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Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates his goal for Belgium against Hungary.

Euro 2016: Eden Hazard

Euro 2016: Eden Hazard

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Form is temporary but class is permanent!

Chelsea's Eden Hazard put on a dazzling display at Euro 2016 as Belgium crushed Hungary 4-0 to march on to the quarter-finals. Belgium will now play Wales. Belgium were the stronger team despite a brave performance from Hungary, who probably deserved a goal or two for the part they played in an entertaining match. Belgium dominated the first-half and it was no surprise when Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne crossed for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld to head home the opener. It was a surprise, however, that it took until the 78th minute for Belgium to get their second. It was Hazard down the left who put the ball on a plate for the substitute, Batshuayi, who scored easily. Hazard then scored himself with a wonderful solo goal. He went past two defenders before hitting a low shot from outside the box that beat the goalkeeper. Carrasco completed the scoring in injury time with another assist from De Bruyne. Belgium and Hazard have finally found their best form. Can they go all the way to the final?

"It was a great game​. We really deserved the victory. We could have scored more, but the keeper made some great stops. Not that we'll sulk about that!"  Eden Hazard.

What have been Hazard's best Premier League moments?

Belgium players run after Hazard after his goal against Hungary.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been one of the best players in the Premier League in recent seasons. Here are some of his personal highlights:

  • 4th June 2012: Hazard signs for Chelsea from Lille. The transfer fee was reported to be £32 million.
  • 15th May 2013: Chelsea win the Europa League but Hazard misses the final due to injury.
  • October 2013:  Nominated for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or Award.
  • 8th February 2014: Scores his first Premier League hat-trick.
  • 27th April 2014: Named PFA Young Player of the Year.
  • 26th April 2015: Named PFA Player of the Year.
  • 2nd May 2015: Scores the goal to give Chelsea their first Premier League title since 2010.
  • 2nd May 2016: Scores the equaliser against Tottenham which gives Leicester City their first-ever Premier League title.

What do we know about Eden Hazard?

Hazard lost form last season but he's back to his best for Belgium.

Eden Hazard was born on 7 January 1991 in La Louvière, which is a small town in Belgium. It's not a huge surprise that Hazard became a footballer, both of his parents were footballers. Eden's father, Thierry, played in the Belgian second division and his mother, Carine, played in the top division of women's football in Belgium. Eden is the oldest of four brothers and all three of his brothers are footballers, one of them, Thorgan, also played for Chelsea but he now plays for Borussia Monchengaldbach in Germany. Hazard moved to France in 2005, when he was only 14, to sign for Lille, which means he has never played professional football in Belgium. After a few seasons in Lille's youth teams, Hazard joined the first team and was really successful. In 2008/09 and 2009/10, Hazard was named Young Player of the Year. He was the first player from outside of France to win this award. In 2010/11, things got even better for Hazard, when he was named French Player of the Year and helped Lille to win a league and cup double. It was the first time Lille had won either the cup or league since the 1950s. After being named French Player of the Year for the second time in 2011/12, Hazard made a multi-million pound move to Chelsea.

"We could have a great five-a-side team, my dad still plays and my mum could be manager! Eden Hazard

Now that you have read the article, try the quiz below, then, in the comments section, answer the questions about Euro 2016.

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What do you think?

We think Eden Hazard has been the best player in the last-16 stage at Euro 2016. 
Do you agree? Which other players have done well? Which players have been disappointing?
There have been some great goals at Euro 2016. Which has been the best? Hazard's solo goal against Hungary? Shaquiri's overhead kick for Switzerland? Payet's free-kick for France?
What are your predictions for the quarter-finals?
In the first paragraph, we used the expression 'to be put on a plate'. What do you think it means?
Answer the questions in the comments section below.

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kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Absolutely agree
Hazard was the best player in the round of 16.
1 assist
1 goal
And total commitment to the game , I think he deserves it.


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kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 05:12
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Absolutely agree
Hazard was the best player in the round of 16.
1 assist
1 goal
And total commitment to the game , I think he deserves it.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Hazard leads by example


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 06:09
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Hazard leads by example

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Disappointing players are the entire England team


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 06:10
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Disappointing players are the entire England team

Rich's picture
Rich
30/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Yes, I have to agree with that comment sad.


Rich's picture
Rich
30/06/2016 09:02
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Yes, I have to agree with that comment sad.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
30/06/2016
ME
6922
points

Hazard finally showed us his skills this year. For sure one of the best on the tournament.


