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Jean-Alain Boumsong
Personal information
Full name Jean-Alain Boumsong-Somkong
Date of birth December 14, 1979 (1979-12-14) (age 30)
Place of birth    Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Lyon
Number 4
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Le Havre
Newcastle United
042 (1)
133 (3)
018 (2)
047 (0)
033 (2)
044 (1)   
National team2
2003– France 027 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 10 August 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 21 January 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jean-Alain Boumsong-Somkong (born December 14, 1979, in Douala, Cameroon) is a professional football defender who currently plays for Lyon and the French national team.


Club career


Early career

Boumsong started his career with French team Le Havre before joining Auxerre. He notably scored the 89th-minute winning goal in Auxerre's 2-1 win in the 2003 French Cup Final against Paris Saint-Germain.

A long time target for then Liverpool F.C. manager Gérard Houllier, the press speculated that it was only a matter of time before Boumsong signed for Liverpool.[citation needed] However, as Boumsong was a free agent, his agent, the Monaco based Scot Willie McKay negotiated the best sign-on fee to the player for Boumsong from Rangers, based in Glasgow, Scotland.[citation needed]


As a result, Boumsong joined Alex McLeish at Rangers in 2004 and signed a five year contract. Boumsong quickly adapted to the Scottish game and showed his skill as a centre half, leading to rumours that his stay in Glasgow may be shorter than expected. Halfway through the 2004–05 season, Newcastle under new manager Graeme Souness, made an £8 million bid for him, which Rangers accepted in a deal that was finalized once the January 2005 transfer window opened.


Boumsong signed a 5½-year contract with the Magpies. However, as Boumsong had played the requisite number of games for Rangers that season, he still received a Scottish Championship Winners Medal, despite having been a Newcastle player for around five months by the time Rangers won the title.

The £8 million transfer fee raised eyebrows,[1] as the player, being out of contract, had joined Rangers for free just months before- at which point Newcastle showed no interest in signing him. This transfer is one of those about which the Stevens inquiry report in June 2007 expressed concerns:

“There remains inconsistencies in evidence provided by Graeme Souness - a former manager of the club - and Freddy Shepherd - apparently acting in an undefined role but not as a club official - as to their respective roles in transfer negotiations.”

“The inquiry is still awaiting clarification from agent Willie McKay[2].

However the Stevens enquiry later issued two clarifications. It said of Souness, "We wish to make it clear that inconsistencies did not exist within the evidence given by Graeme Souness to Quest concerning his role in transfers covered by the Inquiry during his time as manager of Newcastle United FC and neither the Premier League nor do Quest have any concerns in this regard".[3] As regards McKay it stated: "Further to the key findings from the final Quest report published on 15 June 2007 by the Premier League, Quest would like to emphasise that, in that report, it was clear that no evidence of irregular payments was found in the transfers in the inquiry period which involved the agent Willie McKay. Quest would also like to thank Mr McKay for his cooperation with the inquiry." [4]


On August 22, 2006, Boumsong joined the recently Serie B relegated Juventus for a fee of €4.8 million (£3.26 million), with future incentives promised to Newcastle relating to Juventus' future performance. In September 2006 Boumsong scored his first Juventus goal in a game against Crotone where Juventus won 3-0. Valeri Bojinov scored the other two goals. In Boumsoug's final match with Juventus, he scored a key equaliser in their Coppa Italia match against rivals Inter on January 23, 2008.


On January 24, 2008, Boumsong moved to French club Olympique Lyonnais on a three-and-a-half year contract.[5] Boumsong has stated he made this move in order to increase his chances to make Raymond Domenech's EURO 2008 squad.[6]

He made his debut for the club in 4-1 win over Sochaux at Stade de Gerland on February 8, 2008.The 2008-09 season he scored his first Lyon's goal against Le Mans on 4 April 2009.

International career

Boumsong made his France debut against Japan on June 20 2003, and went with the squad for Euro 2004, although he only made a brief appearance coming on as a substitute in one game.

He established himself as a regular starter in the national team in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, and was called up to the squad for the 2006 World Cup, but did not see any game action during the competition because of Lillian Thuram's return to the team. Boumsong was also named in the France squad for Euro 2008.

Boumsong appeared on only one game during Euro 2008, when during the group match between France and Italy he substituted Samir Nasri. Nasri himself entered the field only 16 minutes earlier, when he replaced the injured Franck Ribéry, however when central defender Eric Abidal was sent off, French coach Raymond Domenech decided to pull off the midfielder Nasri from the field for the defender Boumsong. Interestingly, four years earlier during the Euro 2004, Boumsong has been already sent to the field once as a substitute's substitute, when he replaced William Gallas during a match against Switzerland, thus he is the first player in European Championship history to achieve this feat twice.[7][8]

Personal life

Boumsong's younger brother, Yannick Boumsong, is also a professional footballer.[9] He is the older cousin of David N'Gog, who plays for Liverpool F.C.[10]

Boumsong has a degree in mathematics.

Boumsong is married to Juliette and has a daughter, Eva, born on December 12, 2007.

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1997-98 Le Havre Division 1 1 0 -
1998-99 18 1 -
1999-00 23 0 -
2000-01 Auxerre Division 1 32 0 -
2001-02 34 1 -
2002-03 Ligue 1 33 1 12 0
2003-04 32 1 5 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2004-05 Rangers Premier League 12 2 -
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004-05 Newcastle United Premier League 14 0 -
2005-06 33 0 -
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2006-07 Juventus Serie B 33 2 -
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2007-08 Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 8 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
2008-09 32 1 3 1 0 0 8 0 43 2
2009-10 16 1 2 1 2 0 4 0 24 2
Total France 225 6 28 0
Scotland 12 2 -
England 47 0 -
Italy 33 2 -
Career Total 317 10 8 0


Notes and references

  1. ^ "Footbal: Newcastle relaxed about police raids | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  2. ^ "What Stevens said about each club". 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Edinburgh Evening News". 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Quest finds no irregular payments in McKay deals | News | Guardian Unlimited Football".,,2207222,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Soccer-Roundup 3-Boumsong leaves Juventus for Lyon | Reuters". 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Juventus - Boumsong: I Love Juve & Am Sad To Leave". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  7. ^ France sunk as Italy grab lifeline
  8. ^ Henry makes the difference
  9. ^ "Yannick Boumsong Boumsong(Yannick Boumsong)". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Liverpool to bid for PSG prospect Ngog". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Site officiel de l'Olympique Lyonnais". Olweb.Fr. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 

Simple English

Jean-Alain Boumsong
Personal information
Full name Jean-Alain Boumsong
Date of birth 14 December 1979 (1979-12-14) (age 31)
Place of birth    Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Olympique Lyonnais
Number 4
Senior clubs
Years Club
Le Havre
Newcastle United
Olympique Lyonnais
National team
2003-2009 France

Jean-Alain Boumsong (born 14 December 1979) is a French football player. He plays for Olympique Lyonnais and France national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1997/98Le HavreDivision 110
2000/01AuxerreDivision 1320
2002/03Ligue 1331
2004/05RangersPremier League182
2004/05Newcastle UnitedPremier League140
2006/07JuventusSerie B332
2007/08Serie A00
2007/08Olympique LyonnaisLigue 180
CountryFrance 2135
Scotland 182
England 570
Italy 332
Total 3219

International career statistics

France national team



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