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Laurence Henry Cristine De Bock (born 7 November 1992), known as Laurens De Bock, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a left back for English Championship club Leeds United.

Laurens De Bock
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De Bock playing for Club Brugge in April 2015
Personal information
Full name Laurence Henry Cristine De Bock[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Dendermonde, Belgium
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Youth career
1997–2000 HO Kalken
2000–2003 Standaard Wetteren
2003–2009 Lokeren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Lokeren 80 (1)
2013–2018 Club Brugge 130 (1)
2018– Leeds United 7 (0)
2018–2019K.V. Oostende (loan) 20 (1)
National team
2008 Belgium U16 9 (0)
2008–2009 Belgium U17 14 (1)
2009–2010 Belgium U18 10 (1)
2010–2011 Belgium U19 10 (1)
2012–2014 Belgium U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 July 2019

He has represented Belgium at various youth levels including Belgium U21s. He has been named in the Belgium national squad but remains uncapped.

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Early careerEdit

De Bock joined HO Kalken in his youth. After three years, the defender made the switch to the neighboring Standaard Wetteren, where he was discovered at the age of 11 by scouts of KSC Lokeren. De Bock combined football with his studies at the top sports school in Ghent.

KSC LokerenEdit

After coming through the KSC Lokeren youth set up, manager Georges Leekens brought then 16-year-old De Bock to the first team squad. In the 2009/10 season, in the first match of the play-offs, De Bock made his debut at the highest level under manager Emilio Ferrera. During the 2011–12 season he won the Belgian Cup.

Club BruggeEdit

After being linked with Anderlecht, on 5 January, De Bock joined Club Brugge, where he signed a contract until the end of the 2017 season, for a transfer fee of €3.5 million. He won the Belgian Cup with Brugge during the 2014–15 season and followed this up by winning the Belgian Pro League in the 2015/16 season and then the Belgian Super Cup in 2016.

Leeds UnitedEdit

On 11 January 2018, De Bock signed for Championship club Leeds United on a four-and-a-half-year contract.[2] De Bock was handed the number 12 shirt. He made his debut for Leeds on the 20 January 2018 in a dramatic 3–4 loss against Millwall.[3]

De Bock featured in seven games, including his having a 'tough game' against Derby County,[4][5] before losing his starting place to 19-year-old Tom Pearce.[6][7]

K.V. Oostende loanEdit

After falling behind left backs Barry Douglas and Tom Pearce in the pecking order under new head coach Marcelo Bielsa for the start of the 2018–19 season, on 21 August 2018, De Bock joined Belgian First Division A side K.V. Oostende on a season-long loan.[8] De Bock revealed that he had turned down a loan move to Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem F.C. to join K.V. Oostende.[9]

In total, he made 20 appearances scoring 1 goal for K.V. Oostende in Belgian First Division A.[10]

International careerEdit

De Bock has represented Belgium at various age levels including Under 21.

In November 2014, De Bock was named in the Belgium squad for a friendly against Romania, however was unused. In November 2014 De Bock was recalled into the senior Belgium squad as injury cover for Vincent Kompany in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales,[11] and was called up again in March 2015.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 7 July 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lokeren 2009–10 Pro League 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2010–11 25 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2011–12 29 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 35 1
2012–13 21 0 1 0 2[a] 0 1[b] 0 25 0
Total 80 1 7 0 2 0 1 0 90 1
Club Brugge 2012–13 Pro League 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2013–14 33 0 1 0 2[a] 0 0 0 36 0
2014–15 36 0 5 0 13[a] 1 0 0 54 1
2015–16 31 1 4 0 8[c] 0 1[b] 0 44 1
2016–17 First Division A 18 0 2 0 3[d] 0 1[b] 0 24 0
2017–18 6 0 0 0 2[e] 0 0 0 8 0
Total 135 1 12 0 28 1 2 0 177 2
Leeds United 2017–18[13] Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
K.V. Oostende (loan) 2018-19[14] Belgian First Division A 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Total 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Career total 242 3 19 0 30 1 3 0 294 4
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the Belgian Super Cup
  3. ^ Four appearances in the Europa League and four in the Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in the Champions League
  5. ^ One appearance in the Champions League and one in the Europa League

HonoursEdit

Club Brugge

Winner (2015/16):
Winner (2014/15):
Winner (2016):

KSC Lokeren

Winner (2011/12):

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "КОМАНДЫ: Бельгия" [Teams: Belgium] (in Russian). Granatkin Memorial. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Leeds Complete Laurens De Bock Transfer". Leeds United F.C. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ "REPORT: LEEDS UNITED 3-4 MILLWALL". Leeds United F.C. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  4. ^ Urquhart, Joe. "Leeds United fans were NOT happy with Laurens De Bock's Derby performance". YEP. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. ^ Hawkins, Billy (5 July 2018). "BRYANSTORM! Leeds United transfer news: Whites planning summer swoop for Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan". talksport.com. Talksport. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Belgium – L. De Bock – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  7. ^ Verrall, John. "Laurens De Bock encouraging start to pre-season suggests Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa could be great for him". Here Is The City. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  8. ^ "LAURENS DE BOCK MAKES TEMPORARY SWITCH". Leeds United. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Laurens De Bock opens up over Leeds United stint following loan move". YEO. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Laurens De Bock". Soccerbase. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Manchester City's Vincent Kompany battling to prove fitness for Belgium". express.co.uk. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Belgium drop Januzaj for Cyprus, Israel Euro qualifiers". uk.reuters.com. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Laurens De Bock | Football Stats | Leeds United | Season 2017/2018 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  14. ^ "Laurens De Bock | Football Stats | Leeds United | Season 2018/2019 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2019-07-07.

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