Vincent Kompany

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Vincent Kompany
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Kompany with Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full nameVincent Jean Mpoy Kompany [1]
Date of birth (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 33) [2]
Place of birth Uccle, Brussels, Belgium
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) [3]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2003 Anderlecht
Senior career*
2003–2006 Anderlecht 73 (5)
2006–2008 Hamburger SV 29 (1)
2008– Manchester City 265 (18)
National team
2002 Belgium U16 3 (0)
2002 Belgium U17 2 (0)
2004– Belgium 87 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 12:47, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:43, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany (French pronunciation:  [vɛ̃sɑ̃ kɔ̃pani] ; Dutch pronunciation: [vɪnsɛnt kɔmpani] ; born 10 April 1986) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre back and captains Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team.

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Captain (association football) team captain of an association football team

The team captain of an association football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is often one of the older/or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can heavily influence a game or have good leadership qualities. The team captain is usually identified by the wearing of an armband.

Premier League Association football league in England

The Premier League is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL).


Kompany began his professional career at Anderlecht, spending three years at the Belgian club before moving to Bundesliga club Hamburg in 2006. In the summer of 2008, at the age of 22, he completed a transfer to Premier League club Manchester City. He established himself as an integral part of the Manchester City squad and was regarded as one of the bargain buys of the revolutionised City era, [4] [5] blossoming into one of the Premier League's best centre-backs. In the 2011–12 season he was awarded the captaincy of Manchester City, leading his club to win the Premier League that season, their first league title in 44 years. [6] Kompany was included in the Premier League Team of the Year for two years in a row in 2011 and 2012 as well as being included in the 2014 team, and won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2012. Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, [7] he was listed 23rd in "The 100 Best Footballers in the World" by The Guardian . [8] [9]

R.S.C. Anderlecht Belgian association football club

Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, usually known as Anderlecht or RSCA, is a Belgian professional football club based in Anderlecht, Brussels Capital-Region. Anderlecht plays in the Belgian First Division A and is the most successful Belgian football team in European competitions, with five trophies, as well as in the Belgian domestic league, with 34 championship wins. They have also won nine Belgian Cups and hold the record for most consecutive Belgian championship titles, winning five between the 1963–64 and 1967–68 seasons.

Bundesliga Association football league

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany's primary football competition. The Bundesliga comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga. Seasons run from August to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on weekdays. All of the Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal. The winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

Hamburger SV sports club in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.[hamˈbʊʁɡɐ ˌʃpɔʁt fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪ̯n], commonly known as Hamburger SV, Hamburg or HSV[haː ʔɛs ˈfaʊ̯], is a German sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. Although the current HSV was founded in June 1919 from a merger of three earlier clubs, it officially traces its origin to 29 September 1887 when the first of the predecessors, SC Germania, was founded. HSV's football team had the distinction of being the only team that had played continuously in the top tier of the German football league system since the founding of the club at the end of World War I. It was the only team that played in every season of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, until 2018 when the team were relegated for the first time in history.

In May 2019, after 11 years at Manchester City, he announced he would leave the club in June 2019 when his contract expires. He will become player-manager at RSC Anderlecht of the Belgian First Division A where he started his professional playing career.


A player-coach is a member of a sports team who simultaneously holds both playing and coaching duties. A player-coach may be a head coach or an assistant coach. They may make changes to the squad and also play on the team.

Belgian First Division A top mens association football league in Belgium

The Belgian First Division A is the top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium. Following the 2015–16 season it was renamed from the Belgian Pro League (officially known as Jupiler Pro League. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Belgian First Division B. Seasons run from late July to early May, with teams playing 30 matches each in the regular season, and then entering play-offs 1 or play-offs 2 according to their position in the regular season. Play-offs 1 are contested by the top 6 clubs in the regular season, with each club playing each other twice. Play-offs 2 are contested by teams ranked 7 to 15 in the regular season, divided in two groups of 6 teams playing each other twice. The team finishing in 16th place is relegated. As of 2014 the league was sponsored by AB InBev, brewers of Jupiler beer, and officially known as Jupiler Pro League.

