Steve Mandanda Mpidi (French pronunciation: [stɛv mɑ̃dɑ̃da]; born 28 March 1985) is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Marseille 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).
Mandanda with France in 2018
|Full name||Steve Mandanda Mpidi|
|Date of birth||28 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Marseille (loan)||34||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:41, 6 April 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2018
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.
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, 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.
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.
On 1 July 2016, Premier League club Crystal Palace announced that they had completed the signing of Mandanda on a free transfer from Marseille. He struggled to make an impact, being injured for most of the season. He made just ten appearances.
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.
For the first time, in 2007, he took part in the French A-squad pre-selection.
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 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. 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.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Super Cup||Champions League||UEFA Cup /
|Le Havre||2005–06||Ligue 2||30||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||32||0|
|Marseille||2007–08 (loan)||Ligue 1||34||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||6||0||4||0||48||0|
|Crystal Palace||2016–17||Premier League||9||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
- As of match played 26 June 2018
- Ligue 1: 2009–10
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Trophée des Champions: 2010, 2011
- UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2017–18
- UNFP Player of the Month: February 2008, August 2008, September 2017
- Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18
- Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18
- Marseille Olympian of the Season: 2007-08, 2015–16
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