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VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF VINCENT KOMPANY TRAINING WITH ANDERLECHT, FILE FOOTAGE OF KOMPANY LIFITNG PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHIES WITH MANCHESTER CITY, EXTERIORS OF MANCHESTER CITY STADIUM, FILE FOOTAGE OF KOMPANY TRAINING WITH MANCHESTER CITY AND BELGIUM
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (FILE - JUNE 25, 2019) (ROYAL SPORTING CLUB ANDERLECHT - ACCESS ALL)
1. VARIOUS OF ROYAL SPORTING CLUB ANDERLECHT PLAYER-COACH, VINCENT KOMPANY, WARMING UP WITH TEAM MATES
2. KOMPANY TALKING TO HIS TEAM MATES
3. PLAYERS AT TRAINING
4. KOMPANY JOGGING DURING TRAINING
5. VARIOUS OF KOMPANY WITH THE BALL DURING TRAINING
6. VARIOUS OF KOMPANY TALKING TO HIS TEAM MATES
7. KOMPANY WALKING ON THE FIELD
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (FILE - JUNE 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
8. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF ROYAL SPORTING CLUB ANDERLECHT TRAINING BUILDING
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM ( FILE - MAY 12, 2019) (CITY TV - ACCESS ALL)
9. KOMPANY CELEBRATING WITH THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY AFTER MANCHESTER CITY RETAINED THE TITLE
10. LASER AND TICKERTAPE CELEBRATIONS AT CITY'S ETIHAD STADIUM
11. KOMPANY WITH THE TROPHY
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - OCTOBER 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
12. MANCHESTER CITY BADGE ON EXTERIOR OF STADIUM
13. STADIUM EXTERIORS
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 2018) (MANCHESTER CITY VNR - ACCESS ALL)
14. KOMPANY LIFTING THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY ALONGSIDE TEAM MATES
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - APRIL 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
15. KOMPANY TRAINING WITH CITY
DEDOVSK, RUSSIA (FILE - JULY 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
17. VARIOUS OF KOMPANY TRAINING WITH BELGIUM'S 2018 WORLD CUP SQUAD
STORY: Vincent Kompany has announced his retirement from playing soccer to take over as full-time head coach of Anderlecht, the Belgian Pro League club said on Monday (August 17).
The 34-year-old Kompany, who had shared first-team duties with Frank Vercauteren, will be head coach for the next four seasons.
Kompany joined Anderlecht as player-coach in May last year after spending 11 years with Premier League side Manchester City.
He stepped down from his management role three months later to concentrate on playing.
Anderlecht finished eighth in the Belgian Pro League last season with Kompany making 15 appearances.
"I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100% of my time and focus for it. That's why I'm quitting as a football player," Kompany said in a club statement.
"I want to stay with the club for at least 4 seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results."
Kompany joined Manchester City from Hamburg in 2008 and soon became club captain, helping them win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
He made 89 appearances for Belgium and was part of the squad that finished third at the 2018 World Cup.
Kompany will make his full-time managerial debut in Sunday's (August 23) league game against Mouscron. Anderlecht are third in the standings with four points from two games.
(Production: Tim Hart)