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Scorer of the worst own goal in history: Who really is Geoffrey Kondogbia?

Tuesday 1st August 2017
In a pulsating pre-season encounter between Chelsea and Inter Milan, Geoffrey Kondogbia made the howler of a lifetime. Forty-five yards away from goal, the midfielder put through his own net. That embarrassing moment aside, who is Geoffrey Kondogbia?


If Geoffrey Kondogbia had found the other end of the net from forty yards, pre-season or not, his goal would've gone viral for all the right reasons. But the Inter midfielder callously left his teammates bewildered when he did the exact opposite.

As is usually the case with such irrational behaviour, social media instantly went berserk on Kondogbia's goal; the defensive midfielder was absolutely ripped apart on virtually all social networking sites. Twitter, for example, promulgated reactions such as:
Made popular by his bizarre goal, we decided to give you an insight on who the Internazionale midfielder is.

Geoffrey Kondogbia joined the youth system at French side, Lens, in 2004. He rose through the ranks, before earning a professional contract in 2010. Although he later played a couple of seasons for the Lens senior team, it was his transfer abroad to feature for Spanish side, Sevilla that announced him as an indubitable talent on the European stage.

In no distant time, his innate midfield-enforcer ability was spotted by Monaco. His return to his home country was much heralded as an astute move. The Principality club paid €20 million to bring Kondogbia back home in 2013. Two years later, he was on his way away from France again, this time, to Italy as Inter Milan would pay nearly twice what Monaco paid Sevilla to secure his services.

Two years into his spell as a Nerazzurri, Kondogbia made headlines by scoring the most ludicrous own goal you could imagine, in a pre-season game. Nevertheless, Kondogbia remains a quality midfielder.

Which Premier League club would he fit in?

Liverpool should be seeking out the services of the French midfielder. The Reds have been hot on the trail of RB Leipzig's Naby Keïta, but the Red Bull sponsored team has played hard ball so far, and it looks like Keïta is going nowhere. Kondogbia is a like-for-like alternative the Merseyside club should pursue. He's big, strong, can shoot and can play as a box-to-box midfield enforcer. At 24, Kondogbia is also young with plenty room for improvement.

Arsenal had some time ago courted the midfielder, but Arsene Wenger's wheeling and dealing persona rated the midfielder as too expensive. Regardless, the Frenchman would be a perfect fit for the Gunners who clearly lack a big and strong bully in their midfield.

In a moment of laxity, Kongdogbia had been forced into a regrettable error one that only but halved his team's two-goal lead - Inter went on to win comfortably. The game was in a pre-season encounter with very little at stake. That own goal was Kondogbia's first in the colours of Inter. It was simply a rare mistake, a crazy one that makes you feel sorry for the Inter man. It takes nothing away from his talent. This is a really gifted midfielder who can hold his own anywhere.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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