Jacques Songo'o

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Jacques Songo'o
Personal information
Full name Jacques Celestin Songo'o
Date of birth (1964-03-17) 17 March 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Sackbayene, Cameroon
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Canon Yaoundé
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Canon Yaoundé ? (?)
1989–1993 Toulon 22 (0)
1992–1993 Le Mans (loan) 22 (0)
1993–1996 Metz 101 (0)
1996–2001 Deportivo La Coruña 150 (0)
2001–2003 Metz 26 (0)
2003–2004 Deportivo La Coruña 1 (0)
Total 322 (0)
National team
1984–2002 Cameroon 46 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jacques Celestin Songo'o (born 17 March 1964) is a Cameroonian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in France and Spain – Deportivo de La Coruña, appearing in more than 200 official games over the course of six seasons and winning the 2000 La Liga championship – also representing the Cameroonian national team in four World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Songo'o was born in Sackbayene. After first establishing himself as a professional in France, with Ligue 1 outfit FC Metz, he was voted Best African Goalkeeper in 1996, then arguably lived his most successful period at Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña.

With the Galicians, he won the 1996–97 Ricardo Zamora Trophy (awarded to the best goalkeeper of the season), and was he side's undisputed starter in his first four years, which ended with the club's first-ever La Liga title. When Depor bought José Francisco Molina in 2000, Songo'o soon lost his place and was eventually transferred to old club Metz.

After two seasons, he returned to Deportivo and A Coruña, again in a free transfer. He settled there after having retired from football, aged 43.

International career[edit]

Songo'o featured for Cameroon in every FIFA World Cup from 1990 to 2002, although only as first-choice in the 1998 edition. He was also a member of the Cameroonian squad that competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Songo'o was part of Paul Le Guen's coaching staff. After the tournament, which ended in the group stage, he led Cameroon to a 3–0 victory over Poland, on an interim basis, the nation's first win in 12 competitive games.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Metz
Deportivo

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal[edit]

  • Songo'o also has French citizenship.
  • Both of his sons – French U-19 international Franck (who changed his international allegiance to Cameroon in 2008 and played namely for Portsmouth and Real Zaragoza),[1] and Yann (who emerged through his father's former side Metz youth ranks) – are also professional footballers. Yann signed for Blackburn Rovers during the summer of 2013. [2]

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