Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Mapou Yanga - Mbiwa, 2012

Mapou Yanga - Mbiwa ( born May 15, 1989 in Bangui, Central African Republic) is a French- central African football player who is currently with Newcastle United.


In the club

Yanga - Mbiwa was born in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, but grew up in the southern French community of Port -de- Bouc near Marseilles. In 2005, he joined the youth department of Montpellier.

Already in the 2006/07 season he played on 23 February 2007 in the match against SC Bastia first for the team in Ligue 2 this season yet it remained in the one application, he was employed in the following season in 34 games and became in the course of the season to key players. On 12 May 2008 he also scored his first goal against FC Gueugnon. In the 2008 /09 season, he continued playing regularly with his club and reached the second place, which meant promotion to Ligue 1. Overall, he played 64 times ( 2 goals) for Montpellier in the second division.

His first division debut was then on the opening day of the following season 2009/10 in a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint- Germain. At the beginning of the season 2010/11 he celebrated his debut on the international stage when he became the third qualifying round of the Europa League against Hungary's Gyori ETO FC was used in the two games; However, this duel Montpellier lost on penalties. Also in the league it was not going well and Montpellier rose as a table Fourteenth from almost. The following season he played 34 games along with Hilton in central defense and was thus contribute significantly to the surprising winning the French championship.

In the 2012/13 season Yanga - Mbiwa first played in the UEFA Champions League. He came in all six group matches are used. For the first time on September 18, 2012 against Arsenal. With only two points but Montpellier was eliminated after the first round.

On January 23, 2013 joined Yanga - Mbiwa in the Premier League for Newcastle United. He signed a contract with a term until 30 June 2018.

In the National Team

Yanga - Mbiwa played in eight games for the French U-21 national team. He made his debut on August 12, 2010 in qualifying for the U-21 European Championship 2011 against Belgium. He scored his only goal on 7 September 2010 in a 2-0 victory over Malta.

In May 2012, national coach Laurent Blanc named him for the interim, but then not for the final French A- squad for the European Championship. On August 15, 2012 Yanga - Mbiwa finally debuted in the game against Uruguay in the French national team.


  • French Champion: 2012