Christopher Maboulou

Christopher Maboulou (19 March 1990 – 10 January 2021)[1] was a French professional footballer who played as a winger or as a forward. He played for Ligue 1 side Bastia, multiple Ligue 2 teams, and Greek team PAS Giannina.

Christopher Maboulou
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-03-19)19 March 1990
Place of birth Montfermeil, France
Date of death 10 January 2021(2021-01-10) (aged 30)
Place of death Montfermeil, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Winger, forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Châteauroux 48 (10)
2014–2016 Bastia 29 (3)
2016–2017 PAS Giannina 22 (3)
2018–2019 Nancy 10 (1)
2020 Thonon Évian 2 (1)
Total 111 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Maboulou was born in the Bosquets area of Montfermeil, France. Aged 8, he joined a local football club, and played for them for 10 years.[2] He played 16 games for Châteauroux between 2009 and 2011.[3] In 2011, Maboulou developed a heart problem, which preventing him from playing for two years,[4] as doctors declared him unfit to play.[2] In 2013, Maboulou signed a one-year contract with Châteauroux,[2] and in 2014, he joined Ligue 1 side SC Bastia,[4][5] on a three-year contract.[6] He scored two goals in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille, as Bastia drew 3–3 with Marseille.[7][8] In 2014, Maboulou was forced to apologise after scoring a handball goal in a match against Caen.[9] He was released from Bastia at the end of the 2015–16 season,[10] having made nine appearances that season.[11]

In 2015, Maboulou was invited to play for the Congo national football team by Claude Le Roy, but could not do so, as he did not have a Congolese passport.[12]

In July 2016, Maboulou signed a three-year contract with PAS Giannina.[13][14] In the summer of 2017 he was released by PAS Giannina,[15] after disagreements involving late payments of his salary.[12] In 2018, Maboulou signed a one-year contract with Ligue 2 side Nancy.[16] Maboulou had been on trial with Nancy for two and a half months before signing for them.[12] He made his debut for Nancy against Le Havre in September 2018, 16 months after his last competitive appearance.[12]

In 2020, Mabolou made two appearances for Thonon Évian in the Régional 1 league, scoring once, before the season was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] His contract was not renewed for the 2020–21 season,[17] and he played local football in the Savoie region of France.[1]

During his career, Maboulou made a total of 29 appearances in Ligue 1 and 58 appearances in Ligue 2.[8]

DeathEdit

On 10 January 2021, Maboulou had a heart attack while playing a seven-a-side football match with friends in Bondy near Montfermeil.[2] He died in hospital the same day at the age of 30.[4][8] A minute's applause in his memory will be held on 23 January before the Ligue 2 match between Châteauroux and Valenciennes.[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Disparition tragique de Christopher Maboulou, ancien joueur de Bastia et Nancy". Ouest-France (in French). 10 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Football : Montfermeil pleure Christopher Maboulou". Le Parisien (in French). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ profil www.footballdatabase.eu sports reference retrieved 19 January 2012
  4. ^ a b c "Nie żyje Christopher Maboulou, były piłkarz Ligue 1". Polsat Sport (in Polish). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Christopher Maboulou est arrivé" (in French). sc-bastia.net. 30 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Football – Transferts : Christopher Maboulou signe pour trois ans au SC Bastia". Agence d'information d'Afrique Centralle (in French). 1 July 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Marseille held 3–3 at Bastia". The New Zealand Herald. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Christopher Maboulou est décédé". Foot Mercato (in French). 10 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Christopher Maboulou : « Je suis très déçu par mon comportement »". Le Parisien (in French). 23 March 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Muere a los 30 años de un paro cardíaco el futbolista Christopher Maboulou". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  11. ^ "CHRISTOPHER MABOULOU: LE CONGOLAIS SIGNE EN GRÈCE". Africa Top Sports (in French). 7 July 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  12. ^ a b c d "Maboulou en a pris des coups". L'Est Républicain (in French). 19 September 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Christopher Maboulou quitte Bastia pour la Grèce". L'Équipe. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Μαμπουλού τριετίας στον ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα". Super FM 104.3 (in Greek). 7 July 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Βρέθηκε "άκρη" με τον Μαμπουλού". 28 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Christopher Maboulou signe à Nancy". L'Équipe (in French). 9 August 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Shock as 30-year-old footballer dies of cardiac arrest during a match between friends". The Standard. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  18. ^ "La Berrichonne Football pleure la mort de Christopher Maboulou, "un enfant du club"". France Bleu (in French). 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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