Granddi Ngoyi

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Granddi N'Goyi
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Personal information
Full name Granddi N'Goyi Majundu
Date of birth (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Melun, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
(on loan from Palermo)
Number 6
Youth career
2006–2007 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Paris Saint-Germain 24 (0)
2009 Clermont Foot (loan) 19 (1)
2010–2011 Brest (loan) 25 (0)
2011–2012 Nantes (loan) 20 (1)
2012-2013 Troyes AC 31 (1)
2013– Palermo 25 (0)
2015– Leeds United (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2007–2008 France U19 4 (0)
2008–2010 France U21 6 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 April 2015

Granddi N'Goyi Majundu (born 17 May 1988 in Melun, Seine-et-Marne) is a French football player of Congolese descent who plays for English club Leeds United on loan from Italian Serie A club Palermo. He is a former France under-21 team international, and had also received a call up to the DR Congo in 2008 and 2013, but remains uncapped.

He plays primarily as a holding midfielder.

Club career[edit]

N'Goyi was born to DR Congolese parents in Melun, a suburb of the French capital Paris. He began his career in the youth ranks of capital club Paris Saint-Germain. In 2007 he graduated to the first-team of Paris Saint-Germain, where he made 7 first team appearances in Ligue 1 for the club, with him mainly playing back up to Claude Makélélé and Jérémy Clément in the defensive midfielder positions.

On 7 January 2009, he went on loan to Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot.[2] In total he played 19 games and scored 1 goal for Clermont.

After impressing on loan, he returned to Paris Saint-Germain for the 2009/10 season, where he played more regularly, playing in 16 of Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 games and making a further 4 appearances in Cup games, again Ngoyi was usually used as back up to Claude Makélélé and Jérémy Clément.

He followed this up with loan moves to Brest (playing 25 games during the 2010/11 season), then after his former France U21 teammate Blaise Matuidi signed for Paris Saint-Germain, Ngoyi went on loan to Ligue 2 side Nantes for the 2011/12 season. Ngoyi revealed after the signing of Matuidi, that he joined Nantes as he wanted to be playing regular football at this stage of his career rather than being a back-up player at Paris Saint-Germain;[3] in total Ngoyi scored 1 goal in 20 games for Nantes.

Troyes[edit]

On 28 June 2012, he signed a three-year contract with newly promoted in Ligue 1 Troyes AC on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.[4] He was unable to keep Troyes AC in Ligue 1 with them finishing 19th during the 2012/13 season. In total he played 31 games for Ligue 1 side Troyes, scoring 1 goal.

Palermo[edit]

After Troyes AC's relegation from Ligue 1, in summer 2013 he moved on to then Serie B Italian club Palermo on a four-year contract. On 11 August 2013, he made his Palermo debut when he played in the Italian Cup match against Cremonese. On 24 August, he made his Serie B debut when started for Palermo against Modena in a 1–1 draw.

In his first season at the club, N'Goyi earned promotion to Serie A after Palermo were promoted during the 2013/14 season, Palermo earned promotion with 5 games to spare, going up as Champions. He made his first appearance in Serie A on 31 August 2014, when he played for Palermo in a 1–1 draw against Sampdoria.

Leeds United[edit]

On 26 January 2015, N'Goyi joined Leeds United on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season, with the option for the club to complete a £2 million permanent deal.[5] He was initially given the number 10 shirt. However, after the sale of Jason Pearce and the signing of Edgar Çani on 2 February, N'Goyi's squad number was then changed to number 6 with Football League approval. Çani subsequently took the number 10 shirt.[6]

After picking up an injury in one of his first training sessions at Leeeds, N'Goyi's first involvement in the Leeds First Team was on 6 April 2015 an unused substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 4-3 defeat.[7] On 14 April 2015, N'Goyi made his debut for Leeds when he started against Norwich City in a 2-0 defeat.[8]

International career[edit]

Despite being of Congolese parents, N'Goyi represented the land of his birth, France at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

N'Goyi was handed the number 13 shirt for the tournament, and played all four games the French took part in. He was one of the French penalty takers in the semi-final match against Spain, and scored his penalty, although the Spaniards went on to win 4–2.[9][10][11][12]

In October 2008 he was called up to represent DR Congo, along with Paris Saint-Germain team mates Larrys Mabiala and Youssouf Mulumbu for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against rivals Malawi.[13][14]

N'Goyi accepted his call up, but did not make his debut, as his team were surprisingly beaten 2–1 by Malawi, having taken an early 1–0 lead, through former Portsmouth and Newcastle United striker Lomana LuaLua.[15]

On 3 August, he was called up to the France under-21 team for a friendly match against Poland. He made his debut in that match as a substitute. He was called up again, two weeks later, for their UEFA U-21 Championship qualifiers against Slovenia and Romania.

On 13 November 2013, N'Goyi was called up to the DR Congo squad, however after discussions with manager Claude Le Roy to represent them, he and Stoke City midfielder Steven Nzonzi both turned down the opportunity to play for them.[16] N'Goyi remains eligible to still play for both DR Congo and France

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Granddi Ngoyi French league stats at LFP.fr (French)[dead link]
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Ngoyi explains his departure". Planet PSG. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.estac.fr/newsite/news/5462/79/G-Ngoyi-s-engage-a-Troyes.htm
  5. ^ "MIDFIELDER COMPLETES LOAN SWITCH". Leeds United A.F.C. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "UNITED SEAL STRIKER SIGNING". Leeds United A.F.C. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dave Edwards headed home a late winner as Wolves beat Leeds". BBC Sport. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "GRANDDI LOOKED THE PART - REDFEARN". Leeds United Official Site. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "France fight back for victory". UEFA. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Baysse keeps France on course]". UEFA. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2008. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Stalemate ensures France advance". UEFA. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Spain prevail in Pasching shoot-out". UEFA. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2008. [dead link]
  13. ^ "N'Goyi called up to DR Congo". www.PSGteam.net. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "N'Goyi gets DR Congo call-up". FIFA. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "DR Congo lose to Malawi". FIFA. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Stoke midfielder Nzonzi turns down DR Congo invitation". BBC Sport. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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