Vincent Kompany is possibly the only professional footballer in the world to have earned an MBA while still playing at the highest level.
The Belgian national team captain, who is also the captain of his club team Manchester City, has been described as erudite and eloquent, unlike his football colleagues. So it is no surprise that in his first year as captain of his club, Manchester City was crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 44 years.
Vincent Kompany was born on 10 April 1986 in Uccle, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Pierre and Jocelyne Fraselle Kompany as Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany. His father Pierre is a Congolese immigrant to Belgium who is currently working as his son’s agent, while his mother Jocelyne worked as an employment agent before her death.
Kompany and his siblings, the older sister Christel and the younger brother Francois, all grew up in Brussels. As Kompany’s father came from a low-income family, he was careful to invest in his child’s football skills so that he could lead a better life as an adult.
Even as a schoolboy, Kompany attracted the attention of the major Belgian clubs, who wanted to use him in their youth. However, he suffered a lot of racist abuse because he was the child of an immigrant. The abuse, in turn, led him to acquire the reputation of being violent, as he fought and beat up every other child who racially abused him. One of these outbursts led to him losing his place in the Belgian youth team.
Professional Football Career
Vincent Kompany began his professional career at the young age of 17 on the Belgian side of the first division, Anderlecht. With Anderlecht, Kompany was awarded the Golden Shoe and the Belgian Ebony Shoe. The former is an award given to the best footballer in the Belgian first division at the beginning of each civil year, while the latter is also an annual award given to the best African or player of African origin in the Belgian professional league.
Despite interest from all over Europe, Kompany stayed in Belgium for three years to complete its development. In 2006 he joined the German Bundesliga club, Hamburg, for a fee of 10 million euros. In Germany, Kompany had some trouble making it into the first team. Nor did it help that he suffered a number of long-term injuries.
After two years with Hamburg, Kompany moved to Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. In his early days at the club, he was used as a holding midfielder before later establishing himself as a strong central defender with excellent aerial acrobatics and mobility.
In the 2010/11 season, Kompany’s achievements did not go unnoticed as he was named Supporter Player of the Year and Player of the Year for the club. He was also elected to the PFA Team of the Year. In the same year, he won the FA Cup, which was his first trophy with the club and the club’s first major honor in 35 years. The club also qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
The following season, Kompany was named club captain and led his side to their first Premier League title since 1968, playing for the citizens more than 300 times, scoring 19 goals, and winning eight trophies, including three Premier League titles.
Vincent Kompany’s Family – Wife, Son
Vincent Company is married to Carla Higgs. Higgs, who supported Manchester City for life, met the future City Captain when he played for Hamburg. The couple met soon after their first encounter before they entered into a marriage at a small ceremony in Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire on 11 June 2011.
Carla and Vincent have two children together; daughter Sienna born on 10 June 2010 and son Kai born in October 2013.
Personal Achievements and Interests Outside Football
In 2018 Vincent Kompany graduated from Manchester Business School with an MBA. He is chairman of the Belgian D3B departmental club BX Brussels, which was founded in 2013 to help disadvantaged children use sport as a way out of poverty.
Kompany is also an official FIFA ambassador for SOS children, through which he helps the people in his father’s home country.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements and Other Facts
Birth Name: Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany
Date of Birth: 10 April 1986
Birthplace: Uccle, Brussels, Belgium
Height: 6 feet 4 inches (195 cm)
Biceps: 16 inches (41 cm)
Chest: 46 inches (117 cm)
Zodiac Sign: Aries