Tom De Mul
De Mul training with Ajax in 2007
|Date of birth||4 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Kapellen, Belgium|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Vitesse (loan)||27||(2)|
|2009||→ Genk (loan)||12||(4)|
|2010–2011||→ Standard Liège (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Kapellen, Antwerp, De Mul began his career in K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot, but joined the AFC Ajax youth academy at age 15, like countryman Thomas Vermaelen a year before. He made his first-team debut on 25 January 2004 against NEC Nijmegen, but appeared only eight times in the Eredivisie in his first two years combined.
After a solid 2005–06 (spent on loan) at Vitesse Arnhem, De Mul returned to Amsterdam and figured prominently during his first full year, starting in 23 of the 28 games he appeared in. In the subsequent summer he signed with Spanish side Sevilla FC for five years, but spent the vast majority of his first seasons barred by Jesús Navas, a club youth product; however, on 16 November 2008, having only played five minutes at Getafe CF, he scored in a 2–0 La Liga away win.
On 15 January 2009, De Mul agreed to be loaned to K.R.C. Genk, thus returning to his country. Seriously injured during the summer, he spent the entire 2009–10 and 2011–12 campaigns on the sidelines, eventually leaving the Andalusians on 30 June 2012 after his contract expired.
In June 2007, De Mul earned his only two caps for Belgium at senior level during the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, making his debut on the 2nd as a 61st-minute substitute for François Sterchele in a 1–2 loss to Portugal at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels. He started four days later, in a 0–2 defeat in Finland.
- "El Sevilla ficha al portero De Sanctis y al extremo derecho De Mul" [Sevilla signs goalkeeper De Sanctis and right winger De Mul] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Tom de Mul: "Navas tuvo momentos menos buenos y no confiaron en mí"" [Tom de Mul: "Navas had not-so-good moments and people did not trust in me"] (in Spanish). Estadio Deportivo. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Getafe 0–2 Sevilla FC". ESPN FC. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Fazio y De Mul se reincorporan a los entrenamientos del Sevilla" [Fazio and De Mul reinstated in Sevilla's trainings] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "De Mul: "Esperaré hasta diciembre para decidir mi futuro"" [De Mul: "I will wait until December to decide my future"] (in Spanish). Marca. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "De Mul busca su luz tras cinco años de eclipse" [De Mul searches for light after five years of eclipse] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Tom de Mul abandona el Sevilla Fútbol Club" [Tom de Mul leaves Sevilla Fútbol Club] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.