Nicolas Lombaerts

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Nicolas Lombaerts
Nicolas Lombaerts 2013.jpg
Lombaerts with Zenit in 2014
Personal information
Full name Nicolas Robert Christian Lombaerts[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-20) 20 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Brugge, Belgium
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Number 6
Youth career
Club Brugge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Gent 76 (1)
2007– Zenit Saint Petersburg 161 (9)
National team
2006– Belgium 31 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2014

Nicolas Robert Christian Lombaerts (born 20 March 1985) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg[2] and the Belgium national team.

Club career[edit]

Brugge[edit]

Lombaerts joined Club Brugge at young age where he went through all youth ranks. He claimed various league titles at young age as he was part of a strong generation at Brugge, with players such as Jason Vandelannoite, Glenn Verbauwhede and Thomas Matton.

Gent[edit]

As his ambition was to play in the starting lineup of a first division team as soon as possible and Club Brugge was not able to guarantee this, he moved to Gent where he soon was able to play almost every match in the 2005–06 Belgian First Division and also got his first appearance for the Belgium national football team. Apart from football, he was at that point still studying law at Ghent University. Several times he was selected for the Belgian national youth teams such as the Belgium national under-21 football team. Highlights were the 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Zenit[edit]

Lombaerts playing for Zenit in 2009

In July 2007, Lombaerts chose a lucrative transfer to the FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. At that point he quit his studies and chose for a football career. Zenit eventually won its first Russian league title with the 2007 Russian Premier League. At the beginning of 2008, Lombaerts was sidelined for over half a year as the result of a knee injury. In the meantime without him, his team won the 2007–08 UEFA Cup and he also missed the 2008 Summer Olympics where Belgium finished fourth.

Lombaerts finally made his return to Zenit on 19 July 2009, coming on in the 71st minute for Aleksei Ionov against Terek Grozny. Even though Zenit were defeated 3-2, Lombaerts described the happiness of taking the pitch again as similar to "a small child's joy when walking into a shop full of sweets."[3] He then quickly became a fixture in defense for caretaker Anatoliy Davydov, helping Zenit win six consecutive matches to get back into the title hunt. On 29 November 2009, Lombaerts scored the game-winning goal against rival Spartak Moscow to put Zenit into the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League as third-place team in Russia.[4]

On 5 July 2010, Lombaerts signed a four-year contract to remain with Zenit.[5]

International career[edit]

He has made his debut in full internationals in May 2006 in a friendly against Saudi Arabia,[6] and played 3 matches in Euro 2008 qualifying.

On 26 May 2014, in a pre-World Cup match against Luxembourg, Lombaerts came on as a substitute in the 77th minute for Jan Vertonghen. As Belgium had already made the 6 permitted substitutions, the match was therefore declared invalid on 4 June.[7]

International[edit]

As of 18 October 2018.
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 1 0
2007 3 0
2008 0 0
2009 3 0
2010 5 1
2011 6 1
2012 2 0
2013 4 0
2014 7 1
Total 31 3

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2010-10-12 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Austria 4 – 3 4 – 4 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
2 2011-09-06 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  United States 1 – 0 1 – 0 Friendly
3 2014-11-12 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Iceland 1 – 0 3 – 1 Friendly

Career honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Zenit St. Petersburg

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