Ariza Makukula (born 4 March 1981) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a centre forward.

Ariza Makukula
Personal information
Full name Ariza Makukula
Date of birth (1981-03-04) 4 March 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1991–1992 Vitória Setúbal
1992–1993 Chaves
1996–1997 Brito SC
1997–2000 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Salamanca 40 (20)
2001Leganés (loan) 13 (4)
2002–2004 Nantes 18 (1)
2003–2004Valladolid (loan) 18 (8)
2004–2008 Sevilla 13 (1)
2006–2007Gimnàstic (loan) 12 (1)
2007–2008Marítimo (loan) 13 (7)
2008–2010 Benfica 3 (0)
2009Bolton Wanderers (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2010Kayserispor (loan) 29 (21)
2010–2012 Manisaspor 39 (5)
2012–2013 Karşıyaka 10 (3)
2013 Vitória Setúbal 10 (2)
2013 OFI 9 (2)
2014 BEC Tero Sasana 0 (0)
Total 233 (75)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U21 14 (4)
2007–2008 Portugal 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He only amassed Primeira Liga totals of 26 matches and nine goals over three seasons, spending the vast majority of his professional career abroad. He competed in Spain, England, Turkey, Greece and Thailand, being Süper Lig top scorer with Kayserispor.

Makukula earned four caps for the Portugal national team, during three and a half months.

Club careerEdit

The son of a Congolese footballer who played seven years in Portugal for four clubs, mainly Vitória de Setúbal, his mother being Portuguese,[1][2] Makukula was born in Kinshasa. He started playing professionally in Spain, for UD Salamanca and CD Leganés, scoring 20 goals with the former in the 2001–02 season – spent in the second division – second-best in the competition.[3]

The following summer, Makukula moved to France to play with FC Nantes, splitting the campaign between the first team and the reserves. He was subsequently loaned to Real Valladolid, netting eight times but suffering relegation from La Liga.[3]

Makukula was then bought by another Spanish side, Sevilla FC. He appeared sparingly in his first year, and in no games whatsoever in the following after the Andalusians purchased Luís Fabiano, Frédéric Kanouté and Javier Saviola; he subsequently served two loans, with Gimnàstic de Tarragona[4] and C.S. Marítimo, the latter in his adopted nation.[5]

After seven Primeira Liga goals in only 13 matches, Makukula transferred to S.L. Benfica for €3.5 million and four and a half years in late January 2008.[6] On 14 February, he scored the game's only goal in a home win against 1. FC Nürnberg in the UEFA Cup round of 32.[7]

Makukula was not used at all by Benfica in the first part of 2008–09. On 16 January 2009, he signed for Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the campaign with a view to a permanent move costing around £4.5 million in the summer.[8] He made his debut a day later against Manchester United, playing 64 minutes in a 0–1 home loss.[9]

On 11 August 2009, Makukula was loaned again, now to Süper Lig club Kayserispor in Turkey. He ended the season as the competition's top scorer, with eight goals more than the second player as his team finished eighth;[10] in the very last minutes of the 2010 summer transfer window he signed a three-year deal with another side in the country, Manisaspor, for €2 million.[11]

In the summer of 2012, Makukula agreed to a contract with another Turkish team, Karşıyaka S.K. in division two.[12] He was released in January of the following year, returning to his country of adoption after five years and joining Vitória de Setúbal.[13]

International careerEdit

Makukula chose to represent Portugal internationally. He started playing for the under-21s,[14] appearing in the 2002 UEFA European Championship.

As a senior, Makukula tried to switch to DR Congo, but a FIFA amended rule regarding international careers came out in 2005, stating that change in nationality representation should occur before a player's 21st birthday and if they have not yet gained their first full cap, so he was denied in his intentions (he was 23 at time of rule, which was abolished in 2009).[15] In October 2007, after solid performances with Marítimo, he was called up to the Portuguese squad for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan on the 17th, after Nuno Gomes suffered an injury: in the 84th minute of the game, he scored the first goal in an eventual 2–1 away win.[16]

Although not part of 24-men Portuguese 2010 FIFA World Cup provisional squad,[17][18] Makukula was named in a backup list of six players,[19] although he did not make the final cut.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[20][21]

Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Guimarães Primeira Liga 1999–00 0 0 * * * *
Salamanca Segunda División 2000–01 2 0 * * * *
Leganés Segunda División 2000–01 13 4 * * * *
Salamanca Segunda División 2001–02 38 20 * * * *
Nantes Ligue 1 2002–03 18 1 * * 2 0 * *
Valladolid La Liga 2003–04 18 8 * * * *
Sevilla La Liga 2004–05 13 1 2 0 3 1 18 1
2005–06 0 0 * * 1 0 * *
Total 13 1 * * 4 1 * *
Gimnàstic La Liga 2006–07 12 1 * * * *
Marítimo Primeira Liga 2007–08 13 7 1 0 0 0 14 7
Benfica Primeira Liga 2007–08 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 8 2
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 9 2
Bolton Premier League 2008–09 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Kayserispor Süper Lig 2009–10 29 21 1 0 30 21
Manisaspor Süper Lig 2010–11 16 4 3 0 19 4
Career total 182 67 7 1 2 0 7 2 198 70
* – Not available

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan 0–1 1–2 Euro 2008 qualifying[16]

HonoursEdit

Sevilla

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Benfica star is Baggies target". Express & Star. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Makukula está de regresso a Portugal" [Makukula back to Portugal]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 17 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "La maldición de Makukula" [The curse of Makukula]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Makukula joins Tarragona". BBC Sport. 12 August 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Marítimo conta com os "regressados" Makukula e Fábio Felício e mais dois reforços" [Marítimo count on "returning" Makukula and Fábio Felício and two more additions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Makukula makes Benfica switch". UEFA. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Victoria por la mínima" [Narrow win] (in Spanish). UEFA. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Makukula secures Bolton loan move". BBC Sport. 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Berbatov the hero for United". ESPN Soccernet. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Makukula, e vão 21: mais um golo do avançado na liga turca" [Makukula, make that 21: another goal from forward in Turkish league] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Makukula Karşıyaka'da" [Makukula to Karşıyaka]. Milliyet (in Turkish). 26 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Makukula regressa a Portugal para seguir as pisadas do pai em Setúbal" [Makukula returns to Portugal to follow in his father's footsteps in Setúbal]. Público (in Portuguese). 17 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Sub-21: Portugal empata com Noruega" [Under-21: Portugal draw with Norway]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 April 2003. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Makukula ineligible for DRC". BBC Sport. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  16. ^ a b "Portugal leave it late for victory". UEFA. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  18. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  19. ^ Release list of up to 30 players; at FIFA
  20. ^ "Makukula". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Makukula". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 4 August 2015.

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