Bassong warming up for Tottenham Hotspur in 2010
|Full name||Sébastien Aymar Bassong Nguena|
|Date of birth||9 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Paris, France|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) |
|Current club||Norwich City|
|2012||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:13, 2 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Sébastien Aymar Bassong Nguena (born 9 July 1986) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for English club Norwich City. Born in France, he also plays for the Cameroon national football team.
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Bassong's parents are Cameroonian, so he is eligible to play for Cameroon at International level even though he was born in France. Bassong is a graduate of the famous Clairefontaine youth academy, which has produced some of the world's most gifted players, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, William Gallas and Louis Saha. Bassong's first professional contract was with FC Metz where he made 87 appearances over three seasons.
In July 2008 Bassong was offered a one-week trial and made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Doncaster Rovers. On 30 July it was confirmed that Newcastle had agreed a fee of £500,000 with FC Metz for Bassong.
He made his professional debut for Newcastle on 26 August in a League Cup game away to Coventry City, before playing his first league game for Newcastle away to Arsenal when he came on as a sub for José Enrique. He received his first red card for the club away to Wigan Athletic on 26 December. Another came on 16 May 2009 as part of 0–1 home defeat to Fulham in the penultimate game of the season. Bassong was named the Newcastle player of the season for the 08–09 season.
Following Newcastle's relegation to the Football League Championship, Bassong expressed his desire to leave the club, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur linked with him. On 6 August 2009, it was confirmed that he had passed a medical at Spurs signing a five-year deal and completed an £8 million move to the North London club that same day. Bassong scored on his debut for Tottenham in a 2–1 victory over Liverpool, heading in the winner from a free kick cross from team-mate Luka Modrić in the 59th minute. As the season progressed, Bassong became a regular starter for Tottenham playing in all of the first 7 games of the 2009–10 Premier League season. During the season Bassong made 38 appearances and scored once. Bassong scored Tottenham Hotspur's first ever Champions League goal versus Young Boys of Berne which Tottenham came from 3–0 down to 3–2. On 4 December 2010, he played the full 90 minutes alongside William Gallas, and scored Tottenham's goal, in a 1–1 draw against Birmingham City at St Andrew's. On 30 January 2011 Bassong partnered Michael Dawson in the 4–0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage. On 2 February, due to injuries and suspensions, he partnered Gallas in central defence in a 1–0 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park which kept Tottenham in fifth place in the league. On 15 May 2011, Bassong made a substitute appearance coming on for Danny Rose on 82 minutes in Tottenham's 2–0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
Loan spell at Wolves
On 31 January 2012, Bassong joined fellow Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season. Four days later he made his debut for Wolves, playing the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 win against QPR. However, his loan spell with Wolves did not prevent the club from being relegated after a 2–0 home loss to Manchester City.
On 21 August 2012, Bassong signed with Norwich City for a £5.5m fee. Bassong made his Canaries debut against QPR in a 1–1 draw at Carrow Road. After several appearances Bassong formed a good partnership with Michael Turner at the heart of the Norwich defence. On 3 November 2012, Bassong made an appearance in his home on Soccer AM. Bassong scored his first goal for Norwich City, a 90th minute equaliser away at Goodison Park, on 24 November 2012. His second would come shortly after, scoring the opener in the 8th minute at home to Sunderland. He scored his third for Norwich at Swansea City on 8 December. On 17 May 2013, Bassong was named Norwich City's player of the season for 2012-13, winning the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy. In doing so he became the first player from outside the British Isles win the prestigious award. On the 10th August 2013 he was named as the team captain.
Bassong missed the start of the 2013-14 Premier League season after suffering an injury just before the start of pre-season. He played in developmental games and a Capital One Cup fixture against Bury to get back to match fitness. He returned against Southampton and helped the team keep a clean sheet as they beat the Saints 1-0.
Bassong played as a defensive midfielder for the French under 21 national team, playing in two matches against the Netherlands and Japan in the summer of 2007 before joining Newcastle. On 25 May 2009 he was called up by the Cameroon national team for their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Morocco. He is eligible for Cameroon due to not having played in a competitive Under-21 match for the France team, and he made his debut for the national side on 12 August in a 2–0 away win to Austria. He was selected for the 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa alongside his former Tottenham teammate Benoît Assou-Ekotto. He regularly wears the number 5 jersey internationally for Cameroon.
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- Louise Taylor (4 August 2009). "Newcastle's Sébastien Bassong fined for missing Dundee United trip". The Guardian (guardian.co.uk). Retrieved 22 September 2009.
- Louise Taylor (1 May 2009). "Newcastle messiah struggles to work miracles as injury worries grow". The Guardian (guardian.co.uk). Retrieved 22 September 2009.
- "Bassong quits Newcastle for Spurs". British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Sport). 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
- Phil McNulty (16 August 2009). "Tottenham 2–1 Liverpool". British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Sport). Retrieved 22 September 2009.
- "Wolves sign Sebastien Bassong on loan from Tottenham". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012.
- "Bassong joins Cameroon squad". British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Sport). 29 May 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
- Stuart Rayner (15 August 2009). "Bassong was Alan’s tip, says Redknapp". The Journal (journallive.co.uk). Retrieved 22 September 2009.
- "World Cup 2010: Cameroon finalise World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
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