Club career


Born in Uccle, Brussels, Kompany started his career at Anderlecht at the age of 17, winning several awards including the Belgian Golden Shoe and the Belgian Ebony Shoe. Although several top European sides immediately showed interest, the player and his entourage decided to first develop a few more years at Anderlecht. "Don't you worry, I will stay here," he told Berend Scholten at "At the moment the zeros in my contract are not so important. If I wanted to leave, I would have been gone already." [10]

Uccle Municipality in Belgium

Uccle or Ukkel is one of the 19 municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. In common with all the Brussels municipalities, it is legally bilingual (French–Dutch).

Brussels Capital region of Belgium

Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region and the Walloon Region. Brussels is the most densely populated and the richest region in Belgium in terms of GDP per capita. It covers 161 km2 (62 sq mi), a relatively small area compared to the two other regions, and has a population of 1.2 million. The metropolitan area of Brussels counts over 2.1 million people, which makes it the largest in Belgium. It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Walloon Brabant, home to over 5 million people.

In association football, the Belgian Golden Shoe is an award given in Belgium at the beginning of each civil year to the best footballer of the Belgian First Division for the past year. The trophy is sponsored by the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.


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Kompany with Hamburg

On 9 June 2006, however, it was announced that Kompany had been acquired by Hamburger SV for a fee of €10 million, as a replacement for fellow Belgian Daniel Van Buyten. [11] In his debut season for Hamburg, he managed only six Bundesliga starts for the club before suffering an achilles injury in November that ruled him out for the rest of the season. [12] Despite his lack of involvement in the season, he was selected in a 30-man provisional squad for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. [13]

Daniel Van Buyten Belgian association football player

Daniel Van Buyten is a Belgian former footballer who played as a centre back. Nicknamed "Big Dan", Van Buyten was known for his uncompromising style of play, exploiting both his physical strength and aerial ability.

Achilles tendon type of tendon in the lower leg

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Manchester City


On 22 August 2008, Premier League club Manchester City signed Kompany from Hamburg on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. [14] Two days later, Kompany made his Manchester City debut against West Ham United. [15] On 28 September, Kompany scored his first goal in City's 2–1 away defeat by Wigan Athletic. On 28 December 2008, he started the game with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park as a holding midfielder and also completed the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 draw. [16]

Manchester City F.C. Association football club

Manchester City Football Club is an English football club based in Manchester, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's, it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. The club's home ground is the City of Manchester Stadium in east Manchester, to which it moved in 2003, having played at Maine Road since 1923.

West Ham United F.C. Association football club

West Ham United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stratford, East London. They compete in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club play at the London Stadium, having moved from their former home the Boleyn Ground in 2016.

Wigan Athletic F.C. Association football club

Wigan Athletic Football Club is a professional football club in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

On 19 October 2009, Kompany signed a new five-year deal with City that would keep him at the club until 2014. [17] He scored his second league goal for the club in a 2–0 home win against Portsmouth [18] and his third in a 6–1 away win against Burnley at Turf Moor.[ citation needed ]

Kompany was handed the number 4 jersey for the 2010–11 season after previous wearer Nedum Onuoha moved on loan to Sunderland. On 14 August 2010, he started the opening Premier League fixture and received a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and completed the full 90 minutes alongside Kolo Touré in a 0–0 draw. Kompany put in a man of the match performance in the 1–0 home win against Chelsea at the City of Manchester Stadium on 25 September. On 10 November, Kompany started the Manchester derby league game with Manchester United at the City of Manchester Stadium and played the full 90 minutes in a goalless draw.[ citation needed ]

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Kompany holding the FA Cup during Manchester City's 2011 victory parade

On 12 February 2011, he started the League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford and played the full 90 minutes, partnering with Joleon Lescott in a 2–1 defeat. On 25 April, he again continued to captain the side in the absence of striker Carlos Tevez against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, playing the full 90 minutes alongside Lescott in an important 1–0 victory courtesy of a late 75th-minute strike from Edin Džeko. [19] On 16 April, Kompany captained Manchester City's victory over main rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium; City won the game 1–0. Later that day, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside teammate Tevez.[ citation needed ]

