About Vincent Kompany
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has rapidly established himself as one of the best defenders in world soccer, after making the move from Hamburg to England for a measly £6 million in 2008. The Belgium international has already led the Citizens to two historic Premier League titles, and has been named in the Premier League Team of the Year on three occasions.
Kompany is an extremely strong, powerful center-half, and he is also very adept with the ball at his feet. He is renowned for his no-nonsense defending, as well as his superb awareness and positioning in the defensive third.
Kompany is as important to Belgium as he is for Manchester City, and with Diables Rouges enjoying something of a golden generation, could really make an imprint on the international stage in the years to come
- Name: Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany
- Nationality: Belgian
- Date and Place of Birth: April 10, 1986 in Brussels, Belgium
- Position: Central defender
- Current Club: Manchester City (Premier League)
- Previous Clubs: Anderlecht (2003-2006), Hamburg (2006-2008)
- International Career: 2004-present
Breakthrough at Anderlecht:
Kompany joined his hometown club, Anderlecht, at the age of 17 having played amateur soccer throughout his upbringing. He had a successful spell with the club, picking up individual awards such as the Belgian Golden Shoe, which recognizes the best player from the top division each year.
Kompany was also part of two Jupiler Pro League (Belgian First Division) winning sides, in 2003-04 and 2005-06, establishing himself as a solid central defender. A host of European teams showed interest in Kompany from his early days at Anderlecht, and he was eventually snapped up by German Bundesliga outfit Hamburg just three years after making his professional debut.
Spell with Hamburg:
Kompany’s initial season with Hamburg was curtailed by a serious Achilles injury, which meant he was only able to make six appearances for the club he joined for 10 million Euros. Despite his injury, he was included in Belgium’s 30-man provisional squad for the 2007 Under 21 European Championships, although he failed to make the final cut in a team that included current Premier League stars Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas.
Kompany was back to fitness the following season, and he was able to play a bigger role in Hamburg’s push for European qualification, although a breakdown in the relationship with Hamburg played a big part in his move to Manchester City at the end of the season.
New era in Manchester:
Since making his debut for Mark Hughes’ side against West Ham United in August, 2008, Kompany has gone from strength to strength in a league that suits his powerful style. He quickly established himself as a critical member of Manchester City’s team, scoring his first goal against Wigan Athletic in September that year.
In October 2009, City realized his value to the club, and handed him a brand new five-year contract, tying him down until 2014. Kompany went on to form partnerships with Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott at the heart of City’s defense, and he won his first trophy in England in 2011, as the club defeated fierce rivals Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Later that day, Kompany was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside teammate Carlos Tevez, and he was hailed by then-manager Roberto Mancini for an “incredible” season, which culminated in him being named Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and the Premier League’s Player of the Year.
The following season Kompany was to add to his growing list of accolades by leading City to their first Premier League title since 1968, thanks to a dramatic goal from Sergio Aguero with the very last kick of the season. Kompany was awarded for his services with a bumper six-year contract, the longest in the club’s history.
Kompany was to enjoy a repeat of City’s 2012 success two years later by guiding the club to their second Premier League crown, narrowly staving off the attention of Liverpool to claim the title by two points on the final day of the season.
Kompany made his international debut at the age of 17, against France in February, 2004, although he wasn’t to become a regular in the Belgium side for another four years. He represented the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, although he was sent off in the opening game against Brazil.
Having moved to Manchester City after falling out with Hamburg, Kompany was also to endure a rocky relationship with then-Belgium manager Dick Advocaat, who dropped him for breaking a curfew on the day of his grandmother’s funeral.
In November, 2011 Kompany was named captain of the national side, succeeding Thomas Vermaelen, and the 2014 World Cup represents his first tournament as Belgium captain.
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