Mickaël Antoine-Curier

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Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Personal information
Full name Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Date of birth (1983-03-05) 5 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Orsay, France
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical
Number 99
Youth career
Paris Saint-Germain
Nice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Preston North End 0 (0)
2001–2003 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2003 Brentford (loan) 11 (3)
2003 Oldham Athletic 8 (2)
2003 Kidderminster Harriers 1 (0)
2003 Rochdale 8 (1)
2003–2004 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (0)
2004 Notts County 4 (1)
2004 Grimsby Town 5 (0)
2004–2006 Vard Haugesund 37 (33)
2006–2007 FK Haugesund 39 (15)
2007–2008 Hibernian 13 (3)
2008 Dundee (loan) 11 (8)
2008–2010 Dundee 32 (14)
2009–2010 Hamilton Academical (loan) 26 (7)
2011 Hamilton Academical 14 (5)
2011 Ermis Aradippou 0 (0)
2011 Ethnikos Achnas 8 (0)
2012–2013 Felda United 20 (13)
2013 FC Atyrau 13 (0)
2013– Hamilton Academical 44 (19)
National team
2008– Guadeloupe 16 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:38, 13 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 December 2010

Mickaël Antoine-Curier (born 5 March 1983) is a French-born Guadeloupean professional footballer who currently plays for Hamilton Academical as a striker.

At club level, he has previously played in seven different countries: in France as a youngster for Paris Saint-Germain and Nice; in England for Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at youth level and for Brentford, Oldham Athletic, Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday, Notts County and Grimsby Town at senior level; in Norway for Vard Haugesund and FK Haugesund; in Scotland for Hibernian, Dundee and Hamilton Academical; in Cyprus for Ethnikos Achnas; in Malaysia for Felda United F.C.; and in Kazakhstan for FC Atyrau.

At international level, he has played for Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Career[edit]

Antoine-Curier began his career as a youth in France with Paris Saint-Germain and Nice.[1] Eager to play in the United Kingdom, he signed for Preston North End and then Nottingham Forest as a youth. He initially played academy football, finish top scorer for the Forest academy team with 22 goals in 19 games. He won the trophy for the academy player of the year and was selected as man of the match of the Charity Vase final by Brian Clough, but he never made it for the first team. During the 2002–03 season, the Forest manager Paul Hart loaned him out to Brentford, where he made 11 starts, scoring three goals. This included a brace in an important 2–0 victory at Chesterfield.

He came to prominence at the start of the 2003–04 season in the third tier of English football, having signed for Oldham Athletic. He grabbed his first cup goal in a 2–1 defeat at Scunthorpe United, then scored his first league goal for the "Latics" four days later in a 2–2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium. He grabbed another goal in a 3–2 home defeat to Blackpool the following week. He made a total of six starts and three substitute appearances for the Boundary Park club, scoring three goals, before being released.

Antoine-Curier then joined Kidderminster Harriers, before joining Rochdale on a non-contract basis. He made five starts and five substitute appearances for Rochdale, scoring on his debut in a 1–1 draw at Lincoln City. He then left Rochdale to join Sheffield Wednesday, a club he had scored against earlier on in the season. He made just one substitute appearance for Wednesday, in a 0–0 draw against Luton Town at Hillsborough.

He then joined Notts County, where he made four starts, scoring in a 3–1 win over Grimsby Town, who he signed for shortly afterwards. He also made five appearances for Grimsby, but could not score. Both Grimsby and Notts County were relegated at the end of the season.

After an unsettled time in the UK, Curier joined Norwegian First Division side Vard Haugesund in 2004. In his first season he scored 7 goals in 16 appearances, but the club was relegated. He scored 27 goals in 21 games in the 2005 season, winning the Norwegian golden boot and the Norwegian Second Division player of the year award. He then transferred to FK Haugesund, and scored 8 goals in 24 appearances in the 2006 season and 7 goals in 15 appearances in the 2007 season.[citation needed] His time at Norway was a positive one, where he was nicknamed as Batigol and David Trezeguet.[2]

Antoine-Curier was invited by manager John Collins to Scottish Premier League side Hibernian for a trial period in 2007.[3] He starred in a friendly match against First Division side Livingston, scoring four goals in a 5–2 victory.[3] FK Haugesund captain Kevin Nicol, a former Hibernian player, was full of praise for Antoine-Curier, expressing his belief that the French striker "would do really well" if he was signed by Hibs.[4] Curier signed a one year contract with Hibernian, who paid FK Haugesund a nominal transfer fee, on 31 August 2007.[3] Antoine-Curier scored against Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup and Kilmarnock in the SPL. Despite scoring four goals in nine appearances, Antoine-Curier fell out of favour after Hibs signed Colin Nish.

