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Vincent Kompany Biography

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As one of the best footballers of his generation and by far the best defender in the history of Belgian football, in this article, we take a look at Vincent Kompany biography.

Vincent Kompany, born on 10 April 1986, in Uccle, is a Belgian football coach and former professional footballer of Congolese origin who mainly played as a central defender. He started his professional playing career in 2003 with RSC

Anderlecht

, which he switched to

Hamburger SV

in 2006. After two years in

Germany

, he transferred to England's

Manchester City

, where he became captain and would spend most of his successful but injury-plagued career.

In 2019, Kompany returned to Anderlecht as a player-coach, before taking over the coaching reins completely from Frank Vercauteren in August 2020.

As a player, amongst other achievements, Kompany has won two Belgian league titles, four

English Premier League

titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields. Besides, he won the Golden Shoe once, the Ebony Shoe twice, and was voted Young Professional Footballer of the Year twice and Premier League Player of the Season once.

Kompany played for many Belgian national youth teams and in February 2004, at the age of 17, he debuted for the main national team, becoming one of the youngest players in the country. His first international tournament was the 2008 Olympics, where

Belgium

finished fourth.

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All You Need to Know About Vincent Kompany Biography

Kompany travelled to the World Cup in Brazil as team captain and helped the side reach the quarter-finals. However, frequent injuries to the defender led to the captaincy being passed to Eden Hazard, with Vincent himself missing Euro 2016. However, at the World Cup in Russia, Kompany was one of the most experienced players in his squad and as a key central defender helped his side to their best ever result - taking third place.

Vincent Kompany Information

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Vincent Kompany biography

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Vincent Kompany Bio

  • Full Name: Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany

  • Nickname: King Kompany

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Vincent Kompany Physical Stats

  • Weight: 85 Kg

  • Height: 1.93 m

  • Eye Color: Dark Brown

  • Hair Color: Black

Vincent Kompany Football Information

  • Position: Defender

  • Jersey Number: 4

  • Professional Debut: 2003

Vincent Kompany Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 10 April 1986

  • Birth Place: Uccle, Belgium

  • Zodiac Sign: Aries

  • Nationality: Belgian

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Vincent Kompany biography

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Vincent Kompany childhood

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Vincent Kompany Early Life

Kompany is the son of a Congolese father and a Belgian mother. He grew up with his brother François and sister Christel in the North Quarter, a poor neighborhood of Brussels. During his childhood, his parents separated. His mother Joseline returned to the Ardennes, while his father Pierre stayed with the children in Brussels.

Young Vincent learned to play football on the playgrounds of Noordwijk, where he was discovered at the age of 8 by a scout from RSC Anderlecht. Two years later, however, he wanted to join his sister in athletics. Nevertheless, the young defender stayed with Anderlecht and grew into one of the club's greatest talents.

Already at the miniemen (age 11 to 12), he was praised by his then youth coach in the weekly Voetbal magazine. As a teenager, he was part of a strong generation consisting of Dries Mertens and Ilombe Mboyo, among others.

On 1 July 2003, the 17-year old Kompany signed his first professional contract with Anderlecht and made the transfer to the A-team, which was led by coach Hugo Broos at the time. Six months later, 16-year old Anthony Vanden Borre also made the move to the first team. The two youth players of Anderlecht became the big revelations of the 2003/04 season.

Vincent Kompany Profile

Despite his young age, Kompany almost immediately became a starting player. In the first game of the season, on 30 July 2003, he made his official debut. On 9 August, he made his league debut against Antwerp FC. He scored his first goal for Anderlecht on 2 February 2004 in a league game against Sint-Truiden VV.

Anderlecht eventually ended the season as champions, after which Kompany was elected Young Professional Footballer of the Year for the first time, in addition, as the best African player in the Belgian league, he was also awarded the Ebony Shoe.

In the following season, Anderlecht experienced less success. The Brussels players did not collect a single point in the group stage of the

Champions League

and narrowly missed out on the league title. Club Brugge became champion on the second to last matchday in front of their own people after a 2-2 draw against Anderlecht. Kompany himself did win a few prizes.