In the 2011 FA Cup Final he started and finished the match, a 1–0 victory over Stoke City which delivered Manchester City's first major trophy for 35 years. [20] At the end of the 2010–11 season, in which City qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time, manager Roberto Mancini praised Kompany's "incredible" season and claimed that with his attitude and mentality, Kompany can become one of the best defenders in Europe.[ citation needed ]

He finished the season winning the club's 'Supporter's Player of the Year' and 'Player's Player of the Year' awards, and the Premier League Player of the Season for his outstanding performances throughout the campaign, clocking up 50 appearances in all competitions including 37 Premier League starts.[ citation needed ]


Kompany (centre) captaining City against Real Madrid in 2012 Manchester City v Real Madrid 21 November 2012.jpg
Kompany (centre) captaining City against Real Madrid in 2012

Kompany was firmly installed as club captain for the 2011–12 season, with Tevez having expressed publicly his desire to leave the club. [21] The opening fixture on 7 August 2011 was the Community Shield, which ended in a 3–2 defeat to rivals Manchester United despite City holding a two-goal lead at half-time. [22]

On 30 April 2012, Kompany scored a header from a David Silva corner in the Manchester derby; the game finished 1–0 to City and put them in first place ahead of Manchester United on goal difference with only two games of the season remaining. [23] On 13 May, the final day of the Premier League season, Kompany led the team against Queens Park Rangers which ended in a dramatic 3–2 win, securing the league title for the club for the first time since 1968. QPR midfielder Joey Barton attempted to headbutt Kompany during the match. On 25 July, Kompany signed a six-year contract with Manchester City, [24] the longest of its kind in the club's history.

After winning the curtain-raising 2012 FA Community Shield 3–2 against Chelsea (Kompany lifting the trophy at the unfamiliar venue of Villa Park), [25] the 2012–13 season was something of a disappointment for the club as they finished bottom of their Champions League group, placed second in the league (but far behind winners Manchester United) and lost the FA Cup Final 1–0 to Wigan Athletic. [26] Kompany played in that final, but had missed part of the league campaign due to injury, with Mancini citing his absence as a major factor in the failure to retain the title. [27]

On 2 March 2014, Kompany captained the Manchester City team that won the League Cup Final, beating Sunderland 3–1. [28] On 11 May, he scored Manchester City's second goal in a 2–0 win against West Ham United as the club won the 2013–14 Premier League title. [29]


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Kompany playing for City against Chelsea, 2015

During 2014–15, Kompany accumulated 33 appearances in all competitions, but the club could only finish runners-up in the league and were eliminated from the domestic and continental cups at early stages, also losing out in the Community Shield. [30] In April 2015, he suffered a muscular injury during the Manchester derby which ended his campaign early, [31] and this would prove to be the start of a long spell of recurring injuries (mainly muscular strains) for a player who had already endured a number of physical problems since his arrival in England. [32] [27] [33]

After scoring in the team's opening two Premier League fixtures, Kompany suffered a strain to his calf in the opening weeks of the 2015–16 season [34] and lasted just minutes into his comeback match in December. [35] in February 2016, he was fit to take part in the League Cup Final in which City defeated Liverpool, and was named man of the match; [36] however in May he was again forced off in the early stages of the Champions League semi-final, finishing on 22 appearances and subsequently missing Euro 2016 with Belgium. [37]

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Kompany training with City, 2017

Having returned to the first team in October 2016, on 9 November Kompany withdrew from international duty with discomfort, [38] and on 22 November he sustained a knee injury. [39] At that time, an analysis showed that he had suffered 37 injuries since joining Manchester City in 2008 and had missed over two years (878 days) in that eight-year period. [32] By April 2017 he had recovered, and scored in a victory over Tottenham Hotspur, commenting on his issues that "The main thing is self-belief and experience". Manager Pep Guardiola kept Kompany in the team for the FA Cup semi-final, and he played the entirety of the match which went to extra time; City lost the tie to eventual winners Arsenal, [40] finishing 2016–17 without a trophy. Kompany appeared just 15 times during the campaign, although his continued importance to the team was evidenced by the fact he would always return to the starting line-up as soon as he was fit.

