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Henri Camara
Personal information
Full name Henri Camara
Date of birth 10 May 1977 (1977-05-10) (age 32)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Sheffield United
Number 37
Youth career
ASC Diaraf
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 RC Strasbourg 0 (0)
1999–2000 Neuchâtel Xamax 32 (17)
2000–2001 Grasshopper-Club Zürich 11 (3)
2001–2003 Sedan 60 (22)
2003–2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 (7)
2004–2005 Celtic (loan) 18 (8)
2005 Southampton (loan) 13 (4)
2005–2009 Wigan Athletic 69 (20)
2007–2008 West Ham United (loan) 10 (0)
2009 Stoke City (loan) 4 (0)
2009- Sheffield United 19 (4)
National team
1999– Senegal 89 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:03, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 September 2007

Henri Camara (born 10 May 1977) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a striker for Sheffield United.


Club career


Early career

Camara was born in Dakar to Guinean parents who migrated to Senegal,[citation needed] and began his career in France with RC Strasbourg (1998-1999), before playing for Swiss clubs Neuchâtel Xamax (1999-2000), and Grasshopper-Club Zürich, where he won the Swiss Championship in 2001. He then returned to France with Sedan but sought a new move when they were relegated in 2003.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Camara joined newly promoted English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2003 for £1.5million. He was a regular first-choice player, capable of creating goalscoring opportunities, but often guilty of erratic finishing that left him with just one goal from 23 games, this goal being the crucial winner as Wolves came back from 3-0 down at half time to beat relegation rivals Leicester City 4-3.[1] Towards the end of the season, he found his scoring touch and struck 6 times in the final 9 games. While this could not prevent relegation, he was named the fans' Player of the Year.

However, Camara was unwilling to play at a lower level and did not turn up for pre-season training.[2] His future was further unsettled by a bid from Phil Gartside, Bolton Wanderers' chairman, which Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey rejected.[3] He eventually returned to the club but only to negotiate a loan move away, thus earning the nickname of "Le Rat".


Camara's route out of Wolves came in the form of Celtic, who paid £1.5million to take him on loan for the 2004–05 season.[4] His time in Scotland was disappointing, though, as he scored eight goals from twelve starts and six substitute appearances. Camara claimed in the press that he would replace Henrik Larsson, who had just left the club. He also requested Larsson's squad number (7) which he had had at a previous club as well, but was instead given number 27.[5]

The loan deal was terminated during the January 2005 transfer window despite being contracted for longer, as he moved back to England with Southampton.[6] Here, he suffered relegation again as the Saints made the drop on the final day of the season.

Wigan Athletic

Camara finally found a new permanent club when he was signed by Premiership newcomers Wigan Athletic in August 2005 in a three year deal for £3million.[7] In 2006, his contract was extended to 2009. He again found himself in a Premier League relegation battle, but it ended third time lucky for him as Wigan made a last day escape at the expense of Sheffield United.

After Wigan manager Paul Jewell's resignation, Camara found himself out of favour at Wigan and he was loaned out to West Ham United, for the duration of the 2007-08 season, at the end of the Summer transfer window.[8] By his own admission, he has had a torrid time at West Ham and wants to preferably find another club in England. Despite allowing him to leave on loan Steve Bruce suggested that if Camara wanted to stay at Wigan he was more than welcome to. [9]

Camara scored a brace in his first game back for Wigan under Bruce in the 4-0 win in the Carling Cup over Notts County.[10] He then scored the match winner against Everton in a 1-0 victory for Wigan at the JJB Stadium on 24 November 2008, their first win against Everton on home soil. He scored again against West Bromwich Albion the following match. Whilst at Wigan he started in the 2006 Football League Cup Final.

On 2 February 2009, Camara joined Stoke City on loan until the end of the season in search of regular first-team football. He missed a glaring opportunity straight after coming off the bench for his debut at Sunderland, smashing a volley from 6 yards against the bar with the entire goal to aim for.[citation needed] He was released by Wigan at the end of the 2008–09 season, after not being offered a new contract.[11].

Camara spent much of the 2009 close-season on trial at Premier League club Hull City but was not offered a contract,[12].

