Vincent Kompany Biography
Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre back and captains both English club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. 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.
He is also chairman of Belgium D3B Division club BX Brussels.
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 his current club, Premier League side Manchester City.
He is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, and was listed 23rd in “The 100 Best Footballers in the World” by The Guardian.
Vincent Kompany Age
Kompany was born on 10th April 1986, he is 32 years old.
Vincent Kompany Club career
Kompany started his professional career at Anderlecht at the age of 17, spending three years at the Belgian club and he won several awards including the Belgian Golden Shoe and the Belgian Ebony Shoe.
On 9 June 2006, it was announced that Kompany had been acquired by Bundesliga club Hamburg for a fee of €10 million, as a replacement for fellow Belgian Daniel Van Buyten. 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. 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.
On 22 August 2008, Premier League club Manchester City signed Kompany from Hamburg on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. On 28 September 2008, Kompany scored his first goal in City’s 2–1 away defeat by Wigan Athletic.
On 19 October 2009, Kompany signed a new five-year deal with City that would keep him at the club until 2014. Kompany was handed the number 4 jersey for the 2010–11 season after previous wearer Nedum Onuoha moved on loan to Sunderland.
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. 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.
Kompany was firmly installed as club captain for the 2011–12 season. 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. On 25 July, Kompany signed a six-year contract with Manchester City, the longest of its kind in the club’s history.
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On 2 March 2014 Kompany captained the Manchester City team that won the League Cup Final, beating Sunderland 3–1 and 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.
Despite having 33 appearances during 2014-15, his club finished in a runners-up position in the league and were eliminated from the domestic and continental cups, also losing out in the Community Shield. 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, finishing 2016–17 without a trophy.
Kompany played in eight league matches for Manchester City during the first portion of 2017–18, suffering further strains during the period, before withdrawing minutes into an away fixture against Newcastle on 27 December. 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.
Vincent Kompany Wife
The footballer married his Mancunian girlfriend, Carla Higgs, a lifelong Manchester City supporter on 11 June 2011, and together they have a daughter, Sienna, who was born on 10 June 2010, and a son Kai, who was born in October 2013.
Vincent Kompany Personal life
Kompany’s father, Pierre, is a Congolese immigrant to Belgium and serves as his agent. His mother, Jocelyne, is Belgian. His brother, François Kompany currently plays for Roeselare (a Belgian football club from the city of Roeselare in West Flanders).
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.
Kompany has a number of pastimes and interests which keep him occupied outside of football. He has an interest in politics, and he had 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. However, Kompany closed down both bars within a year of their opening due to what he termed as, “not enough to cover the costs”.
Vincent Kompany Injury
In April 2015, he suffered a muscular injury during the Manchester derby which ended his campaign early, 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.
He again suffered a strain to his calf in the opening weeks of the 2015–16 season and lasted just minutes into his comeback match in December, 2015. In May, 2016 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.
On 9 November, 2016 Kompany withdrew from international duty with discomfort, and on 22 November he sustained a knee injury. 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.
Vincent Kompany Salary – Net Worth
The soccer player has a net worth of $45 million and a salary of $16 Million.
Vincent Kompany Honours
- Belgian Pro League: 2003–04, 2005–06
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2007
- Premier League: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18
- FA Cup: 2010–11
- Football League Cup/EFL Cup: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18
- FA Community Shield: 2012
- Belgian Golden Shoe: 2004
- Belgian Ebony Shoe: 2004, 2005
- Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2005
- Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year: 2005
- Belgian Silver Shoe: 2005
- Premier League Player of the Season: 2011–12
- PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11 Premier League,2011–12 Premier League, 2013–14 Premier League
- Manchester City Player of the Year: 2010–11
- Manchester City Players’ Player of the Year: 2010–11
- ESM Team of the Year: 2011–12
- FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2013, 2014
- FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2015
- Alan Hardaker Trophy: 2016, 2018
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He has an interest in politics and graduated with an MBA at Manchester Business School in 2018 after several years of study. In contrast with most of his football peers, Kompany has been characterized as “erudite” and “eloquent”.
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Vincent Kompany: ‘Staying at the top is harder – you have to fight human nature’
Updated: 4th May 2018
…When you have won the league, does that really matter? Kompany’s answer reveals a lot about this intensely driven character.
“We have to care now,” he says. “We keep having goals in front of us. My dream for next season is to come back and see a lot of guys hungry, having that desire to be better, and beat whatever we have achieved this season.”
The old adage about it being tougher to stay at the top than get there chimes with him. It motivates him. “Staying there is a lot harder. Because you have to fight human nature. Once you achieve a goal and you are on that high, you have to consciously pull yourself in to say: ‘I need to have the same hunger and desire as when I had nothing.’ That’s the hardest thing to do in life. That is getting challenged every single day once you win titles.”
Having Pep Guardiola around is a clear influence in respect of the repetition of success he enjoyed at Barcelona. “His inner drive is as impressive as his ability to be a good manager,” Kompany says. “I enjoy it because I really feel I can bounce off it.”
He takes seriously his role as captain in talking to team-mates about their own hunger and the quest for the highest standards. “I have always been like this. When I was six or seven years old I remember players being scared of going back in the dressing room if we lost a game because they knew I would be waiting for them.” He laughs at the memory. “I have changed my ways a little. I am a lot more diplomatic. But I can’t change what is inside of me.
“When I was coming through I had very little support from the older players. I always said to myself that if I make it I never want to be that kind of person. I have a passion for seeing young players develop, so every young player who comes into the first team I am willing to listen. I will give him everything I have.”Kompany feels such a strong sense of involvement in life at City. This season is not yet finished and he wants to push to go an extra mile next. He contemplates how this campaign has been a procession with a couple of blemishes. By the way, do not expect him to regard that emotional home defeat by Manchester United as a blemish. “The Man United game cannot be a blow. It is an opportunity missed,” he says. “But in the context of this season and the Premier League, what is there to complain about?
“The Champions League is a different discussion. There has been a pattern, a historic one. Not even Pep, nor I, have been able to do anything about it. We didn’t lose to any European team that have shown they are better than us, we drew a Premier League team at Anfield which have been traditionally very difficult for Manchester City. We have a history with them, we had a great chance to turn it, and we were not able to do it. Next year.” He nods to himself. “Will happen.”