Alderweireld with Ajax in 2011
|Full name||Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld|
|Date of birth||2 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Antwerp, Belgium|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
(on loan from Atlético Madrid)
|2014–||→ Southampton (loan)||16||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Tobias Albertine Maurits "Toby" Alderweireld (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtoːbi ˈɑldərˌwɛːrəlt]; born 2 March 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for English club Southampton, on loan from Atlético Madrid, and the Belgium national team. Mainly a central defender, he can also play as a right back.
Alderweireld began his professional career at Dutch club Ajax, where he won honours including three consecutive Eredivisie titles. In 2013 he moved to Atlético, where he won La Liga and reached the UEFA Champions League final in his first season.
A full international since 2009, he has earned over 40 caps for Belgium and represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Born in Antwerp, Alderweireld moved to Ajax's youth academy in August 2004 from Germinal Beerschot. On 22 February 2007, he signed his first professional contract tying him to the club until 30 June 2010. He was promoted to the first team for the 2008–09 season but only made his first team debut on 18 January, in the 4–2 victory over NEC Nijmegen. On 26 February, he made his European debut during a 1–1 draw against Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup. Although he only made several appearances for the remainder of the season, he was awarded a new long-term contract extension until 2014.
During the early stages of the 2009–10 season, Alderweireld established himself in the first team and starting eleven. He became first choice centre-back along with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen (Jan Vertonghen now plays for Tottenham Hotspur) after the departure of former captain Thomas Vermaelen to Arsenal. New coach Martin Jol praised the two defenders and kept faith in the duo after a string of good performances. During the 4 September win against Heracles that ended 3–0, he scored his first league goal for the club when he opened the scoring with a header from Luis Suárez's corner. On 27 January, he scored a late equaliser in extra time during the KNVB Cup quarter final against NEC Nijmegen and Siem de Jong's late goal five minutes before the final whistle sealed a 3–2 win for Ajax. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Alderweireld was named "Ajax Talent of the Year". He assured himself of a place in the Eredivisie giants' history books on 3 November 2011, heading in Ajax's 100th UEFA Champions League goal in the 2–1 Group G defeat by Auxerre. In the 2010–11 season, he scored a stunning 25-yard strike at the San Siro against Champions League group rivals AC Milan in a 0–2 away win. He followed this spectacular goal with an even more impressive 32-yard strike against Feyenoord in a 2–0 home win.
In the 2011–12 season Alderweireld has made significant strides in his ability as a footballer. He has also formed a formidable partnership in the heart of the Ajax defensive with captain and fellow Belgian Jan Verthongen. Alderweireld has also showed some impressive offensive ability scoring a remarkable goal against SC Heerenveen in Week 2.
On 5 August 2012, during the Johan Cruijff Schaal encounter between PSV and Ajax, Alderweireld managed to score for Ajax in the 44th minute, bringing his club back within a goals difference going into halftime 2–1. Unfortunately, it was a match Ajax would lose 4–2, making it the third Dutch Super Cup that Alderweireld participated in and finished as runners-up. The following 2012–13 season however would be a successful one, marking the third year in a row that Alderweireld would play UEFA Champions League football, and also winning his third consecutive Eredivisie title for Ajax and 32nd overall, having played as a starting Center Back for Ajax in all three championship pursuits. Alderweireld scored a further three goals that season for Ajax, including two goals during the regular season against PEC Zwolle and FC Twente, as well as scoring another goal in a 2–0 home victory against Steaua București at the Amsterdam Arena, in the first leg of the 32nd Round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. Having been drawn into a group with Manchester City, Real Madrid and eventual runners-up Borussia Dortmund during their Champions League campaign, Ajax had entered into the Europa League at the knockout phase having secured third place in their group, but failed to advance, losing in the second leg match in Romania 4–2 on penalty kicks after extra time.
With one more year remaining on his contract, Alderweireld opted not to extend his contract with Ajax, and received plenty of interest during the off season, with Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool, Napoli and Norwich City being mentioned as the most keen to sign the young defender.
On 2 September 2013, Alderweireld joined Atlético Madrid on a four-year contract for an estimated €7 million (£6.16 m) transfer fee. He played 12 matches as the club won La Liga; on 11 May, he headed only goal of the season, an equaliser in a 1–1 home draw with Málaga CF in the penultimate round of fixtures, ensuring that Atlético remained in the title race. Alderweireld played the final seven minutes and extra time of the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final for Atlético in place of Filipe Luís; the team were beating rivals Real Madrid 1–0 when he entered the field of play but eventually lost 1–4.
He was loaned to Southampton, on 1 September 2014 with the option for Southampton to buy for £6.3million at the end of the season. He made his Southampton debut on 13 September, helping to keep a clean sheet in a 4–0 defeat of Newcastle United. On 26 December, he scored his first goal for the club, Southampton's third in a 3–1 away win at Crystal Palace by heading James Ward-Prowse's corner kick.
Alderweireld first represented Belgium at U17 level in October 2005 and took part in the 2006 UEFA U17 Championship. After the 2008–09 season concluded, he made his senior debut for the Belgian national team in a friendly tournament. However his full senior debut came three months later, in a match against the Czech Republic. He was named in several 2010 World Cup qualifying squads, but was mostly an unused substitute. In October 2009, he came on as a second-half substitute for Daniel Van Buyten in the 2–0 defeat to Estonia.
Alderweireld was called up to the Belgian U21 squad for the 2011 UEFA U21 Championship qualifier against Ukraine on 13 November 2009, with the match finishing 2–0 to Ukraine. He played right back during the 2012 UEFA Euro qualification match against Turkey on 7 September 2010.
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Other3||Total|
|2013–14||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||12||1||6||1||4||0||0||0||22||2|
- Statistics accurate as of last match played on 21 February 2015.
3 Includes the Supercopa de España matches.
- As of matches played on 11 August 2013
|Belgium national team|
- Score and Result lists Belgium's goals first.
|1.||19 November 2013||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels||Japan||2–3||2–3||Friendly|
- Atlético Madrid
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toby Alderweireld.|
- Toby Alderweireld career statistics at Soccerbase
- Belgium Stats at Belgian FA
- Atlético Madrid profile