Abdoulaye Méïté

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Abdoulaye Méïté
Personal information
Full name Abdoulaye Méïté
Date of birth (1980-10-06) 6 October 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Red Star 93 28 (3)
2000–2006 Marseille 152 (3)
2006–2008 Bolton Wanderers 56 (0)
2008–2011 West Bromwich Albion 48 (0)
2011–2012 Dijon 25 (1)
2013 FC Honka 25 (0)
2014– Doncaster Rovers 16 (1)
National team
2003– Cote d'Ivoire 48 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:45, 8 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 January 2011

Abdoulaye Méïté (born 6 October 1980 in Paris) is a French-born Ivorian footballer who currently plays for Doncaster Rovers. He represents Côte d'Ivoire internationally and has been awarded 48 caps.

Club career[edit]

Red Star 93[edit]

His first club at the age of 17 was the Division 2 Paris side, Red Star 93. He joined in 1998 before being snapped up by Olympique de Marseille.[2]

Olympique de Marseille[edit]

Méïté joined Marseille in July 2000 and made 172 League appearances, as well as many in European competition – including one against Bolton in January 2006. Whilst at Marseille he started in the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

He moved to Bolton Wanderers in July 2006 from . Méïté scored two goals for Bolton: one in the 3–1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday, 14 February 2007,[3] and the other in a 1–1 draw against ZFK Rabotnicki Kometal of Macedonia, in the UEFA Cup, on 20 September the same year.[4]

In March 2008 he was involved in controversy during Bolton's defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Manager Gary Megson blamed him for two goals that Bolton had conceded in the first half of the game (both scored by Cristiano Ronaldo), and Méïté refused to come out for the second half.[5] He claimed he was unfit to carry on, but the Bolton medical staff confirmed that there was no injury.[5]

Megson subsequently forced Méïté to train with the reserves, and the player was widely expected to move on from the Reebok Stadium.[5] He never played for Bolton again; he was not selected for any of the remaining eight Premier League fixtures in the 2007–08 season. He had previously missed only twelve League games in the two years he had been at Bolton, and five of these were while he was representing Cote d'Ivoire in the African Nations Cup, in January and February 2008.

When Bolton's squad numbers for the 2008–09 season were announced, Méïté had not signed for any other club and he was assigned the number 10 shirt for Bolton. This caused further controversy as the number 10 shirt had once been worn by John McGinlay, a particular favourite of many Bolton fans in the 1990s. After Méïté's behaviour at Old Trafford, many found this a hilarious decision.[6]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

As the 2008–09 season approached, Méïté was linked with Premier League newcomers West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, both of which had bids accepted by Bolton. Méïté chose to sign for West Brom on 10 August 2008 for an initial fee of £2 million, which could rise to £2.5 million depending on appearances. The contract covers three years, with a fourth year in the club's favour.[7] Meïté made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Arsenal in the opening game of the 2008–09 Premier League season.[8]

His first season at West Brom was interrupted by a series of injuries [1], with four separate spells out of the side restricting him to 18 appearances. For the first ten Championship games of the 2009–10 season Shelton Martis was preferred by the Baggies' new first team coach, Roberto Di Matteo, and there was speculation that Méïté might be allowed to leave the club [2]. But following a disappointing run of results, culminating in a catastrophic defensive display against Barnsley (when Martis scored an own goal)[3] Méïté returned to the side against Preston North End on 3 October [4], and Albion conceded just four goals in the next eight games.[5] Following a 4–0 win away to Sheffield Wednesday at the end of November, Di Matteo picked out Méïté and his central defensive partner Jonas Olsson for praise: "Jonas leads the back four most of the time but Abou is also doing a great job."[6]

Having played 20 games in the Championship promotion season, mostly alongside Jonas Olsson in the centre of defence, Méïté was left out in the cold by Roberto Di Matteo in the 2010–11 Premier League campaign, playing only in the League Cup. Since the sacking of Di Matteo in early 2011, due to a poor sequence of results, Méïté has seen a revival under the tutelage of new Head Coach Roy Hodgson.

To the surprise of many Albion fans, Méïté was brought back to partner Olsson against Stoke City, which added to the 3–3 draw vs West Ham under caretaker manager Michael Appleton, has resulted in a 7 game unbeaten run, including a 2–1 home win over Liverpool.

The organizational skills brought in by Hodgson has galvanized the Albion defensive unit, with Méïté bringing a composed, positional sense to the controlled aggression of Olsson.

On 25 May 2011, Méïté was released by West Bromwich Albion. [7]

Dijon[edit]

On 30 June 2011, Méïté was signed by Ligue 1 newcomers Dijon FCO.[9] With the relegation of the club to Ligue 2 Méïté left the club. On September 2012 start training with AS Cannes to keep is fitness.

FC Honka[edit]

On 25 March 2013, Méïté was signed by Veikkausliiga side FC Honka. He was selected as the Player of the Month and to the Team of the Month for August 2013 in Veikkausliiga. [10]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

On 9 January 2014, he signed for Doncaster Rovers in a deal until the end of the season.[11][12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Marseille

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Abdoulaye MEITE". ligue1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bolton 1–3 Arsenal (aet)". BBC. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rabotnicki Kometal 1–1 Bolton". BBC. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Whittell, Ian (21 March 2008). "Abdoulaye Meite faces Bolton exit after taking off boots and refusing to play on". The Times (London). Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  6. ^ 10 very good reasons to sell Abdoulaye Meite. Manny Road, 8 August 2008
  7. ^ "West Brom take Meite from Bolton". BBC Sport. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Arsenal vs WBA". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  9. ^ Meite joins French newcomers Dijon. BBC Sport, 30 June 2011
  10. ^ http://www.veikkausliiga.com/News.aspx?type=&ID=52879
  11. ^ "Meite Signs Up". Doncaster Rovers FC. 9 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Transfer window: Doncaster Rovers sign Abdoulaye Meite". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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