Stéphane Mbia Etoundi
Date of birth
20 May 1986
Place of birth
1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Defensive midfielder / Defender
Kadji Sports Academy
105x apps / 4x goals
69x apps / 5x goals
Queens Park Rangers
29x apps / 0x goal
→ Sevilla (loan)
20x apps / 3x goals
23x apps / 4x goals
17x apps / 2x goals
Hebei China Fortune
39x apps / 9x goals
0x apps / 0x goal
67x apps / 5x goals
(Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:55, 18 August 2018 (UTC) - National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015)
Stéphane Mbia Etoundi is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or defender for French club Toulouse FC and for the Cameroon national team, whom he captains.
He played 174 games and scored nine goals in Ligue 1 over eight seasons playing for Rennes and Marseille.
He spent two years at Sevilla, winning the Europa League in both.
He has played for Cameroon over 60 times since winning his first cap in 2005 and has scored five goals for the national team.
He was included in the squads for the 2008 Olympics, two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two FIFA World Cups.
He was given the captain's armband on 26 August 2014.
Born in Yaoundé, Mbia made his debut for the Rennes first team during the 2005–06 season, going on to make a handful of appearances over the campaign.
The Cameroonian scored his first Ligue 1 goal in November 2006 against the incumbent French champions Lyon.
On 18 April 2007, Mbia was abused by Lyon player Milan Baroš.
This led to disciplinary action being taken against Baroš by the French Football Federation, who banned the striker for three matches for implying that Mbia smelt.
The Federation later ruled that although Baroš was guilty of implying Mbia smelt badly, the remark was not made in a racial context.
On 14 July 2009, Mbia completed his £10.4 million move to Marseille from Rennes, going on to play a vital role in Marseille's victorious Ligue 1 campaign that season, starting off as a defensive midfielder but later making the transition to the role of centre back alongside former Charlton Athletic player Souleymane Diawara.
His redeployment at centre back was a success and he went on to play the rest of the season in this position, where he was considered to be one of the best performers in Didier Deschamps' talented squad, as he formed a formidable defensive partnership with Diawara.
Queens Park Rangers
On 31 August 2012 Mbia signed a two-year deal with English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, signing for an undisclosed fee, with Joey Barton heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.
On 27 October 2012, Mbia was sent off seventeen minutes from the end of only his fourth league appearance for QPR, a 1:0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
He was dismissed in the 79th minute for violent conduct after kicking Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen in retaliation to a strong challenge that had left Mbia floored.
He received the standard three-match ban from the FA, and became ineligible for QPR's league games against Reading, Stoke City and Southampton.
On 6 May 2013, Mbia tweeted to Joey Barton, asking him if he would like to switch seats with him at Marseille in hinting that he wanted to leave Queen Park Rangers after they were relegated from the Premier League.
In July 2013 Mbia scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Southend United and expressed desire to stay at QPR.
On 26 August 2013, Mbia was loaned out to Spanish La Liga club Sevilla FC for the rest of the season.
Mbia made his Sevilla debut on 1 September, providing an assist for Kevin Gameiro's first goal in a 2:2 draw with Málaga CF.
On 27 October, Mbia provided assists for both Ivan Rakitić and Jairo Samperio as Sevilla overcame 10-man Osasuna 2:1.
His first goal in La Liga came in the Seville derby against Real Betis on 24 November, heading in Sevilla's second goal in a 4:0 win.
Mbia scored with a back-heel in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against compatriots Valencia CF on 24 April 2014 in a 2:0 home win.
In the second leg on 1 May, he scored the winning away goal with a header in the fourth minute of added time to take Sevilla into the final.
Sevilla subsequently won the final in a shootout against Benfica at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on 14 May, with Mbia converting his penalty kick after the match had ended 0:0.
On 3 June, Mbia was selected in the 18-man Europa League "Team of the Year" along with teammates Ivan Rakitić, Nicolás Pareja and Beto.
At the LFP Awards, he was a nominee for the league's best African player, alongside the Granada CF duo of Yacine Brahimi and Youssef El-Arabi.
On 31 August 2014, Mbia rejoined Sevilla on permanent basis.
He scored his first goal of the new season on 18 September, heading in a cross from Gerard Deulofeu as Sevilla started the defense of their Europa League title with a 2:0 win over Feyenoord.
Mbia netted a brace as Sevilla earned a comfortable 4:1 victory over Deportivo de La Coruña at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on 5 October.
On 27 May 2015, Mbia started for Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final defeat of FC Dnipro at Poland's National Stadium, thus retaining their Europa League crown, and thus qualifying the team for next season's Champions League.
On 2 July 2015, Mbia joined Trabzonspor on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal.
Hebei China Fortune
On 29 January 2016, Mbia signed for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune.
In March 2018, he left the club by mutual consent.
In August 2018, Mbia joined Ligue 1 side Toulouse FC on a season-long contract.
Mbia has played international football at junior level for Cameroon.
He was part of the Cameroon squad that competed in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, where his side were eliminated at the group stage.
He made his debut for the full Cameroon national team in 2005.
He was part of the squad which were runners up at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, where he scored twice in a 3:2 win against Tunisia in the quarter-finals.
Mbia was part of the Cameroon squad for the 2008 Olympics in China, playing in all four of his teams matches, and scoring once against Honduras.
Mbia was also selected to represent Cameroon at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa.
On 2 June 2014, Mbia was included by Cameroon manager Volker Finke in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
The team were eliminated after losing all of their group games amidst a bonuses dispute that led to Mbia replacing Samuel Eto'o as captain of the national team.
Mbia is the older brother of footballer Franck Etoundi, who currently plays for FC Zürich of the Swiss Super League.
Mbia also holds a French passport, having previously resided in the country for more than five years.