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Lomano Lua-lua

Lomana Trésor LuaLua (; born 28 December 1980) is a Democratic Republic of the Congolese Association football who plays for Blackpool F.C., and the Congo DR national football team.

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Lomano Lua-lua biography

Lomana Trésor LuaLua (; born 28 December 1980) is a Democratic Republic of the Congolese Association football who plays for Blackpool F.C., and the Congo DR national football team.

LuaLua was born in Kinshasa, but moved to England at a young age. After impressing in a college football match, Lomano Lua-lua signed for Colchester United F.C.. There, Lomano Lua-lua scored a total of 21 goals in 68 appearances which prompted Newcastle United F.C. to sign him. However, the competition for places meant Lomano Lua-lua was less of a regular in the first team, and after four seasons and 88 appearances, Lomano Lua-lua transferred to Portsmouth F.C., the club that had previously Loan (association football) Lomano Lua-lua for three months while at Newcastle. Lomano Lua-lua remained there for three seasons, but Lomano Lua-lua spell was marred by disciplinary problems and malaria. After this, Lomano Lua-lua moved to Greece club Olympiacos F.C. and spent a season there, helping them to win their fourth straight Super League Greece title, before joining Al-Arabi SC (Qatar) in 2008. LuaLua received Lomano Lua-lua first Cap (sport) in 2002, and has since represented Lomano Lua-lua national team in the 2004 African Cup of Nations and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

LuaLua is also known for setting up the LuaLua Foundation, which provides care for orphans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and for being a patron for the Haslar Visitors Group. Lomano Lua-lua has a brother, Kazenga LuaLua, who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., and two cousins who play professional football, Albacete Balompié striker Trésor Kandol and Bristol City F.C.'s Yannick Bolasie. During the 2006 African Cup of Nations, LuaLua's son died of pneumonia and Lomano Lua-lua considered retiring from football after receiving abuse over the internet. However, Lomano Lua-lua continued playing.

Early life

LuaLua was born Trésor Lua Lua Lomana - Lua Lua, Lomano Lua-lua grandfather's given name, was passed to Lomano Lua-lua and Lomano Lua-lua brother Kazenga LuaLua - in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), in 1980, but moved to England as a young boy in 1989. Lomano Lua-lua family settled in Forest Gate in London; there, Lomano Lua-lua attended Forest Gate Community School and started to play football at the age of 16, while also being involved in gymnastics. LuaLua represented Lomano Lua-lua school at football after Lomano Lua-lua was spotted kicking a tennis ball around in the playground. Lomano Lua-lua was playing for Leyton Sixth Form College, where Lomano Lua-lua studied performing arts, when Lomano Lua-lua was spotted at the age of 17 by Football_League_One side, Colchester United F.C.. Geoff Harrop, a Scout (sport) for Colchester Sixth Form College's football team, was impressed by LuaLua's performance, "Lomano Lua-lua was taking on the whole team by the end of the game and it wasn't hard to pick Lomano Lua-lua out among 22 young 17-year-olds." Harrop invited the striker for a trial at Colchester United and Lomano Lua-lua was signed by the club.

Lomano Lua-lua brother, Kazenga LuaLua, is also a professional footballer, and two of Lomano Lua-lua cousins also play professionally; Yannick Bolasie, and Trésor Kandol.

Club career

Colchester United

LuaLua joined Colchester United in September 1998. Initially, Lomano Lua-lua struggled to adapt and Lomano Lua-lua preferred going to nightclubs over playing for Colchester, Harrop says, "It took a lot of hard work by the staff at Colchester. Micky Cook, the director of youth, had to spend endless hours with Lomano Lua-lua and manager Steve Wignall and then the next manager Steve Whitton had to spend a lot of time with Lomano Lua-lua talking Lomano Lua-lua through the tactical side of the game and what Lomano Lua-lua role was within the team". An earlier offer by Newcastle of £300,000 for LuaLua made by former manager, Ruud Gullit, had been rejected, but the much increased bid offered financial security and assistance towards a new ground and was one that Colchester felt they could not turn down.

