|FULL NAME||Steve Mandanda Mpidi|
|BORN||March 28, 1985|
|HEIGHT||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|NATIONALITY||French, Zairian, Congolese|
Steve Mandanda is a French professional footballer who was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 28, 1985. His squad needs a goalie, so he fills that role.
Mandanda began his youth football career with Le Havre in 2001 and continued with the senior squad until 2005. And it wasn’t until his fourth encounter that he conceded a goal. In the 2005-06 Ligue 2 season, he played 30 games and in the 2006-07 season, he played 37. Many other teams were interested in his consistent performances and goalkeeping ability, and he joined Marseille in 2007.
From 2005 onwards, he also appeared in a number of matches for the France U21 football team. Before reaching the French senior national team, he also played for France’s A and B teams.
On May 27, 2008, he made his France debut in a UEFA Euro 2008 match against Ecuador, which France won 2-0. He came in as a halftime substitute for Sebastien Frey in a warm-up friendly game, and he went on to become the third choice goalkeeper in the French team for Euro 2018.
Rise to glory
He had a fantastic season in Ligue 2 in 2007-08, winning the title of “Club’s Player of the Season.” During that season, he appeared in 34 games.
He was traded from Marseille to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on July 1, 2016. However, he struggled to make an impression since he was injured for the majority of the tournament and was only able to play nine games. He returned to Marseille after this dismal season.
Mandanda made his club debut with Le Haive in August 2005, and he had a good start, not surrendering a goal until his fourth game. He went on to play 30 games that season and 37 the next season. This drew the interest of other teams as well, but he went to Marseille in the summer of 2007 following a failed trial with Aston Villa.
Mandanda did not get much playing time at Marseille since Cedric Carrasso was the team’s first choice goalkeeper. Carrasso, on the other hand, was ruled out for six months due to a knee injury, clearing the way for him to return. He spent nine seasons at Marseille, from 2007-08 to 2015-15, where he excelled and was able to make a significant number of matches each season.
Mandanda was traded to Crystal Palace for the 2016-17 Premier League season, however he didn’t get much playing time due to injury for the majority of the season, only appearing in nine games. So, for a reputed €3 million transfer fee, he returned to Marseille the next year.
Mandanda was a member of the Marseille team that won the Ligue 1 title in 2009-10. He also won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12, as well as the Trophee des Champions in 2010 and 2011.
He has earned the UNFP Player of the Month award three times: in February 2008, August 2008, and September 2017. He also won Ligue 1’Goalkeeper of the Year’ in 2007-08, 2010-11, 2014-15, and 2015-16, as well as being a member of the Ligue 1’Team of the Year’ in those years. In 2007-08 and 2015-16, he was named Marseille Olympian of the Season.