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Mamady Sidibe
Personal information
Full name Mamady Sidibe[1]
Date of birth 18 December 1979 (1979-12-18) (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Bamako, Mali
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Stoke City
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2001 CA Paris-Charenton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Swansea City 31 (7)
2002–2005 Gillingham 106 (10)
2005– Stoke City 159 (24)
National team
2002–2008 Mali 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:05, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:56, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Mamady Sidibe (born 18 December 1979) is a Malian footballer who plays for Stoke City as a striker. He previously played for Swansea City and Gillingham. He has played internationally for Mali, making his debut in 2002.

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Club career

Born in Bamako, Sidibe began his career at CA Paris-Charenton in France before being signed by Swansea City on 25 August 2001. He held talks with Barnsley over a £200,000 transfer in December.[2] Whilst at Swansea he scored eight times in 35 games. In August 2002 he joined Gillingham,[3] for whom he scored 13 goals in 115 matches. When Gillingham were relegated at the end of the 2004–05 season, Sidibe declined the offer of a new contract.[4]

In June 2005 he moved to Stoke City,[5] and at one point was one of only two strikers in the entire Stoke squad. He performed as a lone striker for the early stages of the season, keeping Bruce Dyer on the bench. Eventually, Stoke manager Johan Boskamp signed Sambégou Bangoura to play alongside him in attack.

Sidibe made 33 appearances for Stoke City in the 2007–08 season, scoring four goals.

On 23 August 2008, Sidibe scored the third goal in Stoke City's 3–2 home win against Aston Villa, when Rory Delap's long throw was headed home by Sidibe. This was Stoke's first ever win in the Premier League. Sidibe has since went on to score his second Premier League goal of his career and season against West Bromwich Albion in a 1–0 win against their fellow newly promoted rivals. On 6 December, Sidibe netted his third goal at Newcastle United, to start the fightback from Stoke losing 2–0 to eventually draw 2–2, putting them 13th place in the league.On 12 December, Sidibe suffered a knee injury whilst playing for Stoke City against Fulham at The Britannia Stadium.[6]

Sidibe made his return from injury coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The decision by the management to rush Sidibe back from injury has come under heavy criticism from supporters. Sidibe thought he scored in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa however referee Lee Probert deemed it to be a foul on Stephen Warnock.He made his 150th appearance for city against Fulham on the 6 January 2010 when he scored the third goal in a 3–2 win for Stoke.[7]

Sidibe signed a new contract at Stoke in February 2010, extending his stay at the Britannia Stadium until June 2012.[8]

International career

Sidibe plays at international level for Mali, earning his first cap in 2002.[9] In October 2007 he was stabbed by a spectator during an international match with Togo and suffered what was described as a "horrific injury".[10]

Style of play

Sidibe is regarded as a target man rather than a goal scorer.[citation needed]

Personal life

Sidibe has a younger brother, Lassana, who in 2009 signed for Dover Athletic, managed by the elder Sidibe's former Gillingham team-mate Andy Hessenthaler. In July 2009, Lassana played a pre-season friendly for Stoke's rivals Port Vale, in an attempt to follow his big brother into the Football League.[11] However Lassana was not offered a contract by Vale and returned to Dover..

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swansea City 2001–02 31 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 9
Gillingham 2002–03 30 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 4
2003–04 41 5 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 45 6
2004–05 35 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 2
Stoke City 2005–06 42 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 47 7
2006–07 43 9 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 46 9
2007–08 35 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 4
2008–09 22 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 22 4
2009–10 17 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
Career total 296 41 18 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 326 47

References

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 56. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ "Barnsley in talks with Sidibe". BBC Sport. 2001-12-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/barnsley/1689488.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Gills sign striker Sidibe". BBC Sport. 2002-08-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/g/gillingham/2178224.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Sidibe decides to quit Gillingham". BBC Sport. 2005-05-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/g/gillingham/4580477.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Pulis delighted at Sidibe signing". BBC Sport. 2005-06-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/4619835.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Sidibe key to Stoke survival". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/7763706.stm. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Stoke City's Mamady Sidibe pleased to net first goal". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/8443363.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe signs new contract". BBC Sport. 2010-02-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/8498394.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  9. ^ "Mali look to Europe". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/cup_of_nations/2320699.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  10. ^ Tony Hudd. "Ex-Gills star stabbed by spectator". Medway Messenger. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sport/default.asp?article_id=35380. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  11. ^ Baggaley, Michael (July 16, 2009). "Port Vale: Mini Mama handed trial by Valiants boss Adams". The Sentinel. http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/portvale/Mini-Mama-handed-trial-Valiants-boss-Adams/article-1171093-detail/article.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 

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