|Last game stats|
|Shots on target||0|
|Date of birth||13 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Colombes, France|
|International caps / goals||3 / 0|
City on Mangala:
Eliaquim Mangala became City’s sixth signing of summer 2014 on 11 August 2014.
The 23-year old French international joined old Porto teammate Fernando, goalkeeper Willy Caballero, midfielders Frank Lampard and Bruno Zuculini, as well as fellow French international defender Bacary Sagna at the Barclays Premier League champions and was handed the no.20 shirt.
Mangala is recognised as one of the continent’s most promising young defenders, equally acclaimed for his tenacious tackling, positional sense and ability to play out from deep.
He also brings versatility to the table, due to his ability to play anywhere across the back four.
Eliaquim is also a threat at set pieces as he demonstrated in last season’s Europa League where he scored three goals in six appearances.
Despite his modest years, the Parisian has taken to life in the UEFA Champions League seamlessly, appearing in the competition four times in the past five seasons between spells at Standard Liege and Porto.
Although 2012/13’s Portuguese champions didn’t make it out of UEFA Champions League Group G last season, Eliaquim’s solid performances alongside Nicolas Otamendi clearly marked him out as one to watch.
The French defender left his hometown club Namur’s youth academy and started his senior career at Standard Liege, making his professional debut on 9 November 2008 as an 89th minute substitute in a game against Germinal Beerschot.
Mangala went on to win silverware in his first season as a pro, making 11 appearances to help Standard to the 2008/09 Belgian Pro League crown.
When Oguchi Onyewu left Liege in the summer of 2009, the Parisian was expected to step up to fill the void left by the American international and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
He made 31 league appearances in his breakthrough 2009/10 season and opened his professional goalscoring account against Mechelen in the Belgian league on 12 September, before scoring again against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League three days later.
Liege reached the last eight of the Europa League but they would finish the season trophy-less.
What turned out to be Mangala’s final season in Belgium did end on a winning note as he lifted the Belgian Cup in one of the last of his 100 appearances for Standard Liege.
Porto boss of the time Vitor Pereira spotted the potential in the then-20-year old and took him to Portugal along with Steven Defour for a reported combined €13m.
Like at Liege, Eliaquim had to be patient for his chance as he joined the defensive queue behind Rolando, Otamendi and Maicon but one of his 13 appearances in his first season came against City in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Eliaquim came on as a first-half substitute in the second leg of the 6-1 aggregate defeat to Roberto Mancini’s side.
His second season saw him become a regular starter, making 39 appearances in all competitions and scoring seven goals.
Since joining the two-time European champions, the Frenchman has won the Portuguese championship twice, in 2011/12 and 2012/13.
Mangala came directly onto Manuel Pellegrini’s radar in the last 16 tie between Porto and Malaga last season.
Although Pellegrini masterminded a 2-1 aggregate win over the Portuguese giants, Mangala’s partnership with Nicolas Otamendi helped to end Malaga’s unbeaten streak in the competition, with the 1-0 first-leg win at Estadio do Dragao.
Mangala played an instrumental role in restricting the La Liga outfit to just one shot on the home goal in the 90 minutes.
In total, Eliaquim has represented FC Porto on 92 occasions, including 42 appearances in 2013/14.
Although he was born in the northwestern Parisian suburb of Columbes, he moved to the Belgian city of Namur at the age of five, meaning there was interest from the Belgian FA in securing his services at international level.
However, Eliaquim chose to represent the country of his birth and made his debut for France u21s in a friendly match against Tunisia on 13 November 2009.
He has made 23 appearances at this level and went on to take his senior bow on 5 June 2013 in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in Montevideo.
Mangala was included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but didn’t add to his three international caps.
Now he’s arrived in the Barclays Premier League with City, Mangala will be hoping to add to this tally, as well as helping the champions in their quest to defend their domestic title.