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aragorn1986
30/06/2016 11:17
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Hazard finally showed us his skills this year. For sure one of the best on the tournament.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
30/06/2016
ME
6922
points

Kane was the most disappointing player while Halldorsson and Milik showed more than we expected.


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aragorn1986
30/06/2016 11:21
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Kane was the most disappointing player while Halldorsson and Milik showed more than we expected.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
30/06/2016
ME
6922
points

Shaquiri's goal against Switzerland.. Poland, Germany, France and Belgium.


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aragorn1986
30/06/2016 11:24
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Shaquiri's goal against Switzerland.. Poland, Germany, France and Belgium.

Rich's picture
Rich
30/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Aragorn1986

I think you could be right but I have a feeling that the Italians might beat Germany. They don't have any big stars (apart from Buffon in goal) but Antonio Conte (the new Chelsea manager) has got them working really well as a unit. They played really well when they beat Belgium and Spain. What do you think?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
30/06/2016 11:28
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Aragorn1986

I think you could be right but I have a feeling that the Italians might beat Germany. They don't have any big stars (apart from Buffon in goal) but Antonio Conte (the new Chelsea manager) has got them working really well as a unit. They played really well when they beat Belgium and Spain. What do you think?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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aragorn1986
30/06/2016
ME
6922
points

Well, yes, it's always hard to predict the score when Italy is playing. It happened so many times that they managed to win big matches even if they didn't have all stars in the squad. But they are playing as a team and they know it. Conte is good manager and he will definitely do his job well but I think that Germans still remember when they lost the semi-final at home and they'll give their best to make one more step on this tournament. It will be a euro thriller match.


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aragorn1986
30/06/2016 22:07
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Well, yes, it's always hard to predict the score when Italy is playing. It happened so many times that they managed to win big matches even if they didn't have all stars in the squad. But they are playing as a team and they know it. Conte is good manager and he will definitely do his job well but I think that Germans still remember when they lost the semi-final at home and they'll give their best to make one more step on this tournament. It will be a euro thriller match.

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aragorn1986
30/06/2016
ME
6922
points

'To be put on a plate'. I think it means to do the bigger part of the job and then give other player the opportunity to score from the promissing position.


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aragorn1986
30/06/2016 11:31
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

'To be put on a plate'. I think it means to do the bigger part of the job and then give other player the opportunity to score from the promissing position.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Beat goal is Shaquiri's overhead kick for Switzerland
A wonderful goal by all standards


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 13:50
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Beat goal is Shaquiri's overhead kick for Switzerland
A wonderful goal by all standards

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

I fancy Germany, Portugal, Belgium and France to be in the semi's


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 13:56
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I fancy Germany, Portugal, Belgium and France to be in the semi's

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

I think to be put on a plate means easily delivered with just little effort required to achieve success.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 13:59
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I think to be put on a plate means easily delivered with just little effort required to achieve success.

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elghoul
30/06/2016
DZ
9105
points

Payet and Bonnuci deserve to be best players. Ibrahimovitch was aweful both he and his team.
Payet free-kick was a dazzling goal.
I predict Germany, France, Belgium and Portugal will qualify.
Hazard put the ball on a plate for the centre forward who has just came in as a substitute.


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elghoul
30/06/2016 18:09
Algeria
Arsenal
9105

Payet and Bonnuci deserve to be best players. Ibrahimovitch was aweful both he and his team.
Payet free-kick was a dazzling goal.
I predict Germany, France, Belgium and Portugal will qualify.
Hazard put the ball on a plate for the centre forward who has just came in as a substitute.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

I always tell my friends that hazard is hazardous on a good day.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 22:29
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I always tell my friends that hazard is hazardous on a good day.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016
GH
14285
points

With Belgium's defeat over Hungary I can see themy making progress from this staggering of the competition


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/06/2016 22:34
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

With Belgium's defeat over Hungary I can see themy making progress from this staggering of the competition

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/07/2016
GH
14285
points

Hazard and his family are likely to help produce more footballers in the future.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/07/2016 08:29
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Hazard and his family are likely to help produce more footballers in the future.

Rema's picture
Rema
02/07/2016
RS
538
points

I think that here I found one interesting data, that his mother was still playing football while she was pregnant with him.


Rema's picture
Rema
02/07/2016 00:33
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I think that here I found one interesting data, that his mother was still playing football while she was pregnant with him.

Rema's picture
Rema
02/07/2016
RS
538
points

In my opinion the expression 'to be put on a plate' explains the situation when one player provides his teammate so big opportunity for scoring, almost impossible to miss.
I explained it on one football example, but it can be implemented on different spheres of life.


