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Vincent Kompany: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Belgium’s leader and best defender Vincent Kompany was forced to sit out in the beginning of the World Cup, but has managed to make his way back to the field in time for the knockout round of the tournament. Watch the video above to see highlights of the talented captain.

Here’s what you need to know about him:


1. He is Struggling With a Groin Injury

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Kompany strained his groin during training for the World Cup and was forced to sit out during their match with South Korea, but has recovered enough to play against the U.S.


2. He is the Captain of Manchester City and the Belgium National Team

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In 2008, Komapany made the transfer from Hamburg to Manchester City in England’s Premeier League with a 4-year contract and an $8.2 million transfer fee.

Kompany worked his way into the starting lineup and by the end of the 2010-2011 season, he was awarded Manchester City Player’s Player of the Year, the Manchester City Official Supporter’s Player of the Year, and the Premier League Player of the Season thanks to his impressive stats and great attitude while playing for the club to eventually become captain of the team.

He went on to sign the longest contract in the history of Manchester City with a six-year contract in 2012.

In 2004 by the age of 17, he made his first debut for the Belgium National Team and has been an integral part of it for 10 years now.


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3. His 30-Year-Old Wife Was Denied Alcohol Because She Looks So Young

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Kompany got married to girlfriend Carla Higgs in June 2011. The couple met because of Higgs’ devout support of Manchester City and now have two children. Their daughter Sienna was born in 2010, a year before they were married while their son Kai was born in October of 2013..

In May, the pretty WAG was refused alcohol from a liquor store because she looks too young which she complained of via twitter.


4. He is the Ambassador of SOS Children

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Kompany is known to be an important humanitarian and was chosen as the official FIFA ambassador for the SOS Children’s charity. Kompany spends a lot of time and money on the foundation in order to give impoverished children the chance to get an education and live in safer conditions.

Last year, Kompany went so far as to by a junior football club to allow less fortunte children the chance to enhance their lives through sports.

He said he did it as:

“..social commitment towards the youngsters of Brussels.”


5. He is Half Belgian, Half Congolese

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A lot of his humanitarian work is a product of his Congolese heritage. The talented defender serves as a representative of his father’s home country of the Congo which is one of the most impoverished countries in the world.

His father Pierre is a Congolese immigrant who moved to Belgium where he met Vincent’s mother, Jocelyne. His father is currently his agent.


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