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Steve Mandanda

Steve Mandanda (; born 28 March 1985 in Kinshasa) is a List of France international footballers who has played as a Goalkeeper (association football) for French club Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1. Steve Mandanda also serves as first-choice Captain (association football) of Marseille. Mandanda previously played for Le Havre AC and is also a France national football team. Steve Mandanda has represented Steve Mandanda nation at two international tournaments; UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Steve Mandanda biography


Steve Mandanda (; born 28 March 1985 in Kinshasa) is a List of France international footballers who has played as a Goalkeeper (association football) for French club Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1. Steve Mandanda also serves as first-choice Captain (association football) of Marseille. Mandanda previously played for Le Havre AC and is also a France national football team. Steve Mandanda has represented Steve Mandanda nation at two international tournaments; UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Football career

Le Havre

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

Olympique de Marseille

At the start of Steve Mandanda 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. However, Steve Mandanda strong performances have led to rumours about moves to England and Italy with clubs such as city rivals Manchester United and Manchester City and also AC Milan.

International career

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

For the first time, in 2007, Steve Mandanda took part in the French A-squad pre-selection.

Steve Mandanda played in a friendly match with France B national football team against Congo DR national football team on 5 February 2008, in which Steve Mandanda was substituted at half time, and Steve Mandanda younger brother Parfait Mandanda came on for Congo. Steve Mandanda made Steve Mandanda full international debut on 27 May 2008 in a 2–0 victory against Ecuador national football team 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 UEFA Euro 2008 squads France for Euro 2008.

Steve Mandanda started the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as France's first-choice goalkeeper, making Steve Mandanda competitive international debut on 6 September 2008 in their opening qualifier against Austria national football team. However, Steve Mandanda was replaced in the summer of 2009, as Raymond Domenech chose Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris over Steve Mandanda 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.

Personal life

Steve Mandanda has three younger brothers, all of whom are goalkeepers : Parfait Mandanda, Altay S.K and Congo DR national football team goalkeeper ; Riffi, SM Caen, and goalkeeper of the France national football team and Ever, Lusitanos Saint-Maur. Steve Mandanda enjoys spending time with Steve Mandanda family in the city of Marseille where Steve Mandanda lives. Steve Mandanda has earned the nickname "Frenchie" amongst Steve Mandanda relatives for having chosen to play for the French national football team rather than Congo, Steve Mandanda country of birth.

Honours

Club

- Olympique de Marseille
- - Ligue 1: 2009–10 Ligue 1
- - Coupe de la Ligue: Coupe de la Ligue Final 2010, 2011_Coupe_de_la_Ligue_Final
- - Trophée des Champions: 2010 Trophée des Champions, 2011 Trophée des Champions

Individual

- Ligue 1 Trophées UNFP du football Goalkeeper of the Year: Ligue 1 2008-09 Goalkeeper of the Year, 2010–11 Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year
- Ligue 1 Trophées UNFP du football 2007: Ligue 1 2007-08 Team of the Year, Ligue 1 2010-11 Team of the Year

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mandanda

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