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 / Centre back|
(on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
|2003–2004||Kadji Sports Academy|
|2012–||Queens Park Rangers||29||(0)|
|2013–||→ Sevilla (loan)||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:04, 4 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Stéphane Mbia (born 20 May 1986) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre back for Sevilla. Mbia has also represented the Cameroon national football team on 41 occasions since winning his first cap in 2005. He has scored a total of 3 goals in his international career, scoring once against Liberia during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification on the 3 June 2007 and twice versus Tunisia during the quarter-finals of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana on 4 February 2008.
A strong, powerful and technically gifted player, Mbia primarily plays as a defensive midfielder although he is capable of playing as either a centre half or a full back should the need arise.
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.
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.
- As of 30 January 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Queens Park Rangers||2012–13||Premier League||16||0||2||0||1||0||—||19||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|
Mbia is the older brother of footballer Franck Etoundi, who currently plays in Switzerland.
Mbia holds a French passport, having previously resided in the country for more than five years.
Mbia's surname is often misspelt by various media as M'Bia whereas the correct spelling is Mbia without the apostrophe and capital 'B'.
Mbia is married and has a son. The family live in Camberwell, London.
- Ligue 1 (1): 2009-10
- Trophée des Champions (2): 2010, 2011
- Coupe de la Ligue (3): 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
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.
- "EXCLUSIVE: STEPHANE SEALS SWITCH". QPR. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "EXCLUSIVE: BARTON JOINS MARSEILLE". QPR. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Mbia sent off versus Arsenal; match report 27 October 2012".
- Mbia: The place to be. Fifa.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- Stéphane Mbia – FIFA competition record
- Stéphane Mbia's profile, stats & pics
- Stéphane Mbia career stats at Soccerbase
- ESPN Profile