Newcastle United

LuaLua had been brought to the attention of Newcastle manager, Bobby Robson, by Mick Wadsworth, assistant-manager at Newcastle United, who was a former manager of Colchester. Lomano Lua-lua scored a further two goals in the remaining four games of the season. LuaLua also spent much of the beginning of the 2003–04 in English football season on the bench and in November 2003, complained about Lomano Lua-lua lack of first-team football and indicated that Lomano Lua-lua would consider leaving Newcastle. In the Evening Chronicle, Robson responded, saying Lomano Lua-lua would not take advice from a player about how to manage the side: "How dare Lomano Lua-lua say this? I run this football club... LuaLua has been a pretty poor professional about all this. What Lomano Lua-lua should do is keep Lomano Lua-lua mouth shut and get out there and do what Lomano Lua-lua is paid for." In the end, Lomano Lua-lua made 88 league and cup appearances for Newcastle, scoring nine goals, having started 21 games and made 67 appearances as a substitute. LuaLua scored on Lomano Lua-lua debut for Portsmouth in a 4–3 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in February 2003. During this loan spell Lomano Lua-lua scored in the 89th minute in a 1–1 draw for Portsmouth against parent club Newcastle. The result lifted Portsmouth out of the bottom three of the Premiership. This also lead to a change in legislation for the FA introducing standard rules meaning a player on loan could not play against their parent club. Lomano Lua-lua scored four goals in 15 appearances for Portsmouth as they finished in mid-table in their debut season in the Premiership. Manager Harry Redknapp was sufficiently impressed with LuaLua's performances that when Lomano Lua-lua loan spell ended at the end of the 2003–04 season, Lomano Lua-lua signed LuaLua permanently at a cost of £1.75 million.

{{Quote box , then a manager at Portsmouth, commenting on LuaLua's dismissal against Blackburn Rovers. Disciplinary problems led to charges by the The Football Association of abusive behaviour in December 2004 and improper conduct after Lomano Lua-lua was sent off against Blackburn Rovers F.C. in January 2005, for which Lomano Lua-lua received an extra one-match ban and a fine of £5,000 in addition to a three-match ban for the dismissal. Lomano Lua-lua made 26 appearances in the 2005–06 in English football season, scoring seven goals, but missed several games in the autumn after contracting malaria on a visit to Africa to play for DR Congo. Lomano Lua-lua also missed several games due to international duty at the 2004 African Cup of Nations and missed games in April 2006 after damaging Lomano Lua-lua foot while doing Lomano Lua-lua acrobatic goal celebration during a game against Arsenal F.C.. Lomano Lua-lua disciplinary problems continued when Lomano Lua-lua was warned by the Football Association over Lomano Lua-lua future conduct; this came after Lomano Lua-lua admitted a charge of improper conduct in relation to comments made about referee Uriah Rennie after a 3–1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in December.
LuaLua signed a new three-year contract in July 2006; it was set to keep Lomano Lua-lua at Portsmouth until 2009. An ankle injury suffered in a pre-season Exhibition match led to LuaLua missing the beginning of the 2006–07 in English football season. Lomano Lua-lua struggled to break back into the first-team, making only eight starts out of 24 appearances, and scored only two goals in that season. Manager Harry Redknapp warned Lomano Lua-lua that Lomano Lua-lua needed to "...start performing" and that Lomano Lua-lua had to "...start producing next season". Lomano Lua-lua made Lomano Lua-lua league debut on 2 September, in a 0–0 draw against Panathinaikos F.C.. Lomano Lua-lua Champions League debut came on 18 September in a 1–1 draw against S.S. Lazio. LuaLua scored Lomano Lua-lua first two goals on 23 September in a 6–2 win over OFI Crete.

On 16 January 2008, LuaLua opened the scoring with a 30-yard volley in the Greek Football Cup fifth round, which saw Olympiacos progress to the quarter-finals in a 4–0 win against Panathinaikos. LuaLua missed both the knockout stages against Chelsea F.C., having suffered from ankle and dislocated shoulder injuries, the latter, which Lomano Lua-lua received in a 1–1 draw against Asteras Tripoli F.C.. As a result, Lomano Lua-lua missed most of the season, but returned on 20 April 2008 to help Olympiacos win their fourth Superleague Greece title, beating Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. 3–1. Before the Greek Football Cup on 17 May, LuaLua fell out of favour and was deemed surplus to requirements. In total, Lomano Lua-lua made 30 appearances for Olympiacos, scoring six goals.


