Fabrice Muamba is a retired footballer, best known for playing for teams such as Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers as a mid-fielder. With a career in which he has experienced adversity, Fabrice has diverse experiences to draw upon to deliver an astounding after-dinner speech as a football speaker at a number of corporate events.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fabrice and his family fled the nation to seek asylum in the UK and in 1999 he was granted indefinite leave to remain in the country. Arsenal was where Fabrice initially started his footballing career, where he was enrolled in the youth team as a schoolboy and went on to make his debut against Sunderland in 2005.
After a period of time with Arsenal Fabrice moved to Birmingham City on loan in the summer of 2006. Eventually, Fabrice signed permanently for the club after helping the team win promotion to the Premier League. He was voted Player of the Year by the club’s fans and had the opportunity to play internationally for England at every youth level. He captained England’s Under-19s and went on to make 33 appearances for England’s Under-21s.
During 2008 Fabrice moved to the Bolton Wanderers team, later being voted as the Bolton Press Footballer of the Year. At the end of 2009-10 season, Fabrice signed another four-year deal at the club but tragedy struck on Saturday 17th March 2012 when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup. Despite his heart stopping for 78 minutes he went on to make a remarkable recovery, finally being discharged from the hospital just over a month later. Unable to play football again, Fabrice has paved a career in the media and graduated with a BA in Sports Journalism from Staffordshire University in 2015.
He has worked as a pundit for BBC, Sky, ITV and talkSPORT and has recently gained his UEFA A license. Having worked with the Academy Team at Liverpool Football Club and Birmingham City, Fabrice has now taken up a coaching role at Stoke City. Raising awareness of heart conditions and treatment is a prominent passion of Fabrice’s, and he is an ambassador for the Arrhythmia Alliance’s Hearts and Goals campaign. This is a campaign which aims to place more defibrillators in public places to decrease the number of people that potentially die due to sudden cardiac arrest. Fabrice has participated in a number of speaking engagements and is a regular commentator and pundit on BBC and Sky.
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