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Road to the Lane - Mousa Dembele

A detailed timeline on the route our current players have taken from day one on their way to N17. This month we feature our Belgian international midfielder MOUSA DEMBELE.


Born in Wilrijk on July 16. Wilrijk is a district of Antwerp in the Flemish region of north Belgium.  


His love of football starts at a very early age and by the time he is 14 he is already playing in the youth team of local side K. Berchem Sport. This well established club was formed in 1906 and plays at the 13,607 capacity Ludo Coeckstadion. They are currently in the Belgian third division but have played at the top level in that country.


Receives his second call up into the Belgium Under-16 squad in September and this time he makes his debut – at home to Turkey. Goes on to win three caps at this level.


September sees him make his first appearance for Belgium Under-17s – a 2-0 home success over Holland. Will gain six caps in total.


Mousa soon reaches the first team at Berchem and that brings him to the attention of Belgian Pro League club Beerschot. He turns professional with the Antwerp club whose former players include current Spurs and Belgium team mate Jan Vertonghen.


Called into the Under-18 international side, making his debut in a 2-1 win in Switzerland. Also plays for the first time at Under-19 level in October and scores in a 3-1 win against Turkey. It is the first of his 12 Under-19 caps.


He makes his senior debut for Beerschot on April 24 against Charleroi and scores twice in 22 league and cup appearances in the following season.


By July he is on the move again and crosses the border into Holland. Ajax show interest as he continues to confirm his immense potential but he opts to join their fellow Dutch Eredivisie opponents Willem II. The Tilburg-based side do not have a great season and only survive via the play-offs but Mousa scores nine goals in 33 league games. It proves to be his only season at the Koning Willem II Stadion.

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