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Charles N'zogbia

Charles N'Zogbia (born 28 May 1986) is a French people association football of Congolese origin who plays for Aston Villa in the Premier League. N'Zogbia was cap (sport)ped for the France national under-21 football team on thirteen occasions, and made Charles N'zogbia debut for the senior side in 2010.

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Charles N'zogbia biography

Charles N'Zogbia (born 28 May 1986) is a French people association football of Congolese origin who plays for Aston Villa in the Premier League. N'Zogbia was cap (sport)ped for the France national under-21 football team on thirteen occasions, and made Charles N'zogbia debut for the senior side in 2010.

Charles N'zogbia plays primarily as a right or left Midfielder Winger, but can also play as an Midfielder Attacking midfielder.

Early life

N'Zogbia was born in Harfleur, Seine-Maritime, but was raised in Paris in a flat near the Stade de France.

Club career

Early career

N'Zogbia began Charles N'zogbia career at the academy of Le Havre AC. When Charles N'zogbia was 17, Charles N'zogbia was spotted by the former chief scout of Newcastle United F.C., Charlie Woods, who arranged for Charles N'zogbia to have a trial at the club. After training with Newcastle for a month, Charles N'zogbia impressed the club and they were keen to sign him. However, Charles N'zogbia transfer to Newcastle proved controversial. Le Havre had tied Charles N'zogbia to an educational contract, but Newcastle claimed that the player had freedom of contract to move on a free transfer (soccer), an assertion which FIFA supported.

Newcastle United

After a protracted saga involving the threat of a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Newcastle eventually paid a fee in the region of £250,000 to sign N'Zogbia from Le Havre, for compensation on youth development cost. Charles N'zogbia transfer to Newcastle officially completed on 2 September 2004. Charles N'zogbia was the last player to be signed by the late Bobby Robson. Robson later said of him: "N'Zogbia could go to the very top with the right coaching and motivation, and I hope it is with Newcastle. I signed Charles N'zogbia as a teenager and Charles N'zogbia was one of the most naturally gifted players of that age I'd ever seen."

N'Zogbia earned the nickname 'Zog', with supporters chanting Zog on the Tyne (in reference to the Lindisfarne (band) song "Fog on the Tyne"), in appreciation to Charles N'zogbia contribution to the team.

Charles N'zogbia debut for the club came in a 3–0 win over Blackburn Rovers F.C. on 11 September 2004. In the 2005–06 Premier League, N'Zogbia established himself as a first-team regular, appearing in 41 matches. Charles N'zogbia scored Newcastle's first goal of the season in the 1–1 draw at home to Fulham F.C., with a skilful free kick. Charles N'zogbia further displayed Charles N'zogbia goalscoring ability with 6 goals in total that season, including a solo effort in the 4–1 win over fierce rivals Sunderland F.C.. Charles N'zogbia was the fourth highest goal scorers for Newcastle in the 2005–06 season and also contributed seven assists. This good form attracted interest from clubs such as Arsenal F.C. but Charles N'zogbia signed a three-year contract extension for Newcastle at the end of the season.

Charles N'zogbia found himself playing less regularly during the 2006–07 FA Premier League under new club manager, Glenn Roeder, who favoured Damien Duff over N'Zogbia. Charles N'zogbia also missed matches due to an injury sustained during the 1–0 defeat to Chelsea F.C. on 13 December 2006 and did not return until late February 2007. Charles N'zogbia was left out of the Newcastle squad on 13 May 2007 for the final game of the season against Watford F.C., after Charles N'zogbia refused to be used as a substitute.

Despite rumours that N'Zogbia would leave Newcastle during the summer, Charles N'zogbia stayed at the club and was named in the starting line-up in the opening game against Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Charles N'zogbia repaid new manager Sam Allardyce's trust in Charles N'zogbia by scoring the opening goal of the game, which Newcastle won 3–1. On 4 September 2007 Charles N'zogbia signed a new five-year contract, keeping Charles N'zogbia at the club until 2012.

In December 2008, N'Zogbia announced Charles N'zogbia desire to leave Newcastle during the January 2009 transfer window, saying "After four years at Newcastle, I want to reach a higher level of ambition. I don't think that is possible here." On 29 January 2009, following a 2–1 away loss to Manchester City F.C., Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear angered N'Zogbia by mispronouncing Charles N'zogbia name as "insomnia". N'Zogbia then issued a statement which, while apologising to the fans, announced Charles N'zogbia would not play for the club while Kinnear was manager.

