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Series 1 - 7. Fabrice Muamba: Sports Life Stories

Fabrice Muamba: Sports Life Stories
Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

Even those who were just listening on the radio won’t easily forget what happened just before half time in a Spurs v Bolton game back in March. With no opponent near him, Bolton’s 23-year-old midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed unconscious on the turf. It sounded like a cardiac arrest — a rare but not unheard-of event — and indeed it was. An hour later, Muamba’s heart was still not beating.

Yet here he is, to discuss his childhood in Congo, his move to England and his time at Arsenal, Birmingham and Bolton. Now there’s the pain of enforced retirement, tempered by the knowledge that just being here is a miracle.

About this programme

7/8. An interview with the former Bolton Wanderers footballer, who was forced to retire after suffering a cardiac arrest in March 2012 during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but moved to England at the age of 11, and after coming through Arsenal's youth academy he would go on to represent Birmingham City and England Under-21s in addition to the Trotters. With contributions by Jermain Defoe, Owen Coyle and Patrick Vieira.

Cast and crew


Fabrice Muamba
Jermain Defoe
Owen Coyle
Patrick Vieira
Gabriel Clarke


Lewis Hurt