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Rigobert Song
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Personal information
Full name Rigobert Song Bahanag
Date of birth July 1, 1976 (1976-07-01) (age 33)
Place of birth    Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Trabzonspor[1]
Number 4
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1993
1994–1997
1997–1998
1998–2000
2000–2002
2001–2002
2002–2004
2004–2008
2008–
Tonnerre
FC Metz
Salernitana
Liverpool
West Ham United
1. FC Köln (loan)
RC Lens
Galatasaray
Trabzonspor
000 00(0)
120 00(3)
004 00(1)
031 00(12)
024 00(0)
016 00(0)
063 00(3)
108 00(4)
040 00(0)   
National team2
1993– Cameroon 13300(38)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 November 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 9 June 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Rigobert Song Bahanag (born July 1, 1976 in Yaoundé) is a Cameroonian football central defender who currently plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Trabzonspor and the Cameroon national team.

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Club career

Prior to joining Trabzonspor in 2008, Song played for Metz, Salernitana, Liverpool , West Ham, Cologne, RC Lens, and Galatasaray. He became an instant fan favorite after his transfer to Galatasaray and formed a strong defensive partnership with Stjepan Tomas at the heart of the sub bench.

During the 2006–07 season, he struggled to find a place in the team after an argument with then Galatasaray manager Eric Gerets during a league game. Although Song apologized for the incident both publicly and privately, Gerets did not take a back step and the player remained punished. With the arrival of new coach Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, Song once again become a vital member of the squad. But in the following years he lost his enthusiasm to play for Galatasaray and became transferred to Trabzonspor which spent considerable amounts of money in order to build a new team at the beginning of 2008-2009 season.

After a successful start to 2008-2009 season, Song became fan-favorite in Trabzon, played 28 games in Süper Lig without any yellow/red cards or goals. After Ersun Yanal resigned he lost his place in the starting lineup. However, he became Trabzonspor's new captain in December 1, 2009 after Şenol Güneş taking place as manager.

He is the only ever player to score three overhead kicks in one game for Cameroon against Mali in 1998. He is the only player to have openly used witchcraft, during the African Cup of Nations Tournament in 2002.

International career

Considered a key player for Cameroon for over a decade, Song played in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 World Cups.

Song is one of only two players to have been sent off in two different World Cups - with the other being Zinedine Zidane. He received a red card against Brazil in at USA 1994 and then again against Chile at France 1998. He also holds the record as youngest player ever to be sent off in a World Cup, aged 17.

In the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, Song became the most capped player in Cameroon history. Although Rigobert Song didn't was dropped as captain of the Cameroonian national team, from the World Cup/ African Nations Cup qualifiers by new coach Paul Le Guen, the combative dreaklock Song was the image that defined the image of the national team. In 16 years with the national team, he has been to the African Nations cup, a record eight times ( serving as Captain in five competitions excerpt in South Africa 1996, Burkina Faso in 1998 and Angola 2010). Song holds the record of most consecutive games played in the African Nations Cup- with 35 first team games. He only came in as a substitute during the Cameroon-Tunisia game played on January 21, 2010. His record as the highest number of games played in the competition stands at 36 games (a total of 3201 minutes). Song won the nations cup twice in Nigeria 2000 and Mali 2002 and losing to Egypt in the finals of Ghana 2008.

Personal life

Song's father died when Rigobert was young. As such, he never really knew his father but nevertheless dedicates all his success to him, as his absence was a strong motivational force for him.

His cousin Alex Song plays as a defensive midfielder for premier league side- Arsenal FC. Although many reports, state Rigobert as Alexander's uncle, the former in an interview with www.mtnfootball.live stated that their fathers were brothers, thus making both players cousins. http://www.mtnfootball.com/live/content.php?Item_ID=13233

Honours

Metz

Galatasaray

International

References


Simple English

Rigobert Song
File:20060816 191713 0072 Football
Personal information
Full name Rigobert Song Bahanag
Date of birth 1 July 1976 (1976-07-01) (age 34)
Place of birth    Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Trabzonspor
Number 4
Senior clubs
Years Club
1992-1994
1994-1998
1998
1999-2000
2001-2002
2002
2002-2004
2004-2008
2008-
Tonnerre Kalara Yaoundé
Metz
Salernitana
Liverpool
West Ham United
→Köln (loan)
Lens
Galatasaray
Trabzonspor
National team
1993- Cameroon

Rigobert Song (born 1 July 1976) is a Cameroonian football player. He plays for Trabzonspor and Cameroon national team.He is the first african who had played in four world cup.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
FranceLeague
1994/95MetzDivision 1242
1995/96370
1996/97340
1997/98281
ItalyLeague
1998/99SalernitanaSerie A41
EnglandLeague
1998/99LiverpoolPremier League130
1999/00170
2000/0130
2000/01West Ham UnitedPremier League190
2001/0250
GermanyLeague
2001/02KölnBundesliga160
FranceLeague
2002/03LensLigue 1353
2003/04280
TurkeyLeague
2004/05GalatasaraySüper Lig322
2005/06291
2006/07251
2007/08220
2008/09TrabzonsporSüper Lig280
2009/10
CountryFrance 1866
Italy 41
England 570
Germany 160
Turkey 1364
Total 39911

International career statistics

[2]

Cameroon national team
YearAppsGoals
199310
199460
199520
199650
199770
1998121
199931
2000130
2001100
2002150
200370
2004111
200571
200670
200760
2008120
200970
2010
Total1314

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