Peniel Mlapa

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Peniel Mlapa
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Personal information
Full name Peniel Kokou Mlapa
Date of birth (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Lomé, Togo
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
1. FC Nürnberg
Number 34
Youth career
FC Unterföhring
1999–2009 TSV 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 TSV 1860 München II 13 (5)
2009–2010 TSV 1860 München 23 (6)
2010–2012 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 54 (5)
2011–2012 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II 3 (0)
2012– Borussia Mönchengladbach 25 (3)
2012– Borussia Mönchengladbach II 6 (1)
2014– 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 9 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Germany U19 10 (1)
2010–2013 Germany U21 21 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2013

Peniel Kokou Mlapa (born 20 February 1991) is a Togolese-born German footballer who plays as a striker for 1. FC Nürnberg in the 2. Bundesliga.[1]

Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Lomé, Togo, Mlapa emigrated to Germany as a young child. He began his youth career with FC Ismaning, but in 1999, he moved to TSV 1860 München. He made his debut for 1860's U19 team on 12 September 2008 against 1. FC Heidenheim 1846. Over the 2008–09 season, he made two appearances as a substitute for 1860's reserve side, both of which came in victories, but he remained a regular for the U19s.

TSV 1860 München[edit]

On 17 May 2009, Mlapa made his debut in professional football as a stoppage time substitute against Alemannia Aachen He scored his first senior goal for 1860 on 4 October against St. Paul. In the next game against MSV Duisburg, Mlapa appeared in the starting lineup for the first time and scored again.

TSG Hoffenheim[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Mlapa joined the Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, signing a contract through 2013. He scored his first goal for the club in the DFB-Pokal against Hansa Rostock. In all, Mlapa scored five times in 54 Bundesliga games for TSG Hoffenheim.

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

In May 2012 Mlapa joined Borussia Mönchengladbach for €3 million. The striker signed a four year contract.[2]

International career[edit]

On 7 October 2009, Mlapa made his debut for the German under-19s as a 90th minute substitute against Luxembourg. A few weeks later, he was called up to represent Togo in their final world cup qualifier, but he declined this invitation and has since progressed to the German under-21 squad.

Personal life[edit]

The Togolese born Mlapa acquired German citizenship in his childhood,[3] thus becoming eligible for his adopted home country's national side.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Togo / Bundesliga : Peniel Mlapa s’engage avec le Borussia Mönchengladbach" (in French). StarAfrica.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gladbach sign Mlapa from Hoffenheim". bundesliga.de. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Eine Chance für Mlapa" (in German). MSN Sport. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 

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