Berahino playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2014
|Full name||Saido Berahino|
|Date of birth||4 August 1993|
|Place of birth||Bujumbura, Burundi|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|2004–2010||West Bromwich Albion|
|2010–||West Bromwich Albion||44||(12)|
|2011–2012||→ Northampton Town (loan)||14||(6)|
|2012||→ Brentford (loan)||8||(4)|
|2012||→ Peterborough United (loan)||10||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:11, 22 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He spent time out on loan for Football League clubs Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough United before breaking into the West Brom squad. His first few matches saw him score a hat-trick against Newport County, before scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Berahino has the all-time third highest goal-tally for the England Under-21 side with 10 goals in 13 appearances, behind Francis Jeffers and Alan Shearer. He was called up for the first time to the England senior squad in November 2014.
West Bromwich Albion
Berahino travelled to England alone at the age of 10, escaping from his native city of Bujumbura in war-torn Burundi to join his mother, brother and sisters who had already been granted asylum in Newtown, Birmingham. He went to Aston Manor Academy. Initially speaking no English and having played street football in his native Burundi, Berahino attributed his love for the sport with helping him integrate quickly into English society. He signed for the West Bromwich Albion Centre of Excellence in 2004 at under-12 level, joining from inner city kids side Phoenix United. He progressed through the youth system of the Baggies and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2011, on a one-year deal.
On 20 October 2011, he joined League Two side Northampton Town on a one-month loan deal. He made his professional debut for the Cobblers two days later in 2–1 defeat to Bradford City at Valley Parade, playing the full 90 minutes. Berahino extended his loan period twice before leaving Northampton at the beginning of February 2012. Despite leaving the club propping up the whole league, he had scored 6 league goals in 14 appearances.
On 9 February 2012, Berahino went out on loan again, this time at a higher level than before, by joining League One side Brentford through to the end of the season. Berahino scored his first two goals for Brentford after coming on as a substitute against Carlisle United live on Sky Sports and scored another brace in a 2–0 win over Exeter City one month later. After the match, the club's coach Alan Kernaghan praised Berahino and said: "Saido got the nod and he did well, but this was win built on a strong defensive performance as shown by another clean sheet." Due to arguments with manager Uwe Rösler, the loan spell with Brentford ended early after 7 games (4 goals) due to personal reasons and returned to West Bromwich Albion on 3 April 2012.
He signed on loan for Championship club Peterborough United on 1 October 2012, with the club at the bottom of the table. The following day, he made his debut in a 2–0 win at Barnsley, replacing Emile Sinclair after 65 minutes. On 27 October, Berahino scored a brace in a 3–0 win over Derby County. At Peterbrough United, Manager Darren Ferguson said Berahino was expected to get more playing time.
On 27 August 2013 he made his first start for West Brom in a League Cup tie against Newport County and went on to score a hat-trick in a 3–0 home win. He made his first league appearance for the Baggies when he came on as a substitute in a 2–0 home defeat against Swansea City on 1 September 2013, replacing Scott Sinclair for the last 15 minutes of the match. On 28 September, he scored his first Premier League goal, the winner in a 2–1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
On 2 December 2013, Berahino extended his contract with West Brom which commits him to the club until June 2017.
Berahino scored both of West Brom's goals in their first game of the 2014-15 Premier League season, a draw against Sunderland on 16 August 2014. He scored twice more for the Baggies on 28 September, netting in either side of the half-time whistle as West Brom defeated Burnley 4–0. He equalled his league tally from the previous season with a penalty in a 2–1 loss to Liverpool on 4 October.
On 20 October 2014 Berahino again scored against Manchester United, scoring West Brom's second in a home Premier League fixture which ended 2–2. Berahino would continue his fine form with a late equaliser at The Hawthorns against Crystal Palace by converting a penalty in injury time. His good start to the season prompted the club to offer the possibility of a new contract worth over £50,000 per week, but discussion of it was put on hold in late November due to investigation of alleged drink driving.
Berahino has made appearances at various youth levels for England. Berahino represented England at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship contributing one goal as England won the tournament. He was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time for the match against Scotland U21 on 13 August 2013. He scored on his England U-21 debut on 6 September against Moldova U21 in his side's 1–0 win, this game was also Gareth Southgate's first game in charge. On 15 October, Berahino continued his scoring form in the U-21s' game against Lithuania, bagging a brace to take his U-21 tally to 4 goals in 3 games.
Berahino was yellow-carded after the first of his two goals in a 3–0 win against Finland U21 in a European qualifer on 15 November 2013, for lifting his shirt to reveal a message to his late father, who died in the Burundian Civil War.
On 6 November 2014, England manager Roy Hodgson named Berahino in his squad for the first time, ahead of a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on the 15th and a friendly against Scotland at Celtic Park three days afterwards. Hodgson admitted that Berahino had been in contention for a place in his previous England selection, but was allowed to play an under-21 qualifier instead; on this occasion the under-21 team only had a friendly match scheduled. Berahino did not take part in either match.
- As of match played 22 November 2014.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Bromwich Albion||2010–11||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|Northampton Town (loan)||2011–12||League Two||14||6||1||0||—||—||15||6|
|Brentford (loan)||2011–12||League One||8||4||—||—||—||8||4|
|Peterborough United (loan)||2012–13||Championship||10||2||—||—||—||10||2|
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- "West Brom 3–0 Newport". 27 August 2013.
- "Man Utd 1–2 West Brom". 28 September 2013.
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- "Saido signs new contract". West Bromwich Albion Official Website. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Saido Berahino's brace was not enough to earn new West Brom boss Alan Irvine a debut victory in an entertaining 2–2 draw with Sunderland at the Hawthorns.". BBC Sport. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Saido Berahino strikes twice in West Brom romp against Burnley". The Guardian. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Adam Lallana scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool to help his team to a first league win since August in a nervy display against West Brom.". BBC Sport. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- "West Brom 2–2 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "West Brom 2–2 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
- Harrison, David (29 November 2014). "West Brom stall on new deal for Saido Berahino because of drink driving investigation". The Independent. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- http://www.thefa.com/england/All-Teams/Players/B/Saido-Berahino Profile on the FA website
- Roy Hodgson names his squad as he takes charge of England Under-21s for Scotland clash
- "England U21s beat Moldova in Gareth Southgate's first game". BBC Sport. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- "Saido Berahino: West Brom striker named in England squad". BBC Sport. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
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- "Squad stats: 2011/12". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- "Games played by Saido Berahino in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- "Games played by Saido Berahino in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- "Games played by Saido Berahino in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- "Games played by Saido Berahino in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
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