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Anthony Vanden Borre
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Vanden Borre playing for Fiorentina in 2007
Personal information
Full name Anthony Henri Vanden Borre
Date of birth (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 36)
Place of birth Likasi, Zaire
Height 1.85 m
Playing position Right back / right winger
Youth career
1995–2003 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Anderlecht 68 (3)
2007–2008 Fiorentina 2 (0)
2008–2010 Genoa 31 (0)
2009–2010 Portsmouth (loan) 19 (0)
2010–2012 Genk 42 (1)
2013–2017 Anderlecht 48 (1)
2016–2017 Montpellier (loan) 10 (0)
2017 TP Mazembe 5 (0)
2020–2021 Anderlecht 0 (0)
National team
2001–2003 Belgium U16 19 (5)
2003–2004 Belgium U17 12 (3)
2004–2008 Belgium U21 11 (3)
2004–2014 Belgium 28 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Anthony Henri Vanden Borre (born 24 October 1987) is a Belgian former footballer who played as a defender. Vanden Borre previously played for clubs in Belgium, Italy, England and France. He won 28 caps for the Belgium national team. He is capable of playing as both a right back and a right winger.

Club career


Vanden Borre was trained at Anderlecht throughout his entire youth career, at the same time as his friend Vincent Kompany. He made his debut in the regular competition when he was 16 years and 187 days old. At that time, only one other player, Paul Van Himst, was younger when he debuted. A month on, Vanden Borre signed a contract with Anderlecht until 2007. In 2005, he drew attention to himself in a Champions League game against Chelsea, when he had the best attempt on goal for Anderlecht as they lost 1–0 to the English champions, striking Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech's post around midway through the game. He finally scored his first official goal at home against K.S.V. Roeselare in a 5–1 win when he opened the scoring on 21 September 2005.

While both Kompany and Vanden Borre were considered huge football talents, Vanden Borre was considered to be an even greater star-in-the-making than Kompany. Anderlecht-icon Paul Van Himst called Vanden Borre "the biggest talent he has ever seen in his career". He was praised for his technical ability, passing and vision. However, while Kompany managed to maintain a high level of play match after match, Vanden Borre's Anderlecht career was marked by irregularity, lack of concentration and injuries. After several minor incidents, including a stint which featured him shaving the initials of his name 'AVB' into his hair, he received a 'bad boy'-label from both the press and his coaches.

While at Anderlecht, Vanden Borre was linked a move away from the club like Hamburger SV, Ajax, Inter Milan, Real Betis, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Lazio.

But eventually, he decided to extend his contract with Anderlecht until 2010, during the 2005–06 season.

Italian career

Vanden Borre joined Fiorentina, completing his move on 1 June 2007, for €4 million and signing a four-year contract that will keep him until 2012. The move was previously made on 8 March 2007, with an agreement, according to his agent. He made his Serie A debut on 7 October against Juventus, coming on for Giampaolo Pazzini. Having made two appearances, Vanden Borre said he was developing at the club, though he was not playing.

On 19 January 2008, Vanden Borre was on the move again. This time, joining Serie a side Genoa in a co-ownership deal for €2.1 million, with Papa Waigo moving the opposite way also in co-ownership deal, also for €2.1 million. After the move, Vanden Borre says joining Genoa is a great opportunity to play. On 8 March 2008, Vanden Borre made his debut, coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute, in a 2–0 loss against Juventus. In an interview with Belgium Soccer, he stated he want to stay at Genoa, insisting he is happy there In June 2008, Genoa announced that the club had acquired the full rights of the player for €1.7 million, following eight appearances at the club. In his first full season at Genoa, Vanden Borre made twenty-five appearances for the club, under manager Gian Piero Gasperini. However, the next season, Vanden Borre was soon available on a transfer and has since fallen out of the first team.


On 13 August 2009, it was announced that Vanden Borre had joined Portsmouth on a season-long loan. He made his debut for the club on 19 August 2009 against Birmingham. He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 3–1 Football League Cup win over Carlisle United on 22 September 2009. On 6 February 2010, he scored an own-goal in a 5–0 loss against Manchester United. Two months later, on 3 April 2010, Vanden Borre received two bookings in a 0–0 draw against Blackburn. After the match, he accused referee Steve Bennett of costing him his dream of playing at Wembley as he had to serve a one-match suspension. However, his time at Portsmouth was difficult, battling to hold down a regular place in the Portsmouth defence as the club was relegated to the Championship. At the end of the season, new manager Steve Cotterill announced that Vanden Borre would not be returning to the club, having expected to extend his stay at Portsmouth, and he was subsequently linked with German side FC Köln.


