Péguy Luyindula

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Péguy Luyindula
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Luyindula in 2011
Personal information
Full name Peguy Makanda Luyindula
Date of birth (1979-05-25) 25 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Niort 27 (8)
1998–2002 Strasbourg 85 (19)
2002–2004 Lyon 91 (33)
2004–2007 Marseille 37 (10)
2005–2006 Auxerre (loan) 33 (10)
2006–2007 Levante (loan) 10 (0)
2007–2012 Paris Saint-Germain 130 (19)
2013– New York Red Bulls 36 (5)
National team
1999–2002 France U21 26 (14)
2004–2009 France 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 July, 2013

Péguy Makanda Luyindula (born 25 May 1979) is a French footballer who plays as a striker or midfielder for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Luyindula began his career at Niort and in his first professional season scored eight goals where he caught the eye of Strasbourg. He joined Strasbourg in 1998 and went on to score 19 league goals in 85 matches. Luyindula also helped Strasbourg in capturing the 2001 Coupe de France. During this time he earned a reputation as one of the hottest prospects in French football.

Lyon[edit]

Luyindula continued his progress up the football ladder after coming to the attention of French giants Lyon. In January 2002 he completed a £5.5m transfer to Lyon and continued his good form scoring 6 goals and helping Lyon win the French League. He remained at Lyon for the next two season winning two more League Championships. He had his most productive season in 2003–04 as he scored 16 league goals helping Lyon to the Ligue 1 title.

Marseille[edit]

Following the club record sale of Didier Drogba for £24 million to Chelsea, Marseille set their sights on Luyindula as a replacement. Although Luyindula expressed his desire to remain at Lyon and despite their recent success the club still suffered from financial troubles and a sale looked probable. Eventually he completed a £7.5m move to l'OM.

He quickly found himself out of favour at the Vélodrome, in spite of being the club's best goalscorer for 2004–05. Loaned out to AJ Auxerre, where he reunited with his former Lyon coach Jacques Santini, during the 2005–06 season, Luyindula failed to convince the club to keep him on a permanent basis. In the summer of 2006, he thus moved back to Marseille and found himself on the fringes of the first team, before another loan move materialized, this time to Spanish club UD Levante.

Luyindula at Camp des Loges

Paris Saint–Germain[edit]

Luyindula didn't last long in Spain. Following six months during which he saw little first team action, he terminated his deal with the Spanish side to move to Paris Saint-Germain, again on loan. He debuted for the French capital club on 10 February 2007, and netted his first goal two months later against Le Mans, in a crucial game for the battle against relegation. Before the season ended, he scored two more against the likes of Toulouse and Nantes to keep PSG in the top flight.

In the summer of 2007, the Parisian club purchased Luyindula on a definite basis. The club endured a horrendous 2007/08 campaign, only avoiding relegation on the last day of the season. Luydindula scored just 5 goals during the whole season, and became something of a hate figure among PSG fans.

The 2008–09 season proved to be much more positive for the Kinshasa-born forward. With the arrival of no less than four attacking reinforcements (Ludovic Giuly, Guillaume Hoarau, Stéphane Sessègnon and Mateja Kežman) in the summer, Luyindula lost his spot in the starting line-up. However, he was often used as a supersub, especially in UEFA Cup games, and appeared to play better without the pressure of being an automatic starter. He scored twice in a 4–0 win over Dutch club FC Twente in December 2008, which qualified the Parisian club for the following round of the UEFA Cup.

In September 2009, Luyindula signed a two-year extension to his deal with the club, this tied him to the club until 2012. During the 2011/12 campaign Luyindula had a falling out with manager Antoine Kombouare and as a result was relegated to the reserve side. He was reinstated to the first team under new manager Carlo Ancelotti but only appeared in one League Cup match in 2012. During his time with PSG Luyindula played in 180 official matches and scored 37 goals.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Luyindula training with New York Red Bulls in 2013

In December 2012 it was reported that Luyindula would be terminating his contract with PSG to sign with New York Red Bulls.[1] New York officially announced Luyindula's signing with the club on 19 March 2013.[2] Luyindula scored his first goal for his new club on July 13 against Montreal Impact. In his first year with New York Luyindula appeared in 22 league matches and scored 1 goal and was second on the team in assists with 7. During the season he started to play as a central midfielder and was instrumental in New York capturing the MLS Supporters' Shield on the last day of the season as he assisted on three of the clubs goals in a 5-2 victory over Chicago Fire.

