Anthony Vanden Borre
Vanden Borre playing for Fiorentina in 2007
|Full name||Anthony Henri Vanden Borre|
|Date of birth||24 October 1987|
|Place of birth||Likasi, Zaire|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / right winger|
|2009–2010||→ Portsmouth (loan)||19||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Anthony Henri Vanden Borre (born 24 October 1987) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as defender for Anderlecht. He has been capped more than 25 times for the Belgium national team and is capable of playing as both a right back and a right winger.
Vanden Borre was trained at Anderlecht throughout his entire youth career, at the same time as his friend Vincent Kompany. He made his debut in the regular competition when he was 16 years and 187 days old. At that time, only one other player, Paul Van Himst, was younger when he debuted. A month on, Vanden Borre signed a contract with Anderlecht until 2007. In 2005 he drew attention to himself in a Champions League game against Chelsea, when he had the best attempt on goal for Anderlecht as they lost 1–0 to the English champions, striking Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech's post around midway through the game. He finally scored his first official goal at home against K.S.V. Roeselare in a 5–1 win when he opened the scoring on 21 September 2005.
While both Kompany and Vanden Borre were considered huge football talents, Vanden Borre was considered to be an even greater star-in-the-making than Kompany. Anderlecht-icon Paul Van Himst called Vanden Borre "the biggest talent he has ever seen in his career". He was praised for his technical ability, passing and vision. However, while Kompany managed to maintain a high level of play match after match, Vanden Borre's Anderlecht career was marked by irregularity, lack of concentration and injuries. After several minor incidents, including a stint which featured him shaving the initials of his name 'AVB' into his hair, he received a 'bad boy'-label from both the press and his coaches.
But eventually, he decided to extend his contract with Anderlecht until 2010, during the 2005-06 season.
Vanden Borre joined Fiorentina, completing his move on 1 June 2007, for worth 3.5 million euros and signing a four-year contract that will keep him until 2012. The move was previously made on 8 March 2007, with an agreement, according to his agent. He made his Serie A debut on 7 October against Juventus, coming on for Giampaolo Pazzini. Having made two appearance, Vanden Borre said he was developing at the club, though he was not playing.
On 19 January, Vanden Borre was on the move again. This time, joining Serie a side Genoa on loan, with Papa Waigo moving the opposite way. It is understood that Vanden Borre's rights were jointly owned by Fiorentina and Genoa. After the move, Vanden Borre says joining Genoa is a great opportunity to play. On 8 March 2008, Vanden Borre made his debut, coming on as a substitute in the 78th minutes, in a 2-0 loss against Juventus. In an interview with Belgium Soccer, he stated he want to stay at Genoa, insisting he is happy there In June 2008, Genoa announced that the club had acquired the full rights of the player, following eight appearances at the club. In his first full season at Genoa, Vanden Borre made twenty-five appearance for the club, under manager Gian Piero Gasperini. However, the next season, Vanden Borre was soon available on a transfer and has since fallen out of the first team.
On 13 August 2009, it was announced that Vanden Borre had joined Portsmouth on a season-long loan. He made his debut for the club on 19 August 2009 against Birmingham. He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 3–1 Football League Cup win over Carlisle United on 22 September 2009. On 6 February 2010, he scored an own-goal in a 5-0 loss against Manchester United. Two months later, on 3 April 2010, Vanden Borre received two bookings in a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers, which was made famous after Chris Kamara on Soccer Saturday failed to notice the red card while reporting on the match, claiming he thought that Vanden Borre was being substituted. After the match, he accused referee Steve Bennett of costing him his dream of playing at Wembley as he had to serve a one-match suspension. However, his time at Portsmouth was difficult, battling to hold down a regular place in the Portsmouth defence as the club was relegated to the Championship. At the end of the season, new manager Steve Cotterill announced that Vanden Borre would not be returning to the club, having expected to extend his stay at Portsmouth, and he was subsequently linked with German side FC Köln.
After returning to Genoa from a loan spell at Portsmouth, Vanden Borre was heavily linked a move away in the transfer window. But, Vanden Borre announced he will move to Belgian side Genk for €350,000. However, the move fell through. Eventually, the move was completed on an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year deal, with an option for an additional year and he won't play until 2011, though playing in friendlies and reserve team.
A week after being an official player, he made his debut for the club, coming on as a substitute for Kevin De Bruyne in the 78th minutes, in a 3-2 win over Kortrijk on 22 January 2011. On the last game of Jupiler Pro League before splitting to PlayOff I, he received two bookings, in a 1-1 draw against Standard Liège. In the PlayOff I, he played almost every game in action and thus played an important role in achieving the national title.
