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) 4 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Lyon
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Grenoble 0 (0)
2003–2006 Toulouse 24 (0)
2006–2007 Le Havre 23 (0)
2007–2010 Châteauroux 75 (4)
2010–2011 Lens 50 (1)
2011–2013 Montpellier 68 (1)
2013– Lyon 48 (1)
National team
2009– Cameroon 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Henri Bedimo Nsamé (born 4 June 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 7 August 2004 and played 90 minutes the following week, on 21 August 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 28 July 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 13 October 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 14 May 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 22 July 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 21 September 2007, Bedimo scored his first goal in a 1–0 win over Chamois Niortais and his second six months later on 30 March 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 rumours, 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 3 October 2008 and the following season on 30 October 2009, he scored in a 5–4 loss against Dijon.

On 11 January 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 6 February 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 20 February 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 27 August 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 15 April 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. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mercato : Henri BEDIMO berrichon" (in French). Bb=errichonne.net,. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grenoble : la piste Bedimo se réchauffe" (in French). maxifoot.fr. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Officiel : Henri Bedimo signe à Lens !" (in French). Official Site of RC Lens. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Henri Bedimo déjà au rendez-vous" (in French). Lensois.com. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lens – Monaco : Tempête de neige et de buts" (in French). Official Site of RC Lens. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Henri Bedimo première recrue du MHSC" (in French). Official Site of Montpellier. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Montpellier au panthéon" (in French). LEQUIPE. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 4 December 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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