Tonton Zola Moukoko

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Tonton Moukoko
Personal information
Full name Tonton Zola Moukoko
Date of birth (1983-12-22) 22 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
–1999 Djurgården
1999–2000 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Derby County 0 (0)
2004–2006 Carlstad United 43 (6)
2007–2008 IK Sleipner 8 (0)
2009 Syrianska KF
2009 Atlantis FC 22 (0)
2011- IFK Lidingö FK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:03, 6 August 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Tonton Zola Moukoko (born 22 December 1983) is a Congolese-born Swedish footballer, who is currently playing as a midfielder for IFK Lidingö FK in Swedish Football Division 4.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Moukoko arrived in Sweden aged seven[1] or nine[2] with his brother Fedo, after they were orphaned.[2] He began playing with Djurgården's youth teams and came to be considered one of the most talented young players in Sweden.[2][3] Moukoko was granted Swedish citizenship in Autumn 1998 and was immediately called into the Sweden U16 squad.[3]

At the time many of Europe's leading clubs were interested in signing Moukoko[1][3] and in April 1999 he trained with Bologna FC[4] and Empoli.[5]

Derby County[edit]

Moukoko joined Derby County as a 15-year-old[1] and featured in the 1999–00 FA Youth Cup.[6] When he signed a professional contract upon turning 17 in December 2000, it was reported that he turned down a competing offer from AC Milan.[7] With Moukoko playing in the youths and reserves at Derby it was thought likely by fans[8] and Moukoko himself[1] that he would break into the first team. However, early in the 2002–03 season[9] he returned to Sweden after suffering family problems[2] and falling out with club management over his study arrangements.[1]

Moukoko trained with Hammarby IF and then spent summer 2003 on trial with Falkirk FC. After he scored in a 3-0 pre-season friendly win over Queen's Park FC on 7 July 2003, the Scottish club's manager John Hughes was reported to have said: "I thought Ton Ton [sic] was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, if you had caught him in training the other day, you couldn't kick his backside, and he's a flying machine. Ton Ton [sic] lightens the place up, he is a great wee smiler and takes pelters from the boys for his hairstyles, but he is a really good kid."[10]

Return to Sweden[edit]

England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson and his assistant Tord Grip helped Moukoko to get a contract with Carlstad United BK in the Swedish football Division 2.[1][2] After a period of inactivity, he then signed a two year contract with IK Sleipner ahead of the 2007 season.[2] After the two years Moukoko began the 2009 season with Syrianska KF in Norrköping.

Atlantis FC[edit]

Moukoko moved to the Finnish club Atlantis FC during the 2009 season. He played in 10 games and failed to score as the club were relegated from the Ykkönen.[11]

IFK Lidingö FK[edit]

In 2013 Moukoko is playing for IFK Lidingö FK[12] and coaching one of the club's youth teams.[13]

Championship Manager[edit]

Moukoko achieved fame through his depiction in Championship Manager, a computer game developed by Sports Interactive.[1][14] He is frequently telephoned by fans of the game,[15] who have also set up dedicated Facebook groups.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Niels Sørensen. "Life is for real". Derbycounty.dk. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Tonton Zola Moukoko senast i raden nyförvärv" (in Swedish). IK Sleipner fotboll. 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Nicklas Brunzell (1999-02-05). "Jag tänker ofta på mina döda föräldrar" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  4. ^ Nicklas Brunzell (1999-04-23). "Han kan bli näste svensk i Bologna" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  5. ^ Bjorn Sjodin (2007-10-25). "Ungdomsproffs" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  6. ^ "FOOTBALL: WAYNE'S BRAVE EFFORTS IN VAIN FA YOUTH CUP ROUND FOUR; DERBY COUNTY 2 VILLA YOUTH 0". Birmingham Evening Mail. 2000-01-19. p. 55. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  7. ^ "FOOTBALL: CHATZONE". Sunday Mirror. 2000-12-24. p. 60. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  8. ^ Nick Calvert (2002-08-04). "Football: Nationwide League: The New Season: Division One: Up, down or bust? The Observer fans' network on their clubs' prospects: Derby County". The Observer. p. 10. 
  9. ^ "Rams clear-out continues with Tonton Moukoko leaving for Sweden". Derby County Mad. 2002-08-21. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  10. ^ Anthony Haggerty (2003-07-09). "FOOTBALL: Yogi Czechs out new Bairns". Daily Record. p. 45. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  11. ^ "Tonton Zola Moukoko". Soccerway. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  12. ^ Niva, Erik (2012-08-13). "Tonton Goes To London" (in Swedish). Afton Bladet. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  13. ^ "Ungdomsrapport" (in Swedish). IFK Lidingö FK. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  14. ^ Dan Fitch (2010-06-04). "5 Championship Manager Stars Who Really Burned Out". Betfair.com. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  15. ^ Jon Carter (2009-12-23). "What happened to... Champ Man legends?". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  16. ^ Rob Smyth (2008-11-14). "The Joy of Six: great Championship/ Football Manager players". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

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