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Fabrice Ndala Muamba (born 6 April 1988) is an English football. He is a midfielder who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers.

Early life

Muamba was born in Kinshasamarker, Zairemarker (now the Democratic Republic of the Congomarker). His father fled the country in 1994 because of his political views and arrived in England seeking asylum. In 1999 he was granted indefinite leave to remain, at which time he was joined by the rest of the family. They settled in East Londonmarker, where Muamba attended Kelmscott Schoolmarker in Walthamstowmarker. Despite having arrived in England aged 11 unable to speak English, he went on to take A-levels, and excelled in school football.

Club career

Muamba was associated with Arsenal's youth system as a schoolboy from 2002, joining their Academy as a first-year scholar in August 2004. He signed his first professional contract in October 2005 and made his first team debut on 25 October in a League Cup tie against Sunderland,in front of a 47,000 crowd at the Stadium of Lightmarker.

In August 2006, Muamba joined Birmingham City on a season-long loan. After a slow start, his energetic style of play, which has been likened to that of his hero Patrick Vieira, established him as a regular starter in central midfield. The fans were equally impressed, voting him their Young Player of the Season.

On 11 May 2007 Muamba made his move to Birmingham City permanent, signing a three-year contract for a fee reported by the club of £4 million.He scored his first goal for the club, a close-range volley from a corner, on 12 March 2008 in a 4–2 defeat at Portsmouth. He made 37 appearances as Birmingham were relegated from the Premiership after one season back in the top tier.

On 16 June 2008 Muamba joined Premier League Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £5 million, with add-ons worth a further £750,000, on a four-year contract.

International career

As a naturalised British citizen, Muamba is eligible to play for any of the Home Nations. He has represented England at all under-age levels, and captained the U-19 team.He received his first call-up for England U-21 for the friendly against Romania U-21 on 21 August 2007 at Ashton Gatemarker, Bristolmarker,and made his debut as a second-half substitute. Muamba was an integral part of England's U-21 European Championships side.


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