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Top facts about Hamza Choudhury, first British-Asian FA Cup winner

Wed 04 August 2021 | 15:00

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most intriguing top facts about Hamza Choudhury; so without further ado, let's buckle up for the long ride ahead.

Hamza Choudhury is an English professional football player who currently plays for Premier League club Leicester City in the position of a defensive midfielder.

He has appeared around 70 times for Leicester since 2017, and even won the FA Cup in 2021. It goes without saying that he became the first British-Asian player to win the FA Cup. He has represented England at the under-21 level.

His aptitudes and strengths were monitored by numerous top European clubs as he started his youth career at the

Leicester City

Academy at the tender age of 16. Being a true shining light in the premier league, he keeps soaring higher at his craft and in no time would fulfil his dreams of playing for England’s senior football team in the nationals.

Back to his early profession, his youth was started at the Leicester City Academy in 2011 when he was just 14 years old. In 2015 he got contracted his first professional deal with The Foxes.

Then he went out on loan to League One side Burton Albion for the 2015/16 season so as to get a taste of professional football, as Burton Albion was promoted to the Championship.

But it was increasingly difficult for him to break into The Foxes senior side during this period, as the club was benefited from a renaissance period, therefore this led the midfielder to extend his loan with

Burton Albion

for the 2016/17 season.

After the departure of Ngolo Kante following Leicester City's Premier League title triumph of 2015/16, he was provided with the opportunity of playing in Leicester City's first team.

Top facts about Hamza Choudhury that you might want to know

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most intriguing top facts about Hamza Choudhury; so without further ado, let's buckle up for the long ride ahead.

Hamza Choudhury facts in brief

General information

  • Full name

    : Hamza Dewan Choudhury

  • Date of Birth

    : 1 October 1997

  • Age

    : 23 years

  • Zodiac sign

    : Libra

  • Religion

    : Islam

  • Nationality

    : English

  • Birthplace

    : Loughborough, United Kingdom

  • Ethnicity

    : Bengali-Grenadian ancestry

Physical status

  • Height

    : 5 ft 10 in, 1.78 m

  • Weight

    : 64 kg

  • Hair colour

    : Black

Football information

  • Profession

    : Professional footballer

  • Playing position

    : Midfielder

  • Foot

    : Right

  • Current club

    : Leicester City F.C.

Personal information

  • Education

    : Bushloe and Guthlaxton schools, in Wigston

  • Father

    : Dewan Murshid Chowdhury (step-father)

  • Mother

    : Rafia Dewan Chowdhury

  • Siblings

    : Sister-Maryam and a step-brother

  • Marital Status

    : Married

  • Wife

    : Olivia Fountain

  • Children

    : A daughter (Aniyah) and a son

  • Estimated net worth

    : $1.6 million

Hamza Choudhury childhood

Hamza Dewan Choudhury was born on 1 October 1997 in Loughborough, a town located in the Leicestershire United Kingdom and was raised up by his mother, Rafia Dewan and stepdad Dewan Murshid Chowdhury who are relatives on the grounds of Bangladesh culture.

Hamza has a mixed Caribbean and Bangladeshi origin as his mum hails from Habiganj in Bangladesh whereas his real dad is from the Caribbean country of Grenadian. From

Hamza Choudhury childhood

days, he was determined to be come a professional footballer.

His fierce passion for football made him enrol on the roster of a local youth team Leicester FC which was conducive to find the stage for building on a firm career foundation.

As he went on to approach maturity, he managed to settle well into life with the Academy. In the first few years of his career, he just turned into a sort of professional tackler who only knows how to throw those razor-sharp legs of his at his opponents, while he was also a gifted and qualified player in his early career years.

Then as a youngster, he gradually mastered his football trade and became highly specialised in the act of tackling. His sparkling tackling technique made him the best in all Leicester age groups and led him to progress to the extent of being monitored by several top English clubs.

Having Hamza Choudhury by their side, Leicester academy football wore a suit of tackling armour, which was what exactly they were devoid of it.

He was the sort of footballer who could throw all part of his bodies into tackling just as Phill Jones. Afterwards, in no time he was promoted to the Leicester club’s senior academy team at the age of 16.

In as much as the fact that Leicester City FC was on top of it 2015-2016 Premier League trophy hunt and also Hamza was not able to compete with in-form stars (Karte and Drinkwater) who were midfield Premier league trophy regulars, he made a rational decision of joining Burton Albion on loan.

Hopefully, he spent a successful loan spell with Burton Albion as he, even more, boosted his tackling trade while leading the club to win Championship promotion.

Then he returned in 2017 and made his Premier League debut, becoming the first player of Bangladeshi descent to play in the Premier League. 

