Terence Kongolo

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Terence Kongolo
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Personal information
Full name Terence Kongolo[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Fribourg, Switzerland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back, Left back
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2012 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Feyenoord 106 (1)
2017– Monaco 0 (0)
National team
2009 Netherlands U15 2 (0)
2009–2010 Netherlands U16 4 (1)
2010–2011 Netherlands U17 16 (2)
2011–2012 Netherlands U18 2 (0)
2012–2013 Netherlands U19 10 (0)
2013 Netherlands U20 1 (0)
2013– Netherlands U21 6 (1)
2014– Netherlands 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:21, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Terence Kongolo (born 14 February 1994) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a defender for AS Monaco in the Ligue 1. Kongolo made his Eredivisie debut for Feyenoord during the 2011–12 season. Born in Switzerland to Congolese parents, Kongolo was raised in the Netherlands and represents the Netherlands national football team.

Club career[edit]

Feyenoord[edit]

Terence joined Feyenoord as an 8-year old. After progressing through the ranks of under-16 and under-17 side,[2] Kongolo then signed his first professional contract with the side in June 2010.[3] A year later, he was promoted to the first team ahead of the 2011-12 season[4][5] and appeared on the substitute bench, around the same time playing for the reserve side. It wasn't until on 14 April 2012 when he made his debut under manager Ronald Koeman, where he came on as a substitute, in 3-0 win over Excelsior.[6] This turns out to be his only appearance of the season and at the end of the 2011-12 season, he signed a contract extension, keeping him until 2015.[7]

In the 2012-13 season, Kongolo then made his first league start on 24 August 2012 against Heracles Almelo following the injury of Stefan de Vrij and the suspension of both Joris Mathijsen and Bruno Martins Indi, where he played the whole game, in a 2-1 win.[8] The following month, on 26 September 2012, he scored his first Feyenoord goal in the second round of the KNVB Cup, in a 3-2 win over NEC[9] and scored again in the third round of KNVB Cup, in a 4-0 win over XerxesDZB on 1 November 2012.[10] However, Kongolo received a red card after a second bookable, just 13 minutes after receiving a yellow card, in a 2-2 draw against Groningen on 7 October 2012.[11] As the 2012-13 season, Kongolo suffered a knee injury that kept him out for the most of the season[12] and upon returning from injury, he played in the reserve for the rest of the season, scoring once against PSV Eindhoven U21 on 2 April 2013.[13] At the end of the 2012-13 season, Kongolo went on to make five appearance for the first team side.

At the start of the 2013-14 season, Kongolo didn't featured in the first team, as he spent the start of the season, on the reserve side. At the reserve side, he appeared nine times and captained the side on five occasions.[14][15] It also saw Kongolo switched number shirt from twenty-five to fifteen.[16] His first appearance came on 29 September 2013 against ADO Den Haag, coming on as a second half substitute, which saw them win 4-2.[17] After continuously appearing in the reserve side and making two more league appearance by the end of the 2013, Kongolo was then given a handful of first team appearances as a centre-back for the rest of the season, dispatching from Joris Mathijsen. Despite suffering a minor hip injury against Go Ahead Eagles on 30 March 2014,[18] Kongolo finished the 2013-14 season, making eighteen appearances in all competitions.[19][20]

Ahead of the 2014-15 season, Kongolo's performance in the World Cup, despite playing once, attracted interests from clubs around Europe, but the club management remained confident of keeping him.[21] On 28 July 2014, it was announced that Kongolo signed a three-year contract with the club, keeping him until 2017 and ending his transfer speculation.[22] After appearing the first two league matches of the season, Kongolo was demoted to the substitute bench for two matches after losing his left-back position to Miquel Nelom.[23] Kongolo returned to the first team soon after when he started against Willem II, which they lost 2-1.[24] From that moment on, Kongolo regained his first team place, mostly playing in the centre-back position, partnering with Sven van Beek, for the most of the season.[25] Kongolo then set up one of the two goals, in a 2-0 win over PEC Zwolle on 1 November 2014.[26] Despite suffering from a groin injury,[27] Kongolo finished the 2014-15 season, making forty-five appearances in all competitions.

In the 2015-16 season, Kongolo switched number shirt again when he switched from number five to four this time following the retirement of Joris Mathijsen.[28] Kongolo established himself in the first team as the left-back position and started the season well when he set up one of the goals, in a 2-0 win over Vitesse on 23 September 2015.[29] Since the start of the season, Kongolo was ever-present in the first team until he was suspended for one game for picking his fourth booking this season.[30] After returning to the first team from suspension, Kongolo then signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him until 2018.[31] However, as the 2015-16 season progressed, Kongolo suffered a hamstring injury during the match against Vitesse and was substituted as a result. After the match, it was announced that Kongolo would be out between four and six weeks.[32] After returning to the first team, Kongolo started in the final of the KNVB Cup against Utrecht and although he was booked, leading to Ramon Leeuwin scoring an equaliser, Kongolo helped the side win the KNVB Cup with two goals to one.[33] At the end of the 2015-16 season, Kongolo went on to make thirty-five appearances in all competitions.

