Modou Sougou

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Modou Sougou
Personal information
Full name Pape Amodou Sougou
Date of birth (1984-12-18) 18 December 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Fissel, Senegal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2004 Douanes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 União Leiria 7 (0)
2005–2006 Vitória 27 (0)
2006–2008 União Leiria 38 (6)
2008–2011 Académica 80 (19)
2011–2013 CFR Cluj 44 (11)
2013– Marseille 14 (0)
2013– Evian (loan) 29 (4)
National team
2008– Senegal 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 May 2014

Pape Amodou Sougou (born on 18 December 1984 in Fissel) is a Senegalese football player who currently plays for Evian in the Ligue 1. He usually plays as a winger.



Born in Fissel, Senegal, Sougou started his career as a teenager at AS Douanes, a football team in Dakar, Senegal. He moved to União Leiria at age of 19. He made his debut for the club, in a 1–0 win over Benfica. He made his third appearance, just one day after his birthday, in a 1–1 draw against Vitória.


After a year at U.D. Leiria, he moved to Vitória where he spent the 2005–2006 season playing 27 games. Sougou also made two appearance in the UEFA Cup, in the first round against Sampdoria. In July 2006, Sougou returned to União Leiria.

Return to Leiria[edit]

After completing his return to the club, Sougou scored in his first match in a 2–1 loss against Porto. After two assists in two consecutive games, Sougou scored again in a 1–0 win over Marítimo. He made 37 appearances in total in his second spell at the club, also scoring 6 goals. In July 2008 U.D. Leiria accepted an offer for him from the Portuguese Liga side Académica de Coimbra. He completed his move there.

Académica de Coimbra[edit]

After moving to Académica de Coimbra, he started off his time there as a fringe player and after a few games the manager Domingos Paciência was impressed by his effort and performance and then secured a first team place for a while. In the summer of 2009 Académica de Coimbra brought in a new manager (André Villas Boas) who took a liking to Sougou and put him in the starting 11 regularly. He finished off the 2009–2010 season on a high scoring 6 goals in the final stages of the Portuguese Liga season. In the 2010–11 season, Sougou revealed that he had almost joined Porto to follow manager André Villas Boas. However, it never happened, due to an injury.[1] In the January transfer window, he was linked a with move to Polish side Lech Poznan[2]

CFR Cluj[edit]

In June 2011, Sougou joined Liga I side CFR Cluj,[3] having previously signed him on pre-contract agreement.[4] Shortly after signing the contract with the Romanian side, his move was put back on hold after the club Académica wanted 300,000 euros[5] On his move, Sougou said he joined the club to win trophies and to work with Jorge Costa whome he knew from his time spent at Académica de Coimbra in 2010.[6]

He had a perfect start with the Romanian squad scoring two goals in the first two games.[7] Throughout the season, Sougou continued to make a good form for the club, having scored 10 goals and offerd 15 assists to help the club win the Liga I. In January 2012, chairman Julius Muresan revealed that Sougou has a termination clause of 11 million euros.[8] In April 2012, Sougou was named as best assister in the league.[9]

Sougou started the following season in the Supercupa României against Dinamo București. In extra time, he provided assist for Pantelis Kapetanos in the 102nd minute in extra time. The match finished in the penalty shootout with Sougou having his penalty saved. In the end, Cluj lost 4–2 on penalties against Dinamo. He then made four appearance in the Champions League and scored three times, once against Slovan Liberec in the second leg, and twice against Basel, to send his club through to the group stage. In the first match of the Champions League group stage, he set up the first goal for Rafael Bastos, who would score another, in a 2–0 win against Portuguese side Braga. However during the match, Sougou suffered an injury after a concussion, that put him off with a stretcher.[10] His injury ruled him out for a week[11] In the next game against Manchester United, he provided an assist for Pantelis Kapetanos in a 2–1 loss and then, scored his first Champions League goal in a 3–1 loss against Galatasaray.[12] Then he provided two assists for Rui Pedro, who would later score a hat-trick.[13] Sougou played in the last group stage game, in a 1–0 win over Manchester United, however the club was eliminated after Galatasaray won against Braga. In the league, Sougou's form decreased mainly due to poor results and change in management. At the end of 2012, Gazeta Sporturilor announced that Sougou was named the second best foreign players in 2012, just behind Wesley Lopes da Silva[14]

In December 2012, Sougou was linked with clubs in the Premier League like Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City.[15][16] After leaving he stated that his time at CFR Cluj was the greatest moment of his career, having aimed for trophies and succeed.[17]


On 24 January 2013, Marseille confirmed that Sougou joined the club from CFR Cluj for €4.5 million, after agreeing terms and signing a three-year contract worth €600k per year.[18][19] Upon his move, Manager Élie Baup stated "We saw that we were missing against Montpellier an accelerator, a player capable of providing speed and blast through a defense. Sougou has all of these qualities."[20]

After being an unused substitute in the match against Rennes, Sougou scored his first goal for the club in the Round of 32 of Coupe de France, in a 2–1 win over Rouen[21] Coming in as a substitute after 72 minutes, Sougou provided two late assist for Nicolas N'Koulou and André-Pierre Gignac, as Marseille won 2–1 over Troyes,.[22]

Loan to Evian[edit]

In July 2013, Modou Sougou was loaned by Marseille to another Ligue 1 side, Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. After being unused in the match with Sochaux, Sougou debuted for Evian against his ex-team, Marseille, in a 1-1 draw. After that match, he became a regular player in the team, being used frequently, as substitute or titular and he scored 2 goals for the team.

