World Cup 2014 Ladder: Vincent Kompany
- 22 June 2013 08:52
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
We finish off our World Cup Ladder series with the captain and examine whether his Belgium side will be at Brazil 2014...
International career to date…
Vincent became one of Belgium's youngest-ever players when he made his debut as a 17-year old back in 2004 against France.
He featured at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but it turned out to be a disastrous tournament for Vincent as he was sent-off in the first game against Brazil, ending his tournament.
Because of a fraught relationship with then-Belgium manager Dick Advocaat, Kompany would have to wait until 2011 to become a real fixture in the squad and he was made captain by new boss Georges Leekens in November that year.
He hasn't looked back and is now seen as the poster boy for this new "golden generation" of Belgian talent.
Will his nation be there?
It's looking good. Belgium sit proudly atop Group A of UEFA World Cup Qualifying with an enviable record of six wins and one draw.
Their 2-1 win over Aleksandar Kolarov's Serbia in their last World Cup final put the country within touching distance of a first World Cup appearance since 2002.
Who’s the competition?
Although Belgium aren't short of quality defensive options, Vincent is as close to a sure thing as you're going to get barring injury or suspension.
Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen should all be in the squad too, but will likely be fighting it out to partner their captain, or to be shunted out to full-back.
With Belgium 1-0 up in the 34th minute of their win over Serbia at the start of June, Vincent went face first into Stojkovic while trying to win a header.
He suffered a broken nose, concussion and a cracked eye socket but still stayed on the field to the bitter end to help Belgium over the line in a narrow 2-1 win.
Heroic stuff, just as we've come to expect from our skipper!
We hope you've enjoyed World Cup Ladder 2014 - you can read the rest of the series here, and don't forget we'll be providing extensive City-centric coverage of next summer's tournament here on mcfc.co.uk.