|Chancel Mbemba Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||August 8, 1994|
Chancel Mbemba is a Congolese professional soccer player who has represented, as a defender, R.S.C. Anderlecht (2013-2015) in Belgium, Newcastle United F.C. (2015-2018) in England, FC Porto (2018-2022) in Portugal, and Olympique de Marseille (2022-Present) in France. Between 2018 and 2019, he also made 2 appearances for FC Porto B, the reserve team of FC Porto, which competes in the 2nd-highest division of the Portuguese soccer league system. At the international level, Chancel has represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo, making his senior national debut in June 2012. With the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he won the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the 30th edition of the biennial international men’s soccer championship of Africa. He had scored a penalty in his team’s shootout win over the hosts Equatorial Guinea in that ‘Bronze’ medal match. In the 2019 edition of the tournament, Chancel scored a late header to level the ‘Round of 16’ match against Madagascar at 2 goals apiece but his team eventually lost out in the penalty shootout.
Chancel Mangulu Mbemba
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
He splits his time between France, Belgium, and Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Professional Soccer Player
- Mother – Antoinette Mbemba (Former National-Level Basketball Player)
- Siblings – He has 8 siblings.
- 19, 4, 22, 18, 5, 11 – DR Congo
- 22 – R.S.C. Anderlecht
- 18 – Newcastle United F.C.
- 19 – FC Porto
- 99, 18, 12 – Olympique de Marseille
6 ft or 183 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Chancel has dated –
- Sophia Mbemba (2016-Present) – Chancel and Sophia got married in 2016 and the couple has 4 children together.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Congolese descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped afro hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a beard
Chancel Mbemba Facts
- Chancel’s youth career began in 2006 when, as a 12-year-old, he joined a local club called E.S. La Grace. A year later, he joined the youth team of another Congolese club called Mputu. After a brief spell there, in 2008, he was recruited by the youth system of FC MK Etanchéité, a professional soccer club based in the capital city of Kinshasa.
- In 2012, he joined the youth system of R.S.C. Anderlecht, the most successful Belgian soccer team in European as well as domestic competitions. His senior career began in 2013 when he was promoted to the club’s senior team.
- With R.S.C. Anderlecht, Chancel won the Belgian Pro League (the top tier of the Belgian soccer league system) title in the 2013-14 season and the Belgian Super Cup in both 2013 and 2014.
- The Belgian Super Cup is decided via a one-off match between the winners of the Belgian Pro League and the Belgian Cup (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Belgium). R.S.C. Anderlecht‘s 2013-14 Belgian Pro League title was the club’s record-extending 33rd such title. The club’s Belgian Super Cup triumph in 2014 was its 12th such and made it the 2nd-most successful team in the competition.
- With Newcastle United F.C., he won the EFL Championship (the 2nd-highest division overall in the English soccer league system, just behind the Premier League) in the 2016-17 season. After spending just one season (2016-17) in the EFL Championship, the team was promoted to the Premier League.
- With FC Porto, Chancel completed the domestic double of winning the Primeira Liga (the top tier of the Portuguese soccer league system) title and the Taça de Portugal (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Portugal) in both the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons. He had scored both goals in FC Porto‘s 2-1 win over arch-rivals S.L. Benfica in the final of the 2019-20 season of the Taça de Portugal.
- The club’s Primeira Liga and Taça de Portugal triumphs in the 2021-22 season were its 30th and 18th such titles respectively, making it the 2nd-most successful team in both those competitions. For his performances in the 2021-22 season, he was included in the ‘Primeira Liga Team of the Year’.
- With FC Porto, Chancel also won the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in 2020. It was the club’s record-extending 22nd such title. The trophy is annually decided by a one-off match that is played between the winners of the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal. As of January 2023, no other team had won this title more than 9 times.
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