Dieumerci Mbokani

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Dieumerci Mbokani
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Personal information
Full name Dieudonné Mbokani Bezua[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Bel'Or ? (16)
2005–2007 TP Mazembe 72 (67)
2006–2007 Anderlecht (loan) 9 (4)
2007–2010 Standard Liège 87 (39)
2010–2011 Monaco 10 (1)
2011 VfL Wolfsburg (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2013 Anderlecht 53 (34)
2013– Dynamo Kyiv 33 (16)
2015–2016 Norwich City (loan) 29 (7)
National team
2005–2015 DR Congo 35 (16)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:21, 8 May 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:27, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Dieudonné "Dieumerci" Mbokani Bezua (born 22 November 1985 in Kinshasa) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays centre-forward for Dynamo Kyiv. He has previously played for Anderlecht, VfL Wolfsburg, Monaco, Standard Liège and TP Mazembe.

Club career[edit]

He began his career in Kinshasa at Bel'Or and was a league topscorer in 2004 season with 16 goals.[2][3] Then he moved to TP Mazembe.[3]

In the 2006–07 season, he made nine appearances for R.S.C. Anderlecht[3] and scored four goals, including a hat-trick against K.S.K. Beveren on 7 May 2007. In 2007, he joined Standard de Liège and scored 35 goals in 81 league appearances.

On 30 July 2010, Mbokani signed a deal with French side AS Monaco.[4]

On 9 August 2011, he signed a contract with Anderlecht for a reported fee of €3 million, stating that he looked forward to playing together again with his friend Milan Jovanović.[5] The start of his spell at Anderlecht was dramatic, first injuring himself during one of his first training sessions, meaning he would be sidelined for at least two months.[6] Then, about one week later his five-month-old son, David Mbokani, died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep.[7]

On 21 June 2013, Mbokani officially signed a contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv.[3] On 14 July 2013, he scored his first goal in the very first game of the Ukrainian Premier League against Volyn Lutsk during the first half, which ended 1–1.

On 31 August 2015, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Norwich City.[8] Mbokani registered his first goal for Norwich in a 2–1 defeat to Leicester City with an improvised back-heel finish.

International career[edit]

Mbokani represented the DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and 2015, helping them to third place at the latter tournament.

Mbokani was caught up in the 2016 Brussels bombings, alongside his international teammate Cédric Bakambu. Though both escaped unscathed, Mbokani was reportedly left "shaken".[9][10][11] In the aftermath of this, after being sanctioned for missing a game as a result, he retired from international football with 31 caps.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 May 2016[13]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht (loan) 2006–07 Belgian Pro League 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 4
Standard Liège 2007–08 Belgian Pro League 32 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 15
2008–09 Belgian Pro League 31 17 0 0 0 0 10 3 41 20
2009–10 Belgian Pro League 24 7 1 0 0 0 12 3 37 10
Total 87 39 1 0 0 0 22 6 110 45
Monaco 2010–11 Ligue 1 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 1
VfL Wolfsburg (loan) 2010–11 Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Anderlecht 2011–12 Belgian Pro League 26 14 0 0 0 0 5 1 31 15
2012–13 Belgian Pro League 27 19 2 1 0 0 9 7 38 27
Total 53 33 2 1 0 0 14 8 69 42
Dynamo Kyiv 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 25 13 2 1 0 0 6 2 33 16
2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League 8 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 12 3
Total 33 16 3 1 0 0 9 2 45 19
Norwich City (loan) 2015–16 Premier League 29 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 7
Career total 225 99 6 2 2 0 45 16 278 117

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Standard Liège
Anderlecht
Dynamo Kyiv

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua". Ligue 1. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Schöggl, Hans (21 September 2007). "Congo-Kinshasa (DR Congo) 2004". rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d FC Dynamo Kyiv signs Anderlecht striker Mbokani, Interfax-Ukraine (22 June 2013)
  4. ^ "Mbokani moves to Monaco". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mbokani s'annonce à Anderlecht" (in French). L'Équipe. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mbokani staat al een poosje aan de kant" [Mbokani sidelined already for a while] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Zoontje van Dieumerci Mbokani is overleden" [Son of Mbokani dies] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "STRIKER MBOKANI SIGNS FOR CITY". 
  9. ^ "Belgium cancel training session after explosions in Brussels". The Guardian. 22 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani left 'unharmed but shaken' after being caught at Brussels Airport during terror attacks". Daily Mail. 22 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Brussels terror attacks: Norwich confirm 'shaken' Dieumerci Mbokani was at Zaventem Airport at time of blasts". The Independent. 22 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Freezer, David (5 April 2016). "Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani has retired from international football due to ‘unfair treatment’". The Pink 'Un. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "D. MBOKANI". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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