Kompany played in eight league matches for Manchester City during the first portion of 2017–18, suffering further strains during the period, [41] [42] [43] before withdrawing minutes into an away fixture against Newcastle on 27 December; [44] Guardiola's responses in the press conferences suggested he was losing patience with the situation. [43] [45] [46] He returned to the team on 3 February 2018, completing the 90 minutes of a 1–1 draw away to Burnley while Aymeric Laporte, the club's new record signing in the same position, remained on the bench throughout. [47] On 25 February, he scored Manchester City's second goal of a 3–0 victory over Arsenal in the 2018 EFL Cup Final, and was named man of the match. [48] he eventually managed 17 league starts as Manchester City won the title with a record 100 points. [49]

On 6 May 2019, Kompany scored Manchester City's only goal during a 1–0 victory over Leicester City with his first goal from outside the box for the club. [50] The result put the club one point ahead at the top of the 2018–19 Premier League table, and they retained the title by the same margin six days later. Kompany had already lifted the EFL Cup again in February 2019 after a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea. He played the whole of the 2019 FA Cup Final, a 6–0 victory over Watford as the club completed an unprecedented domestic treble [51] (plus the Community Shield).

Return to Anderlecht

On 19 May 2019, it was announced that Kompany would be leaving Manchester City to become player-manager of Anderlecht. [52] [53]

International career

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Kompany playing for Belgium against Austria, 2011

Kompany made his international debut aged just 17 for Belgium in February 2004 against France, as one of the youngest players ever.[ citation needed ]

The Royal Belgian Football Association called up Kompany to the 2008 Olympics. Initially, Hamburg decided not to let him go as the Olympics was not an official FIFA tournament. After a dispute, Hamburg decided to release him under the condition that he returned after Belgium's first two group games. At the Beijing Olympics, Belgium's first game was against Brazil where he was sent off in a 1–0 loss, and as a consequence his tournament was over as the red card would rule him out of Belgium's second group game. Due to the turn of events, Kompany decided against returning to Germany in hope of playing the last group game to help his country qualify for the knockout stages. Hamburg maintained their stance that he had to return, and the Belgian FA decided to release him. He later came on as a substitute in the opening game for Hamburg against Bayern Munich. The rocky relationship with Hamburg and Kompany is said to be a major factor in him transferring to Manchester City.

In November 2009, Kompany fell out with the Belgium manager Dick Advocaat. On the Monday before the friendly match with Qatar on 18 November 2009, Kompany received permission to attend the funeral of his grandmother as long as he returned to the team hotel before 6 pm that evening. As it happened, he did not return until nearly midnight. Furious, Advocaat removed him from the squad altogether, although on 24 February 2010 he was recalled to the Belgium squad by Advocaat for the friendly against Croatia. [54] Advocaat resigned his post on 15 April 2010. [55]

Belgian captain Kompany swaps pennants with United States' skipper Clint Dempsey in 2013 Clint Dempsey and Vincent Kompany exchange pennants USA vs Belgium.jpg
Belgian captain Kompany swaps pennants with United States' skipper Clint Dempsey in 2013

On 19 May 2010, Kompany scored a 90th-minute goal to give Belgium a 2–1 win over Bulgaria in a friendly. On 10 November 2011, a day before the friendly against Romania, Georges Leekens named Kompany as Belgium captain, succeeding Thomas Vermaelen.[ citation needed ]

After 34 minutes of Belgium's 2–1 World Cup qualifier win against Serbia in June 2013, Kompany suffered concussion and facial injuries, including a broken nose and cracked eye-socket, in a collision with goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković. After receiving first aid on the touchline, he played out the remainder of the match. [56]

