Eric Djemba-Djemba Profile
Eric Daniel Djemba-Djemba, born Douala, Cameroon, May 4, 1981. Eric Djemba-Djemba kick-started his professional football career with Nantes before he was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £3.5 million at the beginning of the 2003-04 campaign. A tough tackling midfielder, he was handed his debut for United by Sir Alex Ferguson in a 1-1 draw to Arsenal at Millennium Stadium in the FA Community Shield on the 10th of August 2003.
Eric Djemba-Djemba appeared in 15 Premier League matches for Manchester United during his inagural year at Old Trafford, but with competition for places intense at the club he was unable to establish himself in the first team. After having made just a mere 20 Premiership appearances for United under Sir Alex Ferguson, the player signed with fellow Premier League side Aston Villa for a transfer fee of around £1.5 million midway through the 2004-05 season. The Cameroonian later appeared for a string of clubs all over the world, including Qatar SC, Odense, Hapoel Tel Aviv, St Mirren, Chennaiyin, Persebaya Surabaya, Chateaubriant, and FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues. An international for Cameroon, Djemba-Djemba was a member of the legendary side which won the African Nations Cup in 2002 and proceeded to play 34 senior games for his homeland. Eric Djemba-Djemba: “Today, I have Manchester United on my curriculum vitae, and I am proud of it. Sir Alex Ferguson took me under his wing and changed my life. I will never be able to thank him enough.”