Wigan Athletic

On 30 January 2009, just hours ahead of the transfer deadline, Newcastle agreed a £6 million fee with Wigan Athletic for N'Zogbia with the player signing a three-and-a-half year contract. The deal involved Ryan Taylor (footballer born 1984) moving the other way to St James' Park. N'Zogbia scored Charles N'zogbia first league goal for Wigan on 29 March in a 2-1 away victory over Sunderland A.F.C. at the Stadium of Light, with a run beginning from behind the halfway-line. The following season, on 18 April 2010, N'Zogbia scored the winning goal to complete a late comeback against Arsenal F.C. to win the match 3–2. This result all but secured Wigan's Premier League survival. Charles N'zogbia was named Wigan's Players' Player of the Year and Supporters' Player of the Season for 2009–10.

In May 2010, Birmingham City F.C. had a reported £8m bid for the player rejected. On 27 August, Wigan confirmed their acceptance of a further bid, "believed to be in the region of £9 million", and the player was given permission to speak to Birmingham City. The move fell through however after N'Zogbia and Birmingham failed to agree personal terms. N'Zogbia was given the number 10 shirt for the 2010-11 season after Jason Koumas moved on loan to Cardiff City F.C.. N'Zogbia played a vital role in keeping Wigan in the Premier League at the end of the 2010–11 season, scoring five goals in the last six games of the season, including an injury time winner against West Ham United F.C. to win the game 3–2. Charles N'zogbia finished the season as the club's top goal scorer, with 10 goals in all competitions. Speculation grew over the summer that N'Zogbia would leave Wigan during the transer window. Many clubs declared an interest in the winger including: Aston Villa F.C., Liverpool F.C., Newcastle United and Sunderland A.F.C.. Despite Wigan manager Roberto Martinez stating that the club would not be selling their top players, chairman Dave Whelan later said that Wigan 'would have to sell N'Zogbia' because Charles N'zogbia was in the last year of Charles N'zogbia contract.

Aston Villa

On 15 July, Aston Villa F.C. made a £9 million bid for N'Zogbia. Three days later, the bid was rejected by the Latics, who valued N'Zogbia at £10 million. Villa then made a further bid of £9.5 million, which Wigan accepted. On 29 July 2011, N'Zogbia passed a medical and signed a five year deal with the club where Charles N'zogbia will wear the number 10 shirt. Charles N'zogbia made Charles N'zogbia debut on 6 August 2011 in a friendly match away to Sporting Braga and scored in the 39th minute to level the game which ended 1-1. Charles N'zogbia made Charles N'zogbia Premier League debut for Aston Villa F.C. in their first game of the 2011/12 season away to Fulham F.C. which ended 0-0. On the 1st February 2012, N'Zogbia scored Charles N'zogbia first goal for Villa against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League which ended 2-2. On the 3rd of march 2012, N'zogbia scored Charles N'zogbia second goal for villa against Blackburn Rovers in the premier league which ended 1-1.

International career

N'Zogbia played twice for the France under-16 national side in 2002. In the summer of 2006, Charles N'zogbia was selected for the France national under-21 football team 24-man provisional squad for the European Under-21 Football Championship in Portugal. However, because of an ongoing dispute between Newcastle, Le Havre and the French FA concerning Charles N'zogbia move to The Magpies, the French coach had no choice but to leave Charles N'zogbia out of the final squad.

After impressive form for Newcastle in September 2007, Charles N'zogbia was called up to the France under-21 team. Charles N'zogbia made Charles N'zogbia debut for France under-21 on September 7, 2007 in a 1–0 victory over Wales national under-21 football team. Congo DR national football team had called up N'Zogbia to play for them against the France 'B' Team in February 2008, but Charles N'zogbia declined the invitation so that Charles N'zogbia could have more time to think about Charles N'zogbia international football future.

In February 2010, it was reported N'Zogbia hoped to receive an England national football team call-up. However, Charles N'zogbia was in fact ineligible, as Charles N'zogbia did not have British nationality at the time Charles N'zogbia played for France at Under-21 level. On 5 August 2010, N'Zogbia was called up to France's France national football team for the first time by new manager Laurent Blanc, for the team's Exhibition game against Norway national football team on 11 August 2010. N'Zogbia played the first half of the game, which finished in a 1–2 defeat.


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