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Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen
Personal information
Full nameJan Vertonghen
Date of birth24 April 1987(age 29)
Place of birthSint-Niklaas, Belgium
Height0 m ( ft in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubAjax

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Jan Vertonghen (-nlˈjɑn vərˈtɔŋə(n)) (born 24 April 1987 in Sint-Niklaas, East Flanders) is a Belgian footballer who plays as a defender and occasionally as a defensive midfielder for Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax and the Belgian national team. A left-footed player who usually plays as a centre back, he is equally adept at playing anywhere on the left side or in defensive midfield and frequently joins in the attack from his centre back position. Following the departure of Luis Suárez for Liverpool in January 2011, Vertonghen was appointed vice-captain of Ajax under Maarten Stekelenburg; following Stekelenburg's transfer to A.S. Roma, Vertonghen was made captain.

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