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Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen

Clubs: AFC Ajax, RKC Waalwijk (loan), Arsenal FC

• Drafted into Ajax's academy at the age of 14, making one appearance in the 2003/04 Eredivisie title-winning season before moving on loan for the whole of the following campaign to RKC.

• Returned to Amsterdam and became a regular in the side coached by Danny Blind, winning the 2006 Dutch Cup with a 2-1 final victory over PSV Eindhoven, and retaining the trophy the following season, under new boss Henk ten Cate, after a penalty shoot-out win against AZ Alkmaar.

• Introduced to the Belgian national team in René Vandereycken's first game as head coach, in March 2006, and became a regular in both UEFA EURO 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying; also appeared at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

• Became captain of Ajax following Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's exit in January 2009 and left for Arsenal at the end of the season for an initial €10m fee.

• Settled immediately to life in England and scored on his Gunners debut in the Premier League – 6-1 at Everton FC – and UEFA Champions League – 3-2 at R. Standard de Liège.

• Also struck his first international goal in a November 2009 friendly against Hungary (3-0), having been appointed as captain the previous month by new coach Dick Advocaat.

• Suffered an Achilles tendon injury during a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Turkey (2-3) in September 2010 which sidelined him for eight months.

Last updated: 12/08/11 11.35CET

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UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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General info

  • Name: Thomas Vermaelen
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 14/11/1985 (28)
  • Country: Belgium
  • Squad number: 23
  • Club: Barcelona ( ESP)

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 75kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    27/09/05: Ajax 1-2 Arsenal
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Second qualifying round)
    19/05/04: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Belgium

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Belgium110
Belgium U-21101
Belgium U-1940
Total251

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Ajax90
Arsenal271
Total361
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Ajax151
Total151
Last updated: 02/09/2014 09:57 CET
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