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Geoffrey Edwin Kondogbia (born 15 February 1993) is a professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF and the Central African Republic national team as a defensive midfielder. He can also play as a central defender or left back.[3]

Geoffrey Kondogbia
Geoffrey Kondogbia 2019.jpg
Kondogbia with Valencia in 2019
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Edwin Kondogbia[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Nemours, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2003 Nandy
2003–2004 Sénart-Moissy
2004–2010 Lens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Lens B 18 (1)
2010–2012 Lens 35 (1)
2012–2013 Sevilla 33 (1)
2013–2015 Monaco 49 (2)
2015–2018 Inter Milan 50 (2)
2017–2018Valencia (loan) 31 (4)
2018– Valencia 19 (1)
National team
2008–2009 France U16 5 (1)
2009 France U17 6 (0)
2010–2011 France U18 12 (5)
2011–2012 France U19 12 (1)
2012–2013 France U20 13 (2)
2013–2014 France U21 9 (1)
2013–2015 France 5 (0)
2018– Central African Republic 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:31, 13 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018

He started his career at Lens,[4] then signed with Sevilla at the age of 19. In 2013 he was bought by Monaco for €20 million, and then by Inter Milan for €31 million two years later.

Kondogbia earned 57 caps for France across its youth levels,[4] before making his debut for the senior team in 2013. In August 2018, he was cap-tied to the Central African Republic by switching his allegiance, and made his debut for its national team in an official match shortly after.[5]

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Club careerEdit

LensEdit

Kondogbia was born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne of Central African descent, joining RC Lens' youth system at the age of 11. On 11 April 2010 he signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a four-year deal.[6] He made his debut in Ligue 1 on 21 November, appearing as a late substitute against Olympique Lyonnais.[7]

Kondogbia spent the 2011–12 season in Ligue 2 after the Sang et Or's relegation. He scored his only official goal for the team on 13 April 2012, netting the opener in a 3–0 success at Tours FC.[8]

SevillaEdit

On 24 July 2012, Kondogbia signed with Spanish club Sevilla FC for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of 3 million.[9][10] He first appeared in La Liga on 15 September, replacing goalscorer Piotr Trochowski in the 82nd minute of the 1–0 defeat of reigning champions Real Madrid, at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.[11] He scored his first goal for the Andalusians on 28 January 2013, heading home the first for his team in an eventual 3–0 home derby win against Granada CF.[12]

In Sevilla's semi-final second leg tie of the Copa del Rey against eventual winners Atlético Madrid, on 27 February 2013, Kondogbia picked up a red card as his team ended the match with nine men in the 2–2 home draw, and fell to a 3–4 aggregate loss.[13][14]

MonacoEdit

Kondogbia returned to the French top division on 31 August 2013, signing a five-year contract with newly promoted AS Monaco FC worth a reported 20 million.[15] He contributed with 26 games and one goal in his first season, helping the club finish second and return to the UEFA Champions League after one decade.

In the Champions League round-of-16's first leg, on 25 February 2015, Kondogbia put his team ahead at Arsenal in an eventual 3–1 win.[16]

Inter MilanEdit

On 22 June 2015, Inter Milan announced that they had signed Kondogbia[17] on a five-year deal[18][19] for an initial fee of 31 million,[20][21] subject to a medical,[18][22] beating a reported €40m bid from city rival A.C. Milan.[18] He scored his first goal for his new team on 8 November, the only away against Torino FC.[23] On 14 February of the following year, he was sent off at the conclusion of a bad-tempered 1–2 loss at ACF Fiorentina for sarcastically applauding the referee; he received a two-match ban.[24]

In June 2016, the Serie A club announced the total cost of Kondogbia was €40.501 million.[25]

ValenciaEdit

On 21 August 2017, Valencia CF announced that they reached an agreement with Internazionale for the loan of Kondogbia until 30 June 2018, with an option to make the deal permanent.[26] The deal was part of a loan exchange, with João Cancelo moving in the other direction.[27] He scored on his debut six days later, playing the full 90 minutes and helping to a 2–2 away draw against Real Madrid.[28]

On 24 May 2018, Valencia redeemed the buyout clause of Kondogbia and the player signed a four-year contract.[29]

International careerEdit

FranceEdit

Kondogbia was selected to the French squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[30] In the nation's first group match against Ghana, on 21 June, he scored the opening goal in an eventual 3–1 victory,[31] being chosen by some publications as man of the match for his all-around performance.[32] He netted for the second time in the tournament against hosts Turkey in the round-of-16, leading to a 4–1 victory.[33]

Kondogbia made his debut for the senior team on 14 August 2013 at the age of 20, playing 63 minutes in a 0–0 friendly draw away to Belgium.[34]

Central African RepublicEdit

As all five matches he played for France at senior level were not official, Kondogbia was never cap-tied and was thus still eligible to represent the Central African Republic, for which he qualified through his parents. He received an official call on 31 August 2018[5] and made his debut on 12 October, starting and acting as captain in a 0–4 away loss to Ivory Coast in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.[35]

Personal lifeEdit

Kondogbia's older brother, Evans, is also a footballer. He spent most of his career in Belgium, and represented the Central African Republic internationally.[4][36]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 May 2019[37]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lens 2010–11 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 32 1 0 0 4 0 36 1
Total 35 1 0 0 4 0 39 1
Sevilla 2012–13 31 1 6 0 38 1
2013–14 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
Total 33 1 6 0 1 0 41 1
Monaco 2013–14 26 1 4 1 1 0 31 2
2014–15 23 1 2 0 0 0 8[b] 1 32 2
Total 48 2 6 1 1 0 8 1 63 4
Inter Milan 2015–16 26 1 4 0 30 1
2016–17 24 1 2 0 0 0 26 1
Total 50 2 6 0 0 0 56 2
Valencia (loan) 2017–18 31 4 5 0 36 4
Valencia 2018–19 19 1 2 0 7[c] 0 28 1
Total 50 5 7 0 7 0 64 5
Career total 216 11 25 1 5 0 16 1 264 13
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League and two appearances in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of 18 November 2018[38]
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2013 1 0
2014
2015 4 0
Total 5 0
Central African Republic 2018 3 1
Total 3 1
Career total 8 1

International goalsEdit

As of 18 November 2018 (Central African Republic score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kondogbia goal)[39]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 2018 Stade Huye, Butare, Rwanda   Rwanda 2–2 2–2 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Qui sont Varane, Kondogbia, Hazard et Deligny" [Who are Varane, Kondogbia, Hazard and Deligny] (in French). Lensois. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
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  5. ^ a b @valenciacf (31 August 2018). "@Geo_Kondogbia convocado con la Selección de fútbol de la República Centroafricana para un partido ante Guinea Conakry. El partido se jugará el próximo 9 de septiembre y corresponde a la eliminatoria clasificatoria para la Copa de Africa 2019 (CAN) 👍🏽" [@Geo_Kondogbia summoned by the Central African Republic national football team for a match against Guinea Conakry. The match will be played the next 9 September and corresponds to the 2019 African Cup (CAN) qualifying round 👍🏽] (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 September 2018 – via Twitter.
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  19. ^ "Kondogbia completes move to Inter!" (Press release). Inter Milan. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as Coupe de France, Copa del Rey and Coppa Italia

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