Rio Mavuba

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Rio Mavuba
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Mavuba before a game with Lille in 2012
Personal information
Full name Rio Antonio Zoba Mavuba
Date of birth (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Born at sea[1]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lille
Number 24
Youth career
2002–2003 Bordeaux
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Bordeaux 127 (1)
2007–2008 Villarreal 5 (0)
2008 Lille (loan) 17 (1)
2008– Lille 199 (3)
National team
2004–2006 France U21 20 (1)
2004– France 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2014

Rio Antonio Zoba Mavuba (born 8 March 1984) is a French footballer who plays for Lille OSC as a midfielder.

He played most of his professional career with Bordeaux and Lille, winning the 2011 national championship with the latter.

A French international since 2004, Mavuba represented the country at the 2014 World Cup.

Early years[edit]

Mavuba's father was Mafuila Mavuba, a footballer who appeared at the 1974 FIFA World Cup with Zaire, while his mother was an Angolan national. He was born on board a boat in international waters during the period of the Angolan Civil War, and later stated that his birth certificate did not have a nationality on it, reading only "born at sea";[1] he received French nationality in September 2004.

Mavuba's mother died when he was two, and his father 12 years later. He threw himself into football to help deal with his grief.[1]

Club career[edit]

Mavuba played youth football with FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He made his Ligue 1 debut on 10 January in a 2–1 away win against Montpellier HSC and, under recently appointed manager Michel Pavon, became an immediate first-choice, never appearing in less that 32 league matches from the 2004–05 season until the end of his spell.

On 3 July 2007 Mavuba signed a five-year deal with Villarreal CF worth 7 million, as the Spanish side had lost Alessio Tacchinardi who returned to Juventus F.C. following a loan.[2][3] He found it hard to break into the first team,[4] only totalling 219 minutes in La Liga, and in late January 2008 joined Lille OSC on loan until the end of the campaign.[5]

The transfer was made subsequently permanent in the 2008 summer, with the player penning a four-year contract for a reported fee of €7 million. He appeared in 46 matches between the league and the Coupe de France in his third year, helping Les Dogues win both competitions, the former after a 57-year wait.

Mavuba suffered a knee injury midway through the 2012–13 season, being sidelined for more than three months.[6] On 22 December 2013 the team captain scored his first goal of the new campaign, helping to a 2–2 draw at Paris Saint Germain F.C. and being involved in a scuffle with Zlatan Ibrahimović, with both players being booked late into the first half.[7][8]

International career[edit]

In 2004 Mavuba was asked to play for the DR Congo national team, but he turned it down. From the 2004 Toulon Tournament to the 2006 UEFA European Championship, he acted as captain to the French under-21s.[9]

Mavuba won his first cap for the senior side on 18 August 2004, in a 1–1 friendly draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Rennes. From 2008 to 2011, he did make one single appearance.

Mavuba was selected by coach Didier Deschamps for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[10] He made his debut in the competition on 15 June, coming on as a second-half substitute for Yohan Cabaye in a 3–0 group stage win against Honduras.[11]

Honours[edit]

Bordeaux
Lille

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c James Copnall (14 October 2004). "Mavuba: born without a nation". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "El Villarreal ficha a Rio Mavuba por siete millones de euros" [Villarreal signs Rio Mavuba for seven million euros] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 3 July 2007. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mavuba, al Villarreal" [Mavuba, to Villarreal] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 4 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mavuba tampoco juega en la UEFA" [Mavuba also does not play in UEFA] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 October 2007. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mavuba rebondit à Lille" [Mavuba rebounds to Lille] (in French). Le Figaro. 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
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  7. ^ "Lille hold PSG". ESPN FC. 22 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "PSG-LOSC (2–2): Mavuba sur Ibrahimovic: "Il fait 2 mètres, on lui touche la tête et il tombe..."" [PSG-LOSC (2–2): Mavuba on Ibrahimovic: "He's 2 metres tall, you touch him on the head and he falls..."] (in French). Eurosport. 22 December 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "France flurry flattens Germany". UEFA.com. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "World Cup 2014: Stephane Ruffier confirmed in France squad". BBC Sport. 3 June 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Benzema bags brace as Bleus beat Honduras". FIFA.com. 15 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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