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Victor Mugubi Wanyama (Kenyan English[wɑˈɲɑːmɑ] (About this soundlisten); born 25 June 1991) is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the Kenyan national team.[4]

Victor Wanyama
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Wanyama playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2017
Personal information
Full name Victor Mugubi Wanyama[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Nairobi, Kenya
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 12
Youth career
2006–2008 JMJ Youth Academy
2006 Nairobi City Stars
2006–2007 AFC Leopards
2007–2008 Helsingborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Beerschot 51 (2)
2011–2013 Celtic 61 (10)
2013–2016 Southampton 85 (4)
2016– Tottenham Hotspur 67 (6)
National team
2007– Kenya 56 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:23, 16 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019

Wanyama became the first ever Kenyan player to score in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the first goal in Celtic's 2–1 win over Barcelona on 7 November 2012.[5] On 11 July 2013, Wanyama moved to Premier League club Southampton for £12.5 million making him the most expensive player sold by a Scottish club, surpassing the £9.5 million Russian club Spartak Moscow paid for Aiden McGeady in 2010.[6]

He has earned over 50 caps for the Kenyan national team since making his international debut in May 2007 at the age of 15.

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Early lifeEdit

Wanyama attended Kamukunji High School, which fields a successful football team. Upon leaving High School, he also played with JMJ Academy for three years during which time he also joined Kenyan Premier League clubs Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards.[7] In 2007, he joined Allsvenskan club Helsingborg but after the departure of his brother McDonald Mariga to Serie A side Parma in 2008, Wanyama returned to Kenya.

Club careerEdit

Beerschot ACEdit

After a successful trial, Wanyama signed for Beerschot AC on a four-year contract in summer 2008. He made his debut in a League match at the end of the 2008–09 season. In September 2009, he was fined €100 and given a three-match suspension for a violent tackle on Matías Suárez of Anderlecht.[8]

In the summer of 2010 Scottish Premier League club Celtic attempted to sign Wanyama but Beerschot did not allow him to leave. Russian club CSKA Moscow also attempted to sign him, but they failed as well.[9]

Wanyama scored his first goal for Beerschot on 11 December 2010, a 77th-minute equaliser against Westerlo. In April 2011, he received another three match suspension after video evidence showed he had elbowed Brecht Dejaeghere of K.V. Kortrijk.[10]

CelticEdit

 
Wanyama playing for Celtic in 2012

On 9 July 2011, Wanyama finally completed a £900,000 move to Celtic, after the Scottish club had failed to sign him the previous year.[11][12] He signed a four-year contract and in doing so became the first ever Kenyan to play in the SPL. Wanyama chose 67 as his squad number to honour the Lisbon Lions, Celtic's 1967 European Cup-winning team.[13][14] Wanyama made his Celtic league debut in a 1–0 loss to St Johnstone on 21 August 2011. He played in central defence rather than his favoured central midfield role.[15] He came on as a late substitute in a 4–0 win over Motherwell,[16] and played for the whole second half in a 2–0 League Cup win over Ross County.[17] On 29 September 2011, he started in Celtic's 1–1 draw with Italian team Udinese in the Europa League. This was his first European match for the club.[18] On 10 December 2011, Wanyama scored his first goal for Celtic in a 1–0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park, a tremendous 25-yard strike which hit the top corner.[19] His performances during December earned him the Scottish Premier League young player of the month award.[20] He scored his second Celtic goal on 2 January 2012 in a 3–0 win against Dunfermline at East End Park.[21] Wanyama scored in Celtic's 2–1 win against Dundee United at Celtic Park[22] and in the 4–0 victory against Hearts at Tynecastle.[23]

On 20 October 2012, Wanyama scored twice against St Mirren at St Mirren Park, the second of which was a half volley from 25 yards out.[24] On 25 October, Wanyama's agent released a statement saying that he had turned down an improved contract offer from Celtic, stating that his wage demands could not be met by the club amid speculation of interest from clubs in England.[25] On 7 November, Wanyama opened the scoring with a powerful header as Celtic shocked Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, by beating them 2–1 at Celtic Park.[26]

Wanyama received a nomination for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year for 2012–13,[27] but the winner was announced as Leigh Griffiths[28]

SouthamptonEdit

 
Wanyama with Southampton in 2014

After much speculation and a previous breakdown in talks, on 11 July 2013, Wanyama signed for Premier League side Southampton for a fee claimed to be £12.5 million,[29] making him the first Kenyan to ever play in the Premier League.[30]

