Eka Basunga Lokonda "Émile" Mpenza (born 4 July 1978) is a Belgian former footballer of Congolese descent who played as a striker. He has been capped at international level by Belgium. His older brother, Mbo, was also a footballer who represented Belgium.
Mpenza with Manchester City in 2007
|Full name||Eka Basunga Lokonda Mpenza|
|Date of birth||4 July 1978|
|Place of birth||Zellik, Belgium|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Mpenza started his career at K.V. Kortrijk, and then moved to R.E. Mouscron and Standard Liège in quick succession, with older brother Mbo playing alongside in all three clubs. In 2000, he moved to Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, in an exchange with Michaël Goossens. At Schalke he was very successful together with his compatriot Marc Wilmots and other striker Ebbe Sand but they failed to win the German title on the last day of competition. Mpenza returned to Standard three years later. In 2004–05 he returned to Germany when Hamburger SV signed him for . However, in January 2006 he made a surprise move to Qatari team Al Rayyan.
Mpenza signed for Manchester City, after playing and scoring in a specially arranged match at Eastlands on 14 February 2007. "I am not finished and I will prove it in Manchester", Mpenza told Belgian radio station Bel RTL. "I make this move as revenge, with respect to all those who criticised my decision to play in Qatar". He made his debut against Wigan Athletic on 3 March 2007 as a half-time substitute replacing Georgios Samaras. He scored his first goal for the club in the 2–0 win at Middlesbrough on 17 March 2007, and his second in the 1–0 victory at Newcastle United on 30 March. He scored once more in the 2006–07 season, away to Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the season, as City lost 2–1.
Having signed until the end of the 2007–08 season, Mpenza scored on City's first pre-season game of the 2007–08 season away to Doncaster Rovers. He would also equalise against Fulham and put City ahead against Bristol City and Newcastle United. However, facing competition for his place from Rolando Bianchi, Valeri Bojinov, Geovanni and Elano, all signed by new City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson in summer 2007, Mpenza did not score again after September, and was released in July 2008.
He then signed for Championship side Plymouth Argyle on 2 September 2008. Mpenza went on to make his Argyle debut as a sub on 70 minutes in a 2–1 defeat to Norwich City on 13 September. He then scored his first goal for the club against Charlton Athletic in a 2–2 draw, and scored again in a 2–1 win over Cardiff City. However Mpenza's time at Plymouth Argyle was blighted by injury and therefore he was not offered a new contract.
For the 2009–10 season, Mpenza signed a one-year contract with Swiss Topflight club FC Sion. Here he rediscovered his eye for goal by scoring 21 goals in 32 matches.
In August 2010, Mpenza signed a three-year contract with Azerbaijan Premier League club Neftchi Baku. He left the club in January 2012, having lost his place in the team during the 2011–12 season.
Mpenza has been playing for the Belgium national football team since 1997, though he has frequently been injured in times of international call-ups. He played alongside his brother Mbo in the 1998 World Cup and in Euro 2000 where he scored a goal in the opening match against Sweden (which ended with Belgium's victory 2–1), but missed out on the World Cup in 2002 with a groin injury.
|1||7 June 1997||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||San Marino||6–0||Won||1998 World Cup Qualification|
|2||7 June 1997||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||San Marino||6–0||Won||1998 World Cup Qualification|
|3||3 February 1999||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol||Cyprus||0–1||Won||Friendly|
|4||18 August 1999||Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges||Finland||3–4||Lost||Friendly|
|5||4 September 1999||Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam||Netherlands||5–5||Drawn||Friendly|
|6||7 September 1999||Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège||Morocco||4–0||Won||Friendly|
|7||29 March 2000||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Netherlands||2–2||Drawn||Friendly|
|8||10 June 2000||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Sweden||2–1||Won||Euro 2000|
|9||16 August 2000||Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia||Bulgaria||1–3||Won||Friendly|
|10||28 February 2001||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||San Marino||10–1||Won||2002 World Cup Qualification|
|11||25 April 2001||Letná Stadium, Prague||Czech Republic||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|12||2 June 2001||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Latvia||3–1||Won||2002 World Cup Qualification|
|13||12 February 2003||Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba||Algeria||1–3||Won||Friendly|
|14||12 February 2003||Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba||Algeria||1–3||Won||Friendly|
|15||26 March 2005||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Bosnia and Herzegovina||4–1||Won||2006 World Cup Qualification|
|16||26 March 2005||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Bosnia and Herzegovina||4–1||Won||2006 World Cup Qualification|
|17||17 August 2005||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Greece||2–0||Won||Friendly|
|18||10 October 2009||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Turkey||2–0||Won||2010 World Cup Qualification|
|19||10 October 2009||Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels||Turkey||2–0||Won||2010 World Cup Qualification|
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FC Schalke 04 failed to challenge for the Bundesliga title, and did not make it past the group stage in the Champions League, resulting in coach Huub Stevens resigning following the end of the season. A consolation prize was winning the German Cup following a dramatic 4–2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.2001–02 Hamburger SV season
Hamburger SV had another mediocre season, finishing in the lower reaches of the mid-table of Bundesliga. Mid-season purchase Bernardo Romeo made his mark immediately at his new club, which somewhat compensated for Sergej Barbarez loss of form. At the end of the season, Hamburg was ten points from both European qualifying and relegation.2002–03 FC Schalke 04 season
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Mpenza is an African surname, may refer to:
Mbo Mpenza, Belgian international footballer of DR Congo descent, brother of Émile
Émile Mpenza, Belgian international footballer of DR Congo descent, brother of MboUEFA Euro 2000 Group B
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