Amdy Faye

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Amdy Faye
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Faye at the Britannia Stadium in a charity match for Stoke City in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Amdy Moustapha Faye
Date of birth (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre midfield / Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 AS Monaco 0 (0)
1995–1998 ES Fréjus 71 (11)
1998–2003 Auxerre 81 (3)
2003–2005 Portsmouth 47 (0)
2005–2006 Newcastle United 31 (0)
2006–2008 Charlton Athletic 29 (1)
2007–2008 Rangers (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2010 Stoke City 21 (0)
2010–2011 Leeds United 8 (0)
Total 292 (15)
National team
2001–2006 Senegal 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 18 October 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Amdy Moustapha Faye (born 12 March 1977) is a Senegalese footballer. He plays as a defensive midfielder, and he can also play as a centre back.[1] He plays for the Senegal national team. He is currently a free agent, his last spell was at Leeds United where he was released in January 2011 after coming to the end of his six-month contract.[2]

Career[edit]

Faye began his career at French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco FC playing for their youth team between 1996–97. He then had spells with Championnat National side ES Frejus.

Auxerre[edit]

Faye signed for AJ Auxerre of Ligue 1 in 1998. He failed to make the first team in his first season he then made three appearances in the 1999–2000 season. Faye then began to brake into the first team for the 2000–01 season when he made 22 appearances scoring once in his third season at the club.

His first appearances of the 2001–02 season came in their 5–0 away win over Stade Rennes on the opening day of the season when he came on as a 47th minuet substitute. He 23 appearances in all competitions and scored once in the cup and help AJ Auxerre top a third place finish in Ligue 1 qualifying then for the UEFA Champions League. He played for Senegal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

His first game of the 2002–03 season came in AJ Auxerre 1–0 away defeat to PSG on the opening day of the season. His first goal came in AJ Auxerre 2–1 away defeat to Lens in November 2002, he then scored his second goal in their Troyes on 11 January 2003 in their 1–0 home victory. He played 46 games in all competitions in 2002–03 including 10 in European competitions both the champions league and UEFA Cup, before transferring to Portsmouth for £1.5 million in August 2003.[3]

Portsmouth[edit]

He made his debut for Portsmouth in a 2–1 home win over Aston Villa. However, a knee injury picked up at the end of October threatened to rule him out for five months of the 2003–04 season. He returned in December, but after just three games suffered a relapse and was out until the end of January. Due to the injury, Faye was not selected by Senegal for the 2004 African Nations Cup but he made 31 appearances for Pompey in his debut campaign. Since recovering from injury he has reclaimed his place as a regular in the Senegalese national team.

Newcastle United[edit]

Faye signed for Premier League side Newcastle United in January 2005 for a fee of around £2million along with Jean-Alain Boumsong and Celestine Babayaro as part of manager Graeme Souness's first transfer deals at the club. He made his debut in Newcastle's 3–1 FA Cup win over Coventry City on 29 January 2005. His first league game came in their 1–1 draw with Manchester City away 2 February. He made his first appearances in the UEFA Cup for Newcastle in their round of 32 win away at Dutch side SC Heerenveen.[4] He made his first appearance of the 2005–06 season in Newcastle's 2–0 win over ZTS Dubnica in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. His first league game came in their 2–0 loss to Arsenal. In the 2005–2006 season he was used on the right wing in some cases when Newcastle suffered injuries in the midfield area, often as part of a makeshift midfield involving striker Shola Ameobi on the left wing and veteran Lee Clark drafted in to cover the midfield area, one example is the 3–0 win over Blackburn Rovers.[5] He failed to impress however, and was offloaded in the summer with the arrival of new midfielder Damien Duff and James Milner returning from his loan at Aston Villa.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 8 August 2006, after one-and-a-half seasons in the Northeast, he completed a move to Charlton Athletic.[6] He scored his first goal since he moved to English football in 2003, against ironically, his former club Portsmouth on 20 January 2007.[7] His debut season with Charlton, however, was unsuccessful as the club was relegated at the end of the season.

Rangers (loan)[edit]

In August 2007, after playing the first game of the season for Charlton in the Championship, Faye joined Scottish Premier League side Rangers on a season-long loan,[8] but failed to break into the side, making only six appearances. In January 2008, he trained with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers,[9] but was prevented from making a move to the club because of FIFA rules which bar players from playing for three teams in one season.[10] He returned to Charlton in the 2008 summer on 15 August, before signing for Stoke.

Stoke City[edit]

He signed for Stoke City.[11] Coincidentally, on the same day another Senegalese international and former Newcastle United player named Faye also signed for Stoke City, central defender Abdoulaye Faye.

Faye made his Stoke City debut in a 3–2 in over Aston Villa he was substituted on the 72nd minute by fellow Senegal player Salif Diao.[12] In his second game against Middlesbrough, Faye carelessly got himself sent off after diving into a two-footed tackle on Mohamed Shawky.[13] Following this, Faye failed to establish himself in the team mainly being used as a substitute. Faye played in 21 matches for Stoke with the last being a 1–0 win over Middlesbrough.

Faye played in Stoke's 1–0 League Cup victory over Leyton Orient this being his only appearance in the 2009–10 season. He was released by Stoke at the end of the season.

"He's unfortunately had a lot of injuries this past year," said Pulis, "but he played his part for us in our first season in the Premier."He's one who won't be remembered by the fans, but he played some smashing games for us. He also got his head down and worked hard behind the scenes to try and get himself fit."

