Thomas Vermaelen Biography
Thomas Vermaelen is a Belgian professional footballer born on 14 November 1985 , he plays as a centre-back for Spanish club Barcelona and the Belgium national team. Being left-footed, he plays as a left-sided centre-back and at left-back. His key attributes include aerial ability, leadership skills, and his quickness with the ball at his feet. He is also known for his goal scoring ability as a defender.
Thomas Vermaelen Height
He is 1.83 m tall.
Thomas Vermaelen Career
He started his youth career in his home country with Germinal Ekeren, which later became Germinal Beerschot after a merger. He then joined Dutch club Ajax academy, and made his professional debut on 15 February 2004 in a 0–2 away win over FC Volendam. He returned to Ajax and won the KNVB Cup wich led to a call-up to the Belgium national football team. He served as captain of Ajax for the remainder of the 2008–09 season.
Thomas Vermaelen Arsenal-Barcelona
On 19 June 2009, he joined Arsenal from Ajax for an initial fee of €10 million, and signed a four-year contract. He wore a number 5 jersey, and formed Arsenal’s central defence. He finished the 2009–10 season with 45 games and eight goals in all competitions under his belt. In the pre-season of the 2010–11 season, he captained Arsenal in an Emirates Cup match against Milan with regular captain not in the squad.
The Achilles tendon problem kept him out of action until 2011. In August 2011, he was the vice-captain of Arsenal. On 18 October 2011, he signed a contract extension to keep him at the club for an additional four years. On 1 November, he started his first UEFA Champions League game against Marseille in which the game ended 0–0. Manager Arsène Wenger called him a defensive rock with his strong partnership with Laurent Koscielny, enabling Arsenal to build from the back.
On 17 May 2014, he won his only trophy with Arsenal as an unused substitute in the team’s 3–2 win over Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup Final. On 9 August 2014, Arsenal accepted a £15 million offer from Barcelona for Vermaelen. He signed a five-year contract. He underwent surgery on 2 December 2014 and started on his debut for Barcelona on 23 May 2015
On 8 August 2016, Roma loaned Vermaelen from Barcelona on a one-year deal with an option to purchase. On 18 August 2016, he made his debut for the Rome club in a UEFA Champions League qualification play-off against FC Porto and was sent off for two yellow card offences after only 41 minutes.
He played only 607 minutes due to injury and returned to Barcelona at the end of the season. On 26 November 2017. He retained his place in central defence for seven of the next eight fixtures, before picking up an injury, including Barça’s 3–0 win at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu against rivals Real Madrid.
Thomas Vermaelen Vrouw/Wife
In 2012, he began dating model and TV presenter Polly Parsons and the couple married in June 2017. Together they have two sons, Raff and Ace.
Thomas Vermaelen Transfermarkt
He joined Arsenal from Ajax for an initial fee of €10 million rising to €12 million on 19 June 2009, and signing a four-year contract. On 9 August 2014, Arsenal accepted a £15 million offer from Barcelona for him. The next day, he completed his move after signing a five-year contract. On 8 August 2016, Roma loaned Vermaelen from Barcelona on a one-year deal with an option to purchase, he returned back to Barcelona.
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Thomas Vermaelen FIFA 18
His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 78 with a potential of 78. Vermaelen has got a 2-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his left foot. His workrates are High / Medium. Vermaelen’s height is 183 cm and his weight is estimated at 80 kg according to our database. Currently, Thomas Vermaelen is playing with numbers 25 and 3. His best stats are: Jumping: 88, Heading: 81, Short Pass: 80, Strength: 79, Slide Tackle: 78.
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Thomas Vermaelen: ‘People think being a Barcelona defender is easy’
Updated:21 Feb 2018
No one was happier to find out the lineup than Raff and Ace but their dad was not far behind. Thomas Vermaelen was in the tunnel at the Santiago Bernabéu and did not see the video of his sons excitedly running towards the TV screen shouting and pointing until later, by which time hundreds of thousands of others already had, yet the footage became a measure of how much it meant. The clásico is the world’s biggest match, watched by millions round the world, including a couple of small boys, aged two and four, and their little cousin; for the Belgian, it was even more than that. “I felt like I had finally made a start at Barcelona,” he says.
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Three and a half years on it was time. That match in December, won 3-0, took Barcelona 14 points clear of their rivals. It was also confirmation that Vermaelen, described in one report as “immaculate”, could play a bit – maybe confirmation that he could play at all. “I never had the feeling it would never come good but those times when you’re in the rehab it’s awful,” he says. Although he swiftly denies stories that he sought psychological help, those were difficult days, months, even years, and he could have been forgiven for thinking games like this were something other people played.
When Vermaelen joined Barcelona in 2014 the sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, said he would be ready “immediately” but from the training ground the word was different. “Everything hurts,” one insider said. The man who withdrew injured 31 minutes into his World Cup debut and played only five league games for Arsenal in 2010-11, who was injured for more than a third of his final four years in north London, played only once in his debut season in La Liga and made six starts the season after. On loan at Roma he began only four league games in 2016-17. But there, at last, he was. And he was superb, too.
By the time he reached Madrid two days before Christmas he had started and completed three consecutive matches without conceding a goal. Including international commitments that meant he had played eight games in a row – for the first time in five years. The clásico came as confirmation.
“In my first year I was injured the whole year apart from one game at the end against Deportivo when we were already champions. Then I played about 20 [18 in all competitions across club and country] games in the second, some of those coming on, not starting. And now I had a run of games and I felt like I had finally started. You try to prepare it as a normal game, doing everything you normally do, and those routines give you stability and calm but in the back of your mind you know you’re playing a clásico; it’s not just another game. It’s the game everybody watches and that was probably a test for me.”
If so, he passed. That should probably not have been such a surprise but it felt as if Vermaelen was being discovered. “I know my qualities so I know I’m able to play for this club but it was always a matter of being fit and feeling good and that is what happened in the preview games,” he says. “I gained confidence and the clásico was a bit of a present for me because [Javier] Mascherano came back as well, so I wasn’t sure if I was starting. I was very honoured I could play that game.”
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