FABRICE MUAMBA: The Story of an unfulfilled Football Career
Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, he moved to England at the age of 11. He joined Arsenal youth academy in 2002, but made his professional debut for the club in October 2005(vs Sunderland in the League Cup). He made his second and final first team appearance for the Gunners in the next round of the League Cup against Reading in November 2005.
In August 2006, he joined Championship club Birmingham City on a season-long loan(from Arsenal) but made the move permanent in May 2007. In all, he scored twice in 79 games for Birmingham.
The former central midfielder represented England at various youth levels and was a member of the Young Lions squad that finished runners-up at the 2009 UEFA European U-21 Championship. He is England U-21s joint-fourth most capped player with 33 caps(alongside Tom Huddlestone) .
He joined Bolton Wanderers in June 2008. In March 2012, he suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur, from which he recovered despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes. Following medical advice, he announced his retirement from professional football in August 2012. As of September 2018, he is a youth coach at Rochdale.
Fabrice Ndala Muamba is 32 today.