Mlapa at practice with 1860 in 2009.
|Full name||Peniel Kokou Mlapa|
|Date of birth||20 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Lomé, Togo|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Current club||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|1999–2009||TSV 1860 München|
|2008–2010||TSV 1860 München II||13||(5)|
|2009–2010||TSV 1860 München||23||(6)|
|2010–2012||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||54||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early life and career
Born in Lome, 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
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.
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.
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.
- "Togo / Bundesliga : Peniel Mlapa s’engage avec le Borussia Mönchengladbach" (in French). StarAfrica.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Gladbach sign Mlapa from Hoffenheim". bundesliga.de. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "Eine Chance für Mlapa" (in German). MSN Sport. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010.