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Alex Song
Alexandre Song
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong[1]
Date of birth 9 September 1987 (1987-09-09) (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position Defensive midfielder, Centre back
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2004 Bastia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Bastia 32 (0)
2005–2006 Arsenal (loan) 5 (0)
2006– Arsenal 64 (2)
2007 Charlton Athletic (loan) 12 (0)
National team
2002–2003 France U16 6 (0)
2003–2004 Cameroon U17 3 (0)
2008– Cameroon 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:03, 8 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:52, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong (born 9 September 1987), more commonly known as Alex Song, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Arsenal of the Premier League. He is the nephew of Rigobert Song. He plays as a defensive midfielder in front of the back four and has also played as a stand-in centre back and right back. Originally a utility player on the fringes of the first team, he quickly became an integral part of the first team during the preseason to the 2009-10 campaign; and has since started most games for which he has been available.

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Background

Song was born in Douala, Cameroon and lost his father at the age of three. Since then, his more famous uncle Rigobert Song has been like a second father and was a major influence in his nephew choosing football as a career. Alex Song wanted to give his children a good upbringing in life, which he claims eluded him; he married at the age of 18 and is now father to two children, the eldest being two-year-old Nolan.[4]

Club career

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Bastia

Song joined the Bastia youth team in 2003–04 and became a part of the first team the following season with 34 appearances. During his time at Bastia, he attracted attention from numerous clubs, including Inter, Manchester United, Lyon, and Middlesbrough.[5] Although he impressed Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as a trialist during Arsenal's pre-season training camp in Austria, the gaffer claims his attention was first brought to the player by a young American scout called Ross, who was the first man at Arsenal to rate Song as a clinical CDM. Arsenal secured his services on loan for the 2005–06 season on 11 August 2005 at the suggestion of the American, who was also credited with picking out young Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner as a potential Gunner.[6] Arsenal agreed to a £1 million fee[7] in June 2006 and signed him to a four-year contract.

Arsenal

Song made his Premiership debut during Arsenal's 2–0 win against Everton on 19 September 2005 as a substitute. He played in several UEFA Champions League matches and made several Premiership starts near the end of the season, when first team players were injured or being rested.

He scored his first goal for Arsenal against Liverpool in Arsenal's 6–3 win at Anfield in the League Cup on 9 January 2007.[8]

On 30 January 2007, it was confirmed that Charlton Athletic had signed Song on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season.[9] Although he impressed, Charlton were relegated and Song returned to Arsenal.

Over the 2007–08 season, Song started at centre back for Arsenal's Carling Cup matches, but missed their semi-final elimination by Tottenham while away with Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations. He also started at centre back in Premier League ties towards the end of the season, most notably in Arsenal's crucial visit to Old Trafford against Manchester United, while regular starter Kolo Touré filled in for Bacary Sagna at right back.

He scored in Arsenal's 5–2 away win over Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League.[10] Song's first league goal, and third in all competitions for the Gunners, was scored against Wigan Athletic on the 11th of April 2009 in which he took on several players and then coolly finished in the bottom corner. Arsenal won the match 4–1.[11]

2009–10 season

Song began the season well, playing in all but one of Arsenal's first 12 league games. He was voted third in the Arsenal.com player of the month award for October, behind winner Cesc Fàbregas and runner-up Robin van Persie. After putting in consistently commanding performances at the heart of midfield, allowing Arsenal's creative attackers to operate effectively, Alex Song is now one of the first names on the team sheet as well as developing into a world class defensive midfielder. On 25 November 2009, Song signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, lasting until 2014.[12] On 30 December 2009, he scored his second goal in the league for Arsenal when he completed the scoring in a 4–1 win over Portsmouth.

International career

Although uncapped at the time, Song was named in the Cameroon squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. He made his international debut for Cameroon in their first group match, a 4–2 defeat against holders Egypt; he replaced Stephane Mbia at half time, joining his cousin Rigobert on the pitch. For the duration of the tournament he was a revelation in defence for Cameroon, earning a Man of the Match award in Cameroon's semi final, but then going off injured in the final against Egypt. He was nonetheless named in the Tournament Best XI, alongside Newcastle midfielder and compatriot Geremi.

Song was called-up for the 2010 African Cup of Nations and was the only Cameroonian named in the Team of the Tournament.

Club career statistics

(correct as of 3 March 2010)
Club Season League Cup* Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Bastia 2004–05 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0 0
Total 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0 0
Arsenal 2005–06 5 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 9 0 0
2006–07 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 6 1 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2006–07 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1
Arsenal 2007–08 9 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 15 0 1
2008–09 31 1 1 6 0 2 11 1 0 48 2 3
2009–10 22 1 1 2 0 0 8 0 1 32 1 2
Total 71 2 3 16 1 2 25 1 1 122 4 7
Career total 102 2 3 16 1 2 25 1 1 153 4 7

(* FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield)

Honours

International

Runner-up

Individual

  • African Cup of Nations Best XI: 2008, 2010

References

  1. ^ "Statistics". Premier League. http://www.premierleague.com/staticFiles/c2/3b/0,,12306~146370,00.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Song". FootballDatabase. http://www.footballdatabase.com/index.php?page=player&Id=7953&pn=Alexandre_Song_Billong. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ "PFA Profile". PFA. 2008-11-04. http://www.givemefootball.com/player-profiles/alexandre-song-billong. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ Barlow, Matt (2009-04-17). "Arsenal star Song so happy to sing the praises of family values". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1171570/Arsenal-star-Song-happy-sing-praises-family-values.html. 
  5. ^ "Wenger moves for Song". Sky Sports. http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?hlid=292220&plid=41116&clid=3&cpid=8. Retrieved 10 August 2006. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal take Song on season loan". BBC Sport. 2005-08-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/4692645.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Academies are not working and need big change, says Benítez". The Guardian. 2006-12-09. http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,1974975,00.html. 
  8. ^ "Liverpool 3-6 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 9 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/6236687.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Arsenal's Song in Charlton move". BBC Sport. 2007-01-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/6313465.stm. 
  10. ^ "Fenerbahce 2-5 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 21 October 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7671422.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Wigan 1-4 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 11 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7978865.stm. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Song signs new Arsenal contract". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/8378745.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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Simple English

Alex Song
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong
Date of birth 9 September 1987 (1987-09-09) (age 23)
Place of birth    Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 17
Senior clubs
Years Club
2004-2005
2005-
2007
Bastia
Arsenal
Charlton Athletic (loan)
National team
2005- Cameroon

Alex Song (born 9 September 1987) is a Cameroonian football player. He plays for Arsenal and Cameroon national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2004/05BastiaLigue 1320320
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2005/06ArsenalPremier League5000202090
2006/072000311061
2006/07Charlton AthleticPremier League1200000-120
2007/08ArsenalPremier League90003030150
2008/093114020111482
2009/10
CountryFrance 320320
England 59140101171903
Total 911401011711223

International career statistics

[2]

Cameroon national team
YearAppsGoals
200510
200600
200700
2008110
200930
2010
Total150

References


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