International career[edit]

He made his Senegal debut in 2008 in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations after impressive performances on his club.

Career statistics[edit]


(Correct as of 18 May 2014)
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
União de Leiria
2004–05 7 0 ? ? 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 ? ? 0 0 7 0
Vitória de Setúbal
2005–06 27 0 ? ? 2 0 29 0
Total 27 0 ? ? 2 0 29 0
União de Leiria
2006–07 15 5 ? ? 0 0 15 5
2007–08 23 1 ? ? 4 0 27 1
Total 38 6 ? ? 4 0 42 6
Académica de Coimbra
2008–09 23 4 5 1 0 0 28 5
2009–10 29 9 6 1 0 0 35 10
2010–11 28 6 4 2 0 0 32 8
Total 80 19 15 4 0 0 95 23
CFR Cluj
2011–12 33 10 0 0 0 0 33 10
2012–13 11 1 1 0 9 4 21 5
Total 44 11 1 0 9 4 54 15
2012–13 14 0 2 1 0 0 16 1
Total 14 0 2 1 0 0 16 1
2013–14 29 4 1 0 0 0 30 4
Total 29 4 1 0 0 0 30 4
Career total 239 40 19 5 15 4 273 49

Personal life[edit]

Sougou is a practising Muslim and observes fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan. He has stated that "It is a difficult time for me and a delicate moment, because from 8:00 till 21:00 I don't touch any water or food.".[23]




  1. ^ "Sougou shows that came close to signing for FC Porto" [Sougou revela que esteve perto de assinar pelo FC Porto] (in Portuguese). Zero Zero. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lech Poznan thinks Sougou (Academic)" [Lech Poznan pensa em Sougou (Académica)] (in Portuguese). Zero Zero. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sougou, Renan and Lionn join Jorge Costa" [Sougou, Renan e Lionn juntam-se a Jorge Costa] (in Portuguese). Zero Zero. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "CFR Senegal signed today with Modou Sougou" [CFR a semnat azi cu senegalezul Modou Sougou] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "CFR transfer Senegalese Modou Sougou still negotiating. Academic demands 300,000 euros" [CFR negociază încă transferul senegalezului Modou Sougou. Academica cere 300.000 de euro] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sougou says he chose to CFR and has won the first trophy: "A winning book!"" [Sougou spune că a ales CFR-ul pentru a-şi trece în palmares primele trofee: "O carte cîştigătoare!"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Moudou Sougou, philosopher scorer from CFR" [Moudou Sougou, filosoful golgeter de la CFR] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Untouchable »Sougou's contract has a termination clause of 11 million euros" [Intangibil » Contractul lui Sougou are o clauză de reziliere de 11 milioane de euro] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "MM, are you paying attention? Sougou become the best passer in Ligue 1" [MM, eşti atent? Sougou a devenit cel mai bun pasator din Liga 1] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "He got off easy! »Sougou was taken to hospital halftime with Braga" [A scăpat uşor! » Sougou a fost transportat la spital la pauza meciului cu Braga] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sougou has a severe injury and will miss a week of training: "can not breathe"" [Sougou are un traumatism sever şi va lipsi o săptămînă de la antrenamente: "Nu pot respira"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Champions League round-up: Bayern Munich & Juventus on form". BBC Sport. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rui Pedro hat-trick ends Braga's hopes at CFR". UEFA. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sougou was not surprised that Wesley was named best foreign players in 2012: "He's a great player '" [Sougou nu a fost surprins de faptul că Wesley a fost desemnat cel mai bun stranier din 2012: "E un jucător extraordinar"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Villa, Newcastle and Norwich chase Cluj's Senegal winger Sougou". Daily Mail. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Cluj winger wanted by Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich". Talk Sport. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sougou not transfer to railway regrets: "I came for titles and League!'s The greatest moment of his career"" [Sougou nu regretă transferul la CFR: "Am venit pentru titluri şi Ligă! E cel mai important moment din carieră"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sougou est Olympien !". (in French). Marseille. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sougou est Olympien !". (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Sougou landed at Marseille" [Sougou débarque à l'OM] (in French). So Foot. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Empty the debut Sougou »Senegal scored the Cup match with Rouen" [Gol la debut pentru Sougou » Senegalezul a înscris în meciul din Cupă cu Rouen] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Modou Sougou: "I do not think the selection"" [Modou Sougou : "Je ne pense pas à la sélection"] (in French). RFI. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sougou three kilograms weakened during Ramadan '"Faith gives me strength"" [Sougou a slăbit trei kilograme în perioada Ramadanului » "Credinţa îmi dă forţă"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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