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Youssouf Mulumbu (born 25 January 1987) is a Congolese professional footballer who most recently played as a midfielder for Celtic.

Youssouf Mulumbu
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Mulumbu playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2013
Personal information
Full name Youssouf Mulumbu[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-25) 25 January 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kilmarnock
Youth career
2004–2006 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Paris Saint-Germain B 50 (1)
2006–2009 Paris Saint-Germain 13 (0)
2007–2009Amiens (loan) 23 (1)
2009West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2015 West Bromwich Albion 191 (15)
2015–2017 Norwich City 20 (0)
2017–2018 Kilmarnock 18 (1)
2018–2019 Celtic 1 (0)
2019Kilmarnock (loan) 7 (1)
National team
2007 France U20 1 (0)
2007 France U21 2 (0)
2008– DR Congo 44 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:29, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:32, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Paris Saint-GermainEdit

Mulumbu joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2004.[citation needed]

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

It was reported by the French media on 26 January 2009 that he joined Premier League team West Bromwich Albion on a trial basis. On 2 February 2009, the January transfer deadline day, he joined them on loan with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. Mulumbu's first term at The Hawthorns was interrupted by injuries and he had to wait until April to make his Premier League debut, coming on as a sub in a 2–2 draw at Portsmouth. He signed for West Brom permanently on a one-year contract for a fee of £175,000 on 10 July 2009.[3]

He was named West Brom's Player of the Year by both the club and the fans at the end of the season, and signed his third contract extension in 13 months on 25 July 2011, tying himself to the club until 2015 (with the option of an extra year).[4]

On 15 March 2014, Mulumbu scored a crucial winner for West Brom in a 2–1 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, giving Pepe Mel his first win as head coach.[5]

Norwich CityEdit

In June 2015, it was announced that Mulumbu would sign on a free-transfer for newly promoted Norwich City on 1 July 2015.[6]

On 3 August 2015, Norwich announced that Mulumbu suffered a broken metatarsal in a friendly against Brentford which would require surgery and sideline him for several weeks, ruling him out of the start of the season[7]. He would finally make his debut on 27 October in a Capital One Cup game against Everton, which Norwich lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw[8]. He made his Premier League debut a few days later on 31 October in a 2–1 defeat to Manchester City [9]. However, with Jonny Howson, Alexander Tettey and Graham Dorrans preferred in the centre of midfield, Mulumbu would ultimately be confined to only five league starts and two appearances as a substitute in the 2015–16 season, plus one appearance in the FA Cup, and the season would end with Norwich relegated back to the Championship.

Mulumbu remained with Norwich for the 2016–17 season but again found his opportunities for first team action restricted. His last appearance for Norwich came on 11 February 2017 in a 5–1 win over Nottingham Forest.[10] On 2 May, it was announced that Mulumbu was one of seven players who would be released by Norwich when their contracts expired at the end of the season.[11]

KilmarnockEdit

On 22 November 2017, it was announced that Mulumbu had signed for Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock until the end of the 2017–18 season.[12] Mulumbu reunited with manager Steve Clarke, who had also managed him at West Bromwich.[12] He scored his first goal for Kilmarnock in a 1–0 win against Celtic on 3 February 2018.[13] On 13 July 2018, Clarke said that Mulumbu had left Kilmarnock and was not expected to return to the club.[14]

CelticEdit

On 31 August 2018, Mulumbu signed a two-year deal with Celtic.[15]

Mulumbu was loaned back to Kilmarnock on 31 January 2019, until the end of the 2018–19 season,[16] and played 12 times in his second spell with the Ayrshire club.[17]

In June 2019, Mulumbu left Celtic after the club activated a break clause in his contract.[17] Mulumbu had made three appearances for the Glasgow side.[17]

International careerEdit

Mulumbu was formerly a member of the France under-20 and under-21 teams. He earned his first cap for Congo DR national football team against Algeria on 26 March 2008. In 2009, Mulumbu decided to boycott international football after he claimed his national team lacked professionalism. On 23 September 2011 he retired from international duties, quoting "numerous problems we were facing with some authorities within the DR Congo Football Federation".[18] However, in July 2012, he decided to revoke this decision, and made himself available for the Congo DR national football team once again.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Mulumbu was born in Kinshasa, Zaire. He is a devout Muslim.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 16 July 2018[20][21][22]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Others Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain B 2004–05 CFA 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2005–06 CFA 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2006–07 CFA 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08 CFA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 CFA 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 1
Paris Saint-Germain 2006–07 Ligue 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08 Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
Amiens SC (loan) 2007–08 Ligue 2 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09 Premier League 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2009–10 Championship 40 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 46 3
2010–11 Premier League 34 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 7
2011–12 Premier League 35 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 1
2012–13 Premier League 28 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 30 2
2013–14 Premier League 37 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 38 2
2014–15 Premier League 17 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
Total 197 15 6 0 8 0 0 0 211 15
Norwich City 2015–16 Premier League 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2016–17 Championship 13 0 0 0 1 0 1[23] 0 15 0
Total 20 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 24 0
Kilmarnock 2017–18 Scottish Premiership 18 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
Career total 321 19 7 0 10 0 3 0 342 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Youssouf Mulumbu". Premier League. Retrieved 26 April 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Mulumbu pens permanent WBA deal". BBC Sport. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Mulumbu signs new West Brom deal". BBC Sport. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  5. ^ Lovejoy, Joe (15 March 2014). "West Brom delight after Youssouf Mulumbu's late winner at Swansea". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu to join City". Norwich City FC. 22 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Norwich's Youssouf Mulumbu sidelined with broken foot". ESPN FC. ESPN Sports Media. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Everton 1–1 Norwich City (4–3 pens)". BBC Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Manchester City 2–1 Norwich City". BBC Sport. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Norwich City 5–1 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Seven Senior Players Set to Leave". Canaries.co.uk. Norwich City FC. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Youssouf Mulumbu joins Killie until end of the season". Kilmarnock FC. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic". BBC Sport. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Kilmarnock: Youssouf Mulumbu not expected back, says manager Steve Clarke". BBC Sport. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu signs for Celtic on a two-year deal". Celtic FC. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  16. ^ Bienkowski, Stefan (31 January 2019). "Youssouf Mulumbu: Celtic midfielder to return to Kilmarnock on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  17. ^ a b c "Youssouf Mulumbu to decide future after Congo duty as Celtic cut short deal". BBC Sport. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Mulumbu agrees to return to DR Congo fold". BBC Sport. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  19. ^ Din, Tusdiq (23 August 2011). "Fasting and football. How do top-flight Muslims cope?". The Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu". National Teams. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Youssouf Mulumbu". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  23. ^ Appearance for Norwich City under-23s in the EFL Trophy.

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