Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa is a French international footballer, born on October 7, 1986 in Montpellier.
He plays as a midfielder at Stade Rennes and in the France team.
He was trained at Olympique Lyonnais.
His career at Olympique de Marseille
Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa made his debut at Olympique de Marseille.
The young player was loaned to the Marseille club by Stade Rennais in December 2007 for a period of six months.
During this season, Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa scored three goals and made four assists in ten league games, including eight starts.
He was voted the best young player in the championship by the UNFP (National Union of Professional Footballers).
He was therefore an important element of the Olympian group. In June 2008, he was officially transferred to Olympique de Marseille for an estimated sum of 9 million euros. This remains a very low amount for a player who has just been transferred, but the Marseille technical staff wanted to trust the young talents that the Marseille club has, such as André Ayew and Brandao. In September 2008, he made his first professional match with OM and scored his first goal in Ligue 1 against the Girondins de Bordeaux (1–1).
He has been regularly used by Elie Baup since the end of the 2008/2009 winter transfer window and has played fourteen games in all competitions, including twelve as a starter. After a new right knee injury, Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa plays billiards during the 2009 end-of-year celebrations in order to treat this recurring physical problem for several years now.
His move to Newcastle United
It is rumored that the midfielder Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa could leave Olympique Lyonnais. Indeed, the player would be on the shelves of the leaders of Newcastle United.
The transfer is estimated at 5 million euros. Note that the player has already refused an extension offer from the Lyon club which offers him an annual salary of 2 million euros net per year.
His performances in the Premier League
Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa is a football player born in France.
He plays as a central defender and joined the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) team in 2013. In 2015, he signed his first professional contract with the club from the French capital.
He made his official debut against FC Lorient on October 29, 2013.
On September 9, 2014, he scored his first professional goal against Monaco. After being loaned to Dynamo Moscow between January and June 2015, he joined AS Roma for a period of four and a half years on June 30, 2015. In April 2017, Yanga-Mbiwa signed a three-year contract with Newcastle United after passing medical tests required by the Magpies1.
His Ivory Coast national team
Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa is the first player from Côte d’Ivoire to have worn the colors of the ASEC football club.
He then joined French club Girondins de Bordeaux in 2006, where he won the Europa League in 2009 and the Coupe de France in 2010. In 2011, he was voted African Footballer of the Year by the CAF (African Confederation of football). Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa is a very talented player who can play in the center or on the sides, but his first quality is his ability to take free kicks.
He is very good technically and has incredible strength for a footballer.
It is not uncommon for him to perform spectacular actions such as dribbling three opponents over several meters before arriving in front of the goalkeeper to score a goal. As a defensive midfielder, he can be used as a centre-back thanks to his imposing physical qualities and natural agility. Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa can also be used as a right winger which would be ideal against compact 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 type teams that tend to close play in front of their goal. His physical and mental work as well as his great fighting spirit are an integral part of the Yanga Mbiwa style.
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa: The 2012 African Cup of Nations?
CAN 2013 will be played in Gabon.
The Gabon team which won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012, that of Egypt, will be opposed to the Nigeria team which won in 2010. It is therefore a highly anticipated and exciting match which will take place will play next January 19 at the Libreville stadium.
His loan to Montpellier HSC
Would Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa be close to signing for Montpellier HSC? In any case, this is what the Foot Mercato site announces.
The Cameroonian striker is currently under contract with AJ Auxerre where he has been playing since 2013.
The 24-year-old player has reportedly been approached by the leaders of the Hérault club who are looking for a striker to compensate for the suspension of Robert Beric.
The player had a good season with AJA, scoring 4 goals and delivering 2 assists in 20 league games. In terms of international experience, Yanga-Mbiwa has 11 selections and 1 goal scored with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
His career after football
Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa was born on January 31, 1986 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
He began his professional career in one of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, where he has established himself as an indisputable holder since 2013. Indeed, that year, the young Cameroonian was named best hope of the season by the Spanish Professional Players Union (AFE).
The native of Yaoundé will take his first steps in the first team in the French Ligue 1 against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard during the 2005/2006 season and play in the UEFA Cup final against Liverpool. After 4 years at Arsenal where he won 2 English championships and an FA Cup and an English League Cup in 2007/2008, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined the ranks of FC Barcelona for a total amount estimated at 20 million euros. euros. Within the Catalan club, he will be regularly called by his coach Ernesto Valverde who wishes to trust the young African players of the club. In 2012, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is considered one of the future stars of European football thanks in particular to his goal against Sporting Portugal in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. That same year he was crowned Spanish champion after remaining undefeated for a whole season.
The end of his career in Catalonia will not be idyllic since Mapou Yanga Mbiwa will finally leave the club following a dispute with his coach after having played only 5 games for 17 official appearances.
To conclude concerning this rookie from Stade Toulousain, he failed to win in the France team. But at the sight of his match sheet, one can wonder if the player was not too small for a center forward. He has indeed been aligned in this position during the last matches of the XV of France.