Steven Defour- The Next Belgian Superstar?

Steven Defour

(born April 15, 1988) is a Belgian football player currently playing for Standard Liège. He is well known for his playmaking ability and vision.

After playing youth football at Hombeek and KV Mechelen, Defour had been with Genk 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 2007/8 season, despite being only 21 years old, the right-sided Belgian international is now Standard's captain. Defour said: "At Genk things became too easy for me. At Standard I may not play in every match at this stage, but I would rather have 20 good matches and start on the bench 14 times, than play 34 moderate matches. Even in training I've become a better player by working with players like Conceição and Rapaić. They give me advice, but they also listen to me. I've already criticized Conceição. Sérgio accepts my criticism as he realizes I am a good player."

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.

Since making his international debut for Belgium against Saudi Arabia on 11 May 2006 he also has become a regular choice for national coach René Vandereycken. Defour is now established as the new Belgian golden boy after Vincent Kompany, and with his burst of pace, vision, passing and little shimmies, he could be that nation's main playmaker for a decade to come.