Jude Bellingham: Biography, Childhood, Career, Life

Jude Bellingham is an English footballer who plays midfield for the German club Borussia Dortmund and the England national football team. 

One of England’s brightest football jewels, Jude Bellingham, is fast making a name for himself in the fiercely competitive world of football.

The Borussia Dortmund budding star has recorded immense accomplishments for his dazzling performance for both the country and club.

The Kopa Trophy runner-up talents are no doubt to any football fans worldwide. While his football prowess is widely known, little is known about the English football sensation.

Unraveled in this Jude Bellingham biography is all about the childhood, early life, football career, and personal life of the fast-rising football star.

Jude Bellingham Biography Facts

Full NameJude Victor William Bellingham
BornJune 29, 2003
Age19 years
Place of BirthSturbridge, England
NicknameJude Ball
NationalityEnglish
Zodiac SignCancer
Height6 feet 1 inch 
Weight75 Kg
EducationPriory School
ParentsDenise Bellingham (Mother), Mark Bellingham (Father)
SiblingsJobe Bellingham (Brother)
OccupationFootballer
Current ClubBorussia Dortmund; English National Football Team
PositionMidfielder / 22
Career2009 – Present

Jude Bellingham Childhood & Early Life

Jude Bellingham was born in the market town of Stourbridge on June 29, 2003. He is the first of two children born to Mark Bellingham and Denise Bellingham.

Jude Bellingham was an obedient and promising child while growing up. He listened to many of his dad’s tales of how he aspired to become a football player and his football-playing experiences.

His father’s passion and a natural love for football motivated young Bellingham to pursue football as a career. 

Jude Bellingham Education 

Jude Bellingham attended Priory School located in Edgbaston, where he developed an interest in football.

On noticing their child’s love for football, his parents, particularly his dad, enrolled him in the Birmingham City under-8- team, where he developed his football skills early.

This was after Bellingham had a brief stint with Stourbridge F.C. 

Aside from his training at the academy, Jude Bellingham’s football skills were improved by training sessions with his father. 

Jude Bellingham Early Football Career

After joining the under-8 side of Birmingham City, Jude Bellingham’s talents and hard work earned him rapid promotion through the club’s ranks as he advanced in age.

At the age of 14, Bellingham was playing for Birmingham City’s U-18 side, and by age 15, he had received a promotion to join the academy’s U-23 side. 

He debuted for Birmingham City U-23 side in October 2018 in a game against Nottingham Forest’s U-23 side.

Bellingham made an excellent first impression in his first game for the U-23 dude by netting a goal in the 87th minute, the only goal of the match.

His amazing form continued as he scored two more goals in 10 games. His impressive form earned him a place in football magazine FourFourTwo‘s “50 most exciting teenagers in English football”. 

He thus began emerging on the radars of top European teams. He was also allowed to train with Birmingham City senior team and also traveled with the squad to observe as they played.  

In July 2019, Jude Bellingham earned a two-year-long scholarship with Birmingham City.

That earned him the privilege of training with the club’s first team in a training camp in Portugal. Bellingham also showed how talented he was by scoring in preseason games.

He thus was given the number 22 jersey and made a part of the squad for the 2019/20 football season.

Jude Bellingham Professional Career

Birmingham City (2019 – 2020)

In August 2019, Jude Bellingham made history as Birmingham City’s youngest first-team player after debuting in the starting line-up in an English Football League first-round match against Portsmouth.

He was 16 years and 38 days old when he debuted. Birmingham-based tabloid Birmingham Mail named Bellingham the man of the match, which ended in a 3-nil win in favor of Birmingham City.

Nineteen days after his professional debut, Bellingham made his English Football League debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-nil loss to Swansea. 

On August 31, 2019, in what happened to be his home debut match, Bellingham scored the first professional goal of his career thanks to a deflection in a 1-nil win over Stoke City.

Bellingham thus became Birmingham City’s youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years and 63 days. 

Bellingham continued to be a regular player for Birmingham City, often earning a spot in the starting line-up but sometimes as a substitute.

Over the next few months, Bellingham switched from the left wing to the center midfield position, earning more playmaking roles.

In November 2019, Jude Bellingham’s performance caught the notice of  EFL officials, who named him EFL Young Player of the Month. 

By January 2020, the interest in Bellingham from top English and European clubs soared, with the young star linked to multiple clubs.

On the last day of the January transfer window, it was revealed that Birmingham City turned down a £20 million offer for the star by Manchester United. 

Bellingham continued to play for Birmingham City’s first team, making up to 32 appearances in the league by the time the league was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By the time the league resumed behind closed doors, Bellingham had continued to put up a fine performance for Birmingham City.

At the end of his debut season, Bellingham had four goals in 44 games, with Birmingham City finishing 41st in the league, high enough to avoid relegation. 

Birmingham City announced that Bellingham’s number 22 jersey would be retired for his fine performance.

He received the EFL Young Player of the Season and Championship Apprentice of the Year awards.

Move to Borussia Dortmund (2020 – present)

Since his dazzling performances for Birmingham City, rumors have been peddled about Jude Bellingham’s move to a top European side.

EPL’s Manchester City and Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund have been heavily linked with the star.  

However, Borussia Dortmund seems to have won the heart of young Bellingham.

This was because the club has a good reputation for including riding stats in their starting line-up, as evidenced by Jaden Sancho. 

He soon flew for medical to Germany, and his move to the Bundesliga side was announced. Though the transfer fee was undisclosed, it was revealed by Sky Sport that the move had an initial fee of £25 million.

This made Jude Bellingham the most expensive 17-year-old in football history. The deal also had other performance-based financial incentives attached, running into millions of dollars.

