Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
|Full name||Geoffrey Mujangi Bia|
|Date of birth||12 August 1989|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) |
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder, Winger|
|2010||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||3||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Watford (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 July 2017 (UTC).
He established himself in Belgian football with Charleroi before experiencing the English Premier League with a loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 2011, he returned to Belgium to join Standard Liège.
Mujangi Bia emigrated with his family from DR Congo to Zellik, Belgium as a young child. He began his football career on the books of the Brussels-based club Union Saint-Gilloise, before being spotted by Anderlecht. Although one of their academy's most promising players, he was released by the club after being caught stealing from them.
After some months without a club, he joined Charleroi where he made his professional debut on 17 December 2006 in 0–1 defeat at Zulte Waregem, the first of three appearances that season. He scored his first senior goals the following season (3), before 2008–09 saw his most appearances yet as he played 28 league games.
The midfielder joined English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan on 21 January 2010 for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. He made his Premier League debut as a substitute in a 2–2 draw at Hull City, one of three appearances that season. At the season's end it was announced he would also spend the 2010–11 season with Wolves.
Mujangi Bia failed to break into Wolves' first team plans during the next season, making just one league appearance, as a late substitute at Manchester City. He scored his only goal for Wolves in a 5–0 FA Cup victory over Championship team Doncaster Rovers. In April 2011 it was announced that he would transfer to Standard Liège on a three-year deal once the transfer window re-opened in the summer.
The winger featured for Standard throughout the 2011–12 season as the club ended in fifth place. However, in August 2012, he was told he was no longer involved in the club's plans, and on 25 August signed for English Championship club Watford on a season-long loan deal, having already agreed a long-term permanent contract; this will commence in summer 2013 if this option is exercised by Watford.
He made his Watford debut on 28 August 2012 in their League Cup exit to eventual finalists Bradford. After making two league appearances for Watford in the early part of the season, Bia made his first league appearance since the back end of 2012 as a substitute in a 0–1 defeat to Barnsley on 16 March 2013.
During the 2014/15 season Bia scored 14 and created a further 7 goals for Standard Liège. However After a row with coach Slavoljub Muslin Bia found himself in the B team. During the summer of 2015 a proposed move to Bursaspor fell through after they announced the signing of Hungarian Dzsudzsák. Finally Bia signed a three-year deal with Swiss side FC Sion.
Mujangi Bia turned down his birthplace DR Congo to instead represent the Belgium national football team. He made his international debut on 29 May 2009 in a Kirin Cup draw against Chile. He has previously also played for Belgium at under-21 level.
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