Jan Vertonghen is a Belgian footballer who plays as a defender for English club Tottenham Hotspur and the Belgian national team. Though a centre back, he is equally adept at playing on the left side or in defensive midfield. Vertonghen is well known for his offensive prowess and powerful shooting ability.
Before joining Ajax youth academy, he played with VK Tielrode and Germinal Beerschot. On 23 August 2006, Vertonghen made his first team debut in the Champions League third qualifying round against Copenhagen. The same year, he was sent on loan to struggling RKC Waalwijk for the remainder of the season. At RKC, he played in 12 matches and scored three goals. On 28 September, he scored a rare double against Vitesse in a 3–0 win.
Vertonghen scored his first goal of the 2009-2010 season, on 13th September, a free kick, in a 6–0 thrashing of NAC Breda. During the 2011–12 Eredivisie season, Vertonghen emerged as one of Ajax's best players, demonstrating his versatility to cover multiple positions. After an impressive season, including a performance for which he was singled out for praise against Manchester United in the Europa League Round of 16, he was named the 2011–12 Eredivisie Player of the Year. He captained the team that won their second title in a row, scoring 8 goals in 31 league games.
Vertonghen made his international debut at the U-21 level in 2006 and played in the 2007 UEFA U21 Championships.