Wanyama said:

He made his debut on 17 August 2013, in 1–0 away win against West Bromwich Albion.[31] Wanyama made 24 appearances in his first season, but injuries hindered his efforts to make much of an impact in the team.[32]

Under new manager Ronald Koeman, Wanyama came into his own in the 2014–15 season.[33] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 league victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on 20 September 2014, after replacing James Ward-Prowse in the 69th minute.[34] His next goal came in an 8–0 trouncing of Sunderland on 19 October 2014.[35] Wanyama would score his third goal for the Saints in spectacular fashion, a 40-yard shot after Eldin Jakupović's poor clearance fell straight to him, in what proved to be the only goal in a win over Hull City.[36] His performances saw him awarded the league's African Player of the Month for September,[33] with him stating "It is wonderful being recognised as someone who has done well for his club."[33]

Tottenham HotspurEdit

 
Wanyama (left) alongside Spurs clubmates in a league clash with Manchester United in 2016

On 23 June 2016, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Wanyama,[37] signing a five-year contract for a fee of £11 million.[38] Wanyama had previously worked with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino who brought him to Southampton in July 2013.[39] Wanyama scored his first goal for the club on his home debut against Crystal Palace, in the 82nd minute of a 1–0 league win for Spurs.[40] The goal made him the 138th different player to score for the club, extending its record for the most variety of goalscorers for a single club in the Premier League.[41]

Early in the 2017–18 season, Wanyama injured his knee in the match against Chelsea and was sidelined for over four months.[42] He returned to training in mid-December.[43][44] On 2 January 2018, he made his first appearance after his injury, as a substitute in the away match against Swansea City.[45]

Wanyama picked up a knee injury in a pre-season game of the 2018–19 season against Barcelona.[46] He made his first start of the season two months later in the Carabao Cup game against Watford that Spurs won on penalties.[47]

International careerEdit

Wanyama made his debut for the Kenyan national team in May 2007, aged just 15 in a friendly against Nigeria.[7] He also played in all six of Kenya's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He became the captain of his national team in 2013.[citation needed]

International goalsEdit

As of match played 14 October 2018. Kenya score listed first, score column indicates score after each Wanyama goal.[48]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2011 Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya 18   Seychelles 4–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 7 June 2015 Stade Amahoro, Kigali, Rwanda 34   South Sudan 1–0 2–0 Friendly
3 29 May 2016 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Kenya 42   Tanzania 1–1 1–1
4 24 March 2018 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco 50   Comoros 1–0 2–2
5 14 October 2018 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Kenya 52   Ethiopia 3–0 3–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6 7 June 2019 Stade Robert Bobin, Bondoufle, France 54   Madagascar 1-0 1-0 Friendly

Career statisticsEdit

 
Wanyama in Celtic colours, 2012
As of match played 12 May 2019.[49][50]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Beerschot AC 2008–09 1 0 1 0
2009–10 20 0 1 0 21 0
2010–11 30 2 4 0 34 2
Total 51 2 5 0 56 2
Celtic
2011–12 29 4 4 0 4 0 5 0 42 4
2012–13 32 6 5 1 2 0 10 2 49 9
Total 61 10 9 1 6 0 15 2 91 13
Southampton
2013–14[51] 23 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
2014–15[52] 32 3 2 0 4 0 38 3
2015–16[53] 30 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 35 1
Total 85 4 3 0 6 0 3 0 97 4
Tottenham Hotspur 2016–17[54] 36 4 3 0 1 0 7 1 47 5
2017–18[55] 18 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 24 1
2018–19[56] 13 1 1 0 2 0 6 0 22 1
Total 67 6 9 0 3 0 14 1 93 7
Career total 264 22 26 1 15 0 30 3 337 26

HonoursEdit

Celtic

Tottenham Hotspur

Individual

Personal lifeEdit

Wanyama comes from a sporting family. His brother McDonald Mariga is also a professional footballer,[58][59] while his other brothers Thomas and Sylvester Wanyama are also footballers in the Kenyan Premier League. His father, Noah Wanyama, was a footballer for A.F.C. Leopards in the 1980s,[60] and his sister Mercy is a professional basketball player in the USA.[61]

Wanyama is managed by ExtraTime,[62] and has a boot sponsorship deal with Adidas.

In 2015, Wanyama participated in the production of a short film about football in Kenya called Mdudu Boy, written and directed by actress Ella Smith.[63]

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