Henri Bedimo

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Henri Bedimo
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Personal information
Full name Henri Bedimo Nsamé
Date of birth (1984-06-04) June 4, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Lyon
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Grenoble 0 (0)
2003–2006 Toulouse 23 (0)
2006–2007 Le Havre 23 (0)
2007–2010 Châteauroux 75 (4)
2010–2011 Lens 50 (1)
2011–2013 Montpellier 68 (1)
2013– Lyon 26 (0)
National team
2009– Cameroon 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 March, 2013

Henri Bedimo Nsamé (born June 4, 1984, Douala, Cameroon) is a Cameroonian footballer currently under contract for French Ligue 1 side Lyon.

Career[edit]

Bedimo was born in Douala, Cameroon and remains there until he emigrated for France when he was 15 in 1999 where he began his football career and the same year, he joined Grenoble as his first club in his professional football career. After three years in the youth at Grenoble and playing in the reserve, he joined Toulouse on a free transfer in 2003. Shortly joining Toulouse, he played in the reserve team for a while until he was promoted to the first team, the following year where he made his debut for the club and played his first professional league game in a 0–0 draw against Lens on the opening game of the season on August 7, 2004 and played 90 minutes the following week, on August 21, 2004, in a 2–1 win over Paris Saint-Germain. Since then, he barely played a few matches in the first team for Toulouse.

With his first opportunities limited at Toulouse, Bedimo joined Le Havre on a free transfer in 2006.[1] On the opening day of the season on July 28, 2006, he made his debut for the club in a 3–1 loss against Amiens. Since then, Bedimo established himself in the starting eleven at Le Havre. Three months later, Bedimo received a straight red card for the first time in his career, in a 1–0 win over Istres on October 13, 2006. Toward the end of the season, Bedimo scored an own goal, which turned out to be a winning goal, in a 2–1 loss against Montpellier on May 14, 2007. In the 2006–07 season, he made 23 appaearances for the club in his first season there.

After the 2007–08 season, Bedimo left Le Havre for Châteauroux on a free transfer on July 22, 2007.[2] In the opening game of the season, Bedimo made his first start and played 90 minutes, in a 0–0 draw against Clermont Foot. On September 21, 2007, Bedimo scored his first goal in a 1–0 win over Chamois Niortais and his second six months later on March 30, 2008, when he scored in a 2–1 loss against Sedan. At Châteauroux, Bedimo established himself in the starting eleven at the club and was linked back to his former club, Grenoble[3] but the club successfully to managed to keep him for the next season. Despite the transfer rumors, Bedimo continued to become a regular player in the first team. The following season, Bedimo scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Boulogne on October 3, 2008 and the following season on October 30, 2009, he scored in a 5–4 loss against Dijon.

On January 11, 2010, the defender's transfer from Châteauroux to Lens was finalised after being persuaded by his agent, Roger Boli, to join the club.[4] Bedimo made his debut on February 6, 2010, in a 2–1 win over Le Mans, where he took advantage of injured Marco Ramos and led to the opening goal for Kévin Monnet-Paquet.[5] Two weeks after his debut on February 20, 2010, he scored his first goal in a 3–0 win over Monaco.[6] At the end of the season, the club would retain their Ligue 1 status. However the following season, RC Lens was relegated to Ligue 2 after two seasons and Bedimo made 35 appearances.

In June 2011, he signed a four-year contract at Montpellier.[7] On the opening day of the season, Bedimo made his debut in a 3–1 win over Auxerre and three weeks later on August 27, 2011, he scored his first goal in a 2–1 loss against Lyon. At the club, Bedimo established himself, playing in the left-back position. On April 15, 2012, he scored an own goal in a 2–1 loss against Lorient. At the end of the season, Montpellier won their first league title in the club's history after beating Auxerre 2–1 on the last game of the season.[8] At the end of the 2011-12 season, Hilton was named Trophées UNFP du football's Team of the Year of 2012.[9] The 2012-13 season was proved less successful for the club, as they failed to defend the title and for Bedimo, he was included five out of six matches in the UEFA Champions League.

On 1 August 2013, Bedimo joined fellow French team Lyon for a fee of €2 million plus bonuses[10] on a three-year deal.[11]

International career[edit]

He was also selected for the 2010 African Cup of Nations by Cameroon National coach Paul Le Guen.[12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Montpellier

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HENRI BEDIMO AU HAVRE" (in French). LFP.fr. June 21, 2006. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mercato : Henri BEDIMO berrichon" (in French). Bb=errichonne.net,. June 29, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grenoble : la piste Bedimo se réchauffe" (in French). maxifoot.fr. July 24, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Officiel : Henri Bedimo signe à Lens !" (in French). Official Site of RC Lens. January 13, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Henri Bedimo déjà au rendez-vous" (in French). Lensois.com. February 6, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lens – Monaco : Tempête de neige et de buts" (in French). Official Site of RC Lens. February 20, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Henri Bedimo première recrue du MHSC" (in French). Official Site of Montpellier. June 7, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Montpellier au panthéon" (in French). LEQUIPE. May 20, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ligue 1 Team of the Season: Title-winning Montpellier dominate as Hazard signs off with dazzling campaign". Goal.com. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.actusnews.com/documents_communiques/ACTUS-0-33053-olg-020813-transfert-henri-bedimo-gb.pdf?
  11. ^ "Lyon bring in defender Bedimo from Montpellier". UEFA.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cameroon omit defender Sebastien Bassong from squad". BBC Sport. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 

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