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Toby Alderweireld biography

Sat 13 March 2021 | 12:30

have you ever heard about Toby Alderweireld? If you are interested to know about the Belgian defender, stay tuned as we will take a look at his professional career and you will be exposed to interesting facts about his personal life.

It all began when Alderweireld joined the


youth academy which is based in Amsterdam when he was 15 years old. During 3 years of practice and hard work , he cultivated his athletic skills and three years later he made it to the club’s senior team and signed a three-year contract and that was the beginning of his professional football life.

Toby Alderweireld date of birth

is 2 March 1989 which simply means he turned 32 in March 2021. He currently plays for

Tottenham Hotspur

but he had the experience of playing for several other teams and has also represented his country in 2014 and 2018 World Cup and has earned a total number of his over 100 caps for Belgium.

Everything you need to know about Toby Alderweireld bio

The details above about Toby Alderweireld biography is only a basic set of information about the Belgian international. Following these bits of information about the Belgian defender, we have provided below details about Toby Alderweireld biography that will surely pique your interest.

Toby Alderweireld information

Before deiving into the life of the Belgian defender and taking a detailed look at 

Toby Alderweireld biography

, we have listed below a series of basic information such as his height and other personal and technical info to give you an overview of what kind of a player he is.


  • Full name: 

    Toby Albertine Maurits Alderweireld

  • Nickname: 


Physical Stats

  • Height: 

    1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

  • Hair color:

     Light Brown

  • Eye color:


Football Information

  • Position:


  • Jersey number:


  • Professional debut: 

    15 January, 2005

Personal Information

  • Date of birth: 

    2 March 1989

  • Place of birth:

     Antwerp, Belgium

  • Marital status:


With the more basic and well-known information about the Tottenham hotspur defender out of the way, let us have better look at his early days and see how

 Toby Alderweireld


 used to be.

Toby Alderweirled early life

Toby Alderweireld was born in 2 March 1989 in Antwerp. He started his professional career by joining Ajax youth club in 2004. Later he signed a  contract that kept him with the team untill June 2010.

Alderweireld very first European competition took place on 26 February against


in the UEFA Cup in which neither of the teams owned the game and it ended with 1-1 result.

 During 2009-10 he proved that he could be the first-choice centre back. Alderweireld and his fellow

Jan Vertonghen

good performances were praised by the new Ajax coach.The Belgian defender tasted the sweetness of his first goal for Ajax in a match against Heracles on 4 September in which Ajax won with a 3-0 result.

Later he scored an equaliser against NEC but that wasn’t efficient to lead the Ajax to a victory and the team lost the game only a few minutes before the final whistle 3-2. His good performance in 2009-10 season ended in holding the title of Ajax talent of the year.

Alderweireld started 2010-11 season vigorously.  He scored an extraordinary 25-yard strike against Milan in a 2-0 win. The remarkable goal was later followed by another one. He managed to score a goal thanks to a spectacular 32-yard strike in a match against


. Talking about Alderweireld significant achievements of the season, it would not be bad to point out at his great offensive ability that resulted in scoring a remarkable goal against



Since the 2011-12 season was not a season neither for Alderweireld nor Ajax to remember an commemorate we will skip it and go straight to 2012-13 .

 Despite the previous season, 2012-13 was a fruitful one. It was the third successive season for him to play Champions League football. He also managed to win his third Eredivisie for the club. Later he scored three other goals for the club. He also accompanied the team in 2012-13 UEFA Europe League. But Ajax was not lucky to advance from its group, having been drawn into a group of legendary football player,

Manchester City

, Real Madrid and


. Being offered to plenty of opportunities, he refused to extend his contract with Ajax.

On 2 September 2013 he signed a four-year contract with

Atletico Madrid

. Alderweireld played 12 matches for the club and and scored an equalizer in a 1-1 draw against


which was his only goal of the season that guaranteed that Atletico remained in the race.

Joining Tottenham Hotspur opened a new chapter in his professional career history. Alderweireld joined Tottenham Hotspur in July 2015. He signed a five-year contract with the club until the summer 2020. Alderweireld scored one of the four goals in a 4-1 win against Manchester City and that was his first goal for the club. The previous victory was repeated in a match over London rivals,

West Ham

United on 22 November. The victories came in a string one after the other. In the 183rd North London Derby he managed to score a goal for the team but wasn’t enough to make the team the winner of the rivalry.

Alderweireld good performance at Tottenham gained him a lot of attention in the first season . He was recognized and referred to by the commentators as the best defender of the premier league. His collaborative spirit form a strong central defensive partnership with his teammate Jan Vertongen. Doing so , they did Tottenham a great favor to possess the best record with a delightful record of only 25 goals conceded out of 34 matches.

On 15 october 2016 he received an injury and the incident prevented him from participating in the competitions for several weeks. On 7 December he returned in the Champions league as a substitute in a match against

CSKA Moscow

. Alongside his teammates , they duplicated the previous season success. They achieved the title of the best defensive record in Tottenham Hotspur history with only 26 goals conceded in the premier league and upgraded the previous record.

 Toby Alderweireld took part in the premier league from the beginning of 2017-18 season but the occurrence of another injury kept him out of the the team for a couple of months .