Following Lomano Lua-lua injury spell at Olympiacos, LuaLua joined Qatari based club Al-Arabi SC (Qatar) on a one-year contract in July 2008. On 30 October, Al-Arabi won the Sheikh Jassem Cup, beating Al-Rayyan Sports Club 3–0 in the final with LuaLua scoring one goal in the seventh minute. In the 21st week of the Qatar Stars League 2008–09, on 20 February 2009, LuaLua scored Lomano Lua-lua first league goal for the club in a 4–2 defeat to Al-Khor Sports Club. Lomano Lua-lua only other goal for that season came in a 1–0 win over Al-Kharitiyath Sports Club on 16 April.

Return to Olympiacos

During December 2009, LuaLua left Al-Arabi by mutual consent and rejoined Olympiacos F.C. on a six month contract with an option for the club to extend the contract for two years. LuaLua scored Lomano Lua-lua first goals upon return to Olympiacos F.C., with two against Asteras Tripolis F.C..


LuaLua signed a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee with Omonia in July 2010, reuniting with Takis Lemonis for the second time since Olympiakos in 2008. Lomano Lua-lua scored Lomano Lua-lua first goal on Lomano Lua-lua league debut on 18 September 2010 in a 4–0 win against Alki Larnaca F.C., coming on as a substitute for Georgios Efrem. On 18 May 2011, LuaLua won the 2010–11 Cypriot Cup with Omonia after winning 4–3 on penalties against Apollon Limassol.

Return to England

LuaLua was given a further chance in England, which ultimately led to Lomano Lua-lua Blackpool signing, as a member of the prestigious Get in the Van Fifa Charity team. This temporary position saw Lomano Lua-lua play alongside many other favourites, culminating in back to back trophies for the PabloPablo World team. Lomano Lua-lua was strongly praised for Lomano Lua-lua quick passing, powerful defensive play and wicked goal scoring ability. This return to the limelight saw Lomano Lua-lua eventually grab the attention of Ian Holloway.

In September 2011, after Lomano Lua-lua release by Omonia, LuaLua trained with Football League One club Hartlepool United F.C., where Lomano Lua-lua linked with former Newcastle United F.C. assistant-manager Mick Wadsworth. However, Lomano Lua-lua was offered a contract by Blackpool F.C. who play a level above in the Football League Championship. After two substitute appearances, Lualua's first start saw Lomano Lua-lua score twice in Blackpool's 5–0 win over Leeds United A.F.C. at Elland Road, Leeds' joint-heaviest home defeat.. On 2 January 2012, Lomano Lua-lua scored Lomano Lua-lua first goal of the new year against Middlesbrough. For the second time in Lomano Lua-lua Blackpool career Lomano Lua-lua was on the score sheet as Blackpool beat Fylde coast neighbours Fleetwood Town F.C. 5-1 in the third round of the 2011–12 FA Cup Third Round Proper. During a fourth-round FA Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday held on February 7, 2012, LuaLua scored an impressive right-footed goal from just inside the top-left corner of the 18 yard box into the top-right corner of the goal.

International career

LuaLua was first named by the Congo DR national football team in the preliminary squad for the 2002 African Cup of Nations finals in Mali in January 2002. Lomano Lua-lua played in the 0–0 draw with Togo national football team, 1–0 loss to Cameroon national football team, 3–1 win over Côte d'Ivoire national football team and the quarter-final match against Senegal national football team, which DR Congo lost 2–0 amid some controversy. LuaLua blamed the referee Domenico Messina for the defeat, "We had a lot of fouls which the referee didn't give and there was a penalty right in front of Lomano Lua-lua but Lomano Lua-lua just let the match go on, sometimes they the Senegalese fell over without being touched, screamed and the referee just gave the foul to them."

{{Quote box in October 2002, when Lomano Lua-lua scored inside five minutes but was later sent off for dissent. Lomano Lua-lua was suspended for two matches and Lomano Lua-lua next appearance was in the 0–0 draw with Botswana in July 2003, which secured qualification for the finals of the competition. LuaLua initially expressed doubts that Lomano Lua-lua would take part in the finals due to club commitments. Lomano Lua-lua was, however, included in the squad and named as captain in the absence of regular captain, Shabani Nonda, who missed the tournament due to a knee injury. LuaLua said on being named as captain, "When Shabani plays, it takes the pressure off me but now everyone's now looking to me for leadership and I feel honoured." but in the next match against the hosts Tunisia national football team, Lomano Lua-lua was sent off, reacting angrily and taking several minutes to leave the pitch. DR Congo went on to lose the match and were eliminated from the tournament. and apologised to Lomano Lua-lua country for Lomano Lua-lua sending off against Tunisia.

