Mandanda playing for Marseille in 2010.
|Full name||Steve Mandanda|
|Date of birth||28 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2015.
Steve Mandanda (French pronunciation: [stɛv mɑ̃dɑ̃nda]; born 28 March 1985) is a French international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for French club Marseille in Ligue 1, where he serves as first-choice captain. Mandanda played for Le Havre and is also a French international. He has represented France at three international tournaments; UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2012.
Mandanda made his league début for Le Havre in August 2005, and did not concede a goal until his fourth match. He played 30 league matches in the 2005–06 season and 37 in 2006–07, with his performances attracting the attention of other clubs. Following an unsuccessful trial at Aston Villa prior to the 2007–08 season, he joined Marseille in summer 2007.
Olympique de Marseille
At the start of his first season with Marseille, Mandanda was regarded as an understudy to first choice keeper Cédric Carrasso. However a knee injury ruled Carrasso out for six months, leaving the way clear for Mandanda to become a regular fixture in Ligue 1, Champions League and UEFA Cup matches.
On 5 March 2008, Mandanda joined Marseille on a permanent four-year contract. However, his strong performances have led to rumours about moves to England and Italy with clubs such as city rivals Manchester United and Manchester City and AC Milan.
For the first time, in 2007, he took part in the French A-squad pre-selection.
He played in a friendly match with France B against Congo DR on 5 February 2008, in which he was substituted at half time, and his younger brother Parfait came on for Congo. He made his full international debut on 27 May 2008 in a 2–0 victory against Ecuador in a Euro 2008 warm-up friendly, coming on as a half-time substitute for Sébastien Frey, and was subsequently nominated as the third-choice goalkeeper in the French squad for Euro 2008.
He started the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as France's first-choice goalkeeper, making his competitive international debut on 6 September 2008 in their opening qualifier against Austria. However, he was replaced in the summer of 2009, as Raymond Domenech chose Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris over him for the international starting eleven. Mandanda was a member of France's World Cup team, but did not appear in any of its three matches in the competition. Mandanda has continued to play for France as shown in his selection in the French squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Steve Mandanda has three younger brothers, all of whom are goalkeepers: Parfait, goalkeeper of Charleroi and Congolese international; Riffi, goalkeeper of Caen and France U-16; and Over, goalkeeper of Lusitanos Saint-Maur. He enjoys spending time with his family in the city of Marseille, where he lives. He has earned the nickname "Frenchie" amongst his relatives for having chosen to play for the French national football team rather than Congo, his country of birth.
- Ligue 1 (1): 2009–10
- Coupe de la Ligue (3): 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Trophée des Champions (2): 2010, 2011
- Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year (3): 2007–08, 2010–11, 2014–15
- Ligue 1 Team of the Year (2): 2007–08, 2010–11
As of 14 December 2014
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- "France goalkeeper in Aston Villa trial".[dead link]
- "List of the pre-selected players in the french A-squad in the season 2007–2008" (in French).
- "Les Mandanda, une dynastie de gardiens".
- Official website (French)
- Steve Mandanda at soccerway
- Steve Mandanda – FIFA competition record
- Steve Mandanda at National-Football-Teams.com
- Steve Mandanda French league stats at LFP.fr (French)