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Paul-José M'Poku
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Personal information
Full name Paul-José M'Poku Ebunge
Date of birth (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos
Number 40
Youth career
1998–2002 Cornesse FC
2002–2004 Entente Rechaintoise
2004–2008 Standard Liège
2008–2009 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2010–2011 Leyton Orient (loan) 27 (3)
2011–2015 Standard Liège 96 (22)
2015 Cagliari (loan) 16 (3)
2015– Chievo 20 (0)
2016– Panathinaikos (loan) 14 (2)
National team
2007 Belgium U15 5 (2)
2007–2008 Belgium U16 9 (2)
2008–2009 Belgium U17 7 (5)
2009–2010 Belgium U18 7 (3)
2010–2011 Belgium U19 15 (3)
2011–2014 Belgium U21 18 (4)
2015– DR Congo 9 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:06, 18 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:06, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Paul-José M'Poku Ebunge[2] (born 19 April 1992) is a Congolese footballer who plays as a winger for Greek club Panathinaikos F.C. on loan from Chievo Verona in the Serie A. His nickname is El Negro Calesita (The Black Carrousel).

Club career[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, M'Poku moved to Belgium as a child. Prior to joining Tottenham Hotspur in June 2008, he had played for Belgian club Standard Liège[3] and signed his first professional contract on 24 April 2009.[4]

Representing Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier Academy League, he was a prolific scorer and was included in the squad for the FA Cup replay against Bolton Wanderers on 26 February 2010.[5][6]

Loan to Leyton Orient[edit]

On 24 September 2010, M'Poku moved to Leyton Orient on a month's loan, to last until 23 October.[7]

He made his professional debut coming on as a substitute for Orient against Walsall on 28 September. After impressing Orient manager Russell Slade, M'Poku's loan was extended until 8 January 2011.[8] He scored his first goal in English football with Orient's third in the 8–2 thrashing of Droylsden in the FA Cup on 7 December.[9] His loan was subsequently extended until the end of the season.[10] He scored two league goals for Orient: their third in the 4–2 win over Colchester United on 3 January,[11] and a late 25-yard winner against Oldham Athletic on 12 March.[12] He made 35 appearances for Orient in all competitions.

Standard Liège[edit]

Without making a first team appearance at Tottenham Hotspur, he was transferred back to Standard Liège in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract.[13][14]

M’Poku remained out of the first team at the start of the 2011–12 season until on 28 August 2011, he made his first team appearance as an un-used substitute, in a 1–1 draw against Beerschot.[15] M’Poku then made his Standard Liege debut, where he came on as a substitute for Geoffrey Mujangi Bia in the last minutes, in a 2–1 win over Club Brugge on 6 November 2011.[16] In his first season at Standard Liege, M’Poku was featured less in the first team under the management of José Riga.,[17] as he made eight appearance for the club.

The 2012–13 season saw M’Poku get more playing time at the club under the new management of Mircea Rednic.[17] M'Poku scored his first goal on 23 November 2012 in a 3–0 win against Lierse.[18] M’Poku then provided a double assist, in a 3–0 win over Beerschot on 27 December 2012.[19] In the Play-Offs, M’Poku went to score five more goals against Zulte Waregem[20] (scored against them in another encounter[21]), Genk,[22] Lokeren[23] and Club Brugge[24] despite suffering from a knee injury, but managed to recover from it.[25][26] M’Poku then scored a hat-trick in a 7–0 win over Gent on 26 May 2013 to help the club qualify for the Europa League next season.[27] M’Poku finished the 2012–13 season, making thirty one appearance and scoring nine times in all competitions.

The 2013–14 season saw M’Poku being linked with a move to rivals, Anderlecht, though the club’s owner, Roland Duchâtelet, said there were no offers made for M’Poku from Anderlecht.[28] Despite this, M’Poku remained at the club. M’Poku started the 2013–14 season well when he scored his first goals of the season, in a 3–1 win over KR in the first leg of second round of Europa League[29] and scored his first league goal of the season, in a 2–0 win over Genk on 11 August 2013.[30] M’Poku scored in the second leg of the Europa League Qualifciation Round, in a 3–0 win over Minsk[31] and scored his second league goal, in a 2–0 win over Kortrijk.[32] By the end of 2013, M’Poku scored against Bruxelles,[33] Cercle Brugge,[34] Red Bull Salzburg,[35] Lierse[36] and Genk.[37] M’Poku later added three goals in the 2013–14 season against Cercle Brugge,[38] Zulte Waregem[39] and Lokeren.[40] At the end of the 2013–14 season, which saw Standard Liege failing to win the league, M’Poku made forty–nine appearance and scored twelve times. He was also nominated for the Ebony Shoes,[41] but lost out to Thorgan Hazard. Despite this, M’Poku was rewarded with a new contract with the club, keeping him until 2018.[42]

