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Michél Mazingu-Dinzey

Michél Mazingu-Sinda-Dinzey (born 15 October 1972), also known as Michél Dinzey, is a German born Congolese former footballer who played as a midfielder.

Michél Mazingu-Dinzey
African man in a diagonally striped brown-and-white jersey with a sponsor logo across the chest. His hair is cornrowed, and his arms are crossed above his head.
Dinzey in the colours of FC St. Pauli.
Personal information
Full name Michél Sinda Mazingu-Dinzey
Date of birth (1975-10-15) 15 October 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1979–1986 Spvgg. Schöneberg
1986–1990 1. FC Schöneberg
1990–1991 FV Wannsee
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 FV Wannsee 34 (7)
1992–1994 Lichterfelder FC 68 (17)
1994–1995 VfB Stuttgart 14 (0)
1995–1996 FC St. Pauli 31 (5)
1996–1998 Hertha BSC 60 (6)
1998–2000 1860 Munich 15 (1)
2000–2002 Hannover 96 13 (2)
2001Vålerenga (loan) 10 (1)
2002–2004 Eintracht Braunschweig 66 (14)
2004–2007 FC St. Pauli 88 (24)
2007–2008 Holstein Kiel 10 (1)
2011–2012 TSV Apensen 2 (0)
Total 411 (78)
National team
1996–2004 Congo-Kinshasa 33 (3)
Teams managed
2009 FC Saint-Éloi Lupopo (assistant coach)
2019– Antigua and Barbuda
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Throughout his career, he has played for several clubs in Germany, including FC St. Pauli, Hertha BSC, TSV 1860 Munich, Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Dinzey began playing football in his childhood, participating in youth teams in the Berlin borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. In 1988, he joined a Wannsee Junior-A team that played in Steglitz-Zehlendorf, an adjacent Berlin borough. At 17, he began upper-league play with the first-tier crew of the Wannsee. The following year, he switched to Lichterfelder FC, playing two years for them.

In 1994, Dinzey began his professional career with the Bundesliga, playing for VfB Stuttgart. His debut game in the Bundesliga's 1994–95 season, the first of 14 he played that year, was on 2 August — an away match against TSV 1860 Munich. In the 1995–96 season, with the prospect of becoming a regular starter, he moved to the FC St. Pauli in Hamburg.[1] After playing in 31 games and having scored five goals for Hamburg, Dinzey was drafted to play for Zaire's national team. After the season, he returned to the Bundesliga, signing for Hertha BSC, where for two years he was a regular starter and significantly contributed to the team's success.

TSV 1860 MunichEdit

In 1998, he accepted a 1.3-million-Deutschmark contract to play for the TSV 1860 Munich team as Horst Heldt's substitute.[2]

During two years he played for Munich only 15 times, scoring a single goal. In 2000, the Munich team qualified for the UEFA Champions League, but owing to differences with then-coach Werner Lorant he had little opportunity to participate in the tournament.

Hannover 96Edit

Subsequently, he moved to play for Hannover 96 in the second Bundesliga; he earned a regular place and played 13 completed games, scoring two goals.

Vålerenga (loan)Edit

In 2001, he was on a four-month loan to Norwegian First Division team Vålerenga, where he played ten of 13 games, scoring one goal.

Eintracht BraunschweigEdit

In 2002, he returned to Germany, playing for Eintracht Braunschweig, but the team finished 15th and he could not prevent the team's relegation from the second Bundesliga to the then third-tier Regionalliga Nord. Despite the fall in rank, he remained in Braunschweig for the 2003–04 season, statistically his most successful; he scored 13 goals in his last season and helped his team achieve the Lower Saxony Cup.

FC St. PauliEdit

In 2004, he returned to the FC St. Pauli in the Regionalliga Nord, playing 88 times and scoring 24 goals during his three years in Hamburg; the team twice won the Hamburger Pokal. In 2006 the team reached the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal but lost to eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Holstein KielEdit

In 2007, St. Pauli was promoted to the Bundesliga's second division, where he was traded to play seven months for the Oberliga Nord's Holstein Kiel team. He played there for ten games and scored a goal before finally ending his playing career.

During his career, Mazingu-Dinzey played professionally in 90 Bundesliga games, 77 Regionalliga games and 220 games overall.

