Ibrahima Sonko

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Ibrahima Sonko
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Sonko playing for Akhisar Belediyespor in 2014
Personal information
Full name Ibrahima Sonko
Date of birth (1981-01-22) 22 January 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Bignona, Senegal
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1995–1996 Olympique Noisy-le-Sec
1997–1999 AS Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Grenoble 47 (2)
2002–2004 Brentford 80 (8)
2004–2008 Reading 127 (8)
2008–2011 Stoke City 14 (0)
2009–2010 Hull City (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2011 Portsmouth (loan) 23 (1)
2011–2012 Ipswich Town 22 (1)
2012–2015 Akhisar Belediyespor 58 (0)
National team
2008 Senegal 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:57, 21 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ibrahima Sonko (born 22 January 1981) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a centre back.

Sonko moved to France from Senegal at a young age and began his career with Olympique Noisy-le-Sec and AS Saint-Étienne, before turning professional with Grenoble. In 2002 Sonko moved to English side Brentford where he spent two seasons before moving to Reading in 2004. Sonko spent four seasons with the Royals and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2005–06. Following their relegation, Sonko joined Stoke City for a fee of £2 million in August 2008. However he failed to establish himself in the first team at Stoke and spent time out on loan at Hull City and Portsmouth before being released. He spent the 2011–12 season with Ipswich Town and then played for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor from 2012 until 2015.

Club career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

Sonko was born in Bignona, Senegal but moved to France when he was young. He played with Olympique Noisy-le-Sec and was in the youth team at AS Saint-Étienne before he joined Grenoble in 1999. Sonko helped Grenoble gain promotion from the Championnat National in 2000–01 and in 2002 he left to join English side Brentford. He played 45 times for Brentford in 2002–03, scoring six goals at the Bees finished in 16th position.[1] He played 46 times in 2003–04 as Brentford again finished in a mid-table position this time 17th.[2] His performances for Brentford attracted interest from high placed sides.[3]

Reading[edit]

Sonko joined Reading on a bosman in the summer of 2004.[4] He made 42 appearances in 2004–05 as Reading finished in 7th place missing out on a play-off place by three points.[5] In 2005–06 Sonko was ever-present as the Royals gained promotion to the Premier League in emphatic fashion after winning the league with a record 106 points.[6] During the season he won the player of the month award for October and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.[7]

Sonko's first season in the Premier League was eventful. He received a straight red card against Aston Villa for tripping Luke Moore in the penalty area, meaning Reading lost 2–1.[8] He was the subject of further controversy in a match against Chelsea on 14 October 2006, when his challenge left goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini unconscious.[9] Cudicini was carried off the field wearing a neck brace.[9] Sonko stated that he was scared after receiving death threats in connection with the Chelsea match.[10] On 11 December 2006, Sonko signed an extension to his contract with Reading, keeping him at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2010.[11] However, on 20 January 2007 he injured knee ligaments when he fell awkwardly whilst playing for Reading in their 3–1 home win against Sheffield United,[12] and it was subsequently announced that he would miss the rest of the 2006–07 season.[13] Sonko played a total of 23 times on 2006–07 as Reading ended the season in 8th position.[14]

He returned to first team action on 20 October 2007 in a 4–2 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers.[15] Sonko went on to play 16 matches for Reading in 2007–08 as they were unable to retain the Premier League status, being relegated in 18th place.[16] Sonko ended the season on a sour note after he and team-mate Emerse Faé were suspended by the club after refusing manager Steve Coppell's request to play in a reserve match.[17] Sonko later stated that he wanted to leave Reading after he had become an 'outcast' at the club.[18][19] Despite this he did start the first three matches of the 2008–09 season where he scored twice against Plymouth Argyle.[20] He also scored against Charlton Athletic but was also sent-off in the match.[21]

Stoke City[edit]

On 29 August 2008 Sonko signed for Premier League Stoke City for a fee of £2 million, which could rise £2.25 million depending on appearances.[22] He made his Stoke debut on 14 September 2008 in a 3–2 defeat against Everton.[23] However he was unable to hold on to his place in the team under Tony Pulis and became mainly used as a substitute.[24] On 20 December 2008 Stoke played away at Blackburn Rovers, Sonko conceded a early penalty after a horribly mistimed tackle on Morten Gamst Pedersen which helped Blackburn ease to a 3–0 win, Pulis described it as 'abysmal defending'.[25] Sonko only figured as a substitute for the remainder of the 2008–09 season as the Potters finished in 14th position.[26]