Rema's picture
Rema
02/07/2016 00:48
Serbia
West Ham United
538

In my opinion the expression 'to be put on a plate' explains the situation when one player provides his teammate so big opportunity for scoring, almost impossible to miss.
I explained it on one football example, but it can be implemented on different spheres of life.

Rema's picture
Rema
02/07/2016
RS
538
points

I'm not sure that 4. question in quiz section is correct?- Who has played in Belgium top division?
I think that here should stay:
Who played in Belgium top division? (his mother retired for playing football and it's not possible that she will appear again in the boots on the football pitch).


Rema's picture
Rema
02/07/2016 01:02
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I'm not sure that 4. question in quiz section is correct?- Who has played in Belgium top division?
I think that here should stay:
Who played in Belgium top division? (his mother retired for playing football and it's not possible that she will appear again in the boots on the football pitch).

Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Rema

Good to hear from you. The present perfect can be tricky because it has a number of different uses. One use is to talk about something that you started in the past and still do now. An example sentence could be:

Eden Hazard has played more than 100 matches for Chelsea.

Eden's mum, like you say, has finished her career, so we could use the past simple:

Eden's mum played in Belgium's top division.

However, we also use the present perfect to describe life experiences, so we often say sentence like these:

I have been to the USA.

I've never eaten sushi.

Therefore, we can also say:

Eden's mum has played in Belgium's top division.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team,


Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2016 08:16
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Rema

Good to hear from you. The present perfect can be tricky because it has a number of different uses. One use is to talk about something that you started in the past and still do now. An example sentence could be:

Eden Hazard has played more than 100 matches for Chelsea.

Eden's mum, like you say, has finished her career, so we could use the past simple:

Eden's mum played in Belgium's top division.

However, we also use the present perfect to describe life experiences, so we often say sentence like these:

I have been to the USA.

I've never eaten sushi.

Therefore, we can also say:

Eden's mum has played in Belgium's top division.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team,

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/07/2016
GH
14285
points

Wales have pulled a surprise on Belgium


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/07/2016 05:51
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Wales have pulled a surprise on Belgium

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/07/2016
GH
14285
points

At this stage everything is possible for Wales.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/07/2016 05:54
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

At this stage everything is possible for Wales.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
05/07/2016
ME
6922
points

I agree with you kwesimanifest. This is sensation. Wales is playing beatiful, and I wonder if they can keep playing the same game without Ramsey.


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aragorn1986
05/07/2016 11:53
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

I agree with you kwesimanifest. This is sensation. Wales is playing beatiful, and I wonder if they can keep playing the same game without Ramsey.

Bohdan
10/07/2016
UA
586
points

Shaquiri's goal is the best. Portugal will be champion.


Bohdan
10/07/2016 17:56
Ukraine
Liverpool
586

Shaquiri's goal is the best. Portugal will be champion.

Rich's picture
Rich
10/07/2016
ES
2921
points

It was a great goal. I wonder if he will score many goals like that for Stoke City this season?


Rich's picture
Rich
10/07/2016 18:23
Spain
Liverpool
2921

It was a great goal. I wonder if he will score many goals like that for Stoke City this season?

englishman
11/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

yes


englishman
11/07/2016 12:58
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

yes

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emad moussa
15/07/2016
EG
225
points

Hazard is the best


emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
15/07/2016 15:09
Egypt
Arsenal
225

Hazard is the best

assemjuve
23/07/2016
PS
3433
points

I do not agree,i think it was Leonardo Bouncci who had a great match versus Spain,Cheillini did well,gomez and Buffon, Fabregas and silva did not play well.


assemjuve
23/07/2016 20:27
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I do not agree,i think it was Leonardo Bouncci who had a great match versus Spain,Cheillini did well,gomez and Buffon, Fabregas and silva did not play well.

assemjuve
23/07/2016
PS
3433
points

I think the goal that Shaquiri scored was the best,it was really a great goal.


assemjuve
23/07/2016 20:28
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think the goal that Shaquiri scored was the best,it was really a great goal.

assemjuve
23/07/2016
PS
3433
points

I think Italy,France,Portugal and Wales will qualify.


assemjuve
23/07/2016 20:29
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think Italy,France,Portugal and Wales will qualify.

sabanoleg
08/11/2016
UA
470
points

Belgium is a team of stars.


sabanoleg
08/11/2016 13:56
Ukraine
Arsenal
470

Belgium is a team of stars.

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