Full Biography of Steven Nzonzi
Full name Steven N’Kemboanza Mike Nzonzi
Date of birth :15 December 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth: La Garenne-Colombes, France
Height: 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position: Defensive Midfielder
Current Football Club : Sevilla Number 15
1998–1999 Racing Paris
1999–2002 Paris Saint-Germain
2002–2003 CA Lisieux
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Amiens 37 (1)
2009–2012 Blackburn Rovers 86 (5)
2012–2015 Stoke City 109 (6)
2015– Sevilla 90 (6)
2009–2010 France U21 6 (0)
2017– France 9 (0)
Who is Steven Nzonzi?
Steven N’Kemboanza Mike Nzonzi (born 15 December 1988) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Spanish club Sevilla and the French national team.
He began his career with Ligue 2 side Amiens, impressing enough to earn a move to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2009 for £650,000. He spent three years at Ewood Park which ended with Rovers being relegated at the end of the 2011–12 season. He remained in the Premier League however, joining Stoke City for £3 million. At Stoke, Nzonzi established himself as a key member of the squad under Tony Pulis and then under Mark Hughes, where his performances during the 2014–15 earned him the Player of the Year award. He joined Spanish side Sevilla for a fee of £7 million in July 2015, and won the UEFA Europa League in his first season.
Nzonzi represented France at under-21 level. He turned down the chance to represent his ancestral DR Congo at senior international level, and was unsuccessful in his attempt to become eligible to play for England. In November 2017, he made his debut for the senior France squad, and he was part of their team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Steven Nzonzi Early Life Story & Career
Born in La Garenne-Colombes, France, to a Congolese father and French mother, he began his career playing for hometown club Racing Paris. In 1999, he joined the youth system of Paris Saint-Germain playing at the Camp des Loges, the club’s youth academy. While at Paris Saint-Germain, Nzonzi, due to his height, was initially installed in the club’s academy as a striker and then as an attacking midfielder. After a three-year stint at the Ligue 1 club, he moved to the Basse-Normandie region joining CA Lisieux. He later had one-year stints at both SM Caen and AS Beauvais Oise before finally settling in with Amiens SC in 2005.
Steven Nzonzi International career
Nzonzi earned his first call up to the France U-21 team by coach Erick Mombaerts on 1 October 2009 for their European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Malta and Belgium. He made his debut eight days later in the first match, appearing as a 58th-minute substitute for Younousse Sankharé in a 2–0 victory. He earned his first under-21 international start in the match against Belgium, which ended 0–0.
In January 2011 he was called up to the national football team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to his origins but he did not want to commit to the international team due to structural problems at the administrative level. He did not rule out playing for the Congolese national team in the future. He again turned DR Congo down in November 2012.
In August 2016, Nzonzi’s father contacted new England manager Sam Allardyce – who had signed him for Blackburn in 2009 – to inquire whether he was eligible to represent England. Although he had completed more than the five years’ necessary residency in the United Kingdom, Nzonzi was ineligible to switch allegiance as he was not eligible for England when he made his debut for France under-21.
On 2 November 2017, Nzonzi was called up to the French senior national team for the first time, for friendly matches against Germany and Wales. He made his debut against the Welsh in a 2–0 win at the Stade de France on 10 November, as a half-time substitute for Corentin Tolisso.
Nzonzi was part of France’s squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. In the final, he came on as a substitute for the booked N’Golo Kanté after 55 minutes of a 4–2 win over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Steven Nzonzi Style of play
Nzonzi plays in a defensive role in centre midfield and is noted for being calm and composed whilst in possession and having a good passing ability. He has earned comparisons to compatriot Patrick Vieira both in style and physical ability. He is also able to cover great distance during a match.
Steven Nzonzi Personal life
In September 2013 Nzonzi was interviewed by police after he was involved in a collision with a cyclist in Hale, Greater Manchester. In October 2015 Nzonzi was ordered to stand trial after allegedly assaulting his wife. He was cleared of the charges in December 2015.
Nzonzi has previously commented on the common misstyling of his name as Steven N’Zonzi.
Steven Nzonzi Honours
Sevilla : UEFA Europa League: 2015–16
France: FIFA World Cup: 2018
UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2015–16
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