André Bikey

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André Bikey
Bikey debut.jpg
Personal information
Full name André Stéphane Bikey-Amougou
Date of birth (1985-01-08) 8 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender / Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic
Number TBA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Espanyol B 0 (0)
2002–2003 Marco 13 (1)
2003–2004 Paços de Ferreira 2 (0)
2004 Aves 14 (0)
2004–2005 União de Leiria 0 (0)
2005 Shinnik Yaroslavl 11 (1)
2005–2007 Lokomotiv Moscow 14 (0)
2006–2007 Reading (loan) 15 (0)
2007–2009 Reading 47 (6)
2009–2012 Burnley 70 (3)
2012 Bristol City (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Middlesbrough 33 (1)
2013–2014 Panetolikos 23 (2)
2014– Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
National team
2006–2010 Cameroon 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:51, 6 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:20, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

André Stéphane Bikey-Amougou[1] (born 8 January 1985) is a Cameroonian footballer, who plays for Charlton Athletic. He can play in the centre of defence or at right back. He began his career in Spain at the age of fifteen, before having short spells in Russia with Shinnik Yaroslavl and Lokomotiv Moscow. In 2006, he moved to England, where he joined Reading on loan after impressing their manager while on trial. After three seasons at Reading, he signed a three-year deal with Burnley. He is generally known by his first surname Bikey except between 2011 and 2012 while playing for Burnley, when he decided to officially use his second surname Amougou.[2]

Club career[edit]

Bikey started his professional career at Espanyol in Spain when he was 15 but he failed to make the grade and left without making a first team appearance. He then moved to Shinnik Yaroslavl in Russia, where he caught the eye of Lokomotiv Moscow, for whom he signed on 1 July 2005.[3]

Bikey playing for Reading in 2008

However, he failed to settle in the Russian capital later alleging racial abuse from the fans of rival teams. He joined Reading for an initial trial period during their pre-season trip to Sweden in 2006, where he impressed manager Steve Coppell. He was sent off in his final trial match for the club against Örgryte IS for head-butting an opponent,[4] an incident that was thought to have ended Reading's interest in the player. Coppell however put the incident down to the player being "determined to impress" and after much negotiation with Lokomotiv, a season-long loan deal was agreed on 26 August 2006,[5] giving Reading the option to purchase the player at the end of the loan.

Bikey expressed a desire to obtain a permanent deal,[6] and following improving performances, it was announced on 24 April 2007 that Bikey had signed a three-year contract with Reading for a transfer fee in excess of £1 million.[7]

Bikey scored his first league goal for Reading on 15 August 2007 in Reading's 2–1 home defeat to Chelsea, which he celebrated with his trademark triple somersault,[8] followed by two more on 22 March 2008 against Birmingham City.[9] He was linked with a move away from Reading but dismissed speculation by signing a new contract until 2011. Bikey was a member of Reading's towering central defence with Michael Duberry, Ivar Ingimarsson and Alex Pearce, all measuring 6 ft 1 inch or above.

On 9 May 2009, he was sent off for stamping on Robbie Blake during the play-off semi-final first leg at Burnley, having earlier conceded the winning penalty taken by Graham Alexander. He aggravated the situation by ripping off his shirt and stamping around the pitch, resulting in the extension of his ban to five games and a charge for improper conduct. He later apologised on the Reading website.[10] Despite these actions, Reading received a transfer bid from Burnley in August 2009 and Bikey subsequently signed a three-year deal with Burnley on 18 August 2009.[11] He scored his first goal for Burnley in a 2–1 Barclays Premier League win over Birmingham City on 3 October 2009. Since then Bikey has netted twice more for the clarets, the first of which was a towering header in a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in September 2010 followed by the winner, also a header in a 2-1 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell on Boxing Day 2010.

It was announced that he would be known by his family name of Amougou from the 2011-12 season onwards.

On the last day of the Championship loan window, he secured a loan move until the end of the 2011/12 season to struggling Championship side Bristol City. Where he played in 7 of the last 8 fixtures helping the team to maintain their Championship status as the club also remained unbeaten in those matches, he could not play in the final match as it was against his 'parent' club Burnley which was a 1-1 draw. In May 2012, Amougou was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.[12]

On 30 August Tony Mowbray confirmed Amougou was at Middlesbrough on trial, after the injury of first-choice centre half Rhys Williams.[13]

On 31 August 2012, Amougou rejected a contract at Scottish Football League Third Division side Rangers.[14]

On 11 September 2012, he signed for Middlesbrough on a free transfer. He took the number 3 shirt, and also reverted to using the surname Bikey.

He made his debut on 15 September in a 2-0 home win against Ipswich Town in which he impressed many fans. Bikey scored his first goal for Middlesbrough with a header in a 4-1 defeat away to Blackpool.[15]

At the end of the 2012-13 season, Bikey's contract was not renewed and he left the club.

On the Summer of 2013, he trained with the Spanish Liga Adelante team, CE Sabadell.

On 16 September 2013, Bikey joined Superleague Greece side Panetolikos, signing a one-year contract. He was assigned the number 38 shirt.[16]

On 9 July 2014, Bikey joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on a two year deal following a successful period on trial.

