Mathieu Assou-Ekotto

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Mathieu Assou-Ekotto
Personal information
Full name Mathieu Assou-Ekotto
Date of birth (1978-04-08) 8 April 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Sainte-Catherine-lès-Arras, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1995 Lens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Lens B 44 (1)
1998 Lens 3 (0)
1998–2000 Mouscron 4 (0)
2000–2001 Créteil 18 (1)
2001–2003 Valenciennes 31 (4)
2003–2004 Grenoble 3 (0)
2004 Louviéroise 29 (0)
2005 Standard Liège 25 (0)
2006–2007 Willem 32 (1)
2007–2009 Mouscron 74 (0)
2010–2012 Boussu Dour Borinage 56 (3)
Total 319 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mathieu Assou-Ekotto (born 8 April 1978) is a French retired footballer who played mainly as a midfielder.

Over the course of nine seasons, he amassed Belgian Pro League totals of 132 games and two goals, mainly in representation of Mouscron.

Football career[edit]

Born in Sainte-Catherine-lès-Arras, Assou-Ekotto spent nine years with local RC Lens all levels comprised but played mainly for the reserves during his spell, only appearing in three Ligue 1 games with the club. Released in the 1998 summer, he moved to Belgium and joined R.E. Mouscron.

In the 2000 off-season, Assou-Ekotto returned to France and played for three teams in three-and-a-half seasons, competing in the second, third and fourth divisions (in the latter two levels with Valenciennes FC). On 19 January 2004 he moved back to Belgium and its Pro League, signing with R.A.A. Louviéroise.

Assou-Ekotto contributed with 11 matches in the first half of the 2005–06 campaign to Standard Liége's runner-up position, before joining Willem II from the Netherlands in the following winter transfer window. In yet another January move, he signed for former club Mouscron – first joining on loan – going on to play with the Hainaut side until they folded in December 2009.[1]

The following February, Assou-Ekotto resumed his career at Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian Second Division. He left by mutual consent in January 2012, returning days later.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Assou-Ekotto's younger brother, Benoît, was also a footballer. A defender, he too started his career at Lens, going on to spend several years in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, and represented their ancestral Cameroon at international level.[3]


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