Sheffield United

After initially rejecting a deal with the Blades, Camara signed a short term agreement with the Sheffield club until the end of the season.[13] Camara made his debut in a 4-3 loss to Cardiff City at the end of October and scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Peterborough United a month later.[14]

International career

Camara made his international debut for Senegal in a 1-1 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria on 28 February 1999. He went on to play in their surprising run at the 2002 World Cup, scoring two goals - one a golden goal - in the Round of 16 against Sweden, which took them to the quarter finals for the only time in their history. He was also part of the 2004, 2006 and 2008 African Nations Cup squads.

Henri Camara also featured in Ronaldinho's squad for a charity football match. The match was between Europe and the rest of the world. Henri Camara came on as a substitute and scored 2 goals in the second half of the game to help his team take the victory.

Internationally, Henri Camara could have played for Guinea as his father was born in Guinea but chose Senegal, explaining, "I was born in Senegal but my father is from Guinea, so, yes, I could have played with Momo [Sylla in the Guinea national team]. When I was young, I received an invitation from the Senegal youth team and my dad didn't want me to play. His dream was for me to play for Guinea. But I didn't know Guinea very well. Senegal was my country, so it was an easy decision for me to make."[15]

Personal life

Camara has a son, Henri Jr. (born 11 November 2006) with his wife.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Wolves comeback stuns Leicester". BBC. 25 October 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/3206858.stm. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Camara walks out on Wolves". BBC Sport website. 13 July 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/3889891.stm. 
  3. ^ "Wolves firm on Camara". BBC Sport website. 14 July 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/3892941.stm. 
  4. ^ "Camara joins Celtic". BBC Sport website. 30 July 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/3934577.stm. 
  5. ^ "Camara keen to impress". BBC Sport website. 31 July 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/3942525.stm. 
  6. ^ "Camara completes switch to Saints". BBC Sport website. 31 January 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/southampton/4222475.stm. 
  7. ^ "Camara joins Wigan in £3m switch". BBC Sport website. 6 August 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wigan_athletic/4127346.stm. 
  8. ^ "West Ham sign Solano and Camara". BBC Sport website. 31 August 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/west_ham_utd/6973578.stm. 
  9. ^ Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | News | Camara looks for new club
  10. ^ "Wigan 4-0 Notts County". BBC Sports. 26 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/league_cup/7576437.stm. 
  11. ^ "Sibierski keen to play on". Wigan Today. 9 June 2009. http://www.wigantoday.net/latics/Sibierski-keen-to-play-on.5346410.jp. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "No Deal For Camara". Hull City. 13 August 2009. http://www.hullcityafc.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~1753332,00.html. 
  13. ^ "Blades snap up Camara". sufc.co.uk. 2009-10-22. http://www.sufc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10418~1833787,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  14. ^ "Camara clicks in an instant". thestar.co.uk. 2009-11-23. http://www.thestar.co.uk/blades/Camara-clicks-in-an-instant.5848118.jp. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  15. ^ White, Nicolas (26 August 2004). "Camara breaks father's heart". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/3601220.stm. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 

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Henri Camara
Personal information
Full name Henri Camara
Date of birth 10 May 1977 (1977-05-10) (age 33)
Place of birth    Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Sheffield United
Number 37
Senior clubs
Years Club
Neuchâtel Xamax
Grasshopper Zürich
Sedan Ardennes
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Celtic (loan)
Southampton (loan)
Wigan Athletic
West Ham United (loan)
Stoke City (loan)
Sheffield United
National team
1999-2008 Senegal

Henri Camara (born 10 May 1977) is a Senegalese football player. He has played for Senegal national team.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SwitzerlandLeague Schweizer Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1999/00Neuchâtel XamaxNationalliga A20122012
2000/01Grasshopper ZürichNationalliga A113113
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2001/02Sedan ArdennesDivision 1258258
2002/03Ligue 134143414
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2003/04Wolverhampton WanderersPremier League3070020-327
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05CelticPremier League188101060268
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05SouthamptonPremier League1343200-166
2005/06Wigan AthleticPremier League28120030-3112
2007/08West Ham UnitedPremier League1000000-100
2008/09Wigan AthleticPremier League1721133-216
2008/09Stoke CityPremier League400000-40
2009/10Sheffield UnitedLeague Championship
CountrySwitzerland 43204320
France 59225922
England 125314393-13837
Scotland 188101060268
Total 24581531036026687

International career statistics

Senegal national team



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