Maïga with West Ham United, August 2012
|Full name||Modibo Maïga|
|Date of birth||3 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Bamako, Mali|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|Current club||Queens Park Rangers
(on loan from West Ham United)
|2012–||West Ham United||31||(3)|
|2014–||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:23, 3 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Modibo Maïga (born 3 September 1987) is a Malian footballer who plays as a striker for Queens Park Rangers on loan from West Ham United, and for Mali. He has also played for Stade Malien, Raja Casablanca, Le Mans and Sochaux.
Born in Bamako, Mali Maïga began his career with Stade Malien in his home country aged 15 in 2003, moving to Moroccan club Raja CA Casablanca where he spent his late teenage years winning the several competitions including the Arab Champions League and the Moroccan League.
Maïga made a move to Ligue 1 side Le Mans aged 20 in 2007. Playing alongside Gervinho and Stephane Sessegnon, Maïga established himself in French football. Despite Le Mans' relegation to Ligue 2 Maïga scored 15 goals in 88 games. He signed a four year contract in 2010 with Sochaux and took the number 15 shirt.
During the 2010–11 campaign, Maïga struck up a 30-goal partnership with Brown Ideye, each scoring 15 goals. Between them, they scored over half of FC Sochaux's league goals. Maïga and Brown were assisted by playmaking duo Marvin Martin and Ryad Boudebouz as Sochaux qualified for the Europa League.
On 12 August 2011, he announced to his club that he would never again play for Sochaux because he wanted a transfer to Newcastle United. He refused to play against Stade Malherbe de Caen and AS Nancy but then did play against Metallist Kharkiv and FC Lorient. He and teammate Kevin Anin were refused a move away from the club and were criticised by supporters who temporarily withdrew their support in response to poor performances and the attitude of Anin and Maïga.
On 18 October, several newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph and L'Equipe, reported that Maïga was close to a deal to move to Newcastle United. in the January transfer window and on 13 December it was reported that he had passed a medical in London ahead of his move, with the transfer fee believed to be in the region of £7 million. However on 16 December 2011, L'Equipe reported that Maïga had failed his medical with Newcastle.
West Ham United
On 17 July 2012, Maïga underwent a medical at West Ham United. He signed the following day on a four-year contract with an option for a further two years for an undisclosed fee. Maïga made his debut for West Ham on 18 August 2012 coming on as an 81st minute substitute for Carlton Cole in a 1–0 home win against Aston Villa. On 28 August 2012 Maïga scored on his full home debut against Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the League Cup to make the score 2–0 following Nicky Maynard's opening goal. He scored his first league goal on 20 October against Southampton in a 4–1 win at Upton Park,
Queens Park Rangers loan
On 31 January 2014, Maïga joined Queens Park Rangers on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season. He made his debut on 1 February in a draw against Burnley. Coming on as a 68th minute substitute for Andy Johnson, Maïga scored in the 79th minute to make the score 3-3, the final score.
Maïga plays for Mali and wore the number 10 shirt at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He was called up again to the Mali squad for 2012 Africa Cup of Nations but in February 2012 whilst in Gabon participating in the competition, he contracted malaria and was hospitalized in Libreville. He had to miss the semi-finals with a 1–0 defeat against Côte d'Ivoire.
- As of 7 January 2014.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||2012–13||17||2||0||0||2||2||0||0||19||4|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2013–14||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 1 February 2013. p. 39. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "Hammers move for Maiga". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Sochaux fans go on strike in protest at players' 'childish behaviour'". www.metro.co.uk. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Edwards, Luke (18 October 2011). "Newcastle United set to sign long-term target Modibo Maiga when January transfer window opens". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
- Douglas, Mark. "Modibo Maiga set for a Newcastle United medical". Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- Taisne, Emery. "Maïga n'ira pas à Newcastle (Maiga will not go to Newcastle)". L'Equipe. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
- "West Ham tie up £5m Maiga deal as Allardyce waits on Carroll". www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "West Ham 1 – 0 Aston Vila". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "West Ham 2–0 Crewe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "West Ham 4–1 Southampton" BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Maiga Makes Move". Queens Park Rangers FC. 31 January 2014.
- "QPR 3-3 Burnley". BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- "Modibo Maiga still recovering from Malaria contracted during 2012 Afcon". www.goal.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Modibo Maiga career stats at Soccerbase
- Modibo Maïga career stats at Soccerbase
- Modibo Maïga at National-Football-Teams.com
- Modibo Maiga French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- transfermarkt.de Profile