On 1 September 2009 Sonko joined Hull City on loan for the 2009–10 season.[27] Sonko made his debut for Hull on 12 September 2009, in a 4–1 loss away to Sunderland.[28] He made just nine appearances as Hull suffered relegation from the Premier League.[29] He spent the 2010–11 season on loan at Portsmouth.[30] He played 27 times for Pompey scoring once.[31]

After an unsuccessful time at Stoke he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.[32]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Following his release from Stoke, Sonko went on trial with his former club Reading but was unable to earn a contract.[33]

On 26 August 2011, Sonko signed for Championship club Ipswich Town on a one-year deal.[34] He scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 3–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 October 2011.[35] Sonko struggled with fitness and injuries during his time at Portman Road and was openly critised by manager Paul Jewell after a 3–1 defeat against Leeds United.[36][37][38] He was released by Ipswich at the end of the 2011–12 season.[39]

Akhisar Belediyespor[edit]

Sonko joined newly promoted Turkish Süper Lig side Akhisar Belediyespor on 15 August 2012.[40] He spent three seasons with Akhisar making 58 appearances.

International career[edit]

Sonko was born in Senegal, but moved to France when he was six months and 14 days old. Despite this, Sonko initially elected to play for the Senegal national team. He represented Senegal at U23 level, but declined his call-up to their African Cup of Nations squad of 2006, opting instead to help Reading's ultimately successful bid for promotion to the Premier League.[41] He then announced that he would play for France if selected, but if called up to the Senegal squad before a French call-up, he would play for the African team.[42]

Sonko was named in Senegal's provisional 38-man squad for the African Cup of Nations, which runs from 20 January to 10 February 2008.[43] Senegal coach Henryk Kasperczak also included Sonko in his final 23-man squad making him the only uncapped player in the squad. He finally made his debut for Senegal on 12 January 2008 in their 3–1 win over Namibia in Dakar; he played the entire game in the centre of defence.[44]

Personal life[edit]

His cousin Bacary Sagna is also a professional footballer.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 April 2015[46]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grenoble 1999–2000 Championnat National 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2000–01 Championnat National 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2001–02 Ligue 2 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 47 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 47 2
Brentford 2002–03[1] Second Division 37 5 4 0 2 1 2 0 45 6
2003–04[2] Second Division 43 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 46 3
Total 80 8 6 0 3 1 2 0 91 9
Reading 2004–05[5] Championship 39 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 42 1
2005–06[6] Championship 46 3 2 0 4 0 0 0 52 3
2006–07[14] Premier League 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
2007–08[16] Premier League 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2008–09[26] Championship 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Total 127 8 5 0 4 0 0 0 136 8
Stoke City 2008–09[26] Premier League 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
2009–10[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[31] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 14 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 17 0
Hull City (loan) 2009–10[29] Premier League 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2010–11[31] Championship 23 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 27 1
Ipswich Town 2011–12[47] Championship 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
Akhisar Belediyespor 2012–13[48] Süper Lig 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2013–14[49] Süper Lig 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2014–15[50] Süper Lig 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 380 20 19 0 12 1 2 0 413 21
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Games played by Ibrahima Sonko in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
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  6. ^ a b "Games played by Ibrahima Sonko in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sonko secures award for October". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Aston Villa 2–1 Reading". BBC Sport. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "Reading 0–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
  10. ^ "Reading 0–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  11. ^ "Sonko signs a new contract with the Royals". readingfc.co.uk. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2006. 
  12. ^ "Reading 3–1 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
  13. ^ "Sonko out for rest of the season". BBC Sport. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
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  20. ^ "Reading 2-0 Plymouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Charlton 4-2 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
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  25. ^ "Blackburn 3-0 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
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  34. ^ "Ibrahima Sonko seals one-year Ipswich Town deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 26 August 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  35. ^ "Ipswich 3 – 1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
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  37. ^ "Ipswich Town's Ibrahima Sonko suffers dislocated rib". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  38. ^ "Ipswich Town doubtful on Ibrahima Sonko fitness". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  39. ^ "Ipswich Town to release defender Ibrahima Sonko". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  40. ^ "Sonko moves to Turkey". TWTD.com (TWTD). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  41. ^ "Sonko pulls out of Senegal squad". BBC Sport. 24 December 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
  42. ^ "Sonko seeks France call-up". BBC Sport. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
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  48. ^ "Games played by Ibrahima Sonko in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Ibrahima Sonko in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Ibrahima Sonko in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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