The Red Devils play Wales tonight. But before the match, a few former internationals will be honored. Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Mousa Dembélé never received an appropriate goodbye due to corona and are now honored again for their own audience. We dusted off our archive in search of three typical moments.
Kompany wakes up Belgium (and especially himself)
The Red Devils owed the third place at the 2018 World Cup to the first goal in the quarterfinals against Brazil. Do you remember? Kompany’s header…or was it Fernandinho’s?
Bon, it certainly was a good diversion from our captain. A move that goes hand in hand with a great story.
A few months later, Kompany revealed how this goal had just come about. An anecdote that makes you smile.
“Tita Wizard” with a wonderful dribble goal
Mousa Dembele has never been a goal getter. A dribble butt all the more. Not his five goals for the national team, but some magical slaloms remained in the collective memory.
But have you seen this one? As a young boy he already conjured up the shirt of the Devils in midfield. With a dribble and a goal actually.
With the U23 team at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, he made the decisive 2-3 in the quarterfinals against Italy in an unparalleled way.
Character head Vermaelen plays until bleeding
In terms of flair, Vermaelen sometimes had to fall short of natural talents such as Kompany and Dembélé. But the “Verminator” more than made up for that with his fighting spirit.
Blood, sweat and more blood.
Do you remember the 2018 World Cup against England? The defender suffered a serious head injury in a duel. A substitution seemed logical, but that was not counted on Vermaelen.
A wipe for the bleeding and just back to it. Retro Entertainment.