Fabrice Muamba Biography

(British Former Football Player Who Played as a Central Midfielder)

Birthday: April 6, 1988 (Aries)

Born In: Kinshasa, Zaire

Fabrice Ndala Muamba is a former Bolton central mid-fielder who played professional football from 2005 to 2012. He began his career with Arsenal and gained recognition when playing for Birmingham City. After completing the tenure of his contract and making 70 appearances for Birmingham City, he finally moved to Bolton Wanderers. His style of play was often compared with the legendary French footballer Patrick Vieira, thus proving his competence at the mid-field. His brilliance surpassed the football field as he excelled in academics, irrespective of his inability to speak English. At the age of 11, he took refuge in England, escaping the violence in his birth city of Kinshasa; now situated in DR Congo. As a British Citizen on the basis of naturalization, he represented England at U-19 and U-21 level. His promising career was tragically cut short after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field when playing against Tottenham Hotspur. After his premature retirement, he spent some time doing charities and aiding the cause of heart health. Later, he was drawn back into football and sought a career as a coach.
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British Celebrities Born In April

Also Known As: Fabrice Ndala Muamba

Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Shauna Magunda (m. 2012)

father: Marcel Muamba

mother: Gertrude Muamba

siblings: Daniel Muamba

children: Joshua Jeremiah

Born Country: Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

Football Players British Men

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

Notable Alumni: Staffordshire University

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education: Staffordshire University

Childhood & Early Life:
Fabrice Muamba was born on April 6, 1988, to Marcel Muamba and Gertrude Muamba in Kinshasa, Zaire. His father was an adviser to Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko and had to flee Zaire in 1994 to save his life from anti-Mobutu forces. He sought asylum in England and was given indefinite leave in 1999, following which his family escaped the war-torn region and joined him in England.
The family settled in east London and Muamba began his schooling with Kelmscott School in Walthamstow. As a refugee unable to speak English, Muamba proved his brilliance by earning three A-Levels and 10 GCSEs.
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Career as a Professional Footballer
Fabrice Muamba joined the ‘Arsenal Academy’ in August 2004 while his association with the club’s youth system goes back to 2002. He made his team debut in a league cup in October 2005, at Sunderland, after signing a professional contract the same month. In his second match for Arsenal against Reading, he aided the team to a 0-3 victory. This also proved to be his second and last appearance for the club.
He joined Birmingham City in August 2006 on loan and soon established himself as a central midfielder by his pace and energy on the field. He gained popularity among Birmingham fans and was voted as the ‘Young Player of the Season.’ On May 11, 2007, he made his stay permanent with the club as he got to play regularly here and felt limited by Arsenal’s mid-field strength. The contract was for three years and for a fee of Pound 4 million.
To remain eligible to play for England, he declined the offer to play for DR Congo. He was the captain of England’s U-19 team and played against Romania in a friendly for the U-21 team on August 21, 2007, at Ashton Gate, Bristol. He played six more matches at this level.
On June 16, 2008, he moved to Bolton Wanderers on a four-year contract for a fee of Pound 5 million. He had an impressive season and was named as ‘The Bolton News Player of the Season.’ In the opening match of the 2011-12 season, he contributed in Bolton’s 4-0 win by scoring against Queens Park Rangers.
On March 17, 2012, he collapsed on the field after a cardiac arrest during the first half of an FA Cup quarter-final match against Tottenham Hotspur. He received immediate medical attention from the personnel at White Hart Lane and from Dr. Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist who was in the stand with his brothers. Later, he was shifted to the London Chest Hospital and admitted to the coronary care unit. It was later revealed by the club’s doctor that the young Bolton star was ‘in effect dead’ for as long as 78 minutes.
After seeking medical advice from a leading cardiologist in Belgium, he announced his retirement from professional football on August 15, 2012.
Post Retirement Career
After his forced retirement, Fabrice Muamba tried to build his career in football-related activities. First, he tried commentary for BT Sport’s broadcast of the third round of the playoffs during the African World Cup qualification.
After spending some time with his family and raising awareness of heart health, he decided to come back to football through coaching. After a Football management Diploma at the ‘University of Liverpool’ and few coaching sessions at Liverpool’s academy in March 2015, he got the opportunity to coach the U-16 team at Rochdale at the invitation of his friend, Brett Issitt.
Awards & Achievements
Fabrice Muamba’s pace and energy won the hearts of the Birmingham City Fans and they voted him as the ‘Young Player of the Season.’
He accepted an honorary doctorate awarded by the ‘University of Bolton’ to celebrate and honor the efforts of the medical professionals who helped save his life.
Family & Personal Life
During his time at Birmingham City, Fabrice Muamba met Shauna Magunda, a student at Birmingham University. The two got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2012, a month before Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest.
Seven months after the stroke, on October 21, 2012, he married Shauna at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. His decision to marry was a result of his experience with death that he didn’t want to wait any longer. The couple have two sons, Joshua Jeremiah and Matthew Josiah.
He has obtained accountancy qualifications while playing professional football and has once expressed that if he wasn’t a footballer, he would have been an accountant.

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