THOMAS VERMAELEN: EURO 2020 REVIEW

Vissel Kobe FC of Japan star Thomas Vermaelen was one of the players who made the 26-man Belgium squad for the Euro 2020 tournament this summer. Thomas Vermaelen made the squad for the tournament earlier this summer as named by manager Roberto Martinez despite playing his club football outside the shores of Europe at the moment.

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Vermaelen didn’t start the Euro 2020 tournament in the starting XI as he was benched for the Red Devils’ opening game against Russia. He came on for fellow utility defender Jan Vertoghen in the final quarter of the game as Belgium kicked off their campaign in style via the 3-0 thrashing of the Russians. New Chelsea striker RomeluLukaku was the star of the show as he scored a brace either side of the strike from Borussia Dortmund fullback Thomas Meunier who came off the bench for the injured TinothyCastagne of Leicester City in the first half.
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VERMAELEN SAYS BELGIUM WILL BOUNCE BACK AT QATAR NEXT YEAR

A lot of people expected Belgium to be one of the major contenders of the recently concluded UEFA Euros tournament, but their campaign ended in a rather shocking and unexpected fashion. Although they were knocked out by one of the favorites before the tournament and eventual winners, Italy, the strength they had in their squad made a lot of people think that they would have a better campaign than they did. Belgium fielded some of the best players in the world currently from the goalkeeping department right to their attack, including Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, and others.

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While they broke the hearts of many following their exit from the tournament, they are still forgiven for losing to a worthy opponent. But according to their former player Thomas Vermaelen, the Belgian Red Devils will prepare to have a better World Cup campaign next year. The likes of France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain also had dismal performances at the Euros, but they all have the opportunity to regroup and prepare for football’s most prestigious competition – the FIFA World Cup tournament which will hold in Qatar next year.
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VERMAELEN SAYS CRITICISM OF MARTINEZ IS UNDESERVED

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has hit out at the critics that have been calling for the head of Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez. The Belgian Red Devils’ boss came under heavy criticism after his side were knocked out of the Euros 2020 following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy – the eventual winners of the competition.

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Belgium fought a good fight against the Azzuri but were not able to overcome their more motivated counterparts and they eventually had to bow to defeat and out of the tournament as well. The result caused a lot of people to ask the Belgian Football Federation to replace Martinez, but Vermaelen thinks it is not right.
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LUKAKU IMPRESSES IN BELGIUM WIN

Inter Milan striker RomeluLukaku produced one of the best performances in the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament till date when he scored a brace to lead the Red Devils of Belgium to a 3-0 win over hosts Russia in a Group B clash played at St. Petersburg at the weekend.

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RomeluLukaku is seen as one of the best strikers in European football and he justified that tag with his two goals to continue his wonderful scoring form for the Belgian national team. The Nerazzuri hitman has scored 62 goals in just 94 games for his team on the international stage thus making him one of the active highest goalscorers in international football.
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VERMAELEN: BARCA WILL BE EXCITING NEXT SEASON

It looks like Barcelona fans have finally found a reason to be excited for the future according to the latest reports making the rounds in the media. The Catalan giants have had to endure some lackluster spells in the last seasons and have fallen short in terms of being one of the most feared teams across Europe. This season particularly, they were at one of their worst states and could not compete for major titles as well.

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They lost the Spanish La Liga title to Atletico Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus while ending the season with only the Spanish Cup. They also finished third in the league, their worst end to a season in over a decade. However, they are working so hard to create a better future for the club and have started making arrangements for that by already identifying the several players they want to sign that will be a part of the force they want to build in the coming months.
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VERMAELEN: MESSI CURRENTLY IN A VERY TIGHT POSITION

There is currently both a huge demand and a massive pressure on Barcelona captain Lionel Messi to sign a new contract extension at the club but the situation is a complicated one and it is also one that he has to put under serious thoughts before arriving at a reasonable conclusion. The Barca superstar revealed last summer that he wanted to leave the club and was ready to seek a new adventure at another club in a different country, but he was not allowed to fulfill his desire.

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In the public interview where he broke the news, he said he was tired of always being targeted as the cause of the problems at the club and felt that if he left, he would be spared all the blames. But after being blocked from securing a move away, he remained at the club and continue playing for the team on the condition that there would be positive changes made within the club.
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VERMAELEN HAILS KOEMAN’S IMPACT AT BARCA

Former Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has hailed the impact made by the manager of the club, Ronald Koeman, saying that the former Southampton boss deserves a lot of credit for how he has turned things around at the Camp Nou. Koeman was appointed as Barcelona manager following the sacking of Quique Setien and was charged with the responsibility of taking the team to greater heights.

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Koeman inherited a Barcelona side that was lacking in confidence and had a lot of work to do in bringing back the fear factor and their spectacular style of play as well. The club did struggle under the Dutch manager in the opening months of his Barcelona managerial career, but after those struggles, a lot has changed and he has put a lot of things in order as well.
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VERMAELEN BACKS ARTETA FOR ARSENAL SUCCESS

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has backed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to come good at the club and should also be given the tune to show that he has what it takes to take the club to another level. Arteta was appointed as the club’s permanent manager after the sacking of Unai Emery and has since guided the club to different highs and lows, but Vermaelen believes the club are under the right management with the Spaniard.

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Arsenal are currently in the tenth position in the Premier League table and their hopes of qualifying for a European place next season appear to be fading off but it still does not stop the former Belgium international defender to insist that Arteta is the right man for the job and no one else.
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BELGIUM LEGEND INSISTS HE WOULD PICK VERMAELEN OVER STRUJIK

An ex-defender of the Belgium national team, Marc Degryse has said that he would rather put faith in veteran central defender Thomas Vermaelen than in Leeds United defender Pascal Strujik.

The Leeds United central defensive star is under the radar to being called up to link up with the Portugal national team and it’s pretty much a decision that would definitely not sit well with Degryse, who has said that former Arsenal defender Vermaelen would be a better option anytime any day over Strujik.
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THOMAS VERMAELEN: PREMIER LEAGUE CAREER REVEALED

Vissel Kobe centre back Thomas Vermaelen has enjoyed a relatively good football career till date. His professional football career has taken him to several countries from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom to Spainto Italy and now Japan. He became a prominent player when Arsenal signed him from Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam in the summer of 2009. The Gunners paid an initial fee of  €10m to sign Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax Amsterdam. The contract that took him to Arsenal had an extra €2m in add-ons. Thomas Vermaelen has played for one Premier League team in his career and that’s Arsenal. He was at the club for five years before the Gunners cashed in on him in a £15m deal to Spanish giants Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen left the Gunners at a time when he had several injury problems.


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