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Habib Beye
Personal information
Full name Habib Beye
Date of birth 19 October 1977 (1977-10-19) (age 32)
Place of birth Suresnes, France
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current club Aston Villa
Number 23[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Paris Saint-Germain II 17 (2)
1998–2003 Strasbourg 134 (8)
2003–2007 Marseille 147 (4)
2007–2009 Newcastle United 52 (1)
2009– Aston Villa 5 (0)
National team
2001– Senegal 35 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:20, 24 August 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:43, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Habib Beyé (born 19 October 1977 in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine), is a French born Senegalese footballer who currently plays for English Premier League club Aston Villa[2] and for the Senegal national team. His primary position is as a right back in defence, whilst he is also able to play in central defence.

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Club career

Paris Saint-Germain

He joined Paris Saint-Germain in 1997, though he progressed no further than the reserve side, playing in the national fifth division. He transferred at the end of the season to RC Strasbourg in 1998 for an undisclosed amount.

RC Strasbourg

Following his summer move to RC Strasbourg in 1998, Beye made his league debut on 8 August 1998 in a home 0-0 draw against Olympique Lyonnais, and played a total of 23 times in his first season at the club. He missed just five league matches in the following season, and netted for the first time on 2 October 1999 in a 2-2 home draw with FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He was a member of the RC Strasbourg side that won the 2001 French Cup, eventually defeating third division Amiens SC in a penalty shoot-out, whilch helped his team achieve UEFA Cup qualification in the following season. He appeared a total of 134 times in the league for Strasbourg, scoring 8 goals, before moving to Marseille in 2003, a move which surprised many as he was a firm favourite at RC Strasbourg and had established himself as a key player there.

Olympique Marseille

Beye signed for Marseille in the summer of 2003 for a reported 2.5million, by then manager Alain Perrin. In his opening season with the club, he took part in both UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup football. He was a key player for the Marseille side that reached the 2004 UEFA Cup Final, a run which involved him putting in a star performance as a central defender against (his now former team) Newcastle United, where he was particularly effective against Newcastle’s talisman striker Alan Shearer. He ended up on the losing side as Marseille lost the Final to Valencia 2-0. He was also a beaten finalist in the 2006 French Cup against former club Paris Saint-Germain, a match which his team lost 2-1, and again in 2007 when his Marseille team lost on penalties to FC Sochaux. His time with Marseille was a successful one where he established himself as one of the most accomplished defenders in France's top tier and was voted the fans’ Player of the Year in 2006. He was captain of Marseille for two years prior to his move to Newcastle United.

Newcastle United

Beye signed for Newcastle United for a fee of £2million (€3million) on 31 August 2007, during the closing minutes of the summer transfer window. He signed a 3 year contract, with then Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce declaring that he was very pleased with the transfer. Allardyce said in a later interview on the clubs website that he felt he acquired Beye for a "bargain" price and that him and his international colleague who also signed with him, Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye would be excellent signings for Newcastle. [3]

He made his Newcastle debut on 17 September 2007, as a substitute in Newcastle’s 1–0 defeat at Derby County. He then made his full debut at home to West Ham United, a display which impressed many Newcastle fans. He has since been a fixture in the first team, and scored his first goal for Newcastle in the 2–1 win against Birmingham City on 9 December, with a near-post header in second-half injury time.[4]

His ability to defend well and provide a good outlet going forward have enamored him to the Newcastle faithful and a number of terrace songs have been heard, starting with a chant of his name to the tune of Happy Days first heard at Fulham.[5]

His status as a cult hero has been cemented by the creation of the tongue-in-cheek fan site Beyewatch

On 22 May 2008 Beye was named Newcastle player of the season based on fan votes to a poll organised by the Evening Chronicle[6], he was then named the official Newcastle player of the season on 23 May 2008,[7] as well as being named the Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association Player of the Season on 22 August.[8]

After missing the start of the 2008/09 season from injury, Beye started against Manchester City on 20 October 2008. He was sent off after only 12 minutes for a challenge on Robinho, the first red card of his Newcastle career. Newcastle appealed the red card and on 23 October the claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld.[9] After Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League at the conclusion of the 2008/09 season, an article on the clubs official website stated Beye's intention to remain at the club to help get them back into the Premier League. [10]

However, the continuing problems behind the scenes at Newcastle would lead to Beye stating that he would have to leave the club in order to save his career.[11]

Aston Villa

Despite Hull City chairman Paul Duffen revealing that the Tigers had agreed a fee with Newcastle United to sign Beye on 6 August 2009,[12] it was announced the following day that Beye had signed for Aston Villa.[13] Beye was substituted late into his Villa debut on the opening day of the 2009-10 season, a 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic. He was sent off near the end of his third game for Villa in an away tie against West Ham United. Beye has found it hard to break into the Villa first team with the likes of Carlos Cuéllar and Luke Young ahead of him in the pecking order and his often found himself restricted to bench appearances.

International career

Beye has been a regular in the Senegal national squad since 2001, and has 35 caps and one goal. He made substitute appearances in Senegal's matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, against Denmark, Uruguay and Sweden. He retired from international football in an effort to concentrate on his club career following a shambolic Africa Cup of Nations by Senegal in 2008, [14]though he was then called up for a friendly against Libya on 20 August 2008, meaning that he had either not retired or chosen to come out of it.

Sporting titles and awards

Individual

Club

Strasbourg
Marseille

References

  1. ^ "First Team Squad". Aston Villa F.C.. http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/News/0,,10265~1750551,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Villa swoop for Newcastle's Beye". BBC Sport. 2009-08-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/aston_villa/8190878.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ Craig Hope (2007-08-31). "Marseille Skipper Completes Move". Newcastle United. http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1103823,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham". BBC. 8 December 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7122781.stm. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chants of the Season". BBC Sport. 23 May 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/mobile/bbc_sport/features/740/74008/story7400810.shtml. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Beye tops Toon fans' end of season poll www.chroniclelive.co.uk, 22 May 2008
  7. ^ Craig Hope (2008-05-23). "NUFC Player Of The Season Result". http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1318089,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  8. ^ Newcastle United (2008-08-22). "Habib Takes Toon Award". http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1373051,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  9. ^ BBC Sport (2008-10-23). "Magpies win Beye red card appeal". http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/7681218.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  10. ^ Craig Hope (2009-05-26). "Beye nails colours to Magpie Mast". Newcastle United. http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1667147,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11688_5432691,00.html
  12. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=665552&sec=transfers&cc=4716
  13. ^ WEBFLASH: Beye Signs. avfc.co.uk. Retrieved 08-12-2009.
  14. ^ Eurosport (2008-02-06). "Beye ends Senegal career". Yahoo Sports. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06022008/58/african-cup-nations-beye-ends-senegal-career.html. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 

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Preceded by
Nicky Butt
Newcastle United F.C. Player of The Year
2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent







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