Albert Meyong

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Albert Meyong
Personal information
Full name Albert Meyong Zé
Date of birth (1980-10-19) 19 October 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kabuscorp
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Canon Yaoundé
1998–1999 Ravenna 7 (2)
2000–2005 Vitória Setúbal 150 (53)
2005–2006 Belenenses 26 (17)
2006–2008 Levante 12 (1)
2007 Albacete (loan) 13 (0)
2008 Belenenses (loan) 1 (1)
2008–2011 Braga 65 (21)
2012–2013 Vitória Setúbal 25 (16)
2013– Kabuscorp ? (20)
National team
2004–2009 Cameroon 12 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Albert Meyong Zé (born 19 October 1980), known as Meyong, is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Kabuscorp S.C. in Angola, as a striker.

He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 212 games and 78 goals over the course of 11 seasons and representing mainly in the competition Vitória de Setúbal (five 1/2 years) and Braga (three 1/2).

Meyong appeared with Cameroon at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Born in Yaoundé, Meyong started playing in Europe still a youngster, for Italian club Ravenna Calcio. After one 1/2 seasons he moved to Portuguese first division side Vitória Futebol Clube: at Setúbal he won the Portuguese Cup in 2005, having scored the winning goal in the final against S.L. Benfica.[1]

In the summer of 2005 Meyong signed a two-year contract with C.F. Os Belenenses (where he was the league's top goalscorer despite the club's bottom-four finish), but moved to Levante UD a year later.[2] Due to late payment of salary he was loaned to Albacete Balompié, after one appearance for Levante in 2007–08.

In January 2008 Meyong returned to Portugal and Belenenses, netting the penalty winner against Associação Naval 1º de Maio in a 2–1 home win but, being this the third club he represented in the season, which went against FIFA regulations, his registration was deemed illegal and Belenenses condemned to lose six points in the table (awarded 0–3 loss and three-point penalty in this match).[3]

In August 2008 Meyong joined another Portuguese club, Sporting de Braga.[4] On the 23rd he scored his first goal for his new team, in a 2–0 win at F.C. Paços de Ferreira. He added a hat-trick on 18 September in a UEFA Cup first-round contest against Artmedia Bratislava, a 4–0 home success; midway through 2008–09 he prolonged his link for another year, until June 2011.

In the 2009–10 season Meyong was an essential offensive figure for Braga, scoring 11 league goals as the Minho club finished in the second position, a best-ever. During the campaign, for example, he found the net against Sporting Clube de Portugal (2–1 away triumph[5]), and also scored two late penalties against neighbours Vitória de Guimarães (3–2 home win).

In late December 2011 Meyong was released by Braga after very little playing time in his last two seasons, along with Rodrigo Galo, Marcos and Fran Mérida.[6] After being linked to C.D. Nacional and C.D. Feirense[7][8] he eventually returned to Setúbal and Vitória, after nearly seven years.[9]

Meyong led the national scoring charts midway through the 2012–13 season, alongside F.C. Porto's Jackson Martínez and Benfica's Óscar Cardozo – highlights included three goals against Rio Ave FC (but in a 3–5 home loss)[10] and Moreirense FC (5–0, home).[11] In early February 2013, however, he moved to Luanda-based Kabuscorp S.C. in Angola.

International career[edit]

Meyong played for the Cameroonian national team during five years, his debut coming in 2004. He also represented his country at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal.

Meyong was picked for the squad that appeared at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations: manager Artur Jorge started him alongside FC Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o during the tournament and he scored two goals, one in the group stage against Togo and another in the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast as the Lions Indomptables exited after losing on penalties 11–12.[12][13]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 25 January 2006 Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Togo
2–0
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
2 4 February 2006 Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Ivory Coast
1–1
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
3 11 October 2008 Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Mauritius
5–0
2010 World Cup qualification
4 11 October 2008 Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Mauritius
5–0
2010 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Setúbal
Braga
Kabuscorp

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 13 January 2013
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Setúbal 1999–00 9 2 0 0 9 2
2000–01 22 13 0 0 22 13
2001–02 29 3 0 0 29 3
2002–03 24 7 0 0 24 7
2003–04 33 20 4 1 37 21
2004–05 33 11 4 4 37 15
Total 150 56 8 5 158 61
Belenenses 2005–06 26 17 1 0 27 17
Total 26 17 1 0 27 17
Levante 2006–07 11 1 0 0 11 1
2007–08 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 12 1 0 0 12 1
Albacete 2007–08 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 13 0
Belenenses 2007–08 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 0 0 1 1
Braga 2008–09 18 8 2 1 0 0 10 5 30 14
2009–10 29 11 4 0 1 0 2 1 36 12
2010–11 15 3 2 0 2 1 9 0 28 4
2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 65 22 8 1 3 1 22 6 98 30
Vitória Setúbal 2011–12 9 3 0 0 2 0 11 3
2012–13 13 13 2 2 2 2 17 17
Total 22 16 2 2 4 2 28 20
Career Total 287 100 17 6 5 1 22 6 331 113

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meyong magic seals Setúbal joy; UEFA.com, 29 May 2005
  2. ^ Strikers boost Levante and Atlético; UEFA.com, 25 July 2006
  3. ^ "Belenenses docked six points in Portugal". UEFA.com. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Braga bring Meyong back to Portugal; UEFA.com, 31 July 2008
  5. ^ Braga outplay uninspired Sporting; PortuGOAL, 22 August 2009
  6. ^ "Marcos, Mérida, Meyong e Galo já não se apresentaram" [Marcos, Mérida, Meyong and Galo did not return] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cimeira na Madeira envolve Luís Alberto" [Summit in Madeira involves Luís Alberto] (in Portuguese). Record. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Meyong é hipótese" [Meyong is a possibility] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "O regresso do goleador" [The return of the goalscorer] (in Portuguese). Record. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Liga round-up: Rio Ave hammer Setúbal". PortuGOAL. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Meyong marca mais três" [Meyong scores three more] (in Portuguese). Record. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cameroon 2–0 Togo". BBC Sport. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cameroon 1–1 Ivory Coast". BBC Sport. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 

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