Joseph-Antoine Bell

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Joseph-Antoine Bell
Personal information
Full name Joseph-Antoine Bell
Date of birth (1954-10-08) 8 October 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Mouandé, Cameroon[1]
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1981 Union Douala
1981–1983 Africa Sports
1983–1985 Al-Mokawloon al-Arab
1985–1988 Marseille 109 (0)
1988–1989 Toulon 31 (0)
1989–1991 Bordeaux 75 (0)
1991–1994 Saint-Étienne
National team
1976–1994 Cameroon 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Joseph-Antoine Bell, sometimes referred to as JoJo Bell (born 8 October 1954) is a former Cameroonian international football goalkeeper. In a 20-year career, he played in his native Cameroon as well as in Côte d'Ivoire and Egypt before moving to France, where he played for several top-level clubs including Marseille, Bordeaux and eventually ending his playing career with Saint-Étienne. He represented the national team in three World Cups (1982, 1990, 1994), the 1984 Summer Olympics and several African Cup of Nations.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Bell was born in Mouandé. He started his career in Eclair Douale then Oryx Douala and Prisons Buea beforeUnion Douala in Cameroon, where he spent the years 1975 to 1981. He then moved to Africa Sports National, staying there for two seasons. From 1983 to 1985 he played for Al-Mokawloon al-Arab in Egypt.[1]

By the time he went to France to play, he was already 31 years old. He played from Olympique de Marseille from 1985 to 1988, playing 36, 38, and 35 league matches in each of his three seasons there. He then spent one season at Sporting Toulon Var, playing 31 matches. Two years at FC Girondins de Bordeaux followed, where he played 38 matches in 1989–90 and 37 matches in 1990–91. He ended his playing career with AS Saint-Étienne, where he played 35 matches in 1991–92 and 38 matches in 1992–93, but only 26 matches in 1993–94.[1]

Bell, in joining the campaign United Against Malaria in 2009, stated that "malaria ... affected his playing".[2]

International career[edit]

For the national team, he was in the squads at the 1982 and 1990 FIFA World Cup but did not play any matches. He was also selected for the squad for the 1994 FIFA World Cup where he eventually made his debut, playing in two of Cameroon's group matches.[3] After Cameroon's elimination in 1994, enraged fans set fire on Bell's house in Douala.[4] Bell also played at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and was on Cameroon's winning team in the 1984 and 1988 African Cup of Nations.[5] At international level, though, he was second-choice goalkeeper after Thomas Nkono for many years.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

He was named "African Goalkeeper of the Century" by IFFHS, as part of their "Century Elections". Cameroon had three goalkeepers among the top six, with Thomas N'Kono being second and Jacques Songo'o being sixth. Sadok Attouga was third, Badou Ezzaki was fourth and Mwemba Kazadi was fifth.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Joseph-Antoine Bell at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Bamjee-Mayet, Saaleha (2 December 2009). "Campaign to Unite Against Malaria Kicks Off". AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Profile on Worldcup-History.com
  4. ^ "Queman la casa de Bell en Camerún". El País (in Spanish). 1 July 1994. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Joseph-Antoine Bell". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 December 2009.