In September 2020, Bellingham made his debut for Borussia Dortmund in the first 2020/21 season match of the club in the DFB-Pokal.

Bellingham was 17 years and 77 days. In the 5-nil game against third-tier MSV Duisburg, Bellingham scored the second goal to become the Dortmund’s youngest goalscorer in the DFB-Pokal.

The goal also made him the club’s youngest goalscorer in any competitive match. 

In his league debut match against Borussia Mönchengladbach, he earned an assist which earned him the September Bundesliga Rookie of the Month honor.

In October 2022, Bellingham, who was 17 years old and 113 days, set a new record for the youngest player to start a Champions League match. 

Bellingham continued in good form, especially in the Champions League, where he was denied a goal that should have been awarded but wasn’t due to a technical error.

He went on to win the 2021 DFB-Pokal with Dortmund and recorded four goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. Bellingham was named Newcomer of the Season by his teammates. 

Bellingham was voted second in the 2021 Koos Trophy for his impressive performance, which is awarded to the best U-21 players voted by former Ballon D’or winners. 

Controversy & Fines

On December 4, 2021, in a Der Klassiker match against league rivals Bayern Munich, Bellingham made two assists.

The game, however, ended 3-2 in favor of Bayern Munich, who were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute after a long VAR review. 

In the match, Dortmund had appealed for a penalty on two occasions which Felix Zwayet, the referee, had refused to consider.

In a post-match interview with Viaplay, Bellingham criticized Felix Zwayer, saying, “You give a referee, that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?”  

Bellingham was referencing a 2005 German football match-fixing scandal in which Zwayer was involved.

The DFB began investigations into Bellingham over his comments and the German FA fined  Bellingham £40,000 for his comments. 

Jude Bellingham International Career

Jude Bellingham’s international career started in December 2016, when he debuted for the England U-15 match against Turkey.

Bellingham went on to captain the team. He received the Special Achievement Award at the 2018 Birmingham City Academy Awards for his efforts. 

By 2018 Bellingham had moved on to the English U-16 side. In 11 games, Bellingham recorded four goals, and he also was named team captain.

Ahead of the 2020 European Championship Qualifiers, Bellingham was included in the U-17 side that played the Syrenka Cup. 

Bellingham earned captaincy honor in multiple games in the friendly tournament led England to defeat Poland on penalties. He was named player of the tournament. 

In September 2020, Bellingham was called on to the U-21 side ahead of the European Championship qualifiers.

In his debut game against Kosovo, he grabbed a goal and became the youngest player to play for the English U-21 side. 

After debuting on the U-21 side, injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Ward-Prowse earned Bellingham his first senior side call-up.

He debuted on November 12 in a friendly game against the Republic of Ireland. Bellingham, who was 17 years old and 136 days, became the third-youngest player to debut for the English senior team. 

He was named to the English squad for the UEFA Euro 2020, which was held in June 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bellingham came in as a second glad substitute in England’s opening match against Croatia. Thus, he became the youngest English player to play in a major tournament and the youngest player of any nationality to play at a European Championship.

The latter honor was short-lived as it was broken six days later by Kacper Kozłowski of Poland. 

Jude Bellingham Family Life

Jude Bellingham Family – Mark Bellingham (father), Denise Bellingham (mother) and Jobe Bellingham (brother)
Jude Bellingham with his Family – Mark (father), Denise (mother), and Jobe (brother) / Twitter

Jude Bellingham Father

Mark Bellingham is the father of the rising star that is Jude Bellingham. Mark Bellingham works in the West Midlands Police as a sergeant.

Before venturing into the police force, Mark Bellingham was a football player. 

He played non-league football, earning a reputation for being a prolific gold scorer. Mark Bellingham played non-league football even while working as a police officer and up to his forties. 

Throughout his football career, Mark Bellingham scored as many as 700 goals. He no doubts influenced his son in developing his football skills. Mark also helps Bellingham negotiate his deals.

Jude Bellingham Mother

Jude Bellingham’s mother Denise surely occupies a special place in his heart and hers.

No wonder she agreed to leave England to share an apartment with her eldest son. She thus ensures her son eats well as he is no good in the kitchen. 

Jude Bellingham Brother

Jude Bellingham with his younger brother Jobe Bellingham in 2020
@judebellingham / Instagram

Jobe Bellingham, the younger brother of Jude Bellingham, is on the same path to football stardom as his rider brother.

Jobe Bellingham currently alternates between the midfield and forward positions for Birmingham City. 

He has also played for the English national team at the U-16 and U-17 levels.  

Jude Bellingham Personal Life 

Bellingham is cool-headed and an introvert. He also has a good sense of humor, which he does little to keep from his family and friends. 

Bellingham loves to eat his mother’s food as he dislikes cooking and hates eating out. 

Jude Bellingham Career Highlights

Individual Awards 

  • Birmingham City Under-15/16 Goal of the Season, 2018
  • Birmingham City Special Achievement Award, 2018
  • Syrenka Cup Player of the Tournament, 2019
  • EFL Young Player of the Month, November 2019
  • Birmingham City Young Player of the Year, 2019/20
  • EFL Young Player of the Season, 2019/20
  • Championship Apprentice of the Year, 2019/20
  • Bundesliga Rookie of the Month, September 2020
  • Bundesliga Goal of the Month, October 2020
  • VDV Newcomer of the Season, 2020/21
  • Kopa Trophy runner-up, 2021
  • Goal NXGN, 2022

Trophies

  • DFB-Pokal (Borussia Dortmund), 2020/21
  • Syrenka Cup (England U17), 2019
  • UEFA European Championship runner-up (England), 2020

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