Mbia playing for Marseille in 2010
|Full name||Stéphane Mbia Etoundi|
|Date of birth||20 May 1986|
|Place of birth||Yaoundé, Cameroon|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2003–2004||Kadji Sports Academy|
|2012–2014||Queens Park Rangers||29||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Sevilla (loan)||18||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Stéphane Mbia Etoundi (born 20 May 1986) is a Cameroonian footballer who captains and plays as a defensive midfielder for the Cameroon national football team. He is currently a free agent since his release from English club Queens Park Rangers.
He has represented Cameroon on almost 50 occasions since winning his first cap in 2005 and scored a total of 3 goals for the national team. He was included in their squads for the 2008 Olympics, two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two FIFA World Cups. He was given the captain's armband on 26 August 2014.
Born in Yaoundé, Mbia made his début for the Rennes first team during the 2005–06 season, going on to making a handful of appearances. The Cameroonian scored his first Ligue 1 goal for the club in November 2006 against the incumbent French champions Lyon.
On 18 April 2007, Mbia was abused by Lyon player Milan Baroš. This led to disciplinary action being taken against Baroš by the French Football Federation, who banned the striker for three matches for implying that Mbia smelt. The Federation later ruled that although Baroš was guilty of implying Mbia smelt, the remark was not made in a racial context.
On 14 July 2009, Mbia completed his £10.4 million move to Marseille from Rennes, going on to play a vital role in Marseille's victorious Ligue 1 campaign that season, starting off as a defensive midfielder but later making the transition to the role of centre back alongside former Charlton Athletic powerhouse Souleymane Diawara. His redeployment at centre back was a success and he played the rest of the season in this position, where he was considered to be one of the best performers in Didier Deschamps' talented, diverse squad, all the while forming a formidable defensive partnership with Diawara.
Queens Park Rangers
On 31 August 2012 Mbia signed a two-year deal with English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, transferring from Marseille for an undisclosed fee, with Joey Barton heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.
On 27 October 2012, Mbia was sent off seventeen minutes from the end of only his fourth league appearance for QPR, a 1–0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. He was dismissed in the 79th minute for violent conduct after kicking Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen in retaliation to a strong challenge that had left Mbia floored. He received the standard three-match ban from the FA, and became ineligible for QPR's league games versus Reading, Stoke City and Southampton. On 6 May 2013, Mbia had tweeted to Joey Barton, asking him if he would like to switch seats with him as Marseille hinting that he wants to leave Queen Park Rangers after they were relegated from the Premier League.
Loan to Sevilla
On 26 August 2013, Mbia was loaned to Sevilla FC of the Spanish La Liga for the upcoming season. Mbia made his Sevilla debut on 1 September, providing an assist for Kévin Gameiro's first goal in a 2–2 draw with Malaga. On 27 October, Mbia provided assists for both Ivan Rakitić and Jairo Samperio, as Sevilla overcame 10-man Osasuna 2–1. His first goal in Spain came in the Seville derby against Real Betis on 24 November, heading in Sevilla's second goal of an eventual 4–0 win.
He scored with a back-heel in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against compatriots Valencia CF on 24 April 2014 in an eventual 2–0 home win. In the second leg on 1 May, he scored a headed winning away goal in the fourth minute of added time to take Sevilla into the final. Sevilla subsequently won the final in a shootout against S.L. Benfica at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on 14 May, with Mbia converting his penalty kick, after the match had finished 0—0. On 3 June, Mbia was selected to the 18-man Europa League "Team of the Year" along with teammates Ivan Rakitić, Nicolas Pareja and Beto.
Mbia played international football at junior level for Cameroon. He was part of the Cameroon squad that competed in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, where his side were eliminated in the group stage.
Mbia was part of the Cameroon squad for the 2008 Olympics in China, playing in all four of his teams matches, and scoring once against Honduras. Mbia was also selected to represent Cameroon at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa.
Mbia holds a French passport, having previously resided in the country for more than five years.
- As of 30 January 2013
|Queens Park Rangers||2012–13||Premier League||29||0||2||0||1||0||—||32||0|
|1.||3 June 2007||Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia||Liberia||
||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|2.||4 February 2008||Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana||Tunisia||
||2008 Africa Cup of Nations – Quarter-finals|
|3.||4 February 2008||Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana||Tunisia||
||2008 Africa Cup of Nations – Quarter-finals|
- Coupe de la Ligue (3): 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Ligue 1 (1): 2009–10
- Trophée des Champions (2): 2010, 2011
2008 Africa Cup of Nations: Team of the Tournament
- BBC SPORT | Football | African | Baros in racism row over Mbia. BBC News (20 April 2007). Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- BBC SPORT | Football | African | Baros banned for Mbia incident. BBC News (4 May 2007). Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
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- "Mbia sent off versus Arsenal; match report 27 October 2012".
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- Mbia: The place to be. Fifa.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- "Tunisia 2-3 Cameroon". The Guardian. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- Stéphane Mbia – FIFA competition record
- "Cameroon omit defender Sebastien Bassong from squad". BBC. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- "World Cup 2010: Cameroon finalise World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- "Eto'o, Song headline Cameroon's final 23". FIFA. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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