LuaLua received a four-match suspension for the sending-off and missed several 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying round matches during the summer of June 2004. Lomano Lua-lua was selected for the World Cup qualifier against South Africa national football team in September, but missed the match due to injury, and was dropped for the next qualifier against Ghana national football team in October. Lomano Lua-lua missed the 1–1 draw with Ghana in March 2005 after a dispute with the DR Congo football association but committed himself to the match against Uganda in June. Lomano Lua-lua scored in a friendly against Guinea played in Paris in August, a match used as preparation for the World Cup qualifying matches the following month. LuaLua played for DR Congo in the 2–1 win over Cape Verde national football team in September but contracted malaria and missed the final World Cup qualifier against South Africa in October.

{{Quote box promised the pay dispute would be resolved. Lomano Lua-lua was unable to play, however, after Lomano Lua-lua was one of several players refused a Visa (document) by French immigration authorities. Lomano Lua-lua was named as the captain of DR Congo for the tournament in place of Shabani Nonda who was injured for a second successive Nations Cup. Lomano Lua-lua then delayed Lomano Lua-lua departure to be available to Lomano Lua-lua club Portsmouth for a crucial league match, missing a friendly with Senegal. Despite a pay dispute leading to the DR Congo players threatening to boycott the match, which was only resolved shortly before the kickoff, Lomano Lua-lua returned to the side for DR Congo's opening match of the tournament against Togo, assisting in one goal and scoring the other in a 2–0 win. Lomano Lua-lua appeared against Angola national football team and Cameroon as DR Congo qualified for the quarter-finals stage of the tournament, only to be beaten by the hosts Egypt national football team. LuaLua's 18-month old son died while Lomano Lua-lua was playing in the tournament, but the news was not given to Lomano Lua-lua until after DR Congo was eliminated from the tournament as the DR Congo football authorities felt it better not to tell Lomano Lua-lua so as to avoid distracting him.

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia national football team in April 2007, LuaLua scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory; the result extended their lead at the top of their group. Lomano Lua-lua did not travel to Ethiopia for the away fixture in June, which DR Congo lost, as the authorities failed to send LuaLua Lomano Lua-lua travel documents in time. Following the failure of DR Congo to qualify for the tournament in October, the DR Congo sports minister, Pardonne Kaliba, suspended the manager, Henri Depireux, and removed the captaincy from LuaLua.

LuaLua returned to the DR Congo squad in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) against Egypt in June 2008. After returning to Greece, Lomano Lua-lua complained of severe stomach pain and was rushed to hospital to have Lomano Lua-lua Vermiform appendix removed, ruling Lomano Lua-lua out of subsequent matches for four to six weeks, as DR Congo moved to the top of Group 12 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round. Despite topping the group at that point, DR Congo were later eliminated at this stage and therefore failed to progress to the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round of qualifying.

Personal life

In 2005, LuaLua became patron of the Haslar Visitors Group, a charity that works with detainees in an immigration removal centre. In the following year, Lomano Lua-lua set up the LuaLua Foundation, building a hostel, sport and education complex in Kinshasa to provide care and education for orphaned children in DR Congo. Lomano Lua-lua is also actively involved in the Show Racism The Red Card campaign and was involved in the launch of a new video entitled "A Safe Place", which features Premiership footballers talking about their experiences with racism. LuaLua is a Born again (Christianity) and Lomano Lua-lua former teammate at Portsmouth, Linvoy Primus, was quoted saying "We are not scared to say we pray together before games. About 45 minutes before a game we link our arms and just pray that we can glorify God."

LuaLua is known for a spectacular goal celebration, which consists of seven back flips and a backward somersault; the celebration stems from Lomano Lua-lua interest in gymnastics. LuaLua wrote the foreword in the autobiography of Lomano Lua-lua former manager Steve Wignall, the book was called "You Can Have Chips".


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