Hamza Choudhury family

Hamza Choudhury hails from a middle-class background as he was raised according to both Asian and Caribbean upbringing due to his parent's origin.

Reportedly, his mother (right image above) firstly tied the knot with her Caribbean husband (Choudhury's dad) before, she later got married to Dewan Murshid after her divorce. So in his childhood, Hamza lived with his mother, his sister (left image above), his stepbrothers and his stepfather.

As he grew up in a lower-middle-class family, with the money he achieved through his football career not only he elevated his household, but he also made his Bangladeshi family members and even the British-Bangladeshi population feel so much blessed and proud to have Choudhury in their lives.

No doubt Hamza currently is appreciated as a genuine pioneer for players of Asian background. Even today, at least two months in a year, he manages to make up time to visit Bangladesh as his mother currently settles at their Habiganj home.

In regard to

top facts about Hamza Choudhury

, it is amazing to suggest that he owes a lot to his mother, it is self-evident how much he is close-knitted to her.

Perhaps the reason behind it, is that his fierce passion for football was inspired by her who would take him to play the game as a child so as to burn off his excessive energy.

As one of the top facts about Hamza Choudhury, it is pertinent to note here, that he and his family were die-hard fans of Leicester city even before he joined the academy. To this end, he once asserted that he is eager to remain in the club for as long as it takes.

Hamza Choudhury professional career

As it was mentioned in the previous section, when Choudhury began his career at the Leicester City Academy at the age of 16, he was monitored by several top European clubs.

Hence, he got contracted a one-month loan deal with League One leader's Burton Albion on 27 February 2016. His debut in the Football League occurred later that same day as he appeared as a 77th-minute substitute for Tom Naylor in a 0–0 draw with Walsall at the Pirelli Stadium.

Then on 6 August 2016, Choudhury made another loan deal with Burton Albion for the 2016–17 season. Again on the same day, he contributed to Burton Albion's first-ever Championship game and provided an assist in a 4–3 defeat against

Nottingham Forest

.

On 19 September 2017, his debut for Leicester City took place as he came on as a substitute in the 82nd minute of an EFL Cup 3rd round home win against Liverpool.

On 28 November 2017, his Premier League debut occurred for Leicester featuring as a substitute in the 83rd minute of a home win against Tottenham Hotspur. Likewise, his first Premier League start happened on 14 April 2018, in a 2–1 away defeat to Burnley.

On 30 August 2019, Choudhury got contracted a new four-year deal with Leicester. On 1 January 2020, he managed to put away his first senior goal for Leicester, as he made an outside the box strike in the 86th minute, in a 3–0 away victory over

Newcastle United

On 22 October 2020, for the first time he appeared in a European competition, as he came off the bench in the 71st minute against Zorya Luhansk.

So he was honoured to become the first footballer of Bangladeshi descent to appear in a European competition by doing so. On 29 October, he netted a 39th-minute volley against AEK Athens, as it ran up to winning the match 2–1.

Then he became the first footballer of Bangladeshi descent to net in one of the two major UEFA club competitions, even the first British Asian to score in European competitions since Michael Chopra in the defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the first British Asian to put away in the current UEFA competitions.

But on 11 April 2021, he was among one of three players who dropped from Leicester's squad for the game against

West Ham United

after they breached COVID-19 protocols.

On 15 May 2021, he appeared as an 82nd-minute substitute in the 2021 FA Cup Final, and the game ended up with Leicester winning 1–0 against

Chelsea

in his first career honour. In the celebration, along with Fofana, he draped in the flag of Palestine, on grounds of showing solidarity with them in the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis.

This celebration was highly praised by pro-Palestinian groups for their “gesture of solidarity” in the unstoppable violence and rocket launches from and against Israel.

Although an official complaint about their behaviour was made to both Leicester and the FA by Action Against Discrimination, who emphasized: “Sport and in this case football must never be used as a platform for either politics or racism.” the FA has fairly supported players “taking a knee” for more than a year, and does not deem it should act in any way.

Moreover, Wembley’s position remains that the FA does not probe the general use of internationally recognised national flags on the field of play or in the stadium.

At the International level, his debut for the England national under-21 football team was on 26 May 2018 as he appeared as a substitute during the 2–1 win against China under-21 in the 2018 Toulon Tournament. He also started for England in the following match of the tournament, in a 0–0 draw against Mexico.

On 27 May 2019, his name was among England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship but unfortunately was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle in the second half of the opening 2–1 defeat to France in Cesena.

Despite the fact that he could play for both Bangladesh and Grenada, he has made his mind to pursue his international career with England, as he suggested: "To play for England is my biggest dream, to represent the senior team".

