Vissel Kobe FC of Japan defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to retain his spot at the heart of defence for Belgium as they take on Italy in one of the quarterfinal games scheduled for Friday at Euro 2020. The quarterfinal encounter between Belgium and Italy is the most eagerly anticipated out of all the four last eight ties at the tournament with the two teams considered as football superpowers at the moment.
Thomas Vermaelen started the impressive round of 16 win over European champions Portugal at the centre of the back three employed by manager Roberto Martinez and he’s expected to maintain the same position when the Red Devils face the Italians at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Friday night. Belgium needed a moment of brilliance from Borussia Dortmund winger Thorgan Hazard to decide the game against Portugal.
Spanish giants Barcelona stunned a lot of football stakeholders when they decided to sign Belgian international Thomas Vermaelen from Premier League giants Arsenal in the summer of 2014. Thomas Vermaelen had endured an injury-hit last few years at the Emirates Stadium and it was a little bit surprising when the Catalan giants splashed the cash to sign him.
Barcelona paid £15m to sign Vermaelen from Arsenal and he was given a five-year deal. He was plagued with injuries at the start of his career at the Nou Camp.
Belgian international Thomas Vermaelenjoined Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam as a youth player. He signed for the Dutch Eredivisie giants from Germinal Beerschotin the Belgian league.
Thomas Vermaelenmoved to Ajax Amsterdam in 2000 and he spent over three years in the youth team before he made his debut for the first team squad. The former Arsenal skipper scored seven times for Ajax Amsterdam in 97 matches.
Thomas Vermaelen is a part of this golden generation of Belgian football but the country has not been able to transform it into trophies ahead of both the 2020 European Championships and next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Thomas Vermaelen has been with the Red Devils of Belgium for over a decade and he would be hoping to be a part of the two aforementioned major tournaments. Belgium are the number one ranked team in world football and the Red Devils could maintain this status till the European Championships starts in June. Thomas Vermaelen has left the European club football scene but that’s not expected to affect his chances with the national team.
Vermaelen left Barcelona on a free transfer before he was snapped up by Japanese top flight team Vissel Kobe. He was able to reunite with ex-Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and former Arsenal teammate Lukas Podolski. In an interview granted shortly after his transfer to Vissel Kobe, Thomas Vermaelen revealed that he asked Podolski about the transfer to Vissel Kobe.
Thomas Vermaelen became a popular name in the football circles following his transfer to Premier League giants Arsenal in 2009. Such was his impact at Arsenal that he was named in the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season. Thomas Vermaelen joined Arsenal from Dutch team Ajax Amsterdam and he went on to captain the Gunners when Robin Van Persie betrayed the Arsenal fans by signing for rivals Manchester United in 2012. Robin Van Persie was the Arsenal captain, while Thomas Vermaelen was the vice-captain before the Dutchman left Arsenal to join the Red Devils.
With a year left on his Gunners deal, Arsenal had no choice but to sell him for the £24m transfer fee or risk losing him for free. Thomas Vermaelen spent two seasons at Arsenal as the skipper before Barcelona came calling in the summer of 2014 in a £15m deal. Continue reading
Ex-Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has revealed how he reacted to the controversial transfer that took Dutchman Robin Van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012. Robin Van Persie had a year left on his then Arsenal contract and refused to sign a new deal at the club when he didn’t get the guarantee that the club would fight for trophies with other big teams like Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Robin Van Persie had to leave Arsenal that summer as the Gunners could not risk losing him for free at the end of his contract one year later. Arsenal had to sell him to rivals Manchester United in a £24m deal. Robin Van Persie would go on to end his wait for a Premier League title as he scored the goals that led the Red Devils to the league title for the 2012/13 season. Since then, Manchester United have not won the Premier League title. Continue reading
Vissel Kobe FC of Japan defender Thomas Vermaelen is hoping for one last hurrah with the Belgian national team at the 2020 European Championship slated for next summer. The Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona player wants a final opportunity to secure silverware with his country. Belgium are the number one ranked team in world football according to the FIFA Rankings and the Red Devils would be one of the major challengers at the European Championship that was postponed from this year to next year due to theeffects from Coronavirus.
Thomas Vermaelen, 35, has scored two goals in 78 appearances for his country since his first game against Luxembourg in March 2006. He became the team captain prior to the double 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Turkey and Estonia. Vermaelen was named the Belgium skipper on the 9th
of October, 2009. His first goal for Belgium came during a friendly with Hungary on the 14th
of November, 2010.
Former Barcelona player Thomas Vermaelen has been there for quite some time and he has had a massive career in the sport of football with important stops at Arsenal, Barcelona, AFC Ajax, and AS Roma. But not even his experience could stop him from playing. The 34-year-old international footballer from Belgium laced up his boots for the very first time after 23rd February as the First Division J. League restarted finally after the interruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was the second major tournament to open again in Japan followed by Nippon Professional Baseball that started on 19th June.
Thomas Vermaelen along with Vissel Kobe and his former team-mate at Barcelona, Andres Iniesta captained the league and hosted one of the nine J1 matches in Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The league went down shortly because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus nationwide after just a few weeks of the tournament. Vermaelen who has participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics spoke about how it felt to be a foreign professional footballer coping up with the pandemic-struck nation. He said it is necessary to get a gap of some days, but all the things happening suddenly can affect the true spirit of the games and the sport. With so many days without competition, the competitive mindset can get hampered.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen says he would spend more time playing in
the J League before calling time on his career. Only a limited number of defenders in Europe have the
kind of CV the Belgian has. He started his career with Dutch giants Ajax, eventually being the skipper
before he switched to Arsenal in 2009.
Vermaelen made his mark at the Emirates, becoming the captain there as well after Robin van Persie left
in 2012. However, his legacy was almost tainted as injuries ravaged his last few seasons in the Premier
League. He scored 15 times in 150 games and played a vital role under Arsene Wenger. Eventually he
joined his long-term admirers Barcelona in 2014 for 19 million euros, seven million more than the Gunner
Real Madrid destroyed Zaragoza four nil at their home to move to the next stage of their league cup on Wednesday night. With their current standing in the league, this latest victory and the potential meeting of a weak and somewhat spineless Manchester City side, anything is possible for Los Blancos between now and the end of the season.
As Barcelona continue to slowly
wallow into decent in the opposite direction owing to a couple of bad decisions
they have made in the past like appointing Ernesto Valverde and signing Thomas
Vermaelen who ended up not making a dent, Real Madrid have continued their
resurrection from a terrible beginning earlier in the season to qualify for the
quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey.