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Steve Mandanda Mpidi (French pronunciation: ​[stɛv mɑ̃dɑ̃da];[4] born 28 March 1985) is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Marseille, where he is captain, and the France national team. He has represented France at five international tournaments: three UEFA European Championships (2008, 2012, and 2016) and two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2018).

Steve Mandanda
Steve Mandanda 2018.jpg
Mandanda with France in 2018
Personal information
Full name Steve Mandanda Mpidi[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-28) 28 March 1985 (age 34)[2]
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Marseille
Number 30
Youth career
1994–2000 ALM Évreux
2000–2005 Le Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Le Havre 67 (0)
2007–2008Marseille (loan) 34 (0)
2008–2016 Marseille 300 (0)
2016–2017 Crystal Palace 10 (0)
2017– Marseille 62 (0)
National team
2003–2006 France U21 17 (0)
2008 France B 2 (0)
2008– France 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:16, 25 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:16, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Steve Mandanda was born on 28 March 1985 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire), but he moved with his family to Évreux, France when he was two years old. He practiced boxing before joining the local team ALM Évreux at age nine.[5]

Le HavreEdit

Mandanda made his league debut for Le Havre in August 2005, and did not concede a goal until his fourth match. He played 30 league matches in the 2005–06 season and 37 in 2006–07, with his performances attracting the attention of other clubs. Following an unsuccessful trial at Aston Villa prior to the 2007–08 season,[6] he joined Marseille in summer 2007.

Olympique de MarseilleEdit

At the start of his first season with Marseille, Mandanda was regarded as an understudy to first choice keeper Cédric Carrasso. However a knee injury ruled Carrasso out for six months, leaving the way clear for Mandanda to become a regular fixture in Ligue 1, Champions League and UEFA Cup matches. On 5 March 2008, Mandanda joined Marseille on a permanent four-year contract.

 
Mandanda with Marseille in 2010

At the end of Mandanda's final season at Marseille he was named as the club's Player of the Season. It was the second time that he won the award having previously done so in the 2007-08 campaign.[7]

 
Mandanda challenging for the ball against Real Madrid in 2010

Crystal PalaceEdit

On 1 July 2016, Premier League club Crystal Palace announced that they had completed the signing of Mandanda on a free transfer from Marseille.[8] He struggled to make an impact, being injured for most of the season. He made just ten appearances.[9]

Return to MarseilleEdit

On 11 July 2017, Crystal Palace announced that Mandanda would be returning to Olympique de Marseille on a three-year contract; he returned for 3 million euros.[10]

International careerEdit

Mandanda has won a number of caps for the France national under-21 football team and was named in the French squad for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

For the first time, in 2007, he took part in the French A-squad pre-selection.[11]

He played in a friendly match with France B against Congo DR on 5 February 2008, in which he was substituted at half time, and his younger brother Parfait came on for Congo. He made his full international debut on 27 May 2008 in a 2–0 victory against Ecuador in a Euro 2008 warm-up friendly, coming on as a half-time substitute for Sébastien Frey, and was subsequently nominated as the third-choice goalkeeper in the French squad for Euro 2008.

He started the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as France's first-choice goalkeeper, making his competitive international debut on 6 September 2008 in their opening qualifier against Austria. However, was replaced in the summer of 2009, as Raymond Domenech chose Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris over him for the international starting eleven. Mandanda was a member of France's World Cup team, but did not appear in any of its three matches in the competition.

Mandanda was originally named in the squad also for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but sustained an injury before the tournament and was replaced by Stéphane Ruffier.

On 17 May 2018, he was called up to the 23 man French squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Mandanda has three younger brothers, all of whom are goalkeepers: Parfait, goalkeeper of Charleroi and Congolese international; Riffi, goalkeeper of AC Ajaccio and France U-16; and Over, who was in the junior ranks of US Lusitanos Saint-Maur.[13] He enjoys spending time with his family in the city of Marseille, where he lives. He has earned the nickname "Frenchie" amongst his relatives for having chosen to play for the French national football team rather than Congo, his country of birth.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 25 June 2019[15][16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Super Cup Champions League UEFA Cup /
Europa League
Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Le Havre 2005–06 Ligue 2 30 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2006–07 37 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
Total 67 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 71 0
Marseille 2007–08 (loan) Ligue 1 34 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 4 0 48 0
2008–09 38 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 6 0 55 0
2009–10 36 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 4 0 50 0
2010–11 38 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 50 0
2011–12 38 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 52 0
2012–13 38 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 51 0
2013–14 38 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 47 0
2014–15 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2015–16 36 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 50 0
Total 334 0 18 0 13 0 2 0 43 0 31 0 441 0
Crystal Palace 2016–17 Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Marseille 2017–18 Ligue 1 31 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 45 0
2018–19 Ligue 1 31 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 34 0
Total 62 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 79 0
Career total 472 0 23 0 18 0 2 0 43 0 43 0 601 0

InternationalEdit

As of match played 25 June 2019[17][18]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2008 3 0
2009 2 0
2010 8 0
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 1 0
2014 3 0
2015 2 0
2016 3 0
2017 2 0
2018 2 0
Total 28 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. 2019 (0001): 6. 1 January 2019. PRER1835394D. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of players: France" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 11. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Profil of Steve Mandanda" (web). Olympic of Marseille. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  4. ^ OM (25 March 2018). "Steve Mandanda bests saves 2018". YouTube (in French). Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Biographie de Steve Mandanda". stevemandanda.net (in French).
  6. ^ "France goalkeeper in Aston Villa trial". Archived from the original on 22 May 2011.
  7. ^ Daurès, Camille (1 June 2016. "Mandanda, Olympian of the 2015-16 season". Olympique de Marseille. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Mandanda Pens Crystal Palace Deal". Crystal Palace Football Club. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  9. ^ Steve Mandanda, Soccerway.
  10. ^ "Mandanda Departs Palace". Crystal Palace. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  11. ^ "List of the pre-selected players in the french A-squad in the season 2007–2008" (in French).[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ https://www.skysports.com/amp/football/news/12025/11376691/alexandre-lacazette-and-anthony-martial-on-standby-for-france-world-cup-squad-and-dimitri-payet-out
  13. ^ "Les Mandanda, une dynastie de gardiens" (in French). Le Parisien. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  14. ^ Benson, Rory (14 January 2016). "Aston Villa scouting report: Who is Steve Mandanda?". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Steve Mandanda". L'Equipe (in French). Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  16. ^ "S. Mandanda". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  17. ^ Steve Mandanda at National-Football-Teams.com
  18. ^ "S. Mandanda". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  19. ^ McNulty, Phil (15 July 2018). "France 4–2 Croatia". BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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