Nzuzi Toko

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Nzuzi Toko
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Personal information
Full name Nzuzi Bundebele Toko[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC St. Gallen
Number 28
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Grasshoppers II 10 (1)
2008–2014 Grasshoppers 143 (7)
2014–2015 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (0)
2015–2016 Eskişehirspor 31 (1)
2016– FC St. Gallen 5 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Switzerland U21 13 (2)
2010– DR Congo 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 August 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:09, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Nzuzi Bundebele Toko (born 20 December 1990) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC St. Gallen.

Toko holds both Swiss and DR Congo nationality; he played youth international football for the former and senior international football for the latter.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, Toko moved to Switzerland at the age of four.[2]

Club career[edit]

Toko spent his early career in Switzerland for Grasshoppers II and Grasshoppers.[3][4]

On 20 May 2014, Toko signed a three-year contract with English club Brighton & Hove Albion following the conclusion of his contract at Grasshoppers.[2] [5] His agent revealed that Toko had turned down a move to Russia.[6]

On 20 January 2015, Toko agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Brighton after only 8 months at the club.[7] He signed for Turkish club Eskişehirspor the next day.[8]

International career[edit]

He scored on his senior international début for DR Congo in a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia in May 2010.[9] He played in two further games for DR Congo before switching allegiance to Switzerland, a 6-3 loss against Egypt in August 2010 and a 2-0 loss in Paris against Gabon in February 2011.[10]

In March 2011, he chose to play for Switzerland and represented the Swiss under-21 team in games against Saudi Arabia and Qatar.[11] He later represented the under-21 team during 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification.[12]

In December 2012, he was named in DR Congo's 28-man provisional squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[13] Although Toko did not make the final squad, he was later called up for DR Congo's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. He played his first competitive game for DR Congo against Libya in March 2013.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NZUZI BUNDEBELE TOKO" (in French). lequipe.fr. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Nzuzi Toko: Brighton sign Grasshopper Zurich midfielder". BBC Sport. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Nzuzi Toko at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ Nzuzi Toko at Soccerway
  5. ^ "Toko signs for Albion". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 20 May 2014. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Albion new boy turned down Russian deal". The Argus. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Toko Nzuzi Leaves Brighton & Hove Albion". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.radikal.com.tr/eskisehir_haber/eskisehirspor_nzuzi_tokoyu_transfer_etti-1277082
  9. ^ "En stage en Autriche - Les Léopards ont livré deux matches contre l'Arabie Saoudite". Le Potentiel (in French). 19 May 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Football - Les Léopards bis griffés par les Panthères du Gabon en amical" (in French). Les Dépêches de Brazzaville. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Switzerland learn lessons on Middle East tour". UEFA. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Nzuzi TokoUEFA competition record
  13. ^ "CAN 2013 : Les 28 de la RD Congo" (in French). Afrik.com. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Nzuzi TokoFIFA competition record