Amine Linganzi

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Amine Linganzi
Personal information
Full name Amine Linganzi [1]
Date of birth (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Algiers, Algeria
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gillingham
Number 16
Youth career
2006–2008 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Saint-Étienne 3 (0)
2010–2013 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
2011 Preston North End (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Accrington Stanley 13 (0)
2013– Gillingham 25 (1)
National team
2008–2013 Congo 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:22, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Amine Linganzi (born 16 November 1989) is a professional French footballer who plays for English club Gillingham as a midfielder.

Born in Algeria, Linganzi was raised in France and represents Congo at international level.

Club career[edit]

Born in Algiers, Algeria,[2] Linganzi emigrated to Aix-en-Provence, France, along with his parents.[citation needed] He played for several youths team such as Aix-en-Provence, Vitrolles and Cannes before joining Saint-Étienne, where Linganzi started his professional career. In the reserves for the 2007/08 season, Linganzi began to established in the starting eleven with 22 appearance and one goal.[3]

On 28 September 2008, Linganzi made his Ligue 1 debut for Saint-Étienne, coming on in the 64th minute for Geoffrey Dernis in a league game against Bordeaux.[4]

On 28 January 2010, Linganzi signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer.[5] In only his second game for Blackburn Rovers's Reserve team when during a game against Wigan Athletic's reserve team, he provided two assists for goals and scored one goal.[6]

On 13 January 2011, Linganzi signed for Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[7] He made his debut against Leicester City and after about half an hour he pulled his hamstring when he had a shot. His injury ruled him out for six weeks.[8] Despite being injured, Manager Phil Brown confirmed that Linganzi would stay for the rest of the season and at the end of the season, Linganzi would be left out of the first team.[9] In March, Brown said Linganzi still had a role in the first team, having been out for two months.[10]

At the start of the 2011–12 season, Linganzi played in a pre-season friendly for Preston North End against Morecambe, prompting speculation that another loan deal had been agreed.[11] He scored for North End in a trial against Wigan Athletic in a 3–1 defeat, with a volley in pre-season.[12] However, the loan move did not materialise.[13]

On 30 January 2013, Linganzi mutually agreed to terminate his contract with Blackburn Rovers.[14] After leaving Blackburn, Linganzi had a trial with League Two side Accrington Stanley.[15] After the trial, Linganzi won a contract with Accrington Stanley until the end of the season, on 21 February 2013.[16] Upon the move, Linganzi said he had no regrets about joining Blackburn Rovers.[17] He made his debut for the club in a 4–0 win over AFC Wimbledon on 19 March 2013. Following a 1–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, Manager Leam Richardson dedicated the match to Linganzi following a family tragedy, which led him to go back to France.[18] Richardson would credit Linganzi, along with many players, for their role to keep the club safe from relegation.[19]

On 10 June 2013, Linganzi signed for League Two champions Gillingham on a two-year contract. Martin Allen said upon signing him "Before his injuries, it looked like he was heading for the top, and now he is fully recovered, I believe we have a player who can helps us march onwards and upwards. He is a midfield player, he is massive and he was the best central midfield player that played at Priestfield last season. He will prove to be a good signing".[20] He scored his first goal for Gillingham on 22 March 2014 in a 3-1 home defeat against Crewe Alexandra.

International career[edit]

Linganzi currently represents the Congo for international matches. He made his debut in the 3–0 loss against Algeria on 14 August 2013, during which he was substituted due to an hamstring injury.[21] Coincidentally, Algeria was Linganzi's country of birth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2013 and 31/01/2013" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 14. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 253. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  3. ^ "Amine Linganzi Koumba Interview" [Linganzi, c’est du lourd] (in French). ASSE.com. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bordeaux denied by St-Etienne". UEFA.com. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blackburn sign St Etienne midfielder Amine Linganzi". BBC Sport. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Linganzi and Basturk shine". Vital Football. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Double loan deal for Preston". Sky Sports. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Linganzi out for six weeks". Sky Sports. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Preston North End sign Fulham's Eddie Johnson on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "St Ledger doubtful for Ireland qualifier". Lancashire Evening Post. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Daley stars in North End win". Lancashire Evening Post. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Turner to make full-time debut against Wigan". Lancashire Evening Post. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Preston North End sign McLean". Lancashire Evening Post. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Blackburn clear the decks". Team Talk. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Stanley eye Linganzi as boss looks to strengthen". Lancashire Telegraph. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Accrington Stanley sign ex-Blackburn man Amine Linganzi". BBC Sport. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Linganzi ready to take chance at Accrington Stanley". Lancashire Telegraph. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Linganzi's family anguish". Lancashire Telegraph. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Leam Richardson: Accrington survival "my biggest achievement"". BBC Sport. 22 April 2013ls. Retrieved 14 June 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ "Martin Unveils First Signing". Gillingham FC. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Tucker, Craig (2013-07-25). "Gillingham midfielder Amine Linganzi picks up an injury while playing for Congo". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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