Ahead of the 2016-17 season, Kongolo's performance began to attract interests from European clubs, such as, Sunderland, Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen but stayed at the club throughout the summer.[34] Kongolo continued to be a first team regular since the start of the 2016-17 season and was involved in the squad that saw Feyenoord make an impressive start, with 12 wins in the row.[35] During their winning streak, he scored his first professional for the side, in a 5-0 win over Roda JC on 25 September 2016.[36] Elsewhere in the UEFA Europa League, Kongolo helped Feyenoord keep two clean sheets against Manchester United[37] and Zorya Luhansk, which saw him named as UEFA Team of the Week on Matchday 1 and Matchday 3.[38][39] However, Kongolo suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out throughout November.[40] After returning to the first team,[41] Kongolo captained the club the first time in his professional career in the quarter-final of the KNVB Cup against Vitesse, which saw them lose 2-0.[42] On 26 February 2017, Kongolo set up one of the goals, in a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven to continue their winning form.[43] However, in a 1-0 loss against Sparta Rotterdam, on 5 March 2017, Kongolo suffered a thigh injury in the first half and was substituted as result.[44][45] After weeks on the sidelined, Kongolo managed to return to training, but continued to remain on the sidelined throughout March.[46] It wasn't until on 16 April 2017 when he returned to the first team from injury against Utrecht and setting up a goal for Eljero Elia, in a 2-0 win.[47] Shortly after, he signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him until 2019.[48] Kongolo played the remaining last four matches as a left-back later in the season and helped the club win the league for the first time since 1999.[49] At the end of the 2016-17 season, he went on to make thirty-two appearances and scoring once in all competitions.

AS Monaco[edit]

On 3 July 2017, Kongolo transferred to AS Monaco, signing a five-year contract.[50]

International career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Kongolo is eligible to play for Netherlands and Switzerland. After progressing at Netherlands U15 and Netherlands U16, Kongolo was called up by Netherlands U17 for the first time in September 2010[51] and scored on his Netherlands U17 debut on 15 September 2010, in a 5-2 win over Germany U17.[52]

Kongolo was then a part of the Netherlands under-17 national team which won European Championship in 2011.[53] During the final of the Under-17 Championship against Germany U17, he scored against them for thse second time in his Netherlands U17 career, which saw Netherlands U17 win 5-2.[54] He was also named to the Team of the Tournament.[55] The following month, Kongolo was called up again for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico, but was unable to progress in the Group-Stage.[56]

After playing Netherlands U18 briefly around 2012, Kongolo was called up by Netherlands U19 in August 2012[57] and made his Netherlands U19 debut on 10 September 2012, in a 2-1 win over Scotland U19.[58] Kongolo went on to make ten appearance for the Netherlands U19, including playing three times in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[59]

Months after playing the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Kongolo was called up by Netherlands U21 for the first time in mid-August 2013.[60] Kongolo made his Netherlands U21 debut on 14 August 2013, in a 2-1 loss against Czech Republic U21.[61] Around the same time, Kongolo made his Netherlands U20 debut, in a 4-0 loss against Germany U20 on 12 October 2013.[62] The following year, on 14 October 2014, Kongolo scored his first Netherlands U21 in the qualification round of UEFA European Under-21 Championship, in a 5-4 loss against Portugal U21.[63]

Senior career[edit]

Kongolo's performances for Feyenoord saw him included senior team manager Louis Van Gaal's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[64] It wasn't until on 17 May 2014 when he made his senior national team debut, in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador.[65] After the match, both van Gaal and Kongolo agreed that his performance was sloppy.[66]

Nevertheless, Kongolo was included in the twenty-three man squad in the tournament, where he made one appearance in their final group game after entering as a substitute for Dirk Kuyt in the 89th minute against Chile; the Dutch won 2–0.[67][68] Although making one appearance in the tournament, Netherlands finished third place in the World Cup and for that, he received a bronze medal.[69]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Feyenoord Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 5 0 2 2 1 0 8 2
2013–14 17 0 1 0 0 0 18 0
2014–15 31 0 1 0 11 0 2 0 45 0
2015–16 29 0 6 0 35 0
2016–17 23 1 3 0 4 0 1 0 32 1
Total Netherlands 106 1 13 2 16 0 3 0 138 3
Career total 106 1 13 2 16 0 3 0 138 3
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 11 June 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, to Congolese parents, Kongolo moved to the Netherlands when he was four years old and despite being raised in the Netherlands, he holds Swiss citizenship.[70]

Kongolo has two younger brothers: Rodney, born in 1998 and currently enrolled in Manchester City's academy, and Fidel.[71]

Outside of football, Kongolo follows Basketball and is a big fan of NBA, having followed them daily via his social media.[72]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Feyenoord

International[edit]

Netherlands

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