Anthony Limbombe

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Anthony Limbombe
Personal information
Full name Anthony Limbombe Ekango
Date of birth (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Mechelen, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Club Brugge
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2005 Mechelen
2005–2010 Racing Genk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Racing Genk 51 (2)
2014 Lierse (loan) 6 (2)
2014–2016 NEC Nijmegen 65 (21)
2016– Club Brugge 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Belgium U16 11 (4)
2010 Belgium U17 8 (0)
2012–2013 Belgium U19 6 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Anthony 'Tony' Limbombe (born 15 July 1994 in Mechelen) is a Belgian footballer of Congolese descent who plays as a winger for Club Brugge. He represented Belgium U19's. He can also play as a Forward.[1]

Club career[edit]

Racing Genk[edit]

Born in Mechelen, Limbombe began his youth career with Mechelen in 2000. In 2005, he joined Belgian Pro League side Racing Genk. He made his first team debut at the age of 16 in a 3–1 victory at Lokeren on 18 September 2010.[2] He also played for Genk in the Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. During his career with Racing Genk he won the Belgian Pro League in 2010/11 season, and he also won the Belgian Supercup in 2011, in total he scored 2 goals in 62 League appearances.

The second half of the 2013–14 season, Limbombe was sent on loan to Lierse SK where he scored 2 goals in 7 games.

NEC Nijmegen[edit]

On 30 August 2014, he signed with Eerste Divisie side NEC Nijmegen on a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year. He impressed in his first season at the club, scoring an 14 goals and providing numerous assists in his debut season at the club, helping NEC Nijmegen win the Eerste Divisie as champions and gain promotion to Eredivisie.

On 12 August 2015, Limbombe played for NEC Nijmegen against Excelsior in the opening day of the Eredivisie 2015/16 season in a 1-0 victory.[3] On 13 August 2015, NEC Nijmegen rejected a £1.5 million bid from English side Leeds United for Limbombe.[4] On 22 August, NEC Nijmegen announced that Limbombe had been left out of the squad against Ajax due to deeming him 'insufficiently focused' after the interest linking him with Leeds United.[5] However, on 1 September, Leeds ended their interest in Limbombe after failing to up the bid, they signed Winger Jordan Botaka from Dutch Club Excelsior instead.[6]

After impressing during the 2015/16 season, scoring 7 goals and gaining 7 assists in the Eredivisie, on 1 June 2016, Limbombe amid further interest from English side Leeds United handed in a transfer request at NEC Nijmegen.[7]

Club Brugge[edit]

On 23 July 2016, Limbombe returned to Belgium to join Club Brugge on a four-year deal for a fee around the margin of £2 million.[8]

International career[edit]

Limbombe who is eligible to represent both Belgium and DR Congo. He represented Belgium at U16 international level and has played at Belgium U17 level. In 2012, he was capped for Belgium U19's.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 May 2016.
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing Genk 2010–11 Belgian Pro League 11 0 2 0 0 0 3[a] 0 16 0
2011–12 Belgian Pro League 17 1 2 1 4[b] 0 7[a] 0 30 2
2012–13 Belgian Pro League 8 1 4 1 3[c] 0 1[a] 0 16 2
2013–14 Belgian Pro League 15 0 3 0 5[c] 1 1[d] 0 24 1
Total 51 2 11 2 12 1 12 0 86 5
Lierse (loan) 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 6 2 0 0 1[e] 0 7 2
NEC Nijmegen 2014–15 Eerste Divisie 33 14 3 2 36 16
2015–16 Eredivisie 32 7 2 0 34 7
Total 65 21 5 2 70 23
Club Brugge 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 122 25 16 4 12 1 13 0 163 30
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Belgian Pro League Championship playoff
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in Belgian Super Cup
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in Belgian Pro League Europa League playoff

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Racing Genk

NEC

Personal life[edit]

Limbombe's older brother Stallone Limbombe is also a professional footballer and played as a defender for Antwerp FC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Limbombe". NEC Nijmegen. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Genk 3–1 Lokeren". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "NEC 1-0 Excelsior". Sky Sports. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Leeds United consider next move after £1.5m bid for Belgian winger rejected". Leeds United Official site. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Limbombe buiten selectie bij N.E.C. - Ajax". NEC Nijmegen Official site. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Leeds United: Botaka delight at joining Whites". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Leeds £1m target hands in transfer request: Agent reveals 'interest from England'". Sunday Express. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Limbombe heading to Club Brugge". Football Oranje. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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