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One-on-One with Stéphane Mbia

This month, we bring you a one-on-one session with QPR’s midfield engine Stéphane Mbia.

There’s a lot of traveling involved in football. What are your top 3 things you never leave home without when you travel?

That’s a tough first question! Ok, I like to listen to my music so my iPod has to come with me wherever I go. I also like my sleep – a lot! – so I think I’d bring my own pillow to make sure I can be comfortable. Third thing? I’d bring some nice food, I love my food!

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Stephane Mbia of QPR larks around during one training session

Are there any jokers at the club?

There are a lot of characters here. I share a room on away days with Chris Samba and he is a great man. I enjoy playing jokes on him. If he is asleep I take photos of him lying there with his mouth wide open, or even give him a little dig to wake him up! haha

What’s the best piece of advice any coach has given you?

To concentrate. That is the most important thing I have been told, and that’s the advice I would give to young players. You must always, always concentrate when you are playing.

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Stephane Mbia in action against Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on 7th April 2013

Do you prefer city or beach holidays? Why?

Definitely city holidays because there are more things to do. I am not the sort of person who can sit around, I have to be doing things.

Can you remember the first pair of football boots you ever bought?

Yes, my mother bought them for me when I was six or seven years old and I was so happy when I got them.