Thibaut Courtois is currently the most famous Belgium international goalkeeper. He first played for Chelsea in the 2021-08 season and made over 500 appearances for the club. He has also won the Eredivisie title twice, the FA Cup once and the League Cup once. Since leaving Chelsea, Courtois has signed for FC Barcelona and now plays for the Ligue 1 side, Nice. This article will take an in depth look at the fascinating history of Thibaut Courtois, his role in the Ligue 1 side and the influence of the Euro on him as a player and as a human being.
Thibaut Courtois came from humble origins. The son of parents who were part of the Minhajic clan in Morocco, he was born in Brussels, the city where his father worked as a translator. It was here in this city that he began to develop a passion for football and eventually became the youngest goalkeeper of the Belgian National Team.
As a youngster, Courtois was always looked up to my older brother Yoan, who represented the Belgium national team at a very early age. This gave him the belief that he would one day represent his country at the very same level as his younger sibling. It was then that Courtois began to show promise as a goalscorer and a goalkeeper and he was spotted by eventual France international defender, Laurent Koscien. Koscien made Courtois even more popular with the coach, Laurent Blanc. Courtois then moved to Vitoria Guichard, where he impressed on the fringes as a teenager before being snapped up by PSG in the summer of 2021.
|Date of birth||11 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Bree, Belgium|
|Height||2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)|
Right now, Thierry Henry is still an established goalscorer and a very good all round player. However, despite this he has hardly put a foot in the top corner and it does look like Courtois will be next if PSG want to keep hold of their crown in the coming years. Courtois has already demonstrated he is worthy of the number one shirt and is worthy of more of the same, whilst also showing that age does not bring down the ceilings. There is no doubt that he will continue to prove that he is more than capable of filling the goalkeeping role beyond this season and beyond.
So, what of Thierry Henry? Surely, that spells out a much longer professional career for the French football right back? Although Henry’s arrival was an instant success, many have argued that his time at PSG has come to an end and that a move back north may be the best thing for the long term. Some even cite the fact that he was a bit overrated as the reason for his poor performances on a night to night basis and that perhaps he is too big a name for the position anyway. Perhaps there will be a change of style with Henry moving to left back once again and perhaps Courtois will get the chance to prove himself even more in the next few months and years.
Thibaut Courtois showed great promise throughout his days at Racing, both as a teenager and a young professional. This season he has been an ever present and has made an excellent contribution to PSG’s first team. The young French goalkeeper has also impressed many during his short time in the first team and it looks as though he has a lot to offer the club and national team as well. Should he stay at PSG for the long term, then he will be a real handful and will be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Even if he moves on to another top European club or indeed moves to another country, then he will still be a mainstay in France’s international setup.