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Top Facts about Mousa Dembele, The Belgian Midfielder

Wed 18 August 2021 | 4:30

We have gathered all the data on Mousa Dembele’s personal and professional life and put it all together in Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

The facts about Mousa Dembele's childhood, early life, parents, family, wife (Naomi Solange), lifestyle, net worth, and personal life are detailed in our Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

We all know about his box-to-box midfield ability, but few are aware of Mousa Dembele's fascinating life story. Now, without further ado, let's get started.

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Here are some short information about him.

Quick Facts

  • Full Name:

     Moussa Sidi Yaya Dembele

  • Nicknames:

     N/A

  • Date of Birth:

     16 July 1987

  • Place of Birth:

     Antwerp, Belgium

  • Age:

     34

  • Nationality:

     Belgian

  • Height:

     1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Weight:

     88 kg

  • Marital Status:

     Married

  • Wife: 

    Naomi Solange Singels

  • Net Worth: 

    8 million Pound

  • Position:

     Midfielder

  • Current Team:

     Guangzhou City

  • Jersey Number:

     8

Mousa Dembele Upbringing Years and Family Roots

To begin, His full name is Moussa Sidi Yaya Dembele. He was born in Wilrijk, Belgium, on July 16, 1987, to a Belgian mother, Tilly Huygens (a professional painter), and a Malian father, Yaya Dembele.

Mousa's personal attributes were inherited from his Flemish-born mother, Tilly – "she's calm, very relaxed" – rather than his Malian father, Yaya, who has a bit more fire in him and is more dynamic in nature.

Mousa did not support a team or watch football on TV when he was growing up in Antwerp, the same city where Romelu Lukaku was born.

However, juggling football across the street gave him a lot of pleasure, and it was this instant control that he eventually utilized to beautify English football.

His mother, on the other hand, was not pleased with him playing on the street. In order to limit her son's activities, she decided to establish an in-house place for him.

Mousa juggled the ball in a corner of the living room she designated for him to practice in, one of the

Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

“I broke everything inside the house. My mother was always very nice, she’d say: ‘OK, OK Now you are free to play in the streets.”

Mousa Dembele Career Buildout

Mousa continued to play street football until he was in his mid-teens before deciding to pursue it professionally. Dembele began his professional career in 2003 with Germinal Beerschot of the Belgian Pro League.

While every young star has a hero, Patrick Kluivert was Dembele's boyhood hero, one of the Top Facts about Mousa Dembele and he emulated his style of play. He was promoted to the senior squad after a year with the youth team.

Dembele spent the 2005–06 season at

Willem II

in the Eredivisie. Despite the fact that the squad had a bad season at the time, Dembele managed to score nine goals. After the season, he drew the attention of the Eredivisie's major clubs, and in the summer of 2006, he was transferred to AZ.

Dembele was one of Louis van Gaal's most significant players in the 2006–07 season. They were on the verge of winning the league, but lost to PSV on the final day and finished third after losing 3–2 to Excelsior. AFC Ajax also defeated AZ in the KNVB Beker final.

After two minutes of play, Dembele scored, but AZ lost 8–7 in a penalty shootout, with Dembele scoring on AZ's fifth penalty attempt. Ajax defeated AZ in the play-off final for qualification to the Champions League. That season, Dembele scored six times.

The 2007–08 season was a huge disappointment for

AZ

. Dembele scored four times for them as they ended 12th. After two losses in the 2008–09 season, Dembele's squad had a dismal start, but AZ began to win more games and eventually won the championship.

Mousa Dembele Path to Prominence

Dembele was thought to be "edging closer" to joining Birmingham City of the English Premier League, however on August 12, 2010, he turned down a transfer to Birmingham in favor of

Fulham

of London, one of the Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

Dembele signed a three-year deal with Fulham for £5 million on August 18, 2010, after leaving AZ.

At Fulham, Dembele had a great start to his career. He made his debut against Manchester United on August 22, 2010, as a replacement.

On August 25, he scored the second of six goals against Port Vale in the League Cup, completing his debut start for the club.

Dembele made his first league start against Blackpool the following week, assisting twice.

The first was a cross to Bobby Zamora after a terrific run into the box, while the second earned Fulham a point and a draw;

he ducked through a few of Blackpool players before providing a superb ball for an onrushing Dickson Etuhu to make the score (and ultimate result) 2–2.

Dembele scored his first league goals for Fulham in a 2–1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 11th. 

He then scored a fantastic solo goal against Tottenham Hotspur, sprinting from the halfway line and firing a strong shot past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Fulham supporters picked this as the "Goal of the Season", another one of the Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

Dembele scored his third Premier League goal on May 9 in Fulham's home game against

Liverpool

, although the Cottagers were thrashed 5–2.

Dembele played a more creative role in central midfield under manager Martin Jol, either with club captain Danny Murphy or new recruit Mahamadou Diarra.

Martin Jol confirmed the club had initiated contract discussions with Dembele in order to fight off interest from other clubs following some excellent performances.

In his new more central role in 2011–12, Dembele scored two goals, the first of which came in the 86th minute against Wigan Athletic to secure Fulham's 0–2 win at the DW Stadium in late October.

His second came against

Sunderland

at the end of the season when he scored the winner to make the score 2–1, barely 30 seconds after Phil Bardsley had equalized to make the game 1–1 at Craven Cottage.

Mousa Dembele Ascend to Prominence

Dembele joined

Tottenham Hotspur

on August 29, 2012, when his contract with Fulham was terminated due to a £15 million release clause.

On September 1, he made his debut against Norwich City in a 1–1 home draw.

He netted a 90th-minute goal to help Spurs knock Olympique Lyonnais out of the UEFA Europa League and advance to the last 16 of the competition on February 21, 2013.

