Youssouf Mulumbu

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Youssouf Mulumbu
Youssouf Mulumbu.jpg
Mulumbu playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2013
Personal information
Full name Youssouf Mulumbu[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-25) 25 January 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
2004–2006 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Paris Saint-Germain B 50 (1)
2006–2009 Paris Saint-Germain 13 (0)
2007–2009 Amiens SC (loan) 23 (1)
2009 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2015 West Bromwich Albion 191 (15)
2015–2017 Norwich City 18 (0)
National team
2007 France U20 1 (0)
2007 France U21 2 (0)
2008– DR Congo 36 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:49, 30 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:32, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

Youssouf Mulumbu (born 25 January 1987) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, Mulumbu joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2004.[citation needed]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

It was reported by the French media on 26 January 2009 that he joined Premier League team West Bromwich Albion on a trial basis. On 2 February 2009, the January transfer deadline day, he joined them on loan with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. Mulumbu's first term at The Hawthorns was interrupted by injuries and he had to wait until April to make his Premier League debut, coming on as a sub in a 2–2 draw at Portsmouth. He signed for West Brom permanently on a one-year contract for a fee of £175,000 on 10 July 2009.[3]

He was named West Brom's Player of the Year by both the club and the fans at the end of the season, and signed his third contract extension in 13 months on 25 July 2011, tying himself to the club until 2015 (with the option of an extra year).[4]

On 15 March 2014, Mulumbu scored a crucial winner for West Brom in a 2–1 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, giving Pepe Mel his first win as head coach.[5]

Norwich City[edit]

In June 2015, it was announced that Mulumbu would sign on a free-transfer for newly promoted Norwich City on 1 July 2015.[6]

On 3 August 2015, Norwich announced that Mulumbu suffered a broken metatarsal in a friendly against Brentford which would require surgery and sideline him for several weeks, ruling him out of the start of the season[7]. He would finally make his debut on 27 October in a Capital One Cup game against Everton, which Norwich lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw[8]. He made his Premier League debut a few days later on 31 October in a 2–1 defeat to Manchester City [9]. However, with Jonny Howson, Alexander Tettey and Graham Dorrans preferred in the centre of midfield, Mulumbu would ultimately be confined to only five league starts and two appearances as a substitute in the 2015–16 season, plus one appearance in the FA Cup, and the season would end with Norwich relegated back to the Championship.

Mulumbu remained with Norwich for the 2016–17 season but again found his opportunities for first team action restricted. He would ultimately make only seven league starts and six substitute appearances, along with two appearances in the EFL Cup. His last appearance for Norwich came on 11 February 2017 in a 5–1 win over Nottingham Forest.[10] On 2 May, it was announced that Mulumbu was one of seven players who would be released by Norwich when their contracts expired at the end of the season.[11]

International career[edit]

He was formerly a member of the France under-20 and under-21 teams. He earned his first cap for Congo DR national football team against Algeria on 26 March 2008. In 2009, Mulumbu decided to boycott international football after he claimed his national team lacked professionalism. On 23 September 2011 he retired from international duties, quoting "numerous problems we were facing with some authorities within the DR Congo Football Federation".[12] However, in July 2012, he decided to revoke this decision, and made himself available for the Congo DR national football team once again.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Mulumbu is a devout Muslim.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 December 2015[14][15][16]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain B 2004–05 CFA 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2005–06 CFA 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2006–07 CFA 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08 CFA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 CFA 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 50 1 0 0 0 0 50 1
Paris Saint-Germain 2006–07 Ligue 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08 Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Amiens SC (loan) 2007–08 Ligue 2 23 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09 Premier League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2009–10 Championship 40 3 4 0 2 0 46 3
2010–11 Premier League 34 7 0 0 0 0 34 7
2011–12 Premier League 35 1 1 0 0 0 36 1
2012–13 Premier League 28 2 0 0 2 0 30 2
2013–14 Premier League 37 2 0 0 1 0 38 2
2014–15 Premier League 17 0 1 0 3 0 21 0
Total 197 15 6 0 8 0 211 15
Norwich City 2015–16 Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Career total 288 17 6 0 9 0 303 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Youssouf Mulumbu". Premier League. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mulumbu pens permanent WBA deal". BBC Sport. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mulumbu signs new West Brom deal". BBC Sport. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Lovejoy, Joe (15 March 2014). "West Brom delight after Youssouf Mulumbu's late winner at Swansea". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu to join City". Norwich City FC. 22 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Norwich's Youssouf Mulumbu sidelined with broken foot". ESPN FC. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Everton 1–1 Norwich City (4–3 pens)". BBC Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Manchester City 2–1 Norwich City". BBC Sport. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Norwich City 5–1 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Seven Senior Players Set to Leave". canaries.co.uk. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Mulumbu agrees to return to DR Congo fold". BBC Sport. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Din, Tusdiq (23 August 2011). "Fasting and football. How do top-flight Muslims cope?". The Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu". National Teams. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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