Tom De Mul

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Tom De Mul
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De Mul training with Ajax in 2007
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 37)
Place of birth Kapellen, Belgium
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Winger
Youth career
1999–2001 Germinal Beerschot
2002–2005 Ajax
Senior career*
2004–2007 Ajax 36 (5)
2005–2006Vitesse (loan) 27 (2)
2007–2012 Sevilla 9 (1)
2009Genk (loan) 12 (4)
2010–2011Standard Liège (loan) 0 (0)
International career
2001–2002 Belgium U16 13 (2)
2002 Belgium U17 4 (0)
2004–2008 Belgium U21 21 (4)
2007 Belgium 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tom De Mul (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɔm də ˈmʏl] ; born 4 March 1986) is a Belgian former professional footballer who played as a right winger.


Club career

Born in Kapellen, Antwerp, De Mul began his career in K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot, but joined the AFC Ajax youth academy at age 15 like compatriot Thomas Vermaelen a year before. He made his first-team debut on 25 January 2004 against NEC Nijmegen, but appeared only eight times in the Eredivisie in his first two years combined.

After a solid 2005–06 (spent on loan) at Vitesse Arnhem, De Mul returned to Amsterdam and figured prominently during his first full year, starting in 23 of the 28 matches he appeared in. In the subsequent off-season he signed with Spanish side Sevilla FC for five years, [1] but spent the vast majority of his first seasons barred by Jesús Navas, [2] a club youth product; however, on 16 November 2008, having only played five minutes at Getafe CF, he scored in a 2–0 La Liga away win. [3]

On 15 January 2009, De Mul agreed to be loaned to K.R.C. Genk, thus returning to his country. Seriously injured during the summer, he spent the entire 2009–10 [4] and 2011–12 campaigns on the sidelines, [5] eventually leaving the Andalusians on 30 June 2012 after his contract expired. [6] [7]

On 22 May 2014, almost two years after his contract with Sevilla expired, De Mul announced his retirement from football citing recurrent injuries. [8]

International career

In June 2007, De Mul earned his two caps for the Belgium national team at senior level during UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, making his debut on the 2nd as a 61st-minute substitute for François Sterchele in a 2–1 loss to Portugal at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels. He started four days later, in a 2–0 defeat in Finland.

De Mul started in all six matches in the 2008 Summer Olympics, as the nation came fourth in China.





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  1. "El Sevilla ficha al portero De Sanctis y al extremo derecho De Mul" [Sevilla sign goalkeeper De Sanctis and right winger De Mul]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 9 July 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  2. Sáez, Alejandro (13 July 2013). "Tom de Mul: "Navas tuvo momentos menos buenos y no confiaron en mí"" [Tom de Mul: "Navas had not-so-good moments and people did not trust in me"]. Estadio Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. "Getafe 0–2 Sevilla FC". ESPN Soccernet. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. "Fazio y De Mul se reincorporan a los entrenamientos del Sevilla" [Fazio and De Mul reinstated to Sevilla's trainings]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 April 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  5. "De Mul: "Esperaré hasta diciembre para decidir mi futuro"" [De Mul: "I will wait until December to decide my future"]. Marca (in Spanish). 7 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  6. "De Mul busca su luz tras cinco años de eclipse" [De Mul searches for light after five years of eclipse] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  7. "Tom de Mul abandona el Sevilla Fútbol Club" [Tom de Mul leaves Sevilla Fútbol Club] (in Spanish). Goal. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  8. "Ex-Rode Duivel Tom De Mul stopt definitief met voetballen". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2020.