On 9 July 2014, Bikey signed for Charlton Athletic on a two-year deal on a free transfer.[17]

International career[edit]

Bikey represents Cameroon at international level. He has had 19 caps for the African side. Bikey was named in Cameroon’s squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.[18] Bikey, who was scouted by Reading at the 2006 African Cup of Nations, said "I'm ready for the Cup of Nations though it is difficult to leave my obligations with Reading. I have a contract with Reading which I appreciate, but my country will always come first.".[19] 1 On 31 February 2008, Bikey was sent off in the semi final win over Ghana after a bizarre incident where he pushed a Ghanaian stretcher bearer in the dying seconds of the match. It seems Bikey took offence when the Ghana stretcher team, keen to get an injured Cameroon player Rigobert Song off the field with their team behind and time running out, began pushing back the doctor attending to Song, so that they could load him on the stretcher and the game could continue. Bikey reacted by pushing one of the offending stretcher bearers back with considerably more force, which sent him tumbling. Referee Abderahim El Arjoune immediately gave Bikey a red card, alongside the bemused medic and some astounded Ghana players.[20] The medic in question, Samuel Ashia, said three days later that “It was very forceful, and I landed badly. It didn’t hurt at the time but the next day my head ached and the area around my waist did, too...He hasn't apologised and I will be happy when he does, because no player should do that."[21] Bikey was banned from the Final (which Ashia attended as a medic on duty) and Cameroon was fined US $5000 by the CAF.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 August 2011.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marco
2002–03[23]
13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Aves
2003–04[24]
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Paços de Ferreira
2003–04[25]
14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Shinnik Yaroslavl
2005[26]
11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Lokomotiv Moscow
2005[27]
9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 18 0
2006[28]
5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 8 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 26 0
Reading
2006–07[29]
15 0 4 0 2 1 0 0 21 1
2007–08[30]
22 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 24 3
2008–09[31]
25 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 28 3
Total 62 6 6 0 4 1 1 0 73 7
Burnley 2009–10[32] 28 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 31 1
2010–11[33] 28 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 2
2011–12[34] 14 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 17 1
Total 70 3 3 0 5 1 0 0 78 4
Bristol City (loan) 2011–12[35] 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career totals 193 11 9 0 9 2 13 0 224 13
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Premier League and the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, the Russian Cup and the play-offs.

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Cameroon 2006 5 0
2007 3 0
2008 10 1
2009 4 0
2010 3 0
Total 25 1
André Bikey: International Goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 June 2008 Stade George V, Curepipe  Mauritius 0 – 1 0 – 3 2010 World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FA Player Registrations – August 2009". The FA. August 2009. Archived from the original on 20 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10413~34184,00.html
  3. ^ "Transfers – Archive". Lokomotiv Moscow. Retrieved 20 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Seol scores very late winner but Bikey is shown red card in final Swedish game". readingfc.co.uk. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Royals sign André Bikey from Lokomotiv Moscow; initially on season-long loan". readingfc.co.uk. 26 August 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2006. 
  6. ^ "Bikey targets new deal with Royals". Reading Evening Post. 22 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2 March 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2007. 
  7. ^ "Royals sign Bikey for fee in excess of £1million". readingfc.co.uk. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Reading 1–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Reading 2–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 22 March 2008. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "Bikey says sorry to Reading fans". readingfc.co.uk. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Bikey completes move to Burnley". BBC Sport. 18 August 2009. Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "New Deals For Quartet As Three Leave Turf Moor". Burnley F.C. 18 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams Set for Lengthy Spell Out". 
  14. ^ Grieve, Robert (2 September 2012). "At sixes and sevens". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Blackpool 4 - 1 Middlesbrough". BBC. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.panetolikos.gr/component/k2/item/2968-bik.html
  17. ^ "Charlton complete signing of André Bikey". Charlton Athletic FC. 9 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Cameroon cancel Kenya camp". BBC Sport. 31 December 2007. Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  19. ^ "Bikey guns for Cameroon glory". BBC Sport. 5 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  20. ^ "André Bikey to miss final after shove". The Times (London). 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  21. ^ "Bikey yet to say sorry, says medic". BBC Sport. 10 February 2008. 
  22. ^ "André Bikey Attacks Medic And Misses ACN 08 Final – Was He Provoked Or Did He Lose His Head?". SoccerLens. 10 February 2008. 
  23. ^ "Marco 2002–03 player appearances". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  24. ^ "Aves 2003/2004 player appearances". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  25. ^ "Paços de Ferreira 2003/2004 player appearances". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  26. ^ "Shinnik Yaroslavl 2005 player appearances". Russian Premier League. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  27. ^ "Lokomotiv Moscow 2005 player appearances". Russian Premier League. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  28. ^ "Lokomotiv Moscow 2006 player appearances". Russian Premier League. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  29. ^ "Reading 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  30. ^ "Reading 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  31. ^ "Reading 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  32. ^ "Burnley 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  33. ^ "Burnley 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  34. ^ "Burnley 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  35. ^ "Bristol C 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

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