|Jude Bellingham Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||June 29, 2003|
Jude Bellingham is an English professional soccer player who has represented, as a midfielder, Birmingham City F.C. (2019-2020) in England and Borussia Dortmund (2020-Present) in Germany. With the latter, he won the DFB-Pokal (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Germany) in the 2020–21 season. At the international level, Jude represented England at the under-15, under-16, under-17, and under-21 tiers before making his senior national debut in November 2020. This made him, at 17 years and 136 days old, England’s then 3rd-youngest full international – only behind Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney. With England, Jude finished as the runner-up at the 2020 edition (played in June and July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) European Championship (also known as the UEFA Euro), the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship of Europe. When he came on as an 82nd-minute substitute in England’s opening match of the tournament, a 1–0 win over Croatia, he became the youngest Englishman to play in any major senior-level tournament as well as the youngest player ever to play in a senior-level European Championship. The latter record was broken just 6 days later by Poland’s Kacper Kozłowski.
Jude Victor William Bellingham
Stourbridge, Dudley, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
He splits his time between Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, and Dortmund, Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Jude had attended the Priory School, a preparatory school in Edgbaston, Birmingham. He later joined Loughborough College, a general further education college located in Leicestershire, England.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Mark Bellingham (Police Sergeant, Soccer Player (Retired))
- Mother – Denise Bellingham
- Siblings – Jobe Bellingham (Younger Brother) (Professional Soccer Player)
- 26, 23, 21, 18, 8, 7, 22, 19, 10 – England
- 22 – Birmingham City F.C., Borussia Dortmund
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jude has dated –
- Asantewa Chitty (2022–Present)
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Black and White)
He is of African descent on his mother’s side and British descent on his father’s side.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, afro hair
- Cheerful smile
- Often sports a thin chinstrap beard
He has been sponsored by Adidas AG, a German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing, and accessories.
Jude Bellingham Facts
- Jude’s youth career started with a local club called Stourbridge F.C. In 2010, as a 7-year-old, he joined the youth development system of Birmingham City F.C. He stayed in the system until 2019 when he joined the club’s senior team.
- In August 2019, he became Birmingham City F.C.‘s youngest-ever first-team player. He was 16 years and 38 days old at that time. On the last day of that month, he became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer. Jude finished that season with 4 goals from 44 appearances in all competitions, helping the club avoid relegation from the EFL Championship (the second-highest tier overall in the English soccer league system, just behind the Premier League).
- In acknowledgment of Jude’s accomplishments with Birmingham City F.C. in such a short time with the first team, the club retired his number 22 shirt. For the 2019–20 season, he was named the club’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ and also won the ‘EFL Young Player of the Season’ award.
- In September 2019, representing England’s under-17 squad in the Syrenka Cup, a friendly tournament, he scored the 3rd goal in England’s opening match, a 5–0 win over Finland. Jude captained the team in the next match where they bounced back from a goal down to beat Austria 4–2 and qualify for the final. He again scored his team’s 3rd goal in that match. He captained the final as well where England beat hosts Poland on penalties. He was named the ‘Player of the Tournament’.
- In July 2020, his transfer to German top-flight club Borussia Dortmund was confirmed. The undisclosed fee was understood to be around £25 million, in addition to several million more based on his performance. This made Jude the then-most expensive 17-year-old in soccer history.
- In September 2020, on his debut for the club, he became their youngest goalscorer in the DFB-Pokal (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Germany) as well as their youngest goalscorer in any competitive match. The same month, he became the youngest player to represent England in the under-21 tier.
- In October 2020, Jude became the youngest Englishman to start a UEFA Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer) match, breaking the record of Phil Foden.
- He finished the 2020–21 season with 46 appearances and 4 goals across all competitions and was voted the ‘Bundesliga (the top tier of the German soccer league system) Newcomer of the Season’ by his fellow players.
- In 2021, Jude was the runner-up for The Kopa Trophy, an annual award that has been presented since 2018 by France Football (a renowned French weekly soccer magazine that is considered to be one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe) to the best-performing player under the age of 21. The award is named after legendary French soccer player Raymond Kopa, who passed away in March 2017. The award is open to those who play outside of Europe as well and the winner is selected by former Ballon d’Or (an annual award presented by France Football since 1956) winners.
- In December 2021, in a Der Klassiker (the term used for any soccer match played between the German giants Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich) match, Jude made the assists for both of Borussia Dortmund‘s goals but FC Bayern Munich won the match by a 3–2 margin courtesy a 77th-minute penalty that was awarded after a lengthy VAR (a decision review system used in soccer) involvement.
- The referee had also turned down 2 of Borussia Dortmund‘s penalty appeals earlier in the match and had even refused to review them. Furious, Jude, in a post-match interview, questioned the referee’s integrity by reminding the interviewer of this referee’s involvement in the 2005 German match-fixing scandal. The DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund), the governing body for the sport in Germany, fined Jude €40,000 for his comments.
- His first senior-level international goal was the opening goal of England’s 6–2 win over Iran in what was their first game of the 2022 edition of the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup. This made Jude the then 2nd-youngest goalscorer for England at the FIFA World Cup.
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