(born 15 April 1988) is a Belgian footballer
who plays as a midfielder
for Standard Liège
which he also captains.
Defour had been with KV Mechelen
since 2002.But when that team went bankrupt he was part of a mass exodus of young talent from the club. Steven Defour went to Racing Genk
(together with future Genk players Marvin Ogunjimi
, David Hubert
& Anthony Limbombe). His Genk was as a substitute in the 2004–05 season but his big breakthrough was to be in the next season, when the 17 year old showed himself to be a playmaker in midfield with his passing ability. Defour wanted to leave for Ajax
soon after, but Genk refused the transfer. After a drawn-out period of negotiations he eventually signed a contract for Standard.
Defour signed a 5-year deal with Standard, and played alongside Portuguese star Sérgio Conceição
and Croatian international Milan Rapaić
in the 2006–07 season
. At the start of the 2007-08 season Standard chose Defour as their captain despite only being 19 years old.
During the 2007–08
season Defour received the Golden Shoe
, the official award for most valuable player in the league. He won this personal award at the same time as leading his team to their first Jupiler League title in 25 years. The next season was equally successful as Standard won the league for the second time in a row but only after a two-game play-off with Belgian heavyweights Anderlecht
In late 2009 Defour broke his... Read More