Curier was loaned by Hibs to Dundee in January 2008.[5] Curier scored six goals in his first four Dundee appearances, including a hat-trick in a 6–1 win over Stirling Albion. On 7 May 2008, Curier signed a three-year deal with Dundee.[5]

Dundee loaned out Antoine-Curier at the end of the 2009 summer transfer window to SPL side Hamilton Academical. Antoine-Curier made his debut against Hibernian in the SPL and marked it with a goal after 12 minutes. On 15 October 2010, Antoine-Curier had his contract terminated by Dundee, a victim of the club entering administration.[6]

On 11 January 2011, following a battle with injury, Antoine-Curier re-signed for Hamilton until the end of the season.[7]

In July 2011 he signed a two-year deal with Cypriot side Ermis Aradippou,[8] however his contract was terminated due to financial difficulties at the club and he joined Ermis’ former president and a host of the club’s former players at Ethnikos Achnas in August, just days before the 2011–12 season.[9]

In April 2012, he joined Felda United FC with his fellow countryman Eddy Viator.[10] He made his league debut on 8 April 2012, scoring a goal in a 2–0 home win over Kedah FA.[11]

In February 2013, Antoine-Curier joined Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Atyrau. However, his time in Kazakhstan was overshadowed where he was an outcast by his team-mates, spat on by opposing fans and refused accommodation because of the colour of his skin.[12] However, the manager at the time, Miodrag Radulović, denies Antoine-Curier, claiming "he never told me these things while in Atyrau FC."[13]

He re-signed for Hamilton in August 2013.[14] In the Scottish League Cup, Antoine-Curier scored his first goal, in a 1–0 win over Kilmarnock.[15] After scoring nine goals in the league, Antoine-Curier scored four goals for the first time in his professional career, as Hamilton thrash 10–2 against Greenock Morton on the last game of the season. However, the win did not guarantee automatic promotion to Scottish Premiership after his former club, Dundee, won at the same day.[16] After the match, Antoine-Curier expressed disappointment not to become Champions, though the scoreline shows that how the club to reach to the Scottish Premiership.[17]

International career[edit]

Curier was selected by Guadeloupe for the Caribbean Cup 2008, scoring 6 goals in 8 games. He also participated in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup for Guadeloupe, in which they reached the quarter finals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tricard sans frontières". B.World Connection (in French). 6 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "In Norway, they called me Batigol or Trezegol" [En Norvège, on m'appelait Batigol ou Trezegol] (in French). So Foot. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hibs sign striker Antoine-Curier". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kev's undercover role for Collins". www.scotsman.com. Johnston Publishing. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Antoine-Curier agrees Dundee deal". BBC Sport. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Spence, Jim (15 October 2010). "Dundee given 50–50 survival chance by administrator". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Forward Antoine-Curier signs short Hamilton Accies deal". BBC Sport. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Accies striker joins Ermis". Sky Sports. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Antoine-Curier changes club". The Scottish Football League. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "FELDA United pikat Courier Viator" [FELDA United pikat Curier, Viator] (in Malaysian). Online BHarian. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Felda United 2–0 Kedah FA: Canaries taught a lesson on keeping football simple". Yahoo! News. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hamilton star Mickael Antoine-Curier's Kazakh hell". Scottish Daily Express. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "FC Atyrau coach responds to Kazakh racism allegations from black player". Ak Zhakik. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Return of the MAC". Hamilton Official Website. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kilmarnock 0 Hamilton 1: High-flying Accies pile more misery on Killie with League Cup win". Daily Record. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Hamilton Academical 10 – 2 Greenock Morton". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Striker Mickael Antoine Curier says hammering of Morton showed Hamilton's desire to reach Premiership". Daily Record. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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