In the realm of our

top facts about Hamza Choudhury

, when it comes to his potentials and strengths, it is worthwhile mentioning that as a qualified defensive midfielder, he works best when he is deployed just ahead of the backline so as to provide cover, snuff out the opposition’s attacks and ensure his team transitions back into the attacking phase successfully.

Among his excellent attributes, one can point out his mastery in tackling and intercepting the ball as well as his aggressiveness that can force recoveries to restart the attack.

Even though as a deep-lying playmaker, he doesn’t offer a creative outlet, he is utterly secure in possession of the ball. Otherwise stated, he tends to stop attacks instead of creating them and there is nothing wrong with that. In essence, as a 23-year-old footballer, he has what it takes to make it to the big stages.

Hamza Choudhury personal life and social media

Delving a bit further into top facts about Hamza Choudhury especially his personal life affairs, we can suggest that he has married his longtime girlfriend Olivia Fountain.

The couple met each other sometime around 2016 and they have been living together in a house in Aylestone, but the exact date of their marriage is not yet clearly known.

The couple is blessed with two children together and they had welcomed their first child in 2018 so their daughter is almost 3 years old while their son is 1 year old.

Olivia usually shares photos of her house and their family on her Instagram. In as much as she is an aspiring interior designer, she also has a blog and talks about interior designing there.

She has a public Instagram account under

@oliviafountain

username and despite the fact that she is very stunning, she has gathered less than 3000 followers there, perhaps it is on the account of not being supported as a fancy model or a celebrity.

The couple often shares photos of their cute children and each other on their Instagram accounts. It is pertinent to note that Hamza is active on Instagram with the account of

@hamzachoudhury11

as he racked up around 155 thousand followers on the platform.

Aside from sharing pictures of his family and partner, he also shares a lot of pictures of his games, practices and his professional career.

Hamza Choudhury hairstyle

Perhaps from the moment you started reading this article, your curiosity has been raised by the Hamza afro hairstyle. This kind of hairstyle is a distinctive feature of our football genius that shows how much he is stalwart and straightforward in his interests and beliefs without caring too much about what others might think of him.

But it actually makes him very noticeable in the pitch as you can follow him easily more than any player in watching his games. Despite the fact that his mother made him cut his hair as he was frightened to do this, for him this kind of hairstyle is much more preferable.

Reading his own terms in this regard might find you well: “I wanted to keep my hair long when I was younger, but my mum used to drag me to the hairdressers so it’s a bit traumatising being here now. Now I’m older I have more of a say over my hair!”

Hamza Choudhury comic book

As one of the most inspiring

top facts about Hamza Choudhury

, it is fascinating to indicate that Hamza along with EA Sports recently has released a comic book to the end of motivating the next generation.

Co-written with Vithushan Ehantharajah and illustrated by Raj Dhunna, ‘Hamza: My Story’ documents the Leicester midfielder’s upbringing, his Bangladeshi legacy, and his journey to become a professional footballer in the Premier League and how he intends to encourage the next generation of British Asian players.

The book unravels how his family supported him to pursue his dream, culminating in him the priceless heritage that has turned him into such a player and a person he is today.

The comic will also take an overview of how he first coped with racism on the pitch, praising Hamza’s status as a real role model. The comic is distributed to Premier League Primary Stars and Show Racism the Red Card linked schools to help incite the next generation to pursue their dreams.

In the foreword of the book, Hamza wrote: “Being yourself is important in life and football. It was a lesson taught to me growing up: to love who you are and what you do. Without embracing my heritage, my skin and even my hair, I would not be the person or the footballer I am today. This is my story so far”.

The book is part of the wider ‘Inspire The Next Generation’ EA Sports campaign, which intends to begin fixing the cycle that has been holding back British Asian football aptitude for generations.

Hamza Choudhury lifestyle

If we take top facts about Hamza Choudhury into account, the notion of his religion merits a mention.

Hamza Choudhury religion

is Islam as it is an indispensable part of his life.

In his childhood times aside from football, he enjoyed nothing more than spending quality time to learn reciting Quran. During

Hamza Choudhury life story

he has a deep connection with Quran, in this respect, he once indicated the following terms.

"I recite the Ayat Al-Kursi (Quranic verse entitled 'The Throne') before I come out of the changing room and other little duas (prayers) my mom told me to do."

Likewise, he takes huge delight in playing the piano and intends to delve more into music as soon as possible, while also he is much passionate about camel riding and spending some of his time with his dog.

Hamza Choudhury net worth

In the last part of our top facts about Hamza Choudhury, it might be interesting to know that his name is on Richest Association Football Player.

Since he earns £61,000 per week, £3,172,000 per year playing for Leicester City as a DM, M (C). Moreover, Hamza Choudhury net worth is estimated to be approximately $1.5 Million.

 

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