Toby Alderweireld is a professional footballer who currently plays for English team, Tottenham and the Belgium national team. Born on 2nd March 1989, the Belgian is known for his mental strength and lethal long range passing.
Currently playing as a central defender, Alderweireld can effortlessly switch to play as right back. A full international since 2009, the 29 year old has also represented his country in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Footballing days started early for the prodigy when he joined Antwerp’s local club Germinal Beerschot as 10-year old. Alderweireld then moved to Dutch club, Ajax youth academy, where he blossomed as defender. Joining the club in 2004, Alderweireld had to wait for four years to get promoted to the senior team.
2004 also saw him representing Belgium in the Under-15 format. Alderweireld then went on to represent his country in every age group including the 2006 UEFA Under-17 Championship.
Alderweireld Alderweireld made his professional debut for Ajax in 2009 at the age of 20 in the 4-2 victory against NEC. A month later he made his European debut in a 1-1 draw against Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup. Alderweireld’s first season was uneventful as he made only 5 league appearances and 3 in Europe.
Alderweireld’s international debut came in the year 2009 in a match against Czech Republic. He was then named in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying squad but went as an unused substitute.
Rise to Glory
Having spent most of his first season on the bench, the second season saw him being established in the first team and starting XI. Alderweireld appeared in over 31 League matches and was named Ajax talent of the year for the 2009-2010 season. The next few years were golden both for Alderweireld and his club. Ajax won the Eredivisie title for three consecutive seasons and Alderweireld made significant strides in his ability as a footballer, honing his skills as center back.
La Liga giants, Atletico Madrid signed the Belgian for a sum of 7 million Euros for a four year contract in 2013. Alderweireld appeared in 12 League matches and even headed a goal in the 1-1 home draw against Malalga. Atletico Madrid ended up winning the League trophy and finished as the runners up in the Champions League.
Alderweireld was sent to EPL club Southampton on a season-long loan in 2014, where he appeared on the pitch on 25 occasions. In 2015, Alderweireld moved again and transferred to Tottenham for a fee of 11.5 million pounds and had a glorious first season. Appearing on 38 occasions, Alderweireld also showed impressive offensive abilities as he netted the ball 4 times. He was regarded as the one of the best defenders in the season as he helped Tottenham achieve their best defensive record of conceding only 25 goals in 34 games. Alderweireld was included in the PFA team of the year as well as UEFA Europa League squad.
Alderweireld helped his team achieve the season’s best defensive record in the 2016-17 edition as well, where Tottenham conceded only 26 goals. A hamstring injury in the 2017-2018 season has kept him out of the squad for many games and Alderweireld has appeared in only 10 games since the start of the season.
Alderweireld’s international presence has been no less prolific. After representing Belgium in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Alderweireld carried his team to the quarterfinals in the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to Argentina..