The next season, Vanden Borre was involved with the squad, playing in the Champions League campaign, which led to Group-stage. While in the league, he often play in the first team, but received more disciplined under newly manager Mario Been. In a match against Zulte Waregem on 15 January 2012, he received a booking on the 18th minutes and was substituted in the 78th minutes. He wasn't featured for five games and made his return. In PlayOff I, Vanden Borre scored his first goal for the club, in a 3-1 win over his former club, Anderlecht on 14 April 2012. At the end of the season, he wasn't offered a new contract at the club, having being decided to leave by the club. After his release, Vanden Borre was linked heavily, once again, with the club, but the move never happened. However, in October, he joined Ukrainian side Tavriya Simferopol, until the end of the season. But his time in Ukraine was short-lived.
Return to Anderlecht
In 2013, after five years away from the club, Vanden Borre made his return to Anderlecht, until the end of the season after being given a second chance by team-manager Herman Van Holsbeeck. His move was welcomed by team-mates when the team had a training scheduled. Having made a comeback with the reserve team on 4 March 2013, Vanden Borren made a league comeback, a week later on 16 March 2013, coming on for Ronald Vargas, in a 1-1 draw against Genk.
Holding Belgian and Democratic Republic of Congo citizenship, Vanden Borre played his first international match, opting for Belgium at age sixteen, having come on for Eric Deflandre as a substitute in a late minutes, as Belgium lose 3-2 against Turkey on 28 April 2004. One year later, on 4 June 2005, Vanden Borre made his first start, in a 0–0 draw against Serbia and Montenegro. Vanden Borre has since represented the national team by playing at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- As of match played 11 April 2014
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Anderlecht||2003–04||Belgian First Division||8||0||0||0||—||0||0||8||0|
|2004–05||Belgian First Division||19||0||0||0||—||7[a]||0||26||0|
|2005–06||Belgian First Division||22||3||0||0||—||8[b]||0||30||3|
|2006–07||Belgian First Division||20||0||3||0||—||6[b]||1||29||1|
|Portsmouth (loan)||2009–10||Premier League||19||0||2||0||4||1||—||25||1|
|Genk||2010–11||Belgian Pro League||16||0||0||0||—||—||16||0|
|2011–12||Belgian Pro League||26||1||1||0||—||1[d]||0||28||1|
|Anderlecht||2012–13||Belgian Pro League||1||0||0||0||—||0||0||1||0|
|2013–14||Belgian Pro League||21||0||1||0||—||3[b]||0||25||0|
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- "EXCLUSIVE TMW - The agent Stina: "By the end of month meeting Juve-Anderlecht for Vanden Borre"" [ESCLUSIVA TMW - L'agente Stinà: "Entro fine mese incontro Juve-Anderlecht per Vanden Borre"] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- "Vanden Borre commits to Anderlecht". UEFA.com. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- Genoa sign pair
- "Genoa, Vanden Borre, "I have a great opportunity in front of"" [Genoa, Vanden Borre: "Ho davanti una grande occasione"] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- Vanden Borre Joins Blues
- "Belgium midfielder joins Pompey". BBC Sport. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
- "Carlisle 1 – 3 Portsmouth". BBC. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
- "Vanden Borre hits out at ref". Sky Sports. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Vanden Borre snubs Pompey". Sky Sports. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "EXCLUSIVE TMW - Genoa, Vanden Borre to Genk" [ESCLUSIVA TMW - Genoa, Vanden Borre al Genk] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Back Vanden Borre: also rejects the Genk, behind the scenes" [Dietrofront Vanden Borre: rifiuta anche il Genk, i retroscena] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Official: RC Genk sign former Portsmouth defender Anthony Vanden Borre from Genoa". Goal.com. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Vanden Borre overhauled a Anderlecht driver" [Vanden Borre viseerde één Anderlecht-bestuurder] (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Anthony Vanden Borre has to go at Racing Genk" [Anthony Vanden Borre moet weg bij Racing Genk] (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- "Vanden Borre warmly received by promises" [Vanden Borre hartelijk ontvangen bij beloften] (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- "Anthony Vanden Borre: Season 2010/11". FootballDatabaseEU. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- "Anthony Vanden Borre: Season 2011/12". FootballDatabaseEU. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- "Anthony Vanden Borre: Season 2012/13". FootballDatabaseEU. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- "Anthony Vanden Borre: Season 2013/14". FootballDatabaseEU. Retrieved 22 February 2014.