|Current Team:||Wycombe Wanderers F.C.|
|Birth Day:||January 31, 1986|
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He grew up in Brussels and signed with Chelsea club from 2006-2007.
Yves Makabu-Makalambay plays for the team Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Ma-Kalambay signed for Chelsea as a youth. In March 2004 after injuries to Carlo Cudicini and Neil Sullivan, Ma-Kalambay found himself on the bench for a league match at Bolton Wanderers as cover for Marco Ambrosio. 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 Ma-Kalambay in some capacity for the 2006–07 season, but this did not come to fruition.
Makalambay signed for SPL club Hibernian in June 2007. He kept a clean sheet on his competitive debut for Hibs in an Edinburgh derby win at Tynecastle against Hearts. In a 2020 interview, Makalambay revealed that he was hurt and taken aback by the level of racist abuse he received from the Hearts support on his debut, describing it as the worst he experienced throughout his career.
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. 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. 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.
Makalambay was first selected by Belgium in January 2008. He was then selected for their squad in the 2008 Olympic Games. Makalambay played in only one match during the Olympics, when he came on as a substitute for Logan Bailly during their 3–2 victory over Italy in the quarter final. Belgium eventually finished in fourth place; Makalambay missed out on a medal due to Belgian defeats by Nigeria and Brazil.
Makalambay lost his place to new signing Graham Stack in the 2009–10 season. 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. 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. This doubt was confirmed on 14 May 2010 when it was announced that Ma-Kalambay's contract would not be renewed. After his release, Makalambay claimed that he had only been dropped due to his refusal to sign a new contract. He also claimed to have received offers from clubs in England and Spain.
In September 2010, Makalambay went on trial with Football League Championship club Swansea City. He signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2010–11 season later that month. He played in all of Swansea's League Cup and FA Cup games that season, but left the club at the end of his contract in 2011.
Having not played in a competitive full international for Belgium, Makalambay was still eligible for selection by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the birthplace of his father. Makalambay was selected by DR Congo for a friendly against Saudi Arabia in May 2010. He made his international debut as Congo lost 2–0.
In October 2011, Makalambay signed a contract until the end of the season with Jupiler Pro League club KV Mechelen. He was signed because the second choice KV Mechelen goalkeeper, Wouter Biebauw, was injured for a long time. Makalambay left the club at the end of the 2011–12 season.
In August 2013, Makalambay signed a contract for two seasons with Belgacom League club Royal Antwerp after a few weeks training in the preseason.
In October 2017 Yves agreed to a short-term deal with Wycombe Wanderers until 29 January 2018; he will wear the number 30 during his time with the club. In May 2018 it was announced that he had extended his contract for one year, to the end of the 2018–19 season.
Currently, Yves Makabu-Makalambay is 36 years, 8 months and 1 days old. Yves Makabu-Makalambay will celebrate 37th birthday on a Tuesday 31st of January 2023.
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