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Steve Mandanda (born 28 March 1985 in Kinshasamarker) is a Congolesemarker-born French footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Olympique de Marseille.

Football career

La Havre

Mandanda made his league début for Le Havre in August 2005, and it wasn't until his fourth match that he conceded his first goal. He played 30 league matches that season and 37 in 2006-07. He won a chance to sign for Marseille in summer 2007. Mandanda also had an unsuccessful trial at Aston Villa prior to the 2007/2008 season. During the beginning of the season, he was supposed to be an understudy to Cédric Carrasso. However Carrasso injured his knee and was out for six months. Mandanda was installed as the first choice keeper and participated in Ligue 1, Champions League and UEFA Cup matches.

Olympique de Marseille

On 5 March 2008 Mandanda joined Marseille on a permanent four year contract. After establishing himself at Marseille he has been linked with moves to England and Italy with clubs such as Manchester City and AC Milan.

International career

He 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, he took part in the French A-squad pre-selection.

He played in a friendly match with France B against Congo DR on 5 February 2008, in which he was substituted at half time, and his younger brother Parfait came on for Congo. He made his full international debut on 27 May 2008 in a 2-0 victory against Ecuador 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 French squad for Euro 2008.

He started the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as France's first-choice goalkeeper, making his competitive international debut on 6 September 2008 in their opening qualifier against Austria. He has been replaced in the summer of 2009 as Raymond Domenech chose Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris over him for the international starting-eleven.

Personal life

Steve Mandanda has three younger brothers. They are all goalkeepers : Parfait, 18, Bordeaux and Congolese international goalkeeper ; Riffi, 15, Caen, and goalkeeper of the France U-16 and Ever, 9, Lusitanos Saint-Maur.


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