Kazenga LuaLua

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Kazenga LuaLua
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Personal information
Full name Kazenga LuaLua[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 30
Youth career
2005–2007 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Newcastle United 8 (0)
2009 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 11 (0)
2010 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 11 (4)
2011 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 9 (0)
2011– Brighton & Hove Albion 111 (13)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:53, 1 September 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Kazenga LuaLua (born 10 December 1990) is a Congolese[2] professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. He previously played for Newcastle United and Doncaster Rovers.

Career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, LuaLua moved to England shortly after his birth. He moved to Newcastle as a youngster, as his older brother Lomana LuaLua was signed by Newcastle United. Kazenga progressed in Newcastle's youth academy, and played for the reserve team. He was called up to the senior squad for the first time for the FA Cup third round game against Birmingham City on 6 January 2007. At just 16 years and 27 days old, LuaLua would have been the youngest player to play for Newcastle: the record is currently held by Steve Watson.[3]

He was part of the Newcastle youth team that reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in the 2005–06 season. LuaLua finally made his first-team debut on 6 January 2008, coming on in the 74th minute of an FA Cup third round game against Stoke City as a substitute for Damien Duff.[4]

LuaLua made his Premier League debut on 19 January 2008, coming on as a substitute again for Duff at St. James's Park in a match against Bolton Wanderers and went on to make several appearances for the first team later that season, before joining Doncaster Rovers of the Championship on loan.[5] On 9 February 2010, LuaLua joined League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, initially for one month.[6] LuaLua was recommended to Brighton manager Gus Poyet by Dennis Wise.[7] LuaLua rejoined Brighton on loan for four months on 30 August 2010. He then made his debut back at Brighton on 11 September 2010 and made it one to remember scoring a rocket 25-yard free kick in style and celebrating with his famous double backflip.[8] He won the Football League Young Player of the Month in October 2010[9] On 13 November LuaLua broke his leg playing against Hartlepool United in a League One game.[10] LuaLua shortly returned to Newcastle to make his recovery, and expressed his hope that he may play again in the 2010–11 season.[11] Gus Poyet stated that LuaLua played a key part in Brighton's promotion to the Championship.

LuaLua remained at Newcastle for treatment and made his first Premier League appearance of the season in a 2–2 draw with Chelsea on the penultimate week of the season. It was LuaLua's dangerous run and cut inside around Branislav Ivanović which won Newcastle the corner leading to their late equaliser.[12]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

LuaLua rejoined Brighton on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal on 16 July 2011.[13] He signed a permanent deal with Brighton for an undisclosed fee on 21 November 2011.[14] LuaLua scored his first goal as a permanent Brighton player on 14 February 2012, a long-range free kick that tied a home match against Millwall 2–2. LuaLua's goal came two minutes before the end and salvaged a point for Brighton. The next Sunday, LuaLua scored a free-kick into the Kop End at Anfield in the FA Cup, against Liverpool as Brighton lost 6–1. With competition from fellow wingers Craig Noone, Will Buckley and Vicente, LuaLua swapped between starting and coming off the bench as an impact substitute in the following weeks.

On 7 August 2015, LuaLua scored the opening goal of the 2015-16 Football League Championship, which eventually was the winning goal against Nottingham Forest.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 August 2015
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2007–08[16] Premier League 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
2008–09[17] Premier League 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2009–10[18] Championship 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2010–11[19] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2011–12[20] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 0 4 0 3 0 15 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2008–09[17] Championship 4 0 4 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2009–10[18] League One 11 0 11 0
2010–11[19] League One 11 4 0 0 11 4
2011–12[20] Championship 9 0 2 0 11 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2011–12[20][21] Championship 18 1 2 1 20 2
2012–13[22] Championship 22 5 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 26 5
2013–14[23] Championship 32 1 4 0 1 0 2[a] 1 39 2
2014–15[24] Championship 34 3 0 0 4 1 38 4
2015–16[25] Championship 5 3 0 0 2 1 7 4
Total 142 17 8 1 9 2 4 1 163 21
Career total 154 17 12 1 12 2 4 1 182 28

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of DR Congo international striker Lomana LuaLua. He is also the cousin of striker Trésor Kandol and Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie, and also the brother-in-law of Reading striker Yann Kermorgant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 12. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.seagulls.co.uk/team/player-profile/kazenga-lualua/30
  3. ^ "Steve Watson Soccernet profile". ESPN. 16 July 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Craig Hope (7 January 2008). "Sam Speaks: Cup Kids A Big Bonus". 
  5. ^ "Doncaster sign Premier League duo". BBC News. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Albion sign Toon talent". The Argus. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Newcastle star joins Brighton on loan". Mirrorfootball.co.uk. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Poyet's Delighted by LuaLua Return". Seagulls.co.uk. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  9. ^ LuaLua FL Young Player For October Brighton and Hove Albion Official Website, 22 November 2010
  10. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion rocked by Kazenga LuaLua injury". BBC News. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "LuaLua Suffers Broken Leg". nufc.co.uk. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Chelsea 2–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Seagulls swoop for LuaLua". Sky Sports (Sky Sports). 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion complete Kazenga LuaLua signing". BBC Sport. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Brighton defeat Nottingham in the season opener". BBC Sport. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  20. ^ a b c "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion complete Kazenga LuaLua signing". BBC Sport. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Kazenga LuaLua in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 

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