Roudolphe Douala

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Roudolphe Douala
Personal information
Full name Roudolphe Douala M'bela
Date of birth (1978-09-25) 25 September 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Free agent
Youth career
Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Saint-Étienne 0 (0)
1998–2004 Boavista 40 (6)
2000–2001 Aves (loan) 28 (4)
2001–2002 Gil Vicente (loan) 31 (4)
2002–2004 União Leiria (loan) 66 (15)
2004–2007 Sporting CP 47 (6)
2006–2007 Portsmouth (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008 Saint-Étienne 12 (0)
2008 Asteras Tripoli 12 (0)
2009 Plymouth Argyle 2 (0)
2010–2011 Lierse 11 (2)
National team
2004–2009 Cameroon 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:55, 22 May 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
For the Duala king see Rudolph Duala Manga Bell.

Roudolphe Douala M'bela (born 25 September 1978 in Douala), known as Douala, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who currently is a free agent. Mainly a winger he can also operate as a forward, and played professionally in five countries, mainly in Portugal.

Club career[edit]

Douala started his professional career at AS Saint-Étienne, but did not make any Ligue 2 appearances for the French club, moving to Portugal when he was 20 and signing with Boavista FC.

After two loans, at Gil Vicente F.C. and União de Leiria (where he first made an impact in the national championship), Douala moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal,[1] scoring five league goals in his debut season, while also helping the Lions to the season's UEFA Cup final, notably netting against Middlesbrough in a 3–2 away win.[2] Never an undisputed starter, however, he would be loaned for 2006–07 to England's Portsmouth on the very last day of the summer transfer window, with a view to a permanent signing.

Speculation during the 2007 winter window had linked Douala with a move away from the club, with the player reportedly frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities at Fratton Park.[3] A transfer never materialized, however, and he revealed that "On the last day of the transfer window two clubs were calling me all day, but I said 'I want to stay'".

Douala returned to Sporting when his loan contract ended and, on 14 July 2007, rejoined old club Saint-Étienne for an undisclosed fee.[4] After only one season where he appeared sparingly, he left for Asteras Tripoli F.C. in Greece.[5] A fruitless spell soon followed and, after agreeing a release from his contract, he signed with English club Plymouth Argyle on 22 March 2009, for the remainder of the 2008–09 campaign,[6][7] making his debut as a substitute in the Pilgrims' 4–0 home win against Coventry City on 11 April; however, he was unsuccessful in securing a long-term contract, and was released.

On 15 March 2010, 31-year old Douala moved teams and countries again, signing with Belgium's Lierse SK,[8] and the club returned to the top division at the season's end, with the player contributing with one goal.

International career[edit]

He played for the Cameroonian national team between 2004 until 2009 where he earned seventeen caps and scored one goal. He participated at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations where Cameroon reached the quarter final stage.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 8 October 2005 Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Egypt
1–1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douala joins Sporting; UEFA.com, 11 July 2004
  2. ^ Middlesbrough 2–3 Sporting; BBC Sport, 10 March 2005
  3. ^ Douala looks to end Pompey loan; BBC Sport, 8 January 2007
  4. ^ St-Étienne make double swoop; UEFA.com, 13 July 2007
  5. ^ Douala quitte l'ASSE (Douala leaves ASSE); L'Équipe, 1 July 2008 (French)
  6. ^ Douala signs; Plymouth Argyle's website, 21 March 2009
  7. ^ Douala out to prove himself in Premier; Portsmouth Today, 7 February 2007
  8. ^ Twee nieuwe spelers en gesprekken over contractverlengingen (Two new players in contract negotiations); Lierse's website, 15 March 2010 (Dutch)

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