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Vertonghen
defenders


Official matches 2020/21

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Date of birth

1987-04-24

Country of origin

Belgium

Height

189CM

Preferred Foot

Left

In Benfica since

Vertonghen

Vertonghen

One of the most capped players ever for Belgium, central defender Vertonghen completed the move to Sport Lisboa e Benfica to join the squad in 2020/21, leaving behind eight years at Tottenham and six at Ajax's first team.

At the age of six, in 1993, Jan Vertonghen joined the VK Tielrode youth teams. He remained there until 2000 when the now Benfica central defender moved to Germinal Beerschot at the age of 13. This emblem had a protocol in place with Ajax at the time.

Vertonghen stood out and in 2003 he left the country and emigrated to the Netherlands. At the age of 16, he joined Ajax Academy, a club where he remained until the end of the formative process and which allowed him to make his debut as a football professional in the 2006/07 season.

Vertonghen was loaned out to RKC Waalwijk and quickly won a place in the starting lineup. In 2007/08, the defender returned to Ajax, and in 2011/12, as the result of his versatility, reliability, and offensive skills, he was named Best Player of the Year. Vertonghen left Amsterdam and traveled to London to represent Tottenham between 2012/13 and 2019/20, he racked up 315 matches and 12 goals. The Benfica center-back is one of the most capped players ever for the Belgium national team (he had 118 caps and nine goals when he joined the Club).

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