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Very unusual case of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa : Successfully retired at 27 – Now 7 years later making comeback


On the age of 23, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was a type of recruited in that weird January 2013 switch window by Newcastle United.

By that point, he had already made 149 first crew begins in league matches, helped Montpelier be league title winners, plus performed for France.

Since signing for Newcastle United in a £7m deal in January 2013, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa went on to make solely one other 101 first crew league begins, in his profession!

The Mag Issue 276 9 February 2013

Difficulty 276 – 9 February 2013

After 28 league begins for Newcastle United, the membership received roughly their a reimbursement when promoting him to AS Roma.

After 22 league begins for the Serie A membership, he moved on as soon as once more for the same switch price as Newcastle and Roma had paid, again to France and 51 extra league begins for Lyon.

Then, nothing.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa noticed his contract at Lyon finally run out in 2020 after which he disappeared, by way of enjoying soccer.

Till now…

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa turning up as soon as once more, on the age of 34 having signed for French facet Istres FC and performed his first match this weekend, a 2-0 away win in opposition to Gallia Lucciana who’re based mostly in Corsica.

Maritama report – 5 February 2024:

“The venture is fascinating and I wished to get again onto the pitch.

“I’ll deliver my expertise and move it on to younger individuals .

“After Lyon, I rested and loved my household and mates.”

Despite the fact that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa didn’t go away Lyon till 2020, he really successfully retired again in 2017 on the age of 27, as that was when he final began a primary crew league match. Simply turning out for Lyon’s reserve facet after that, while choosing up Ligue 1 first crew wages.

No surprise he was capable of in 2020 to resolve to ‘get pleasure from’ time together with his family and friends.

Attention-grabbing to have a look at precisely what stage Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is now enjoying at.

We’re so used to the sheer scale of the league system in England, simply what number of divisions / leagues and the way deep it goes.

Over in France you could have:

Ligue 1 with 18 golf equipment

Ligue 2 with 20 golf equipment

After that it then turns into semi-professional…

Nationwide league with 18 golf equipment

Nationwide 2 with 56 golf equipment divided into 4 teams of 14 golf equipment

Nationwide 3 with 154 golf equipment divided into eleven teams of 14 golf equipment

So after the 112 golf equipment within the prime 4 ranges (seven divisions), we then discover Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Istres FC amongst these 154 golf equipment within the subsequent stage.

I ponder if he regrets these final seven or so years and wonders what might need been, if having the will to match what was clearly a proficient participant?


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