pitch but it’s nice to reward the City fans with a little insight into who I am away from it and allow them to get to know me a little better,” he said. “I want to thank all the fans in the region for their support over the past few years and we are all looking forward to returning to Abu Dhabi to train with the Club when it is safe to do so.”

Made in Belgium tells the story of De Bruyne’s wonderful career so far as he has developed into one of the world’s best midfielders, and features exclusive interviews with some of those who know him best, including Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany, as well as Eden Hazard and Roberto Martinez, his team-mate and manager at international level.

De Bruyne started his senior career in 2008 at Genk in his homeland, De Bruyne joined Chelsea for $9.043 million in 2012 but was put out on loan to Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga during the 2012-13 season.

His fine form there did not translate into first team action when he returned to Chelsea, and he returned to Germany when Wolfsburg paid $23.253 million in the 2014 January transfer window.

But it’s since signing for Manchester City from Wolfsburg in 2015, that De Bruyne’s career has really taken off, his passing and all-around game making him one of the world’s most devastating players. 

The 29-year-old has now played a pivotal role in seven major trophies, including those two Premier League titles.

 

 

A new documentary, Made in Belgium, goes behind the scenes with the PFA Player of the Year

On Monday, De Bruyne is expected to once again lead Manchester City in their quest to wrestle the Premier League title back from Liverpool.

Having won the title with a record-breaking 100 points in 2017-18, and then an equally-remarkable 98 points the following campaign, last season was major disappointment for the Abu Dhabi-owned club, but many people have already made them favorites to win a third title in four years under Guardiola and what would be a fifth in 10 years.

De Bruyne has also played a pivotal role in making Belgium’s national team one of the most exciting on the planet, and they currently sit at the top of FIFA’s world rankings.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, De Bruyne scored a stunning - and what turned out to be decisive - goal in Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil. Sadly for De Bruyne, Belgium lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners France, but Martinez’s team will once again be among favorites when the rescheduled Euro 2020 kicks off next June.

Whether discussing his career with country or club, Made in Belgium gives supporters the rare chance to see the often laconic star in a completely new light with exclusive behind-the-scenes content and interviews.


Coman strikes again as Bayern open title defense by routing Atletico

Updated 22 October 2020

Coman strikes again as Bayern open title defense by routing Atletico

  • The defeat was the joint heaviest Atletico has suffered under Diego Simeone

MUNICH, Germany: Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman picked up where he left off last season with two goals in a 4-0 home rout of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as the holders got the defense of their Champions League campaign off to a winning start.
Coman, whose header settled last season’s Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain just 59 days ago in Lisbon, scored Bayern’s opening goal, created their second and claimed their fourth behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena.
“We played very well, I am very happy with my two goals,” Coman told Sky Sports.
“The winning goal in last season’s final is a good motivator, but it’s in the past now and we have fresh goals this season.”
Coman saved his best for last with a superb effort, turning the Atletico defense inside out before firing home on 72 minutes.
Goals by midfielders Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso, who produced an unstoppable long-range strike from outside the box, added to Atletico’s misery in Munich.
The defeat was the joint heaviest Atletico has suffered under Diego Simeone, rivalling the 4-0 drubbing dished out at Dortmund almost exactly two years ago.
“I am very pleased with the win, especially in defense, and we were rewarded for our hard work,” said head coach Hansi Flick after Bayern’s 12th straight win in Europe dating back to their 2018/19 last 16 defeat to Liverpool.
There were nervous moments in the build-up before UEFA confirmed the game could go ahead after Bayern winger Serge Gnabry tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
The rest of the Munich squad tested negative in Wednesday morning’s round of testing, but Goretzka later admitted Gnabry’s positive test was a “shock.”
Both sides had clear early chances as Luis Suarez just failed to connect with a low cross from Atletico left back Renan Lodi, while at the other end Bayern center-back Niklas Suele hit the post.
Suarez again fired wide just before Bayern took the lead.
Joshua Kimmich, who celebrated the birth of his second child the night before, won the ball, then turned and put a superb pass into the box which found Coman who fired past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak on 29 minutes.
Coman then turned provider when the France winger darted into the area, spotted Goretzka free and the central midfielder beat Oblak to make it 2-0 at the break.
Atletico appeared to have pulled a goal back early in the second half when Joao Felix tapped home, but the VAR spotted Suarez offside in the build up.
Tolisso grabbed Bayern’s third just after the hour mark when he blasted home a thunderous strike after Kimmich’s effort had been charged down.
Coman capped a fine individual display when he twisted and turned his way past marker Felipe before deftly firing home on 77 minutes.
The 24-year-old was almost immediately substituted after helping establish a four-goal cushion with back-to-back away group games at Moscow and Salzburg in the coming weeks.