Joel Kabongo

Joel Zakarias Kabongo (Danish pronunciation: [kʰæˈpʌŋko]; born 5 April 1998) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Danish Superliga club Randers FC.

Danish footballer
Joel Kabongo
Personal information
Full name Joel Zakarias Kabongo
Date of birth (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Albertslund, Denmark
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Randers
Number 4
Youth career
2003–2008 Albertslund IF
2008–2017 Brøndby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2021 Brøndby 15 (0)
2017 Fremad Amager (loan) 10 (0)
2021– Randers 2 (0)
National team
2013 Denmark U16 1 (0)
2016 Denmark U18 4 (0)
2016–2017 Denmark U19 6 (0)
2018–2019 Denmark U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:32, 4 November 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:10, 27 July 2021 (UTC)

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Kabongo started playing for hometown club Albertslund IF before signing a youth contract with Brøndby IF. During his time in the youth teams, Kabongo was a part of the under-17 team that won the championship and the domestic cup.[1] On 31 August 2017, Kabongo moved to second division club Fremad Amager on loan until 1 January 2018.[2] He made his first-team debut for Fremad on 3 September, coming on as a substitute for Heini Vatnsdal in the 82nd minute of a 1–0 win home win against Esbjerg fB.[3]

After returning to Brøndby from his loan spell, Kabongo saw playing time in the team’s pre-season friendlies, being in the starting lineup in a match against Shakhtar Donetsk.[4] Kabongo made his official debut for Brøndby in the first match of the 2018–19 Danish Superliga season, starting in a 2–0 away win over Randers FC and playing the entire match.[5]

On 16 August 2018, Kabongo made his UEFA Europa League debut, starting in a 21 home win over Spartak Subotica. His debut was short-lived, however, as he was sent off in the 15th minute for a professional foul on Dejan Đenić.[6] On 26 August 2018, in a 21 win over Vendsyssel FF, Kabongo was sent off again, this time for a 92nd minute foul on Sander Fischer, resulting in a penalty and Kabongo being shown a second yellow card.[7] On 22 April 2019, in a match against FC Midtjylland, Kabongo suffered a cruciate ligament tear and was substituted in the first half.[8] The initial prognosis suggested that he would miss 12 months.[9]

On 5 March 2020, Kabongo, alongside several other Brøndby personnel, was placed in home quarantine after having met with former Brøndby-player Thomas Kahlenberg, who had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark. Kahlenberg had been infected at a birthday party in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[10] Kabongo made his comeback in football on 21 May 2020 in a friendly against Lyngby.[11][12]

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