Jan Vertonghen

Date of birth24 April 1987
Place of birthSint-Niklaas
NationalityBelgian
Weight79 kg
Height1.89 m
PositionDefender/Midfielder

Jan Vertonghen is a left-footed centre back who is happy playing in left midfield and often joins in the attack being a good runner and crosser of the ball and possessing a powerful shot.

He was captain of Ajax and in 2012, he was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. Following his move to Tottenham, in March 2013, he won Premier League Player of the Month.

Jan began his career at VK Tielrode and Germinal Beerschot, before joining the famous Ajax youth academy.

On 23 August 2006, he made his first team debut against Copenhagen in the Champions League third qualifying round. He went out on loan to RKC Waalwijk returing fo the 2006-07 season, but injury limited his opportunities until the 2008–09 season.

He became Vermaelen's usual partner in central defence and he played 26 games including 23 in the starting line-up. Jan emerged as one of Ajax's best players, being linked to a number of clubs who were interested in him, and being named the 2011–12 Eredivisie Player of the Year. As team captain he led Ajax to their second title in a row.

On 8 July 2012, Jan finally agreed to move to Tottenham Hotspur with his debut in a friendly against Brentford on 14 July.

His Spurs contract was extended to June 2019 in December 2016 and to June 2020 in December 2018.

International career

Jan made his international debut at the U-21 level in 2006 and played in the 2007 UEFA U21 Championships. He made his senior debut for the national team in a 2–1 loss against Portugal on 2 June 2007. He established himself as a regular in 2010 World Cup qualifying and scored his first international goal against the Czech Republic in August 2009.

At international level he usually plays as left back, with Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany taking the two central defensive positions.

Jan was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in the final group match, against South Korea he captained the team and scored the winning goal as Belgium beat South Korea 1–0.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Ajax 01 Jul 2006 12 Jul 2012
RKC Waalwijk 01 Jan 2007 31 May 2007 L
Tottenham Hotspur 12 Jul 2012

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2008-09 Ajax UEFA Cup 1
2011-12 Ajax UEFA Champions League 6
1
2011-12 Ajax UEFA Europa League 2
2012-13 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 1
1
2012-13 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 1
1
1
2012-13 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 34
4
7
2012-13 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League 12
1
1
1
2013-14 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 2
2013-14 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 23
4
2013-14 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League 6
2
1
3
2014-15 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 2
2014-15 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 6
2014-15 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 31
1
6
2014-15 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League 7
2015-16 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 29
5
2015-16 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League 4
2016-17 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 3
2016-17 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 33
5
2016-17 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League 5
2016-17 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League 1
1
2017-18 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 4
1
2017-18 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 1
2017-18 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 36
4
2017-18 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League 6
1
1
2018-19 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 1
2018-19 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 1
2018-19 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 22
1
3
1
2018-19 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League 10
1
1
2019-20 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 9
1
2019-20 Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
23 Oct 2008 Aston Villa v Ajax L 2-1 UEFA Cup Group F
14 Sep 2011 Ajax v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
27 Sep 2011 Real Madrid v Ajax L 3-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
18 Oct 2011 Dinamo Zagreb v Ajax W 0-2 UEFA Champions League Group D
02 Nov 2011 Ajax v Dinamo Zagreb W 4-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
22 Nov 2011 Olympique Lyonnais v Ajax D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
07 Dec 2011 Ajax v Real Madrid L 0-3 UEFA Champions League Group D
16 Feb 2012 Ajax v Manchester United L 0-2 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st leg
23 Feb 2012 Manchester United v Ajax W 1-2
Agg: 3-2
UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd leg


