Jan Vertonghen Biography
Jan Vertonghen 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 totalled 220 games and 28 goals for them across all competitions, and serving as their captain since 2011.
Jan Vertonghen Family
Vertonghen was born on 24 April 1987, in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, to Ria Mattheeuws and Paul Vertonghen. His full name is Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen and he has two brothers, Ward and Lode; both of whom have played football.
Jan Vertonghen Girlfriend
In 2014, Jan 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.
Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur
Vertonghen joined Tottenham from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer of 2012 for an amut 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 Tottenham 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 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 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 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 Tottenham 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.
‘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.
Jan Vertonghen Goal – Belgium v Japan
Jan Vertonghen Injury
The Tottenham star has sustained the following injuries over his professional career through the years:
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- Malleolar injury
- Torn Ankle Joint Ligament
- Knee injury
- Sprained Ankle
- Malleolar injury
- Malleolar injury
- groin strain
- Muscle fibre
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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
‘He’s fine!’ – Relieved Spurs fans react to Jan Vertonghen injury update amid concerns
Updated: 7 May 2018
Source: football London
Tottenham Hotspur supporters are breathing a huge sigh of relief in regards to the fitness of defender Jan Vertonghen.
As the Lilywhites slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of relegation threatened West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, there was concern for the Belgian international after he was replaced by Fernando Llorente with just five minutes remaining.
He appeared to be struggling with an ankle problem, which was confirmed by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after the game.
“He twisted his ankle,” the Argentine said during his post-match press conference. “We need to assess him tomorrow. We’ll see.”
However, Vertonghen has already provided an update on his injury status after being spotted arriving at the 02 arena in London for the boxing match between Tony Bellew and David Haye on Saturday night – and he showed absolutely no signs of being bothered by the injury.
The sight certainly delighted a number of Spurs supporters, many of which took to social media and expressed a happiness that the 31-year-old’s knock doesn’t appear to be too serious.
With the north London outfit back in action on Wednesday night when they welcome Newcastle United to Wembley in their penultimate home game of the campaign, Pochettino will be hopeful of calling upon the in-form centre back.
Spurs missed the chance to move above third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League table, but Pochettino insists he’s not worried about the prospect of not qualifying for the Champions League. “I think we are in a good position,” he added. “Of course disappointed after this result but we can still achieve to be in the top four. It’s still in our hands.
“We’ll see what happens but of course it’s so important to increase our performance. Today we dominated but if we analyse the game we deserve much more.”