—Stoke manager Tony Pulis on releasing Amdy Faye.[14]

Leeds United[edit]

In September 2010, Faye came to Leeds United on trial, and after training with the club for several days he played a reserve game for Leeds against Grimsby Town to try prove his fitness levels to earn a contract at the club.[15] Faye signed a permanent deal for Leeds on 9 September until January 2011, with the option of extending it further.[16] 14 September to help gain match fitness Faye played 90 minutes in Leeds' 3–1 behind closed doors friendly win against Middlesbrough.[17]

Faye made his debut for Leeds after coming into the starting 11 against Ipswich Town.[18] Faye started the following game and put in an impressive performance in Leeds' win against Middlesbrough, however he picked up an injury late on in the second half and had to be substituted.[19] But his injury wasn't as serious as first thought and he returned to the starting line-up the following game against Leicester City. Faye struggled to get back into the team due to the form of Bradley Johnson. On 1 January 2011, manager Simon Grayson revealed that Faye might get a new contract despite not playing many games.[20] However, on 12 January, Faye's six-month contract was not renewed and he left the club.[2]

International career[edit]

Faye has played 31 times for Senegal since 2001. He was part of the Senegal squad at both the African Nations Cup and the World Cup in 2002, is described as an intelligent footballer with a good range of passing. Faye missed a penalty in the final of the 2002 African Cup of Nations against Cameroon.

He was also in the Senegal team that reached the quarter finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan. He played 2 games in the tournament in their 3–3 draw with Uruguay where he came on as a 76th minute substitute, and also in their 2–1 extra time win over Sweden in the round of 16. The defensive midfielder was overlooked for much of the World Cup campaign.

He was also involved in Senegal's 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification and was also part of the Senegal squad at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. But was left out of their squads at the 2004 and 2008 African Cup of Nations

Corruption allegations[edit]

Faye was arrested by City of London Police on 28 November 2007 along with Harry Redknapp, Milan Mandarić, Peter Storrie and Willie McKay over allegations of corruption.[21]

His transfer from Portsmouth to Newcastle United in January 2005 was 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 Kenneth 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.[22]

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".[23] Then, on 7 November 2007, Quest issued the following statement about McKay: "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." [24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AS Monaco 1995–96 French Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ES Fréjus 1996–97 Championnat National 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2
1997–98 Championnat National 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
1998–99 Championnat National 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 5
Total 71 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 71 11
AJ Auxerre 1998–99 French Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–2000 French Division 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2000–01 French Division 1 22 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 24 1
2001–02 French Division 1 20 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 23 1
2002–03 Ligue 1 34 2 0 0 0 0 12 0 46 2
Total 79 3 3 1 1 0 13 0 96 4
Portsmouth 2003–04 Premier League 21 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
2004–05 Premier League 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Total 41 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 46 0
Newcastle United 2004–05 Premier League 9 0 3 0 0 0 8 0 20 0
2005–06 Premier League 22 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 28 0
Total 31 0 3 0 2 0 12 0 48 0
Charlton Athletic 2006–07 Premier League 28 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 33 1
2007–08 Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 29 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 35 1
Rangers (loan) 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
Total 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
Stoke City 2008–09 Premier League 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Leeds United 2010–11 Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career Total 282 15 10 1 12 0 26 0 330 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds swoop for midfielder Faye". BBC News. 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20110111/midfielder-wont-be-extending-stay_2247585_2263814
  3. ^ "Faye seals Pompey deal". BBC Sport. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2008. Portsmouth have completed the signing of Senegalese international midfielder Amdy Faye from Auxerre. The exact fee has not been disclosed but is thought to be about £1.5m. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle complete Faye signing". BBC Sport. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2008. Newcastle clinched a four-year deal for Portsmouth's Amdy Faye on Wednesday for a fee believed about £2m. 
  5. ^ Blackburn 0–3 Newcastle
  6. ^ Faye Joins Charlton Athletic
  7. ^ McKenzie, Andrew (20 January 2007). "Portsmouth 0–1 Charlton". BBC. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive! Gers capture Faye". Rangers. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Rovers fancy Faye move". Sky Sports (skysports.com). 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. Faye's agent, Willie McKay has confirmed Blackburn are interested in signing the defensive midfielder and that he is set to have a short trial at Ewood Park. 
  10. ^ "Faye Move To Rovers Hits Ice?". Sky Sports (skysports.com). 16 January 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. However, his hopes of a switch to Ewood Park could be dashed because Fifa regulations prevent a player featuring for three clubs in a single season. 
  11. ^ "Pards makes case for Faye Stoke switch". News Shopper. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008. Pulis agreed to have a look at Faye with the option of offering something more concrete depending on how he does during his stay at the Britannia. 
  12. ^ "Stoke City 3–2 Aston Villa". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 23 August 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–1 Stoke City". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 30 August 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "No ciao for Diao but Amdy leaves". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Faye to play in United reserves". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20100909/faye-signs-up-for-united_2247585_2148756
  17. ^ http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20100914/good-news-as-united-beat-boro_2247585_2153881
  18. ^ http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20101002/ipswich-live_2247585_2171357
  19. ^ http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20101016/a-big-three-for-us-boss_2247585_2186790
  20. ^ http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/leedsunited/Leeds-United-Whites-may-keep.6676487.jp
  21. ^ "Redknapp held in football inquiry". BBC. 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007. 
  22. ^ "What Stevens said about each club". The Daily Telegraph (London). 16 June 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  23. ^ Faye Involved In Souness Bung Probe?
  24. ^ Faye Cleared In Bung Enquiry?

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