Wanyama training with Celtic in 2012
|Full name||Victor Mugubi Wanyama|
|Date of birth||25 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder / Centre Back|
|2006–2008||JMJ Youth Academy|
|2006||Nairobi City Stars|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Victor Mugubi Wanyama (pronounced [ˈvɪktɜr mʊˈɡɑβɛ wɑˈŋɑmɑ]; born 25 June 1991) is a Kenyan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or a centre back for Premier League club Southampton and captains the Kenya national team.
On 11 July 2013, Wanyama moved to Premier League club Southampton for £12.5 million making him the most expensive player to be sold by a Scottish club, surpassing the £9.5 million Russian club Spartak Moscow paid for Aiden McGeady in 2010.
Wanyama attended Kamukunji High School, which fields a successful football team. Upon leaving High School he also played with JMJ Academy for three years during which time he also joined Kenyan Premier League clubs Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards. In 2007 he joined Allsvenskan club Helsingborg but after the departure of his brother McDonald Mariga to Serie A side Parma in 2008, Wanyama returned to Kenya.
After a successful trial, Wanyama signed for Beerschot AC on a four-year contract in summer 2008. He made his debut in a League match at the end of the 2008–09 season. In September 2009, he was fined €100 and given a three-match suspension for a violent tackle on Matias Suarez of Anderlecht.
In the summer of 2010 Scottish Premier League club Celtic attempted to sign Wanyama but Beerschot did not allow him to leave. Russian club CSKA Moscow also attempted to sign him, but they failed as well.
Wanyama scored his first goal for Beerschot on 11 December 2010, a 77th minute equaliser against Westerlo. In April 2011, he received another three match suspension after video evidence showed he had elbowed Brecht Dejaeghere of K.V. Kortrijk.
On 9 July 2011, Wanyama completed a £900,000 move to Celtic from Beerschot AC, who had failed to sign him a year earlier. He signed a four-year contract and in doing so became the first ever Kenyan to play in the SPL. Wanyama chose 67 as his squad number to honour the Lisbon Lions, Celtic's 1967 European Cup winning team. Wanyama made his Celtic league debut in a 1–0 loss to St. Johnstone on 21 August 2011. He played in central defence rather than his favoured central midfield role. He came on as a late substitute in a 4–0 win over Motherwell, and played for the whole second half in a 2–0 League Cup win over Ross County. On 29 September 2011, he started in Celtic's 1–1 draw with Italian team Udinese in the Europa League. This was his first European match for the club. On 10 December 2011, Wanyama scored his first goal for Celtic in a 1–0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park, a tremendous 25-yard strike which hit the top corner. His performances during December earned him the Scottish Premier League young player of the month award. He scored his second Celtic goal on 2 January 2012 in a 3–0 win against Dunfermline at East End Park. Wanyama scored in Celtic's 2–1 win against Dundee United at Celtic Park and in the 4–0 victory against Hearts at Tynecastle.
In October 2012, Wanyama scored twice against St. Mirren at Saint Mirren Park, the second of which was a half volley from 25 yards out.
On 25 October 2012, Wanyama's agent released a statement saying that he had turned down an improved contract offer from Celtic, stating that his wage demands could not be met by the club amid speculation of interest from clubs in England. On 7 November, Wanyama opened the scoring as Celtic shocked Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, by beating them 2–1 at Celtic Park.
After much speculation and a previous breakdown in talks, on 11 July 2013, Wanyama signed for Premier League side Southampton for a fee claimed to be £12.5m, making him the first Kenyan (and East African) to ever play in the Premier League.
|“||Southampton is a good club and it has good players, so I just want to train hard and work hard to be a part of the starting XI. We'll see where that will take me. It feels great and I am happy to be here. There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to come here. I'm very grateful to be here and I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League.||”|
Wanyama made his debut for the Kenyan national team in May 2007, aged just 15 in a friendly against Nigeria. He also played in all six of Kenya's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Wanyama also became Kenya's captain on 8 June 2013
Style of play
Wanyama quickly became a fans favourite at Celtic due to his consistency. He is a robust midfielder who can also play in defence. Wanyama is a box to box midfielder that is skilled in holding up the play with his strength, he has excellent tackling and has a general calmness on the ball.
Wanyama comes from a very sporting family. His brother McDonald Mariga plays for Inter Milan, also as a midfielder, while his other brothers Thomas and Sylvester Wanyama play for Sofapaka and Sony Sugar respectively. His father, Noah Wanyama, was a footballer for A.F.C. Leopards in the 1980s, and his sister Mercy is a professional basketball player in the USA.
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- Wanyama va rester au Germinal Beerschot (Wanyama stays with Germinal Beerschot) Footgoal, 16 April 2010 (French)
- Wanyama poursuivi (Wanyama continued) Footgoal, 18 April 2011 (French)
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- Hearts 0 Celtic 4: match report The Telegraph, 8 February 2012
- "Clinical Celtic warmed up for the Nou Camp with what turned out to be little more than a training exercise as they outclassed a feeble St Mirren". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 October 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
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- Mariga confirmed at Parma Futaa.com, 31 January 2012
- Kenya's McDonald Mariga faces lengthy spell out BBC Sport, 13 April 2012
- Noah Wanyama hits the campaign trail Futaa.com, 18 October 2011
- Mercy Wanyama secures Kshs.20Million scholarship package MichezoAfrika, 6 August 2011
- Victor Wanyama ExtraTime
- Victor Wanyama career stats at Soccerbase
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- Victor Wanyama ESPN Soccernet