On 27 January 2005, Kompany, who was repeatedly compared by the Belgian press to illustrious defenders such as Franz Beckenbauer and Marcel Desailly, received the Golden Shoe, collecting a record 403 points ahead of Luigi Pieroni in the voting. Kompany received the trophy from the hands of former footballer Rik Coppens, the first winner of the Golden Shoe. He dedicated his victory to the whole of Belgium, and more specifically to the youngsters from the Noordwijk district.

After winning the prestigious trophy, his club appointed Yvon Verhoeven as his tutor, who had to teach the defender discipline and punctuality as well as football. After the season, Kompany won the Young Professional Footballer of the Year trophy and the Ebony Shoe again. He was also named Professional Footballer of the Year for the first time in May 2005.

Kompany's performance in the 2005/06 season suffered from increased pressure and press coverage. During an international game for Belgium in September 2005, problems with his back appeared for the first time. A few weeks later, he was forced to sit out of the league with a back injury. Later that season, the defender also suffered a shoulder and hamstring injury, making a total of 12 appearances in the Belgian league. On 27 January 2006, he played his last game for Anderlecht against Germinal Beerschot.

Anderlecht became champion again in the second round, despite his long absence. In the Champions League, Kompany only played in the last two group matches. He scored the only goal against

Real Betis

, which enabled Anderlecht to end the European campaign with three points after all. After the season, Kompany was linked to numerous clubs abroad. Olympique Lyon and Hamburger SV, among others, showed interest.

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Hamburger SV

A transfer to Lyon did not happen due to the high transfer fee Anderlecht asked for Kompany. In June 2006, the defender signed with the German Hamburger SV, where he became the successor of his fellow countryman Daniel Van Buyten. The club paid around 10.5 million euros for the 20-year-old defender. In the team of coach Thomas Doll, Kompany, who received the number 10, became a teammate of top players such as Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart, David Jarolím, Juan Pablo Sorín, Piotr Trochowski, Mehdi Mahdavikia and Paolo Guerrero.

Kompany was the match-winner in his first official fixture for HSV. He secured his club a place in the semi-finals of the German League Cup, after scoring the decisive and only goal on the rebound. Despite this, he did not have a good start in Germany. The defender, who was also often played as a midfielder at HSV, was soon injured and missed the lion's share of the league like a season before, earning him the nickname "Glass Man" in Germany.

During the winter break, he had to continue training with teammate Guy Demel, as HSV had meanwhile slipped into the relegation zone. In January 2007, Italian side Fiorentina showed some interest in the defender. A month later, Thomas Doll was sacked and Huub Stevens was recruited as the new coach. Under his leadership, HSV rose to seventh place in the

Bundesliga

.

Kompany went through a difficult period in 2007. In September 2007, coach Stevens caused a conflict with the Belgian Football Federation because he did not want to hand over the defender to the national team for the Olympic Games in Beijing. In early November 2007, his mother Joseline died of cancer. His sister Christel also later had to deal with the same disease. The defender also continued to suffer from one injury after another. In December 2007, a big fight broke out with Stevens. The Dutch coach subsequently sent the defender to the B team.

After the winter break, Kompany got a fellow countryman from Anderlecht after the signing of Vadis Odjidja, but his situation in Hamburg did not improve. On 22 March 2008, he was given a chance against VfL Wolfsburg after 81 minutes. Within seven minutes, the defender picked up two yellow cards and was ruled out. In that match, there were a total of four red cards. In April 2008, Kompany was forced to take a forced leave from the club. A month later, he was linked with a transfer to

Arsenal FC

.

HSV first refused to let the defender go to the Olympics, but in July 2008 the German club gave him permission to take part in the tournament after all, but coach Martin Jol, who had succeeded his compatriot Huub Stevens not long before, called the defender back to Germany during the group stage. Kompany did not respond to Jol's call and opted to stay in Beijing, but when federation president François De Keersmaecker sided with HSV, Kompany eventually returned to Hamburg after all.

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Manchester City

The soured relationship between Kompany and the HSV board meant that in August 2008, despite having a running contract until 2012, he was allowed to look for a new team. On 22 August 2008, he signed a four-season contract with Manchester City, HSV received around 7 to 8 million euros for the central defender. Kompany was given shirt number 33 in the team of coach Mark Hughes.