International career[edit]

He has been capped six times and scored his lone goal for the France national team in a 2004 friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2009, Luyindula briefly revived his international career by starting two games on the right-wing against Lithuania in France's 2010 World Cup Qualification campaign.

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1997–98 Niort Ligue 2 27 8 1 0 3 0 - - 31 8
1998–99 Strasbourg Ligue 1 18 0 2 0 1 0 - - 21 0
1999-00 30 7 4 1 3 0 - - 37 8
2000–01 31 7 6 4 1 2 - - 38 13
2001–02 Ligue 2 6 5 - - 11 0 - - 7 5
2001–02 Lyon Ligue 1 21 6 2 2 2 1 8 2 33 11
2002–03 33 11 1 0 31 4 5 1 42 16
2003–04 37 16 3 0 1 1 10 2 51 19
2004–05 Marseille Ligue 1 35 10 1 0 1 0 - - 37 10
2005–06 2 0 - - - - 3 1 5 1
2005–06 Auxerre (loan) Ligue 1 33 10 2 0 2 0 - - 37 10
Spain League Copa del Rey Super Copa Europe Total
2006–07 Levante (loan) La Liga 10 0 2 0 - - - - 12 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2007 Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 14 3 - - - - 4 0 18 3
2007–08 31 5 4 0 3 0 - - 38 5
2008–09 34 5 1 0 4 2 12 6 51 13
2009–10 28 6 2 2 1 0 - - 31 8
2010–11 23 0 4 3 31 1 11 4 41 8
2011–12 - - - - - - - - 0 0
2012–13 - - - - 1 0 - - 1 0
United States League US Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs North America Total
2013 New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer 22 1 2 0 2 0 - - 26 1
2014 14 4 1 0 - - - - 15 4
Country France 403 99 33 12 30 11 53 16 519 138
Spain 10 0 2 0 - - - - 12 0
United States 36 5 3 0 2 0 - - 41 5
Total 449 104 38 12 32 11 53 16 572 143
1Includes appearance in Trophée des Champions

International goals[edit]

Under–21[edit]

Scores and results list France U21's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 1999 Stade des Costières, Nîmes  Mexico 2 – 0
4 – 0
1999 Toulon Tournament
2. 3 – 0
3. 4 – 0
4. 14 June 1999 Stade Parsemain, Istres  Argentina 1 – 0 1 – 2 1999 Toulon Tournament
5. 16 June 1999 Stade Mayol, Toulon  Mexico 2 – 0 3 – 2 1999 Toulon Tournament
5. 25 April 2000 Stade Pierre Brisson, Beauvais  Slovenia 4 – 0 5 – 1 Friendly
6. 16 August 2000 Torpedo Stadium, Moscow  Russia 1 – 1 1 – 1 Friendly
7. 3 September 2000 Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest  Israel 1 – 0 3 – 0 2002 European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier
8. 2 – 0
9. 6 October 2000 Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest  Austria 1 – 0 2 – 1 2002 European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier
10. 28 February 2001 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv  Israel 3 – 2 4 – 3 2002 European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier
11. 24 April 2001 Feine Sorgen Arena, Ried im Innkreis  Austria 1 – 0 1 – 1 2002 European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier
12. 6 October 2001 Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 – 0 1 – 0 2002 European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier
13. 16 April 2002 Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia, Como  Italy 3 – 0 3 – 2 Friendly
14. 21 May 2002 Charmilles Stadium, Geneva  Belgium 2 – 0 2 – 0 2002 European Under-21 Football Championship

Senior team[edit]

Scores and results list France's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 August 2004 Stade de la Route de Lorient, Rennes  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 – 0 1 – 1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

France RC Strasbourg

France Olympique Lyonnais

France Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

United States New York Red Bulls


Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luyindula vers New York". www.lequipe.fr. Retrieved 18 December 2012.  (French)
  2. ^ "Red Bulls sign Peguy Luyindula". www.newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 19 March 2013.  (English)

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