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Thomas Vermaelen
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Vermaelen
Date of birth 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 34)
Place of birth    Kapellen, Belgium Belgium
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Flag of Japan Vissel Kobe
Number 4
Youth clubs
1991–1999
1999–2000
2000–2003
Belgium Germinal Ekeren
Belgium Germinal Beerschot
Netherlands Ajax
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2003–2009
2004–2005
2009–2014
2014–2019
2016–2017
2019–
Netherlands Ajax
NetherlandsRKC Waalwijk (loan)
England Arsenal
Flag of Spain Barcelona
Flag of ItalyRoma (loan)
Flag of Japan Vissel Kobe
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013 00(2)
110 0(13)
034 00(1)
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National team
2006– Belgium Belgium 070 00(1)

Thomas Vermaelen (born 14 November 1985) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Vissel Kobe. He also plays for the Belgium national team. Being left-footed, he usually plays as a left-sided centre-back and can play at left-back as well. His key attributes include aerial ability, leadership skills, and his quickness with the ball at his feet. He is also known for his goalscoring ability as a defender.

Vermaelen joined the Ajax youth academy in 2000 and won the 2003–04 Eredivisie title in his first season with the club. He had a loan spell with RKC Waalwijk before rejoining Ajax and winning the KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijff Shield. After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's departure in 2009, he served as club captain for the remainder of the season. He joined Arsenal in 2009 and was included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for that season. Following Robin van Persie's transfer to Manchester United in August 2012, he was named club captain but found first team opportunities limited due to the success of Arsenal's new first choice defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. In August 2014, he passed a medical ahead of a £15m transfer to Barcelona in La Liga.

Being left-footed, he usually plays as a left-sided centre back and can play at left-back as well. His key attributes include aerial ability, leadership skills, and his quickness with the ball at his feet. He is also known for his goalscoring ability as a defender.

Honours

Club

Ajax

External links

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Belgium – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Quarter-finals

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Kompany (c) 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. Lukaku 10. Hazard 11. Mirallas 12. Mignolet 13. Bossut 14. Mertens 15. Van Buyten 16. Defour 17. Origi 18. Lombaerts 19. Dembélé 20. Januzaj 21. Vanden Borre 22. Chadli 23. Ciman

Royal Belgian FA logo 2019
Belgium – UEFA Euro 2016 – Quarter-finals

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Nainggolan 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. R. Lukaku 10. Hazard 11. Carrasco 12. Mignolet 13. Gillet 14. Mertens 15. Denayer 16. Meunier 17. Origi 18. Kabasele 19. Dembélé 20. Benteke 21. J. Lukaku 22. Batshuayi 23. Ciman

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Belgium – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Third place

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Kompany 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. Lukaku 10. E. Hazard (c) 11. Carrasco 12. Mignolet 13. Casteels 14. Mertens 15. Meunier 16. T. Hazard 17. Tielemans 18. Januzaj 19. Dembélé 20. Boyata 21. Batshuayi 22. Chadli 23. Dendoncker

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