International careerEdit

Dinzey made his debut for the Zaire national football team on 19 January 1996 at the African Cup in Durban, South Africa, losing 2–0 to Gabon but winning 2–0 in Johannesburg against Liberia before losing 1–0 to Ghana in the quarter-finals at Port Elizabeth.

He was subsequently part of the Congolese 2000 African Cup squad hosted jointly by Nigeria and Ghana. That team played both Algeria and Gabon to scoreless ties but lost to South Africa 1–0; only South Africa and Algeria had sufficient points to advance to the quarter-finals.

His last year for the Congolese national team was at the 2004 African Cup in Tunisia, when the DR Congo squad lost to Guinea 2–1, to Tunisia 3–0 and to Rwanda 1–0. Having finished bottom of their group in the first round of competition, the team failed to secure qualification for the quarter-finals.[3]

In total, Dinzey played 33 international caps for Congo-Kinshasa.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player Dinzey started working for the German Football Association in October 2008 as a base coach in Hamburg (Steilshoop). From 1 March to 31 December 2009 he was an assistant coach in the DR Congo in the first division team FC Saint Eloi Lupopo in the city of Lubumbashi.[4] He was champion in 2009 and qualified for the 2010 CAF Champions League. In addition, He works as a consultant for Global United FC.[5] After his return from Lubumbashi, he worked occasionally as a consultant and as a talent scout for the Turkish club Diyarbakirspor.[6] In October 2011, Dinzey took over as coach at the district division club TSV Apensen (Stade).[7] In October 2013 he became coach of the sixth division Kosova Hamburg 1977 eV.[8] and left the club at the end of the 2013–2014 season.[9] From December 2014 he worked for the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in scouting the area.[10]

American footballEdit

In 2011 Dinzey played as a placekicker for Hamburg based American football team St. Pauli Buccaneers, who compete in the third tier Regionalliga.[11]

TV careerEdit

In July 2013 Dinzey took over the TV pundits role in Sport1 and acted until 1 January 2015,[12] for live games as an online commentator on Twitter.[13] He also appears as TV expert in coverage of regional matches of the transmitter Sport1.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Dinzey committed to various social projects such as Nestwerk e. V. of the founder Reinhold Beckmann or in the fight against drugs and alcohol in children and adolescents in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg.[15] He is also a member of Global United FC, the football world will contest against global warming and is committed to regularly for the annual charity campaign Hamburger kicking with heart.[16]

Dinzey is married and has two children.


  1. ^ Klemm, Hans-Günter. "Freudenfest im Freudenhaus". Kicker Sports Magazine Bundesliga 1995/96 Special Issue: 60.
  2. ^ Messerer, Martin. "Aufschwung nach dem Abschwung" [Upswing after downswing]. Kicker Bundesliga 1998/99 Special Issue: 64.
  3. ^ "Michél Mazingu-Dinzey". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  4. ^ Michel Mazingu-Dinzey im Interview
  5. ^ Unsere Markenstory - Unsere Mission - Global Striker
  6. ^ Global United FC - MICHEL DINZEY Botschafter Archived 3 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Dinzey: Paradiesvogel und Sozialarbeiter
  8. ^ Michel Dinzey ist neuer Trainer beim Klub Kosova vom 11. Oktober 2013
  9. ^ Der Klassenerhalt mit #KlubKosova ist geschafft und zum Saisonende trete ich als Trainer des Landesligisten zurück.
  10. ^ Indien baut auf Fußball "made in Hoffenheim": TSG 1899 Hoffenheim und unseren 3 Scouts Michél Mazingu-Dinzey, Guido Kandziora und Julian Zimmermann.
  11. ^ "Bucs wachsen – prominenter Neuzugang verpflichtet" (in German). Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  12. ^ Das war es dann auch für mich gewesen. Danke @LauraWontorra @SPORT1 @SPORT1_Hattrick neue Aufgabe als Scout ruft 2015. #2Liga
  13. ^ Sport1 Mazingu-Dinzey twittert für SPORT1 vom 19. Juli 2013
  14. ^ Archived 14 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine Mazingu-Dinzey übernimmt Kosova
  15. ^ René Martens: „Sauftouren gibt es auch in der Bundesliga“,, 7. Januar 2010 (10. Juni 2010).
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