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Steven Defour
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Personal information
Date of birth 15 April 1988 (1988-04-15) (age 21)
Place of birth    Mechelen, Belgium
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Centre midfielder
Club information
Current club Standard Liège
Youth career
KV Mechelen
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
RC Genk
Standard Liège
030 0(1)
127 (12)   
National team2
2006– Belgium 023 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 21 October 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Steven Defour (born 15 April 1988 in Mechelen) is a Belgian footballer who plays for Standard de Liège. He is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, centre midfielder and defensive midfielder. His main attributes are his stamina, passing, vision and technical ability.



After playing youth football at Hombeek and KV Mechelen, Defour had been with KV Mechelen since 2002. His first-team debut was as a substitute in the 2004–05 season but his big breakthrough came the next season, when the 17 year old showed himself a player able to deploy his skills in the interest of the whole team, creating opening with his astute passing. Now Defour is on a five-year contract at Standard, learning from Portuguese star Sérgio Conceição and Milan Rapaić in the 2006–07 season. For the 2007–08 season, despite being only 21 years old, the right-sided Belgian international is now Standard's captain.

During the 2007–08 season Defour received the Golden Shoe, the official award for most valuable player in the Belgian League, of the year 2007. The form that won him this award would continue as Defour led Standard to the Jupiler League title, for the first time in 25 years. He repeated this by winning the second Belgian title in a row after two play-off matches against Anderlecht.

International career

Since making his international debut for Belgium against Saudi Arabia on 11 May 2006 he also has become a regular choice for national coach Dick Advocaat.

Awards and honours




  • Man of the Season - Most regular Standardman of the season (votes after every match on the official website)
  • Trophy Scharlaken UGH - Standardman of the season presented by fan club Les Rouches des Flandres in cooperation with the official website

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sérgio Conceição
Standard Liège Captain
Succeeded by


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