Center back who played for Bayern Munich from 2006 to 2014. He began his long tenure with the Belgium national team in 2001.
He debuted professionally for Charleroi in 1998.
He scored 12 goals in 76 matches for Marseille between 2001 and 2004.
He was born in Chimay, Belgium.
He and fellow center back Thomas Vermaelen became teammates on the Belgium national team.