After returning to Genoa from a loan spell at Portsmouth, Vanden Borre was heavily linked a move away in the transfer window, including a return to Pompey as part of Kevin-Prince Boateng's deal. But, Vanden Borre announced he would move to Belgian side Genk in a temporary deal. However, the move fell through, due to the interest from Hapoel Tel Aviv, despite he already signed a six-month contract with Genk, without a mutual agreement between the transfer fee. Eventually, Genoa released the player for free, effectively on 5 January 2011 the re-opening of the transfer window and with-in the time frame of Genoa's 2011 financial year. Vanden Borre also signed a two-year deal, with an option of a third year on 8 September 2010 and he won't play until January 2011, though playing in friendlies and reserve team.

A week after being an official player, he made his debut for the club, coming on as a substitute for Kevin De Bruyne in the 78th minute, in a 3–2 win over Kortrijk on 22 January 2011. In the last game of Jupiler Pro League before splitting to PlayOff I, he received two bookings, in a 1–1 draw against Standard Liège. In the PlayOff I, he played almost every game in action and thus played an important role in achieving the national title.

The next season, Vanden Borre was involved with the squad, playing in the Champions League campaign, which led to Group-stage. While in the league, he often play in the first team, but received more disciplined under newly manager Mario Been. In a match against Zulte Waregem on 15 January 2012, he received a booking on the 18th minute and was substituted in the 78th minute. He wasn't featured for five games and made his return. In PlayOff I, Vanden Borre scored his first goal for the club, in a 3–1 win over his former club, Anderlecht on 14 April 2012. At the end of the season, he wasn't offered a new contract at the club, which had decided not to retain him. After his release, Vanden Borre was linked heavily, once again, with the club, but the move never happened. However, in October, he joined Ukrainian side Tavriya Simferopol, until the end of the season. But his time in Ukraine was short-lived.

Return to Anderlecht

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Vanden Borre playing for Anderlecht in 2015

In 2013, after five years away from the club, Vanden Borre made his return to Anderlecht, until the end of the season after being given a second chance by team-manager Herman Van Holsbeeck. His move was welcomed by teammates when the team had a training scheduled. Having made a comeback with the reserve team on 4 March 2013, Vanden Borre made a league comeback, a week later on 16 March 2013, coming on for Ronald Vargas, in a 1–1 draw against Genk.

On 4 November 2014, in a Champions League group match at Arsenal, he scored two goals (one a penalty) as Anderlecht earned a draw from being 3–0 down after 60 minutes.

Loan to Montpellier

On 8 July 2016, Vanden Borre joined Ligue 1 side Montpellier on season-long loan with the option of signing permanently. After 10 appearances in all competitions for Montpellier, he returned to Anderlecht in January 2017.

Initial retirement

On 10 January 2017, Vanden Borre announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.

TP Mazembe

On 2 March 2017, after less than two months in retirement, Vanden Borre signed for Congolese side TP Mazembe, however his stay only lasted 4 months.

Second return to Anderlecht

After 3 years without a club, Vanden Borre returned to Anderlecht, once again reuniting with Vincent Kompany who was manager.

International career

Holding Belgian and Democratic Republic of Congo citizenship, Vanden Borre played his first international match, opting for Belgium at age sixteen, having come on for Eric Deflandre as a substitute in a late minutes, as Belgium lose 3–2 against Turkey on 28 April 2004. One year later, on 4 June 2005, Vanden Borre made his first start, in a 0–0 draw against Serbia and Montenegro. Vanden Borre has since represented the national team by playing at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics.

On 13 May 2014, Vanden Borre was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

International goal

Scores and results lists Belgium's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 May 2006 Wagner & Partners Stadion, Sittard, Netherlands  Saudi Arabia 2–1 2–1 Friendly

Personal life

Born in Likasi, Zaire, Vanden Borre moved to Belgium at early age. He is the son of a Belgian father and a Congolese mother.

Career statistics

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht 2003–04 Belgian First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2004–05 Belgian First Division 19 0 0 0 7 0 26 0
2005–06 Belgian First Division 22 3 0 0 8 0 30 3
2006–07 Belgian First Division 20 0 3 0 6 1 29 1
Total 69 3 3 0 21 1 93 4
Fiorentina 2007–08 Serie A 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 0
Genoa 2007–08 Serie A 6 0 0 0 6 0
2008–09 Serie A 25 0 2 0 27 0
2009–10 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 31 0 2 0 0 0 33 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2009–10 Premier League 19 0 2 0 4 1 25 1
Genk 2010–11 Belgian Pro League 16 0 0 0 16 0
2011–12 Belgian Pro League 26 1 1 0 1 0 28 1
Total 42 1 1 0 1 0 44 1
Anderlecht 2012–13 Belgian Pro League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 Belgian Pro League 27 0 1 0 3 0 31 0
2014–15 Belgian Pro League 20 1 3 1 6 2 29 4
2015–16 Belgian Pro League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 Belgian Pro League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 50 1 4 1 9 2 63 4
Montpellier (loan) 2016–17 Ligue 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 226 5 13 1 4 1 33 3 276 10


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