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Yves Ma-Kalambay
Personal information
Full name Yves Makabu-Makalambay
Date of birth 31 January 1986 (1986-01-31) (age 23)
Place of birth Brussels, Belgium
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 50
Youth career
2002–2003 PSV Eindhoven
2003–2006 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Chelsea 0 (0)
2006 Watford (loan) 0 (0)
2007– Hibernian 57 (0)
National team
2008 Belgium under–23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:05, 4 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:05, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Yves Makabu-Makalambay (born 31 January 1986) is a Belgian association football goalkeeper who plays for Hibernian of the Scottish Premier League. He stands nearly 2 metres tall. His parents are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Yves grew up in Brussels in the same neighbourhood as fellow footballers Vincent Kompany, Faris Haroun, Anthony Vanden Borre and Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo.


Club career



Makalambay signed for Chelsea as a youth. He went on loan to Watford in February 2006 to cover for the suspended Ben Foster. Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd suggested that he was interested in signing Makalambay in some capacity for the 2006–07 season,[1] but this did not come to fruition.

After he returned to Chelsea from the loan spell at Watford, he made the bench in Chelsea's win over Barcelona due to injuries to Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini. With the arrival of Magnus Hedman at Chelsea, Yves was relegated to fifth choice goalkeeper at the club.


Makalambay signed for SPL club Hibernian in June 2007.[2 ] He kept a clean sheet on his competitive debut for Hibs in a Edinburgh derby win at Tynecastle against Hearts. Despite making two bad errors in a 3–3 draw with Aberdeen, Makalambay then made a penalty save in his next match, a 1–0 win over Inverness.

Makalambay has received some criticism at times for his performances for Hibs, but he claimed during an interview with the Daily Record in December 2008 that he is under greater scrutiny than goalkeepers of other Scottish Premier League clubs.[3] The newspaper surmised that this scrutiny was because of the high profile mistakes made by his immediate predecessors in the Hibs goal, Zibi Malkowski and Simon Brown.[3] After making an error in an Edinburgh derby, Makalambay was replaced by Grzegorz Szamotulski at half-time due to a hamstring injury. He regained his place in the first team near the end of the season, putting in some impressive displays in draws against the Old Firm and in an Edinburgh derby win at Tynecastle, but then conceded a bizarre goal against Aberdeen on the final day of the season.[4]

Makalambay lost his place to new signing Graham Stack in the 2009–10 season.[5] With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Makalambay expressed a desire to open talks with Hibs about a new deal.[5] Hibs signed goalkeeper Graeme Smith on the first day of the January 2010 transfer window, however, which raised further doubt over Makalambay's future at the club.[6]

International career

In January 2008, Makalambay was called up by Belgium.[7] He was then selected for their squad in the 2008 Olympic Games.[8] Makalambay played in only one match during the Olympics,[9] when he came on as a substitute for Logan Bailly during their 3–2 victory over Italy in the quarter final.[10] Belgium eventually finished in fourth place, Makalambay missing out on a medal due to Belgian defeats by Nigeria and Brazil.[11]


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