VERMAELEN: VISSEL KOBE CAREER EXAMINED

Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelenspent over two years at Japanese club Vissel Kobe before announcing his retirement earlier this year. Vissel Kobe turned out to be the last profesisonal club for Thomas Vermaelen before his announcement. The ex-Arsenal and Ajax Amsterdam player signed for Vissel Kobe onthe back of his time with La Liga giants Barcelona.

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Thomas Vermaelen spent two more years at Barcelona after returning to the club from a one-year loan deal at AS Roma in the summer of 2017.He made his first Barcelona start on his return from his loan deal at the StadioOlimpico during the 1-1 draw at Valencia in the league game played on November 26, 2017. Vermaelen went on to feature in the Barcelona starting XI in seven of the next eightleague fixtures before picking up an injury during the 3-0 away win over Real Madrid in the El Clasico.
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VERMAELEN: BELGIUM NATIONAL TEAM CAREER EXAMINED

Thomas Vermaelen started his Belgium national team career with the youth teams. The utility defender featured for his country at both the u-17 and u-19 levels. Thomas Vermaelen can play either as a left-back or as a central defender.

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Vissel Kobe FC of Japan star Thomas Vermaelen made his debut for the Belgium senior national team at the age of 20 during the game with lowly Luxembourg in the third month of 2006. He spent over three years in the team before his emergence as skipper.
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VERMAELEN: 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL REVIEWED

Belgian national team star Thomas Vermaelen was not in the Barcelona squad for the 2015 UEFA Champions League final clash with Italian Serie A giants Juventus. Thomas Vermaelen missed the majority of the 2014/15 season due to injury and he was not in the Champions League final encounter with the Old Lady despite the fact that the utility defender had recovered from his fitness issues.

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Thomas Vermaelen came to Barcelona with fitness issues. The Catalans paid around £15m to secure his transfer from Premier League heavyweights Arsenal. He was able to win the Champions League title in his first season as a Barcelona player in addition to the Spanish La Liga title under the guidance of their Spanish manager, Luis Enrique.
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VERMAELEN: 2015 FIFA CLUB CUP REVIEWED

Belgian international Thomas Vermaelen was in the Barcelona squad that won the FIFA Club World Cup tournament in 2015. Barcelona qualified for the World Cup by winning the Champions League title from the 2014/15 season.

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Spanish giants Barcelona have not been able to repeat the Champions League feat from the 2014/15 season under former player Luis Enrique. The Catalans won the European title for the fifth time by beating Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 Champions League final thanks to the goals from Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar, while Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was on target for Italian team Juventus.
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VERMAELEN: AJAX MAJOR HONOURS UNVEILED

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Belgian international utility defender Thomas Vermaelen won five major trophies during his time at Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam during his time at the club. Thomas Vermaelen was at Germinal Beerschot in his native Belgium before he joined the Ajax Amsterdam youth team.

Thomas Vermaelen made his debut for the Ajax Amsterdam first team during the win over FC Volendam on February 15, 2004. He celebrated his professional debut with a win thanks to the 2-0 away victory over FC Volendam. He won the first of his five major trophies at Ajax during that season. Vermaelen was part of the Ajax Amsterdam squad that won the league title at the end of the 2003/04 Dutch Eredivisie season. Continue reading VERMAELEN: AJAX MAJOR HONOURS UNVEILED

VERMAELEN: ARSENAL MAJOR HONOURS REVEALED

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Thomas Vermaelen won one major trophy during his time at Arsenal. The Belgian national team defender spent five years at Arsenal before Spanish giants Barcelona paid around £15m to sign him in the summer of 2014.

Arsenal snapped up Thomas Vermaelen from Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax Amsterdam on June 19, 2019 for a reported initial fee of €10m rising to €12m with add-ons. His Gunners debut came in the Premier League opener at the start of the 2009/10 season and he was able to celebrate the occasion with a goal. Verminator as he’s fondly called had earlier been handed the number five jersey at Arsenal after KoloToure left the club for Manchester City. Thomas Vermaelen scored in the first half as Arsenal thrashed Everton 6-1 away from home. The goal against the Toffees was the first of many in an Arsenal shirt. Continue reading VERMAELEN: ARSENAL MAJOR HONOURS REVEALED

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 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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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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