Kompany was one of the many top transfers in the summer of 2008. Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Pablo Zabaleta, Jô and Tal Ben Haim also moved to Manchester. After the winter break, his former teammate Nigel de Jong also made the switch to The Citizens.

On 24 August 2008 Kompany made his debut for City against

West Ham United

. Just over a month later, on 28 September, he scored his first goal against

Wigan Athletic

. In his first season for The Citizens Kompany played regularly, albeit as a defensive midfielder. The club finished in tenth place in the Premier League, after which numerous reinforcements were brought in such as Patrick Vieira, Carlos Tévez, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Touré and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Despite the many big names, Kompany remained a regular at Manchester City, which extended his contract for two years on 19 October 2009, a month later when coach Hughes was dismissed and Italian Roberto Mancini was brought in. Kompany, who was voted player of the month by City supporters in February 2010, finished that season with The Citizens in fifth place.

At the start of the 2010/11 season, Kompany was given the number 4. From then on, he formed the central duo in defence together with Joleon Lescott or Jérôme Boateng. In the absence of Argentine striker Carlos Tévez, he was also given the captain's armband. Kompany played an excellent season in the Premier League and captured the

FA Cup

on 14 May 2011.

In the cup final, Stoke City was beaten by the smallest of margins. At the end of the season, Kompany was included in the PFA Team of the Year and was named Player of the Year by the City themselves.

In September 2011, Kompany took over the captaincy permanently from Tévez. On 23 October 2011, City recorded a historic victory on the pitch of city rival

Manchester United.

The Citizens won the derby 1-6. Alex Ferguson called it the worst day of his career, but it was Manchester United that seemed to be on their way to the league title.

Only at the end of the competition City hit back. On the third to last matchday, City jumped over United by winning 1-0 against their city rival. Two weeks later, The Citizens captured their first league title since 1968. City won the title by beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 on the final matchday. Sergio Agüero scored the decisive goal in the 94th minute.

Kompany then received the Premier League trophy as captain. After the season, the defender was again included in the PFA Team of the Year and succeeded Nemanja Vidić as Premier League Player of the Season, and was named as the captain of the team.

In the 2012/13 season, Kompany again suffered from some injuries. Before the winter break, he missed several games due to a groin injury, after the winter break he was out for two months with a calf injury. Manchester City finished the season as vice-champions and said goodbye to coach Mancini before the end of the competition, who was succeeded by Manuel Pellegrini after the season. In 2013, Kompany himself was repeatedly linked with a move to FC Barcelona, and he was also rumoured to be in the process of joining the club.

The 2013/14 season also began with injuries for Kompany. At the end of August 2013, he was again injured his groin. Kompany initially seemed to rehabilitate quickly, but a month later relapsed into the same injury. On the final matchday of the season, Kompany scored the second and final goal against West Ham. The 2-0 win enabled City to secure the title for the second time, with two points more than Liverpool. In August 2014, Kompany extended his contract until mid-2019.

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Return to Anderlecht

On 19 May 2019, Kompany announced in an open letter via social media that he was quitting Manchester City, and one and a half hours later he announced that he would become player-coach of RSC Anderlecht, his former club. Kompany thus became the third player-coach in club history, after Sylva Brébart and Ferdinand Adams.

After a bad start of the season, with only two points from four games, it was decided that he should focus more on playing football. After nine matchdays, Simon Davies was dismissed and Frank Vercauteren was appointed Anderlecht's new coach.

On 17 August 2020, he announced he was quitting football and becoming Anderlecht's head coach with immediate effect.

Belgium National Team

During his career at the international level, Kompany has been capped 89 times by the Belgian national football team and scored a total of four goals.

Kompany was called up by the Royal Belgian Football Association to represent Belgium at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Initially, Hamburg did not allow the player to take part in the Olympic Games, as they are not officially recognized by FIFA. Finally, his club allowed him to travel with Belgium to Beijing on the condition that he would return to Germany after the first two group matches.

In the first match against Brazil, Vincent Kompany was shown the red card, which resulted in a one-match ban. Because of this Kompany decided not to return to Hamburg and thus help his national team to the next round of the tournament. The German club maintained its position that the centre-back had to return, so the Belgian FA let him return to Germany.

On 13 May 2014 Belgian national team coach Marc Wilmots included Kompany in the preliminary list of 24 called-up players to start the preparation for the 2014 World Cup. He wore the number 4 for the duration of the tournament.

