Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
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Yanga-Mbiwa with Lyon in 2015
Personal information
Full nameMapou Yanga-Mbiwa [1]
Date of birth (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Bangui, Central African Republic
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Youth career
2005–2007 Montpellier
Senior career*
2007–2013 Montpellier 186 (4)
2013–2014 Newcastle United 37 (0)
2014–2015 Roma 28 (1)
2015– Lyon 54 (2)
National team
2009–2010 France U21 8 (1)
2012–2014 France 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 3 December 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (born 15 May 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for French Ligue 1 club Lyon, and the France national team as a centre back.

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Ligue 1 French professional league for association football clubs

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Olympique Lyonnais French association football club based in Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais, commonly referred to as simply Lyon or OL, is a French football club based in Lyon. It plays in France's highest football division, Ligue 1. The club was formed as Lyon Olympique Universitaire in 1899, according to many supporters and sport historians, but was nationally established as a club in 1950. The club's most successful period has been the 21st century. The club won its first Ligue 1 championship in 2002, starting a national record-setting streak of seven successive titles. Lyon has also won a record seven Trophée des Champions, five Coupe de France titles and three Ligue 2 titles.


Early life and career

Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bangui, Central African Republic but moved to France as an eight-year-old, growing up in Port-de-Bouc, Bouches-du-Rhône, not far from Marseille.

Bangui Place in Central African Republic

Bangui is the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic. As of 2012 it had an estimated population of 734,350. It was established as a French outpost in 1889 and named after its location on the northern bank of the Ubangi River ; the Ubangi itself was named from the Bobangi word for the "rapids" located beside the settlement, which marked the end of navigable water north from Brazzaville. The majority of the population of the Central African Republic lives in the western parts of the country, in Bangui and the surrounding area.

Central African Republic country in Africa

The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south, the Republic of the Congo to the southwest and Cameroon to the west. The CAR covers a land area of about 620,000 square kilometres (240,000 sq mi) and had an estimated population of around 4.6 million as of 2016. Currently, the C.A.R. is the scene of a civil war, ongoing since 2012.

Port-de-Bouc Commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

Port-de-Bouc is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.

Club career


Yanga-Mbiwa joined Montpellier as a youth player in 2005 and made his professional football debut on 23 February 2007 in a 1–0 away defeat to Bastia starting the match and playing the entire 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card. Following the season, he signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until 2010. He was officially promoted to the senior squad and was assigned the number 3 shirt.

Montpellier HSC French soccer team

Montpellier Hérault Sport Club is a French association football club based in the city of Montpellier. The original club was founded in 1919, while the current incarnation was founded through a merger in 1974. Montpellier currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football and plays its home matches at the Stade de la Mosson, located within the city. The first team is managed by Michel Der Zakarian and captained by defender Hilton.

SC Bastia French association football club based in Bastia

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Initially, Yanga-Mbiwa was utilised as a substitute earlier on during the 2007–08 season, but by September 2007, despite being only 18 years old, Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis named Yanga-Mbiwa a starter for the rest of the 2007–08 season. Yanga-Mbiwa didn't disappoint appearing in 41 total matches scoring one goal. Beginning with the club's 31 August 1–0 victory over Ajaccio, [2] Mbiwa appeared in every match Montpellier played including the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France matches, where Montpellier reached the Round of 16 and Round of 32, respectively. His only goal of the season came on 12 May 2008 against FC Gueugnon scoring the winner in injury time to give Montpellier a 2–1 victory. [3]

Rolland Courbis Footballer

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AC Ajaccio association football club in France

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Coupe de la Ligue

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Already established as a regular, Yanga-Mbiwa was an incumbent starter heading into the 2008–09 season, and despite competition from fellow youngsters Mickaël Nelson and Abdel El Kaoutari, he continually impressed appearing in 33 total matches and scoring one goal against Angers in a 3–3 draw again in injury time. The equalizing goal came only seconds after Angers took the lead with a goal from Malik Couturier. [4] On 20 March 2009, with Montpellier in a decisive battle for promotion, Yanga-Mbiwa picked up an extensive injury against Brest, which ruled him out for almost two months. He returned to the team on 8 May 2009 and played the final four matches helping Montpellier achieve promotion to Ligue 1 on the final day of the season.

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Despite promotion to Ligue 1, with his impending stint in prison oncoming, manager Rolland Courbis resigned from his position and new manager René Girard came on. Girard made it clear that one of his many priorities were to keep hold of Yanga-Mbiwa and on 2 June 2009, it was done with the club signing the player to a two-year contract extension until 2012. [5] Yanga-Mbiwa made his Ligue 1 debut in the club's opening match of the season against Paris Saint-Germain playing the entire match in a 1–1 draw. [6] On 12 May 2010, Yanga-Mbiwa added an extra year to his contract after agreeing to a contract extension with the club.

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Newcastle United

On 22 January 2013, Yanga-Mbiwa completed a transfer to Newcastle United for £8.5 million. [7] He agreed to a five-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park, where he wore the number 13 shirt. He made his début for Newcastle on 29 January 2013 as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 win against Aston Villa. [8]


On 1 September 2014, Yanga-Mbiwa signed for Italian club Roma on a season-long loan, with an option to make the move permanent for £5.5m on top of the £1m loan fee. He made his debut as a 77th-minute substitute in the Champions League match against CSKA Moscow on 17 September. Four days later, he played in his first Serie A match, starting in a 2–0 win over Cagliari. On 27 January 2015, Newcastle United announced that Yanga-Mbiwa would join Roma on a permanent deal after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

On 25 May 2015, Yanga-Mbiwa scored his only goal with Roma and the winning goal against club's rival Lazio during the Derby della Capitale in a 2-1 win, which ensured a 2nd-placed finish in the 2014–15 Serie A season as well as earning a start in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League [9] .

He played a total of 38 matches with the "Giallorossi".


On 14 August 2015, Yanga-Mbiwa completed a transfer to French club Lyon for €8 million with possible €2 million bonus fee. [10] On 8 May he scored two to help take Lyon past Monaco, ending his first season with two goals

International career

Yanga-Mbiwa has dual citizenship with both France and the Central African Republic meaning he is eligible to represent both. He was also eligible to play for Cameroon. He did not appear on either nation's youth team, but on 1 October 2009, he was called up to the France under-21 team by coach Eric Mombaerts for their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification matches against Malta on 9 October and Belgium on 13 October. [11] On 15 May 2012, Yanga-Mbiwa had been named to France's preliminary squad for UEFA Euro 2012. However, on 29 May, coach Laurent Blanc announced his final squad and Yanga-Mbiwa was not included. [12]

Career statistics


As of 13 December 2017 [13] [14]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague Cup Europe OtherTotal
Montpellier 2006–07 Ligue 2 10000010
2007–08 Ligue 23414030411
2008–09 Ligue 22911030331
2009–10 Ligue 1 3601000370
2010–11 Ligue 136100402 [lower-alpha 1] 0421
2011–12 Ligue 13412020381
2012–13 Ligue 116010206 [lower-alpha 2] 01 [lower-alpha 3] 0270
Newcastle United 2012–13 Premier League 14000006 [lower-alpha 1] 0200
2013–14 Premier League2302010260
Roma 2014–15 Serie A 28110009 [lower-alpha 2] 0381
Lyon 2015–16 Ligue 1 27210205 [lower-alpha 2] 0352
2016–17 25010007 [lower-alpha 4] 01 [lower-alpha 3] 0340
2017–18 2000100 [lower-alpha 1] 030
Career Total3319150200400204109


As of 14 November 2014 [15]
France national team


Montpellier [13]

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