Dembele was suspended for six games by the Football Association on May 6, 2016, despite not being booked by the referee for an eye gouge on Chelsea's Diego Costa, one of the

Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

The FA stated that "the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply to this offense was clearly insufficient."

Dembele had a recurring foot issue throughout the 2016–17 season, which forced him to miss a number of games.

Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, praised Dembele as a "genius" and one of the best players he had worked with, alongside Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho, in April 2017.

"If we had taken you at 18 or 19 years old, you would have become one of the best players in the world" Pochettino stated.

He had ankle surgery in May 2017 and was expected to never be fully recovered. He injured his ankle again in the 2017–18 season, this time in an EFL Cup tie against

Barnsley

in September.

However, he received praise for his midfield performances later in the season.

He sustained an ankle ligament injury against Wolverhampton Wanderers in early November of the 2018–19 season, which kept him out of the squad for the rest of the year.

After six and a half years with Tottenham, he was moved in January and this would be his final game for the club. In total, he made 250 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.

Tottenham agreed to sell Dembele to Beijing Guoan of the Chinese Super League in the January 2019 transfer window, but the agreement was marred by problems.

Dembele began his career as a winger and played in that position until 2011.

He now generally plays as a central midfielder, but he can also play as an offensive midfielder.

He's been described as a "big, powerful, technically gifted" footballer with exceptional "dribbling and passing abilities." "Dembele is probably the best player on the ball I've ever seen," Fulham manager Martin Jol stated.

Former Tottenham teammate Jermaine Jenas lauded Dembele's performance "The Belgian is "very good technically," according to the coach, who compares him to a vacuum cleaner because he "sucks in all the pressure and then releases the ball at the perfect time."

"If you try to get tight to him, he is strong enough to hold you off and has the ability to look at you and go past you in the blink of an eye. If you drop off him, he is happy too. He can sit deep in front of the back four and dictate the tempo from there".

Dembele has said that Dutch forward

Patrick Kluivert

was a childhood favorite of his and that his playing style was similar to that of Kluivert.

Due to his dribbling skills and ability to keep the ball, he was regarded as one of the best players in Europe in his position at the time, another one of the Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

Mousa Dembele Personal & Love Life

Every nice piece of work, it is said, requires the right person in the right location at the right time.

Mousa Dembele's footballing talent is undeniably enhanced by the presence of a stunning woman. Naomi Solange Singels, a Dutch model, is the love of his life.

Dembele met his Dutch girlfriend shortly after he was moved to the Spurs in 2012. Naomi had previously worked as a model, but she chose to leave her job to move to London with her Belgian lover. With her thin body and magnificent long brown hair, she still has a stunning presence.

In September 2014, the happy and gorgeous couple were expecting their first child. Maleec, an Arabic name meaning "king" or "master," was given to their son.

Their family was taken aback when they learned of the baby's birth.

Mousa displayed a kind and gentle side of himself that had never been seen before, after the birth of the baby, one of the

Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

That side of him was incredibly sentimental towards children. He is, without a doubt, a terrific dad in his own way.

Mousa Dembele's personality includes the following characteristics:

  • The Good Side:

    Mousa is tenacious, imaginative, devoted, emotionally invested in Naomi Solange, sympathetic, and persuasive.

  • The Poor Side:

    He may be insecure, dislike flying, be grumpy, pessimistic, suspicious, and manipulative.

  • Interested in:

    He, like his mother, enjoys art. More specifically, he enjoys home-based activities, relaxing near or in water, assisting loved ones, sharing a wonderful meal with friends, and standing up to racism, as he did in support of Dani Alves.

  • Not Interested in:

    Strangers, criticism of his mother, and sharing too much about his personal life.

In conclusion, Mousa is highly perceptive and sentimental. He is highly emotional and sensitive, and he is deeply concerned about issues concerning his family or home.

Mousa Dembele Family

Mousa Dembele is from an Afro-American family with Islamic roots. Yaya, his father, is from Mali in West Africa. Yaya Dembele resided in Mali until the late 1970s when he left for Europe, where he eventually established an export business between Belgium and Mali.

Mousa has a strong connection to Africa and says that after his career is over, he plans to start a football project for children in Mali.

In his words: “I’ve been five times to Mali and when you’re there, it makes you feel differently like you realize you’ve a lot in life to be thankful for and you have to give something back as well.”

Tilly Huygens, Mousa Dembele's mother, is a Belgian of Flemish descent. Mousa also has a sister named Assita Dembele, who reportedly described her brother as "very quiet," preferring to stay at home and avoiding parties and discos, one of the Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

Mousa Dembele's grandma, Maria Huygens, is a football fan and was once a player herself. Maria, who is in her early 80s, resides in Antwerp. Despite the fact that she is paralyzed by multiple sclerosis, she gets addicted to watching her grandson Mousa on television.

“She used to play football before it became popular for women,” Dembele says at Tottenham’s Enfield training complex.

He continued…“If I listen to her stories, she was quite good! She’s been suffering from MS and has been in a wheelchair since I was a baby but watches every game and knows all the names of all the players in football.”

Mousa Dembele Networth & LifeStyle

Tottenham Hotspur paid Fulham £15 million to bring Mousa Dembele to White Hart Lane in 2012.

After six years, Dan King of The Sun revealed in September 2018, while still a player at Lane, that the Belgium International had been offered big salaries to encourage him to transfer to China.

Dembele was promised by King at the time that he could earn £192,000 a week.

Despite all of these data, the media has yet to receive an analysis of his current weekly salary or net worth.

But it is suspected that his net worth is somewhere around 8 million pound and like every other footballer who has transferred to the eastern super league before him, Dembele is sure to be enjoying the Chinese riches, one of the Top Facts about Mousa Dembele.

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