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Thursday 22 August 2013

On this day in 2008: Manchester City sign Vincent Kompany

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Manchester City recruiting the Belgium defender

  • Kompany (left) made his Manchester City debut two days after signing for the club

  • The defender scored his first goal for City in a 2-1 defeat away at Wigan

  • Kompany led Manchester City to their first ever Barclays Premier League title in 2011/12 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 22 August 2008 - Vincent Kompany heads to the Etihad Stadium

Regarded as one of the brightest defensive prospects in European football, Vincent Kompany was snapped by Manchester City manager Mark Hughes on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Hamburg.

"Vincent is one of the outstanding talents in Europe and understands the ambition of the club"
Mark Hughes

The 22-year-old, capped 23 times for his country, was the third summer signing by Hughes, following the big-money arrival of striker Jo from CSKA Moscow and Tal Ben Haim from Chelsea.

"Vincent is one of the outstanding talents in Europe and understands the ambition of the club," said Hughes. "We want to be a young, vibrant team with energy and technical ability. He comes into the category of the kind of young player we are trying to attract."

Kompany made his debut just two days later in a 3-0 victory over West Ham United, the first of 154 Barclays Premier League appearances for Man City to date. He has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals.

As captain, the Belgium international guided the Citizens to a first league championship victory in 44 years – and a first ever Barclays Premier League title – in the 2011/12 season as City striker Sergio Aguero scored a last-minute goal to snatch the title from fierce rivals Manchester United in the most thrilling Barclays Premier League climax.

In recognition of his performances, Kompany was named the Barclays Premier League player of that momentous season.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Mark Hughes signed the Belgium international and future City captain