In the 2014–15 season, M’Poku continued to attract interests around Europe[43] and Qatar,[44][45] but remained at the club.[46] M’Poku started the season well when he scored in the second leg of the third round of Champions League, in a 2–1 win over Panathinaikos and was awarded Man of the Match by Sporza.[45][47] Then on 21 September 2014, M’Poku scored his first league goal of the season and set up a goal, in a 2–0 win over Waasland-Beveren.[48] He also four more goals by November against Zulte Waregem,[49] Anderlecht,[50] Mechelen,[51] regaining Europa League Champions Sevilla[52] and Genk.[53] However, M’Poku suffered injuries by the end of 2014.[54][55]

In the January transfer window, M’Poku continued to attract interests and was on a verge of joining Qatar side Al-Arabi and expected to be loaned out to a European club.[56] However, the move suffered a huge setback over his fitness[57] and the move was eventually cancelled.[58] After the move was broken down, M’Poku was then linked with a move to Bundesliga side Mainz 05[59] and Serie A side Inter Milan.[60]

Loan to Cagliari[edit]

On 1 February 2015, M'Poku signed for Cagliari on loan until the end of the season.[61] Upon joining the club, M’Poku revealed that then-Manager Gianfranco Zola persuaded him to join the club.[62]

M’Poku made his Cagliari debut, where he came on as a substitute for Alejandro González in the 61st minutes, and scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–1 loss against Roma on 8 February 2015.[63] Two weeks later, on 23 February 2015, M’Poku made his first start, playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 loss against Inter Milan.[64] M’Poku scored his second Cagliari goal and set up one of the goals, in a 4–0 win over Parma on 4 May 2015.[65] On the last game of the season, M’Poku scored his third Cagliari goal and set up one of the goals, in a 4–3 win over Udinese.[66] M’Poku made sixteen appearance and scoring three times, but was unable to help the club survive relegation to Serie B next season.

Chievo[edit]

After being unregistered by Standard Liege ahead of the new season,[67] it was announced on 13 July 2015, M’Poku was loaned out to another Italian club by joining Chievo on a season-loan deal for the 2015–16 season.[68]

M’Poku made his Chievo debut in the opening game of the season, where he made his first start and played 45 minutes before being substituted, in a 3–1 win over Empoli.[69] However, in a 1–0 loss against Inter Milan on 23 September 2015, M’Poku suffered an injury after colliding with Inter’s Felipe Melo and was substituted after playing 14 minutes.[70] M’Poku then made his return to the first team on 28 October 2015, where he came on as a substitute in the second half, in a 1–0 loss against A.C. Milan.[71] However, M’Poku struggled to score goal, like he did at Cagliari, as he made twenty appearance and scoring none, as he spent most of the season on the substitute bench.

After a loan spell at Chievo, M’Poku joined the club on a permanent basis, signing a three–year contract on 31 May 2016.[72]

Loan to Panathinaikos[edit]

On 31 August 2016, M'Poku signed a year long-term loan with Greek giants Panathinaikos on loan from Chievo, for an undisclosed fee. [73] On 30 October he scored his first goal with the club in a 2-0 home League game against Iraklis.

International career[edit]

M’Poku represented Belgium at youth level, such as, Belgium U15, Belgium U16, Belgium U17,[74] Belgium U18, Belgium U19,[75] and Belgium U21.[76]

On 19 February 2015, M’Poku announced his decision to play for DR Congo despite being monitored by the senior team.[77] M’Poku scored on his DR Congo debut in the friendly match on 28 March 2015, in a 2–1 loss against Iraq.[78] In January 2017 M'poku was selected in DR Congo's final squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics in Belgium[edit]

As of 25 January 2015.
Season Club League League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011–12 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 12 0 2 0 - - 0 0 14 0
2012–13 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 29 9 2 0 - - 0 0 31 9
2013–14 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 37 8 2 1 - - 10 3 49 12
2014–15 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 18 5 - - - - 9 2 27 7
Career totals 96 22 6 1 0 0 19 5 121 28

Personal life[edit]

Though he was linked with a move to Anderlecht, M’Poku stated he expressed his dislike towards the club on his Twitter account.[79]

International[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and Results show Congo DR's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 2015 Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  Iraq
1–1
1–2
Friendly
2. 5 June 2016 Rabemananjara Stadium, Mahajanga, Madagascar  Madagascar 0–2 1-6 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3.
0–4
4. 24 January 2017 Libreville, Gabon  Togo
1–3
1–3
Africa Cup of Nations
5. 29 January 2017 Libreville, Gabon  Ghana
1–1
1–2
Africa Cup of Nations

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