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Presnel Kimpembe (French: [pʁɛsnɛl kimpɛmbe]; born 13 August 1995) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defender for Paris Saint-Germain and the French national team.[4]

Presnel Kimpembe
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Kimpembe training with France in 2018
Personal information
Full name Presnel Kimpembe[1]
Date of birth (1995-08-13) 13 August 1995 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Beaumont-sur-Oise, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 3
Youth career
2002–2005 AS Eragny
2005–2014 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Paris Saint-Germain B 41 (1)
2014– Paris Saint-Germain 85 (0)
National team
2014 DR Congo U20 1 (0)
2015 France U20 7 (0)
2015–2016 France U21 11 (0)
2018– France 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2019

Early yearsEdit

Kimpembe was born in Beaumont-sur-Oise, France, to a Congolese father and a Haitian mother.[5][6] He was named after his maternal grandfather.[7]

Club careerEdit

Kimpembe made his professional debut for Paris Saint-Germain on 17 October 2014 in the Ligue 1 against RC Lens, replacing Thiago Motta after 76 minutes in a 1–3 away win.[4] He made his Champions League debut on 14 February 2017, keeping a clean sheet in a 4–0 win against Barcelona.[8]

Kimpembe scored his first Champions League goal for PSG on February 12, 2019 against Manchester United in an away match at Old Trafford after turning home at a far post from an Angel Di Maria corner in the 53rd minute.[9] PSG won the match 2–0. However, in the return leg in Paris, he jumped to block a shot in injury time that was given as a penalty for handball after the referee consulted VAR. PSG went on to lose the match 3–1, and were subsequently knocked out due to the away goals rule.[10]

International careerEdit

Kimpembe got his first call up to the senior France side after Eliaquim Mangala withdrew through injury for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Netherlands in October 2016.[11] In January 2018, William Gallas, former Arsenal and Chelsea player said that Kimpembe is the future of the French team.[12]
Kimpembe finally made his first team debut on 27 March 2018, a year and a half after his first call-up, in a friendly against Russia.[4] He came on for Ousmane Dembélé in the 72nd minute of a 3–1 away victory.

On 17 May 2018, he was called up to the 23 man French squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 5 October 2019[4]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Europe[nb 3] Other[nb 4] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain 2014–15 Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2016–17 19 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
2017–18 28 0 4 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 38 0
2018–19 24 0 3 0 1 0 8 1 0 0 36 1
2019–20 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 82 0 13 0 8 0 14 1 1 0 118 1

InternationalEdit

As of 25 March 2019[14]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2018 7 0
2019 1 0
Total 8 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Décret du 31 décembre 2018 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 31 December 2018 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 2019 (0001). 1 January 2019. PRER1835394D. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of players: France" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 11. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Presnel Kimpembe". Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "France - P. Kimpembe - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. ^ Mabondo, Aimergyl (L’Observateur), ed. (19 March 2015). "Les Transferts : Le Congolais Presnel Kimpembe Jouera Pour 3 Saisons à Paris Saint-Germain". ACTU. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. (in French)
  6. ^ ACP Admin, ed. (19 March 2015). "Trois ans de contrat du footballeur congolais Presnel Kimpembe avec Paris Saint-Germain". Agence Congolaise de Presse (ACP) - République Démocratique du Congo. Retrieved 26 July 2015. (in French)
  7. ^ Gouaillard, Frédéric, ed. (1 March 2017). "PSG : Isaac Kimpembe présente son fils, Presnel". Le Parisien. Retrieved 5 August 2018. (in French)
  8. ^ "PSG vs. Barcelona - 14 February 2017". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.skysports.com
  10. ^ "Champions League: PSG 1-3 Man Utd (agg: 3-3)". 6 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  11. ^ "PSG's Presnel Kimpembe replaces Eliaquim Mangala in France squad". espnfc.com. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  12. ^ "PSG, "Kimpembe est le futur des Bleus" pour Gallas | Goal.com" (in French). Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial on standby for France World Cup squad and Dimitri Payet out - soccer News - Sky Sports". www.skysports.com.
  14. ^ "Presnel Kimpembe". EU-football.info. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain set record with fourth straight Coupe De France crown". Goal. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. ^ McNulty, Phil (15 July 2018). "France 4–2 Croatia". BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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