Amido Baldé

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Amido Baldé
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-05-16) 16 May 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Waasland-Beveren (loan from Celtic)
Number 11
Youth career
Sporting Bissau
2008–2010 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2010 Santa Clara (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Badajoz (loan) 13 (4)
2011–2012 Cercle Brugge (loan) 22 (6)
2012–2013 Vitória Guimarães 27 (9)
2013– Celtic 20 (3)
2014– Waasland-Beveren (loan) 9 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Portugal U19 16 (2)
2011 Portugal U20 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Amido Baldé (born 16 May 1991) is a Guinea-Bissauan professional footballer who plays for Belgian club Waasland-Beveren on loan from Celtic as a centre forward.

Baldé started his career with Sporting, being loaned several times for the duration of his contract. In 2013, he signed with Celtic.

Internationally, Baldé represented Portugal at youth level, helping the under-20 team finish second at the 2011 World Cup. In 2014, he decided to revert to playing for the country of his birth, Guinea-Bissau.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Born in Bissau, Baldé started his career with Sporting Clube de Portugal's farm team in Guinea-Bissau, Sporting Clube de Bissau. In 2008 he, alongside teammate Zézinho, moved to the Lisbon side to finish his formation, helping it to back-to-back junior championships – of the three in total in a row – by notably scoring 13 goals in 29 games in 2008–09.[1]

Baldé split the 2010–11 season, his first as a senior, between C.D. Santa Clara (second division)[2] and CD Badajoz (Spanish third level).[3] In the following campaign, still owned by the Lions, he joined several Sporting teammates at Cercle Brugge K.S.V. in Belgium.[4]

Vitória Guimarães[edit]

Baldé was released by Sporting in the 2012 summer. On 28 August he signed with fellow top-divisioner Vitória de Guimarães, for two years.[5]

Baldé appeared in 37 official games in his first and only season, helping the Minho club win its first ever Portuguese Cup – he was replaced in the 90th minute of the final against S.L. Benfica, a 2–1 triumph.[6]

Celtic[edit]

On 13 June 2013, Baldé signed a four-year contract with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic. On arrival, he stated that his new team were "one of the best clubs in Europe and they are going to play in the Champions League."[7] He made his official debut on 23 July, replacing James Forrest for the last 15 minutes of the second leg Champions League qualifier tie against Cliftonville.[8]

Baldé scored his first competitive goal on 28 September 2013, coming in as a late substitute and netting the last in a 5–2 win at Kilmarnock.[9] On 27 October, at Partick Thistle, he took the pitch in the 67th minute and netted the 2–1 winner eight minutes later.[10]

Baldé failed to establish himself as a regular in the team,[11] and although he made 20 league appearances over the season, most were as a substitute.[12] His only other goal for Celtic came in a 4–0 league win over Kilmarnock, on 29 January 2014.[13]

On 1 September 2014, Baldé joined Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian Pro League on a season-long loan.[11] He made his debut twelve days later against S.V. Zulte Waregem, scoring his team's second goal in an eventual 4–1 away win, a spectacular half-volley from 40 yards out.[14][15]

International career[edit]

Baldé chose to represent Portugal internationally. He was part of the under-20 squad that finished as runners-up at the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Colombia.[16][17]

In May 2014 Baldé switched nationalities to Guinea-Bissau, after being called up to the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Central African Republic.[18][19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vitória Guimarães
Celtic

International[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 November 2014[12][20]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santa Clara
2010–11 5 0 1 0 3 0 - - 9 0
Total 5 0 1 0 3 0 - - 9 0
Badajoz
2010–11 13 4 0 0 - - - - 13 4
Total 13 4 0 0 - - - - 13 4
Cercle Brugge
2011–12 22 6 1 0 - - - - 23 6
Total 22 6 1 0 - - - - 23 6
Vitória Guimarães
2012–13 27 9 2 0 2 0 - - 31 9
Total 27 9 2 0 2 0 - - 31 9
Celtic
2013–14 20 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 24 3
Total 20 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 24 3
Waasland-Beveren
2014–15 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Career Total 96 23 5 0 5 0 3 0 109 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regressos condicionados" [Conditioned returns]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 October 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Baldé emprestado ao Santa Clara" [Baldé loaned to Santa Clara]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Badajoz carga su artillería con Amido Baldé" [Badajoz charges artillery with Amido Baldé] (in Spanish). Hoy. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Amido Baldé: 'Mij nu bewijzen bij Cercle'" [Amido Baldé: '[I'm going to] prove myself at Cercle']. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amido Baldé é jogador do Vitória até 2014" [Amido Baldé a Vitória player until 2014] (in Portuguese). Vitória's official website. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Guimarães claim famous cup win". PortuGOAL. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 1 September 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Celtic sign striker Amido Balde on four-year deal". BBC Sport. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Celtic 2–0 Cliftonville". BBC Sport. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kilmarnock 2–5 Celtic". BBC Sport. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Conaghan, Martin (27 October 2013). "Partick Thistle 1–2 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Amido Balde leaves Celtic in loan move to Belgian side Waasland-Beveren". STV Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Amido Baldé". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Games Involving Baldé, Amido in season 2013/2014". FitbaStats. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Newman, Benjamin (13 September 2014). "Amido Baldé (Waasland-Beveren) scored a 40-yard half-volley golazo v Zulte-Waregem [Video]". 101 Great Goals. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Video: On-loan Celtic striker Amido Balde slams in wonder goal on his debut for new club Waasland-Beveren". Daily Record. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Amido Baldé, um jogador com grande capacidade para fazer golos" [Amido Baldé, player with outstanding scoring ability] (in Portuguese). Bola na Bantaba. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Brazil 3–2 Portugal". FIFA.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rumour mill: Gary Hooper – Celtic match day – Hibs play off". The Scotsman. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Amido Baldé convocado para a seleção nacional guineense" [Amido Baldé called to Guinean national team]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 6 May 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Amido Baldé". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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