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2006-07 Belgium UEFA European Championship 2
2007-08 Belgium International Friendly 2
2007-08 Belgium Olympics 3
2
2007-08 Belgium UEFA European Championship 2
2
2008-09 Belgium FIFA World Cup 4
1
2008-09 Belgium International Friendly 2
2009-10 Belgium FIFA World Cup 3
2009-10 Belgium International Friendly 4
1
1
2010-11 Belgium International Friendly 4
1
2010-11 Belgium UEFA European Championship 6
1
2011-12 Belgium International Friendly 3
1
2011-12 Belgium UEFA European Championship 3
2012-13 Belgium FIFA World Cup 7
1
1
2012-13 Belgium International Friendly 4
1
2013-14 Belgium FIFA World Cup 6
2
1
1
2013-14 Belgium International Friendly 5
1
2014-15 Belgium International Friendly 3
2014-15 Belgium UEFA European Championship 6
2015-16 Belgium International Friendly 4
1
1
2015-16 Belgium UEFA European Championship 8
3
2016-17 Belgium FIFA World Cup 6
2016-17 Belgium International Friendly 4
1
2017-18 Belgium FIFA World Cup 10
3
2
2017-18 Belgium International Friendly 5
2018-19 Belgium International Friendly 1
2018-19 Belgium UEFA European Championship 4
2018-19 Belgium UEFA Nations League 1
2019-20 Belgium UEFA European Championship 4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
02 Jun 2007 Belgium v Portugal L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group A
06 Jun 2007 Finland v Belgium L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
12 Sep 2007 Kazakhstan v Belgium D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group A
17 Oct 2007 Belgium v Armenia W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
17 Nov 2007 Poland v Belgium L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
21 Nov 2007 Azerbaijan v Belgium W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
26 Mar 2008 Belgium v Morocco L 1-4 International Friendly
30 May 2008 Italy v Belgium L 3-1 International Friendly
16 Aug 2008 Italy v Belgium W 2-3 Olympics Quarter-final
19 Aug 2008 Nigeria v Belgium L 4-1 Olympics Semi-final
22 Aug 2008 Belgium v Brazil L 0-3 Olympics 3rd place
06 Sep 2008 Belgium v Estonia W 3-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
10 Sep 2008 Turkey v Belgium D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
11 Oct 2008 Belgium v Armenia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
15 Oct 2008 Belgium v Spain L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
19 Nov 2008 Luxembourg v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
11 Feb 2009 Belgium v Slovenia W 2-0 International Friendly
12 Aug 2009 Czech Republic v Belgium L 3-1 International Friendly
05 Sep 2009 Spain v Belgium L 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
10 Oct 2009 Belgium v Turkey W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
14 Oct 2009 Estonia v Belgium L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
14 Nov 2009 Belgium v Hungary W 3-0 International Friendly
17 Nov 2009 Belgium v Qatar W 2-0 International Friendly
03 Mar 2010 Belgium v Croatia L 0-1 International Friendly
19 May 2010 Belgium v Bulgaria W 2-1 International Friendly
11 Aug 2010 Finland v Belgium L 1-0 International Friendly
03 Sep 2010 Belgium v Germany L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
07 Sep 2010 Turkey v Belgium L 3-2 UEFA European Championship Group A
12 Oct 2010 Belgium v Austria D 4-4 UEFA European Championship Group A
17 Nov 2010 Russia v Belgium W 0-2 International Friendly
09 Feb 2011 Belgium v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
25 Mar 2011 Austria v Belgium W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group A
29 Mar 2011 Belgium v Azerbaijan W 4-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
03 Jun 2011 Belgium v Turkey D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
02 Sep 2011 Azerbaijan v Belgium D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
07 Oct 2011 Belgium v Kazakhstan W 4-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
11 Oct 2011 Germany v Belgium L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
11 Nov 2011 Belgium v Romania W 2-1 International Friendly
29 Feb 2012 Greece v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
25 May 2012 Belgium v Montenegro D 2-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 2012 England v Belgium L 1-0 International Friendly
15 Aug 2012 Belgium v Netherlands W 4-2 International Friendly
07 Sep 2012 Wales v Belgium W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
11 Sep 2012 Belgium v Croatia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
12 Oct 2012 Serbia v Belgium W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
16 Oct 2012 Belgium v Scotland W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
14 Nov 2012 Romania v Belgium L 2-1 International Friendly
06 Feb 2013 Belgium v Slovakia W 2-1 International Friendly
22 Mar 2013 FYR Macedonia v Belgium W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
26 Mar 2013 Belgium v FYR Macedonia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
29 May 2013 USA v Belgium W 2-4 International Friendly
07 Jun 2013 Belgium v Serbia W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
06 Sep 2013 Scotland v Belgium W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
11 Oct 2013 Croatia v Belgium W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
15 Oct 2013 Belgium v Wales D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
14 Nov 2013 Belgium v Colombia L 0-2 International Friendly
19 Nov 2013 Belgium v Japan L 2-3 International Friendly
05 Mar 2014 Belgium v Ivory Coast D 2-2 International Friendly
26 May 2014 Belgium v Luxembourg W 5-1 International Friendly
07 Jun 2014 Belgium v Tunisia W 1-0 International Friendly
17 Jun 2014 Belgium v Algeria W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
22 Jun 2014 Belgium v Russia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
26 Jun 2014 Korea Republic v Belgium W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
01 Jul 2014 Belgium v USA W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
05 Jul 2014 Argentina v Belgium L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final
04 Sep 2014 Belgium v Australia W 2-0 International Friendly
10 Oct 2014 Belgium v Andorra W 6-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
13 Oct 2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Belgium D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
12 Nov 2014 Belgium v Iceland W 3-1 International Friendly
16 Nov 2014 Belgium v Wales D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
28 Mar 2015 Belgium v Cyprus W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
31 Mar 2015 Israel v Belgium W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
07 Jun 2015 France v Belgium W 3-4 International Friendly
12 Jun 2015 Wales v Belgium L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
03 Sep 2015 Belgium v Bosnia and Herzegovina W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
06 Sep 2015 Cyprus v Belgium W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
10 Oct 2015 Andorra v Belgium W 1-4 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
13 Oct 2015 Belgium v Israel W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group B
13 Nov 2015 Belgium v Italy W 3-1 International Friendly
28 May 2016 Switzerland v Belgium W 1-2 International Friendly
01 Jun 2016 Belgium v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 2016 Belgium v Norway W 3-2 International Friendly
13 Jun 2016 Belgium v Italy L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group E
18 Jun 2016 Belgium v Republic of Ireland W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group E
22 Jun 2016 Sweden v Belgium W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group E
26 Jun 2016 Hungary v Belgium W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Finals - Round of 16
01 Sep 2016 Belgium v Spain L 0-2 International Friendly
06 Sep 2016 Cyprus v Belgium W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
07 Oct 2016 Belgium v Bosnia and Herzegovina W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
10 Oct 2016 Gibraltar v Belgium W 0-6 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
09 Nov 2016 Netherlands v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
13 Nov 2016 Belgium v Estonia W 8-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
25 Mar 2017 Belgium v Greece D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
28 Mar 2017 Russia v Belgium D 3-3 International Friendly
05 Jun 2017 Belgium v Czech Republic W 2-1 International Friendly
09 Jun 2017 Estonia v Belgium W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
31 Aug 2017 Belgium v Gibraltar W 9-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
03 Sep 2017 Greece v Belgium W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
07 Oct 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Belgium W 3-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
10 Oct 2017 Belgium v Cyprus W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group H
14 Nov 2017 Belgium v Japan W 1-0 International Friendly
27 Mar 2018 Belgium v Saudi Arabia W 4-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2018 Belgium v Portugal D 0-0 International Friendly
06 Jun 2018 Belgium v Egypt W 3-0 International Friendly
11 Jun 2018 Belgium v Costa Rica W 4-1 International Friendly
18 Jun 2018 Belgium v Panama W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group G
23 Jun 2018 Belgium v Tunisia W 5-2 FIFA World Cup Group G
02 Jul 2018 Belgium v Japan W 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
06 Jul 2018 Brazil v Belgium W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final
10 Jul 2018 France v Belgium L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Semi-final
14 Jul 2018 Belgium v England W 2-0 FIFA World Cup 3rd place
07 Sep 2018 Scotland v Belgium W 0-4 International Friendly
11 Sep 2018 Iceland v Belgium W 0-3 UEFA Nations League League A Group A2
21 Mar 2019 Belgium v Russia W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
24 Mar 2019 Cyprus v Belgium W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
08 Jun 2019 Belgium v Kazakhstan W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
11 Jun 2019 Belgium v Scotland W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
06 Sep 2019 San Marino v Belgium W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
09 Sep 2019 Scotland v Belgium W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
10 Oct 2019 Belgium v San Marino W 9-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I
13 Oct 2019 Kazakhstan v Belgium W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group I


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.