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Report: Manchester City hero opens season with defeat

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Vincent Kompany’s first league game in charge at RSC Anderlecht did not go to plan.

The season opener for Vincent Kompany as player-manager at Anderlecht RSC resulted in a loss at home to KV Oostende.

Losing is not something the Belgian international is used to doing.

But in the first game of the Belgium First Division A that’s exactly what happened. In a game where he named himself in the starting line up, he could nothing to help his side avoid defeat.

The centre-back played the full 90 minutes. He was joined on the field by former City teammate Samir  Nasri, who came on as a substitute for Anderlecht.

There was no debut for 22-year-old City loanee Philippe Sandler, but he was in the matchday squad.

He helped City to four Premier League titles in his time there. In total making 265 appearances, scoring 18 goals and having 8 assists.

Perhaps his most significant statistic though was his 94 clean sheets as a defender for the Blues, in their resurgence as a powerhouse of English football.

Kompany’s record as a player for the Belgian giants boasts, five goals in 73 games and two league titles. He then left for Manchester, where he developed a cult following.

After 11 years at Manchester City, and capping off an illustrious career with another Premiership Crown. Part of an amazing domestic treble season. He returned to his native Belgium a hero.

Reports from The BBC told of banners emblazoning his return to the club where is still regarded as a hero.

One banner read “left like a prince, came back like a king!”

While scarves and t-shirts with his face and the words “Welcome home Kompany” were also on sale.