Florent Sinama Pongolle

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Florent Sinama Pongolle
Florent Sinama Pongolle 2012.jpg
Sinama Pongolle during a game with Rostov
Personal information
Full name Florent Stéphane Sinama Pongolle
Date of birth (1984-10-20) 20 October 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Saint-Pierre, Réunion
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Saint-Pierroise
1995–2001 Le Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Liverpool 38 (4)
2001–2003 Le Havre (loan) 42 (7)
2006 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 10 (1)
2006–2008 Recreativo 68 (22)
2008–2010 Atlético Madrid 40 (5)
2010–2012 Sporting CP 5 (1)
2010–2011 Zaragoza (loan) 24 (4)
2011–2012 Saint-Étienne (loan) 23 (4)
2012–2014 FC Rostov 18 (2)
National team
2001 France U17 6 (9)
2002–2006 France U21 37 (11)
2008 France 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Florent Stéphane Sinama Pongolle (born 20 October 1984) is a French professional footballer, forward.

He was signed at only 16 by Liverpool, but could never impose himself in the first team. He also spent several seasons in Spain, with Recreativo, Atlético Madrid and Zaragoza.

Club career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Sinama Pongolle was born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion. In 2001 he, along with his cousin Anthony Le Tallec,[1] was signed from Le Havre AC by Liverpool, after some impressive performances in both the UEFA European Under-16 Championship and the FIFA Under-17 World Championship. He was named player of the tournament as France won the latter competition,[2] and would remain – as Le Tallec – two further years at Le Havre, loaned.[1]

After his return, Sinama Pongolle appeared sporadically with the English, with some highlights however: in the club's victorious campaign in the UEFA Champions League, he came from the bench against Olympiacos F.C. and immediately netted Liverpool's equaliser to make it 1–1, in an eventual 3–1 win and qualification to the round-of-16;[3] he was, however, left out of the squad for the final.

Sinama Pongolle also netted in the third round of the 2005–06 FA Cup against Luton Town, as he helped Liverpool come from 3–1 down to a final score of 5–3, with the Reds finally emerging victorious in the tournament, and scoring in the 2005–06 Champions League 2–1 success at Real Betis, with a memorable chip from 20 yards.[4]

In late January 2006, Sinama Pongolle was loaned to fellow Premier League side Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season.[5] He scored once for the club, a 2–3 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.[6]

Spain[edit]

On 30 August 2006 Sinama Pongolle signed a one-year contract at Recreativo de Huelva,[7] with an option to sign on for a further two years. On 4 May 2007 the Andalusians confirmed he signed a permanent deal until 2011, for a fee of 4 million.[8] He was Recre's top goalscorer in his two La Liga seasons with the team, at 12 and 10 respectively.

Sinama Pongolle joined Atlético de Madrid on 3 July 2008, for a fee believed to be in the region of £8 million.[9] Initially thought of as a backup to Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero, he benefitted from an injury to the Uruguayan, scoring four goals in his first five league appearances for the Colchoneros, with braces against former club Recreativo[10] and Getafe CF;[11] later in his debut campaign, injury and match bans to Maxi Rodríguez saw him playing several games successfully at right winger, as the side once again finished fourth.

Sporting[edit]

In the winter transfer market opening in 2010, Sinama Pongolle was transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal for €6.5 million, with the fee possibly raising to €7.5.[12] On 26 March 2010 he scored his first goal for the Lions, but also conceded an own goal in a 2–3 loss at C.S. Marítimo.

Sinama Pongolle spent the following two seasons on loan, with Real Zaragoza and AS Saint-Étienne, the latter in his homeland. On 30 August 2012, he terminated his contract with Sporting.

International career[edit]

After his under-16 and 17 exploits, Sinama Pongolle made his French under-21 debut on 21 August 2002. He was a part of the squad that participated in the 2006 European Championship which took place in Portugal[13] and, at the end of his four-year tenure with this category, ranked first in caps (37) and goals (11).

Sinama Pongolle played his only game with the senior side on 14 October 2008, during a 3–1 friendly win with Tunisia.[14]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Liverpool
Rostov

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 December 2013[15]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001–02 Le Havre Ligue 2 11 2 1 0 1 1 - 13 3
2002–03 Ligue 1 31 5 2 1 0 0 - 33 6
2003–04 Liverpool Premier League 15 2 3 0 2 0 3 0 23 2
2004–05 16 2 1 0 4 1 4 1 25 4
2005–06 7 0 1 2 1 0 5 1 14 3
Blackburn Rovers 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
2006–07 Recreativo La Liga 34 12 - - 34 12
2007–08 34 10 - - 34 10
2008–09 Atlético Madrid 30 5 - 9 0 30 5
2009–10 10 0 1 1 - 3 0 11 1
2009–10 Sporting Primeira Liga 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 1
2010–11 Zaragoza La Liga 24 4 0 0 - - 24 4
2011–12 Saint-Étienne Ligue 1 23 4 1 0 1 0 - 25 4
2013–14 Rostov Russian Premier League 10 1 1 0 - - 11 1
2013–14 1 0 1 0 - - 2 0
Country France 65 11 4 1 2 1 - 71 13
England 48 5 5 2 7 1 12 2 72 10
Spain 132 31 - 12 0 132 31
Portugal 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 1
Russia 11 1 2 0 - - 13 1
Total 261 49 12 3 9 2 25 2 330 56

International[edit]

France
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
Total 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bright future ahead for rising French cousins; Bleacher Report, 24 April 2009
  2. ^ Florent Sinama PongolleFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Liverpool through after thriller
  4. ^ Liverpool savour flying start
  5. ^ Sinama seals Rovers loan move; UEFA.com, 31 January 2006
  6. ^ "Tottenham 3–2 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Spain calls for Sinama Pongolle
  8. ^ Sinama Pongolle signs for Recreativo
  9. ^ Sinama Pongolle alights at Atlético; UEFA.com, 4 July 2008
  10. ^ Atlético Madrid 4–0 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 20 September 2008
  11. ^ Getafe 1–2 Atlético Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 24 September 2008
  12. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Goals the goal for Sinama-Pongolle; UEFA.com, 23 May 2006
  14. ^ "Des Bleus à réaction" [Blues react] (in French). Foot 365. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "F. Sinama-Pongolle". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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