On 13 May 2014, Kompany was named in the Belgium squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. [57] He captained the Red Devils in their first World Cup match in 12 years, a 2–1 win against Algeria in Belo Horizonte. [58]

Injuries sustained during the season caused him to miss the UEFA Euro 2016. [37]

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Kompany during the 2018 FIFA World Cup

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Kompany featured in five of his nation's seven matches, playing every minute in the knockout phase as they advanced to the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions France, overcoming England to finish third, their highest ever placing in the competition. [59]

Style of play

Kompany has been described as one of the best defenders in world football, [7] and is recognised to be a physically strong centreback, with excellent aerial ability, and mobility, as well as good technique and distribution. He is also a very accurate tackler with strong positional sense and excels at anticipating his opponents. [60]

Charity work

Kompany is an official FIFA ambassador for registered charity SOS Children. [61] Of Congolese heritage, Kompany represents his father's native Congo, and has invested and engaged in projects which aim to provide an education and safe living accommodation for children living in poverty. [62] [63]

In March 2013, Kompany bought the Belgian third division club FC Bleid as a "social commitment towards the youngsters of Brussels", [64] with the intention of offering disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to use sport as a vehicle for self-improvement. [65]

Personal life

Kompany's father, Pierre, is a Congolese immigrant to Belgium and serves as his agent. In October 2018, Pierre was elected the mayor of Ganshoren, making him the first black mayor in Belgium. [66] His late mother, Jocelyne, was Belgian. His brother, François Kompany, plays for Roeselare, having previously had spells at Germinal Beerschot and Macclesfield Town. Kompany also has an older sister. Among his friends are former Chelsea goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay and former Manchester United defender Floribert N'Galula, both of whom he consulted about his move to England before joining Manchester City. [67]

Kompany married his Mancunian girlfriend, Carla Higgs, a lifelong Manchester City supporter on 11 June 2011, [68] and together they have a daughter, Sienna, who was born on 10 June 2010, [69] and two sons, born in 2013 and 2015. [70]

Kompany has a number of pastimes and interests which keep him occupied outside of football. [71] He has an interest in politics and graduated with an MBA at Manchester Business School in 2018 after several years of study. [72] [73] Kompany has been characterized as "erudite" and "eloquent". [74]

In April 2014, Kompany opened two new sports bars in Belgium by the name of Good Kompany, one at the Grand Place in Brussels and the other at the Groenplaats in Antwerp. [75] However, Kompany closed down both bars within a year of their opening. At the time of their closure, Kompany was quoted as saying "I regret this decision. We had enough customers, turnover was good, but not enough to cover the costs. So that's where it ends. Lesson 1 in business: investments are always a risk. You win some, you lose some." [76]

Kompany in action during the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League for Manchester City against Lech Poznan Vincent Kompany - side.jpg
Kompany in action during the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League for Manchester City against Lech Poznań

Career statistics


As of 19 May 2019 [77] [78]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague Cup [lower-alpha 1] EuropeOtherTotal
Anderlecht 2003–04 Belgian First Division 29250901 [lower-alpha 2] 0442
2004–05 Belgian First Division3221070402
2005–06 Belgian First Division1211061192
Hamburger SV 2006–07 Bundesliga 60002150131
2007–08 Bundesliga22140112373
2008–09 Bundesliga10000010
Manchester City 2008–09 Premier League 341101090451
2009–10 Premier League2523040322
2010–11 Premier League370500080500
2011–12 Premier League3131000901 [lower-alpha 3] 0423
2012–13 Premier League2614000601 [lower-alpha 3] 0371
2013–14 Premier League284203041375
2014–15 Premier League25010007000330
2015–16 Premier League142001070222
2016–17 Premier League113202000153
2017–18 Premier League171101120212
2018–19 Premier League1711030401 [lower-alpha 3] 0261
Career total367243201729444051430


As of match played 18 November 2018 [79]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Belgium 200480



Kompany with the Premier League trophy after the victorious 2011-12 season Vincent Kompany holds up the Premier League trophy 2012.jpg
Kompany with the Premier League trophy after the victorious 2011–12 season


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