Jan Vertonghen Biography
Jan Vertonghen (full name: Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen) and best known by the name; “Super Jan” is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the Belgium national team. He is mainly a central defender but he can also play as a left back.
Vertonghen began his senior career at Dutch club Ajax in 2006 and had a total of 220 games and 28 goals for them across all competitions, and serving as their captain since 2011.
He made his debut for Belgium in 2007 and has since earned over 110 caps which are the most in the history of the national team. He has been on notable squads like at the 2008 Olympics where they came fourth, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016 where they reached the quarter-finals as well as third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Jan Vertonghen Age
Vertonghen was born on 24 April 1987 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. He is 31 years old as of 2018.
Jan Vertonghen Family
He was born to Ria Mattheeuws and Paul Vertonghen. His full name is Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen. His two brothers: Ward and Lode have both also played football.
Jan Vertonghen Girlfriend
In 2014, Vertonghen appeared to have confirmed via Instagram that he and his longtime girlfriend Sophie de Vries had just got engaged. Both lovebirds became happy parents of their daughter Leyla a year later. They were also blessed with another child in 2017, a baby boy.
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Vertonghen joined Tottenham from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer of 2012 for an amount of around 12 million Euros. He took part in his first game as a Tottenham player in a 3–2 friendly win against Brentford on 14 July, then later scored his first goal for the club on 26 September in a 3–0 win against Carlisle United in the third round of the Football League Cup.
He scored in the league for Spurs on 16 December, the only goal of the game, in a win at White Hart Lane against Swansea City. He was named Premier League Player of the Month for March 2013, making himself the second Belgian and the 12th Spurs player to win the award. Vertonghen was named in the 2012–13 PFA Team of the Year, alongside Rio Ferdinand, Leighton Baines and Pablo Zabaleta in defence.
During the 2014-15 season, Vertonghen helped Spurs to reach the 2015 League Cup Final and started the game on 1 March 2015, but Tottenham lost to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium 2-0.
In late January 2016, he damaged his medial knee-ligament and did not play for 11 weeks. He returned in the home match against Manchester United on 10 April 2016, which finished in a 3–0 win, the first home league win for Tottenham against Manchester United since 2001. His partnership with Toby Alderweireld in the defence was recognised as being crucial for the club which had the joint-lowest number of goals conceded in the Premier League this season.
On 2 December 2016, Vertonghen signed a new contract with Tottenham that would keep him at the club until 2019. However, in mid January 2017, Vertonghen suffered an ankle ligament injury that would see him out of action for five weeks. He returned to the team on 19 February in the fifth round FA Cup match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
That season, Vertonghen was part of the Spurs defense that achieved the best defensive record for the club, with only 26 goals conceded in the Premier League (and only 9 conceded in home league games), 6 better than the previous record of 32 conceded that was set in the 1908-09 season in the Second Division. He was considered then one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
On 7 January, 2018, Vertonghen scored his first goal for the club since October 2013, a 30-yard strike in the 3–0 win over Wimbledon in the third round of the 2017–18 FA Cup.
Jan Vertonghen Belgium
‘Super Jan’ made his international debut at the under-21 stage in 2006 and took part in the 2007 UEFA U21 Championships. He then made his senior debut for his national team in a 2-1 loss against Portugal. He scored the opening goal, also his first international goal, in a friendly match against the Czech Republic in August 2009 that resulted in a 3-1 loss.
Vertonghen was named in Belgium’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, on 13 May 2014 and in their final group match, he captained the team and scored the winning goal as Belgium beat South Korea 1-0.
He was again named to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. He initiated the scoring in Belgium’s second half comeback from a 0-2 deficit against Japan. Vertonghen scored a spectacular header from 20 yards out to the far post. Belgium went on to win 3-2 over Japan.
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Jan Vertonghen Injury
The Tottenham star has sustained the following injuries over his professional career through the years:
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Jan Vertonghen Honours
- Eredivisie: 2010–11, 2011–12
- KNVB Cup: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Football League Cup runner-up: 2014–15
- AFC Ajax Talent of the Year: 2007–08
- AFC Ajax Player of the Year: 2011–12
- Dutch Footballer of the Year: 2012
- PFA Team of the Year: 2012–13 Premier League, 2017–18 Premier League
- Premier League Player of the Month: March 2013
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Jan Vertonghen News
Vertonghen fit for Tottenham return
Adopted from: goal.com
Published: 27 Nov 2018
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the Belgian defender will return for the crucial match against the Italian side, while Danny Rose is also ready to feature.
Pochettino insists that Vertonghen is fit and ready to alleviate Tottenham’s “mistake” of omitting Juan Foyth from their Champions League roster.
Spurs must beat Inter at Wembley on Wednesday 5th December 2018 to have any hope of leapfrogging the Serie A side into second spot in Group B.
The Belgium defender has not played a minute since injuring his hamstring against Huddersfield Town two months ago, but was named among the substitutes for the Premier League win over Chelsea and is now likely to be thrust into the starting XI.
Foyth, a regular in recent fixtures, is ineligible after missing out on the 25-man squad chosen for the group stage in September, while Davinson Sanchez is battling a hamstring problem of his own.
Pochettino is adamant Vertonghen can seamlessly step in alongside Toby Alderweireld for the make-or-break encounter.
“Yes, that’s why he was on the bench [against Chelsea],” the manager said. “My decision was to play with Foyth and Toby.
“Of course Jan is ready to play. He has been working so hard the last three, four weeks. He’s an important player for the team like everyone.”
Centre-back Foyth has largely impressed since breaking into the first-team fold, scoring the winner at Crystal Palace and helping to secure a 3-1 victory over Maurizio Sarri’s men on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Argentine was a victim of the club having too many foreign players on the books when the initial squad was named, an error Pochettino regrets.
“I’m so disappointed from the beginning,” he said.