Published on May 25th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Here’s to you, Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany’s future at Manchester City has been heavily debated this season, with Pep Guardiola looking to revamp the squad and his ongoing injury problems, so in this time of uncertainty we’ve decided to take a look back on our skipper’s career so far and how he became an integral part of our team.
Born in Uccle, Brussels, Kompany started his career at Anderlecht at the age of 17. During his time there he won several awards including the Belgian Golden Shoe and the Belgian Ebony Shoe.
Multi-lingual and multi-talented, Kompany scooped a host of awards for a series of composed performances in the Belgian Premier League and Champions League that attracted interest from across the continent.
On 9 June 2006, it was announced that he was acquired by Hamburger SV for a fee of €10 million, replacing Daniel Van Buyten at the time.
In his debut season for Hamburg, he only managed 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.
Manchester City (2008-)
After an impressive spell in the Bundesliga, Vincent attracted the attention of then City manager Mark Hughes – and as they say – the rest is history.
Mark Hughes picked up the Belgian at a steal price of £6m in 2008. Kompany proved one of the Welshman’s most astute buys, coming of age in the 2010-11 campaign when he was voted into the Premier League Team of the Year and collected the City Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year gongs.
Vincent was handed the number 33 shirt for the 2008–09 season and played predominantly as a defensive midfielder.
Two days later, he made his City debut against West Ham. On 28 September, Kompany scored his first goal in City’s 2–1 away defeat to Wigan Athletic. On 28 December 2008, he started the game with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park as a holding midfielder and also completed the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 draw. On 19 October 2009, Kompany signed a new five-year deal with City that kept him at the club until 2014. He scored his second league goal for the Blues in a 2–0 home win against Portsmouth. and his third in a 6–1 away win against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Kompany was handed the number 4 shirt for the 2010–11 season, after previous number 4 Nedum Onuoha moved on loan to Sunderland.
On 14 August 2010, he started the opening Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and completed the full 90 minutes alongside Kolo Touré in a 0–0 draw. Kompany put in a Man of the Match performance in the 1–0 home win against Chelsea at the City of Manchester Stadium on 25 September.
One of the most memorable games that season came on 16 April, when Kompany captained City’s victory over United in the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley. Later that day, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside his teammate Carlos Tevez.
At the end of the 2010–11 season, Roberto Mancini praised Kompany’s “incredible” season and claimed that with his attitude and mentality, Kompany can become one of the best defenders in Europe.
A key figure in the Blues’ title triumph, 2011-12 was arguably the best season of Kompany’s career to date.
The Belgian finished the season winning the Manchester City Official Supporter’s Player of the Year, Manchester City Player’s Player of the Year, and the Premier League Player of the Season for his outstanding performances throughout the season, clocking up 50 appearances in all competitions and also making 37 Premier League starts in the process.
On 30 April, he scored a header from a David Silva corner against United in the Manchester derby. The game finished 1–0 and put City in first place ahead of United on goal difference with only two games of the season remaining. On 13 May, the final day of the Premier League season, Kompany captained the side that beat QPR in the most dramatic of fashions – crowning City the Premier League Champions for the 2011–12 season.
On 25 July, Kompany signed a six-year contract with Manchester City, the longest of its kind in the club’s history.
On 11 May 2014, Kompany scored Manchester City’s second goal in a 2–0 defeat of West Ham United and lifted the trophy yet again as the Blues won their second Premier League title in just three seasons.
The Blues also won the Capital One Cup that season, beating Sunderland 3-1 in the final at Wembley.
(as of 25th May 2016)
|Club||From||To||Fee||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other|
|Manchester City||22 Aug, 08||£6m||213||13||15||0||8||0||47||1|
|Hamburg||01 Jul, 06||22 Aug, 08||£9m||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Anderlecht||01 Sep, 03||01 Jul, 06||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||1|
|Goals per Game||0.05||0||n/a||0.03|
Anderlecht: Jupiler Pro League (2004, 2006)
Hamburg: UEFA Intertoto Cup (2007)
City: Premier League (2012, 2014), FA Cup (2011), Capital One Cup (2014, 2016), Community Shield (2012)
Belgian Golden Shoe (2004), Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year (2004, 2005), Belgian Ebony Shoe (2004, 2005), Premier League Player of the Season (2012), Premier League PFA Team of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014), ESM Team of the Year (2012), Etihad Player of the Year (2011), MCFC Players’ Player of the Year (2011), Thomas Cook Player of the Month (December 2008), Etihad Player of the Month (February 2009, September 2010, March 2011)
Despite committing his long term future to the club in 2014 with a contract extension which runs until 2019, there’s still many questions being asked about Kompany’s future at the club.
Although the Belgian has been riddled with injury problems this season, many Blues still believe that he has a future at the club and that his leadership is unrivalled in the League.
We, for one, hope our Captain Fantastic continues to play for the Blues for many more years to come!