About Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen was born on 24 April 1987 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. He plays as a defender for the Belgium national team and Tottenham Hotspur. Although predominantly a centre-back, Vertonghen has no problem playing at left-back or in defensive midfield.
Vertonghen’s youth career began in 1997 with spells at VK Tielrode and then Germinal Beerschot before he moved to Ajax’s prestigious youth academy in 2003.
Vertonghen made his professional debut on 23 August 2006 in a Champions League qualifier against Copenhagen, while on loan at RKC Waalwijk. He made 20 appearances for the side before returning to Ajax.
The following season, Vertonghen was named Ajax Talent of the Year. Two seasons later, Vertonghen won his first major honour, the 2010 KNVB Cup. In the 2011-12 season, having been appointed first-team captain, Vertonghen was named Ajax Player of the Year as the club won the Eredivisie title for the second consecutive season.
Vertonghen signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 12 July 2012. He scored six goals in his first season with the club, including one in a famous win at Old Trafford, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Vertonghen made his international debut on 2 June 2007 in a 2-1 loss to Portugal. He played in every match for Belgium at the 2008 Olympics and was named in their squad for the 2014 World Cup. To date, he has won over 60 caps for his country.