On 7 February 2018 he made his return to the team. However the injury to his tendon of hamstring endured for two weeks kept him out of the team and he returned to the team in April.

After spending a season battling injuries he returned as a regular player in the 2018-19 season. He also extended his contract until 2020. On December 2019 he signed a contract extension for three more years until 2023. 

Style of play

Alderweireld is usually assigned to starting attacks for Spurs with pinpoint diagonal balls to the wide players or behind the opposition defence to Dele Alli and Harry Kane. In this regard, he is much more of a playmaker than a centre-back like Piqué, who played far more backward passes in fewer games.


Tottenham's central defensive pairing shifted far too often in order to build up the comprehension that is the substructure of a functional defense.

He was the first-choice partner and coworker for 


. The unforgettable pair played alongside with each other for Belgium since 2009 . Toby Alderweireldś intelligence has come with his immense patience and the combination helped him wait for the right moment to step in.


Goal celebration

Toby Alderweireld beautiful reaction towards Tottenham 3-2 win over Aston Villa was to remember. After scoring an own-goal helped Tottenham beat Villa.

Toby Alderweireld outside football

Toby Alderweireld religion

 is catholic. He has an artistic character that might not be observed at the very first glance. He is compassionate and very gentle and would do anything to help people in need regarding his philanthropic actions during the Covid-19 spread. His weakness can be being an over-trusting person.


He loves spending with his family. Listening to music and visual media have an important place in his list of hobbies. In addition to being a professional football player, he is into swimming.

Toby Alderweireld personal life

Having gone through a history of Toby Alderwireld’s career at different clubs including his childhood, we will be taking a look at the Belgian defender’s personal life, from his family and children to his philanthropic aims and humanitarian efforts. Read on to find out more about 

Toby Alderweireld biography


Family, children and relationships

As mentioned before,

Toby Alderweireld nationality

is Belgian. He was born in Wilrijk, Belgium into a catholic family. He grew up with his brothers Steve and Sven.

According to Toby

Alderweireld life story

, he started a relationship with his teenage sweetheart, Shani and they experienced true love together. Toby recalled that years ago he declared his love for her and he promised that someday they will get married. Shani Van Mieghem is a professional beautician and she has the experience of working for a Tv show about Cosmetics. The two lovers got married on 19 June 2015.Their first child, Ayla was born in September 2018 and their second child was born, Jace was born in February 2020.

Toby Alderweireld career statistics

Following the details presented above about the defender, we have provided below a set of information about Toby Alderweireld’s career both on club and international levels, detailing out how many games he has played and how many goals he has scored during those appearances.


Toby Alderweireld joined the Spanish team,


in 2013 and he got the chance to be in the squad that owned the La Liga title in addition to reaching the Champions League final.

In this section, we will only focus on Toby Alderweireld's tremendous presence in Tottenham Hotspur since July 2015. He made the joint-highest number of premier league starts for Hotspur through the Champions League Final. His arrival at Tottenham was followed by achieving the One Hotspur Memberś Player of the season.

The Belgian defender had a full presence in the Europa League and Premier League.Suffering from a knee injury in October 2016 he was kept out until early December. But after the injury healed he had a great comeback and played in 39 matches in the 2016-17. He took part in 21 matches in all competitions during 2017/18, with a hamstring injury sustained in Tottenham Champions League clash with Real Madrid at Wembley in November 2017, which resulted in missing a number of weeks of action.


Toby Alderweireld experienced representing his country at under-17 level in October 2005 fir the first time and participated in the 2006 UEFA U17 Championship. At the end of the 2008-9 season he made his senior debut in a friendly match against Chile on 29 May 2009. His name was among the Belgian squad in 2010 World Cup but mostly he didn’t get a chance to appear as a player and was an unused substitute.

Alderweireld was called up to the Belgian U21 squad for the 2011 UEFA U21 Championship qualifier against Ukraine on 13 November 2009, with the match finishing 2–0 to Ukraine. He played right back during the 2012 UEFA Euro qualification match against Turkey on 7 September 2010.

Alderweireld was named in the squad to go to the 2014 FIFA World Cup on May 2014. He started in all five games of Belgium's tournament run, including its 1–0 defeat over Argentina in the quarter-finals. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he won a bronze medal with Belgium after a 2–0 win over England. On 8 September 2020, Alderweireld played his 100th match for Belgium in a 5–1 win against Iceland.

Capped by Belgium at every single level from Under-15 to Under-21, he made his senior level international debut in 2009 and appeared at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. He also featured for his nation at Euro 2016, scoring the opening goal in Belgium's 4-0 win against Hungary in the round of 16, and was heavily involved in Belgium's best-ever World Cup finish as they reached the third place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Toby Alderweireld honors

Toby Alderweireld has owned several titles during his professional football career. In Ajax, he won the Eredivisie in three consecutive seasons which can be translated as « Honor Division » or « Premier Division » and is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. In addition to that, he managed to accompany his team while winning the KNVB Cup in 2009-10 season. Also the John Cruffy Shieldin 2013 can be added to the list if his honors with Ajax which is a football trophy in the Netherlands named after Dutch footballer John Cruffy.

In Atlético Madrid he owned several notable titles. Among them, the UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2013-14 can be referred to.

Being a part of the Belgian national team n FIFA World Cup 2018, they owned the third place.

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