On 4 June 2018, coach Roberto Martinez included him in the 23-man squad for the

World Cup

. Despite missing the first few matches due to injury, he had a good World Cup, achieving a historic third place with Belgium.

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Style of Play

He was a central defender, strong both physically and in the aerial play, he had a strong personality and was considered a leader by his teammates, he had good anticipation of opponents and good marking skills, if necessary he could also play as a defensive midfielder. Thanks to his precision in tackles and his innate sense of position he was considered one of the strongest central defenders in the world.

Reception

Vincent Kompany is regarded by many football critics and fans to be amongst the best central defenders of his era and the best in the history of Belgian football, and with all of his achievements, we can’t deny that.

Goal Celebration

Kompany has scored some good goals during his career, and one of the celebrations we have seen him doing after scoring those goals was when he ran to the stands, jumping and shouting happily.

Vincent Kompany outside Football

In December 2017, Kompany graduated from Manchester Business School with a Master of Business Administration or MBA with honors. He studied part-time for five years in parallel with his football career.

He has also interested in politics and there were speculations on social media that after retiring from football, Kompany will enter politics.

Kompany also makes regular business investments. In 2010, for example, he was at the cradle of Bonka Circus, the production house and management agency which, among other things, made the Everyone Devil programme.

A year later, he bought a third of the shares of Elite Limousines VIP Protection Services Ltd, a company specialising in luxury transport which, in addition to Manchester City, also counted Manchester United among its clients.

In 2014, he opened the Good Kompany sports bars in Brussels and Antwerp, but after less than a year, these were discontinued due to insufficient turnover.

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Vincent Kompany Personal Life

In this section of Vincent Kompany biography, we will take a look into his personal life, sharing some information about things like

Vincent Kompany religion

and

Vincent Kompany life story

.

Family, Children and Relationships

Kompany's great-grandfather worked in a copper mine in the Congo. He was a tribal leader who was given the name "Kompany" by his fellow citizens.

His brother François Kompany is also a footballer, his sister Christel practiced athletics in her youth.

In 2011, Vincent Kompany bought up football club FC Bleid-Gaume. He renamed the club BX Brussels and appointed his sister as chairwoman.

His father Pierre Kompany is the mayor of the Brussels municipality of Ganshoren. His mother Joseline died of cancer in 2007.

On 11 June 2011, Kompany married the Englishwoman Carla Higgs in Castle Ashby. A year earlier, their daughter Sienna was born. In October 2013, they welcomed a son Kai and in 2015 they had a second son Caleb.

Philanthropy

In addition to football, Kompany is known as a philanthropist, for example, he has been an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages since 2006.

Together with his wife Carla, he also founded the non-profit organisation "Vica" (composed of the first letters of their first names). The social project supports young people who are struggling to develop in their city.

In 2012, he founded a record label to support young music talents.

Legal Issues

There are no reports of any legal issues or disputes regarding Vincent Kompany on the media.

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Vincent Kompany Career Statistics

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Vincent Kompany biography

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Club

During his rather short 17-years career as a footballer, which started in 2003, Vincent Kompany went on to play 532 matches in all competitions, and score 31 goals as a defender, which is good. For the most part of his career, Vincent Kompany played for Manchester City in 360 matches, scoring 20 goals.

International

Between 2004 and 2019, Vincent Kompany played a total of 89 matches for his nation in various tournaments and friendly matches and scored 4 goals. In 2018 that they finished third-placed at World Cup, Vincent Kompany played a total of 12 matches for Belgium.

Managerial

Since 17 August 2020 that he took charge at Anderlecht, and as of 21 February 2021, Kompany’s team has played a total of 29 matches in which they’ve won 11, drawn 12 and lost 6 games. His win ratio at Anderlecht is 37.9 percent.

Vincent Kompany Honors

On the club level, Vincent Kompany has won many titles and awards including Belgian First Division, English Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield.

With Belgium, he managed to finish at third place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He has also won many individual awards with the most prominent of them including Man of the Season (Belgian First Division), Belgian Golden Shoe, Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year, Manchester City Official Supporter's Player of the Year, Manchester City Player's Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season and PFA Team of the Year among many others.

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source: SportMob