Ariza Makukula

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Ariza Makukula
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-04) 4 March 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
None
Youth career
1990–1993 Vitória Setúbal
1993–1994 Chaves
1994–2000 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Salamanca 2 (0)
2001 Leganés 13 (4)
2001–2002 Salamanca 38 (20)
2002–2004 Nantes 18 (1)
2003–2004 Valladolid (loan) 18 (8)
2004–2008 Sevilla 13 (1)
2006–2007 Gimnàstic (loan) 12 (1)
2007–2008 Marítimo (loan) 13 (7)
2008–2010 Benfica 3 (0)
2009 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2010 Kayserispor (loan) 29 (21)
2010–2012 Manisaspor 39 (5)
2012–2013 Karşıyaka 10 (3)
2013 Vitória Setúbal 10 (2)
2013 OFI Crete 9 (2)
2014 BEC Tero Sasana 0 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U21 14 (4)
2007–2008 Portugal 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ariza Makukula (born 4 March 1981) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a centre forward.

He only amassed Primeira Liga totals of 26 games and nine goals over the course of three seasons, spending the vast majority of his career abroad. He competed in Spain, England, Turkey, Greece and Thailand, being Süper Lig topscorer with Kayserispor.

Club career[edit]

The son of a Congolese footballer who played seven years in Portugal for four different clubs, mainly Vitória de Setúbal, his mother being Portuguese,[1] Makukula was born in Kinshasa. He started playing professionally in Spain, for CD Leganés and UD Salamanca, scoring 20 goals with the latter in the 2001–02 season – spent in the second division – second-best in the competition.

The following summer Makukula moved to France to play with FC Nantes, splitting the campaign between the first team and the reserves. He was subsequently loaned to Real Valladolid, netting eight times but suffering relegation from La Liga.[2]

Makukula was then bought by another Spanish side, Sevilla FC: he appeared sparingly in his first year, and in no games whatsoever in the following after the Andalusians purchased Luís Fabiano, Frédéric Kanouté and Javier Saviola. He subsequently served two loans, with Gimnàstic de Tarragona[3] and C.S. Marítimo, the latter in his adopted nation.

After seven Portuguese top level goals in only 13 matches, Makukula transferred to S.L. Benfica for 3.5 million and four 1/2 years in late January 2008.[4] On 14 February he scored the game's only goal in a home win against 1. FC Nuremberg, for the season's UEFA Cup.[5]

Makukula was not used at all by Benfica in the first part of 2008–09. On 16 January 2009 he signed for Bolton Wanderers, on loan until the end of the campaign with a view to a permanent move costing around £4.5 million in the summer.[6] He made his club debut a day later against Manchester United, playing 64 minutes in a 0–1 home loss.[7]

On 11 August 2009 Makukula was loaned again, now to Süper Lig club Kayserispor in Turkey. He ended the season as the competition's top scorer, with eight goals more than the third player as his club finished eighth; in the very last minutes of the 2010 summer transfer window he signed a three-year deal with another side in the country, Vestel Manisaspor, for €2 million.[8]

In the summer of 2012 Makukula agreed to a contract with another Turkish team, Karşıyaka S.K. in division two.[9] He was released in January of the following year, returning to his country of adoption after five years and joining Vitória de Setúbal.

International career[edit]

Makukula chose to represent Portugal internationally. He started playing for the U-21s, appearing in the 2002 UEFA European Football Championship.

As a senior Makukula tried to switch to DR Congo, but a FIFA amended rule regarding international careers came out in 2005, stating that change in nationality representation should occur before a player's 21st birthday and if they have not yet gained their first full cap, so he was denied in his intentions (he was 23 at time of rule, which was abolished in 2009).[10] In October 2007, after solid performances with Marítimo, he was called up to the Portuguese squad for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan on the 17th, after Nuno Gomes suffered an injury: in the 84th minute of the game, he scored the first goal in an eventual 2–1 away win.[11]

Although not part of 24-men Portuguese 2010 FIFA World Cup provisional squad,[12][13] Makukula was named in a backup list of six players,[14] although he did not make the final cut.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 0–1 1–2 Euro 2008 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Sevilla

Club statistics[edit]

As of 2 February 2011[15]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Guimarães Primeira Liga 1999–00 0 0 * * * *
Total 0 0 * * * *
Salamanca Segunda División 2000–01 2 0 * * * *
Total 2 0 * * * *
Leganés Segunda División 2000–01 13 4 * * * *
Total 13 4 * * * *
Salamanca Segunda División 2001–02 38 20 * * * *
Total 38 20 * * * *
Nantes Ligue 1 2002–03 18 1 * * 2 0 * *
Total 18 1 * * 2 0 * *
Valladolid La Liga 2003–04 18 8 * * * *
Total 18 8 * * * *
Sevilla La Liga 2004–05 13 1 2 0 3 1 18 1
2005–06 0 0 * * 1 0 * *
Total 13 1 * * 4 1 * *
Gimnàstic La Liga 2006–07 12 1 * * * *
Total 12 1 * * * *
Marítimo Primeira Liga 2007–08 13 7 1 0 0 0 14 7
Total 13 7 1 0 0 0 14 7
Benfica Primeira Liga 2007–08 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 8 2
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 9 2
Bolton Premier League 2008–09 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Kayserispor Süper Lig 2009–10 29 21 1 0 30 21
Total 29 21 1 0 30 21
Manisaspor Süper Lig 2010–11 16 4 3 0 19 4
Total 16 4 3 0 19 4
Career total 182 67 7 1 2 0 7 2 198 70

* – Not available

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benfica star is Baggies target". Express and Star. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "La maldición de Makukula" [The curse of Makukula] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Makukula joins Tarragona". BBC Sport. 12 August 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Makukula makes Benfica switch". UEFA.com. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Victoria por la mínima" [Narrow win] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Makukula secures Bolton loan move". BBC Sport. 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Berbatov the hero for United". ESPN Soccernet. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Makukula Karşıyaka'da (Makukula to Karşıyaka); Milliyet, 26 August 2012 (Turkish)
  10. ^ "Makukula ineligible for DRC". BBC Sport. 26 March 2005. 
  11. ^ "Portugal leave it late for victory". UEFA.com. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
  15. ^ "Makukula". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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