Sheldon Bateau

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Sheldon Bateau
Personal information
Full name Sheldon Bateau
Date of birth (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Center-back
Club information
Current team
KV Mechelen
Number 6
Youth career
2008 Fatima College
2008–2009 San Juan Jabloteh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 San Juan Jabloteh 16 (4)
2012 North East Stars 0 (0)
2012– KV Mechelen 58 (3)
National team
2008–2011 Trinidad and Tobago U20 3 (0)
2011– Trinidad and Tobago U23 9 (0)
2013– Trinidad and Tobago 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Sheldon Bateau (born 29 January 1991) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Belgian Pro League club KV Mechelen. He also represents the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Bateau began his professional football career in 2009, at the age of 18, with San Juan Jabloteh in his native Trinidad and Tobago. After three seasons with the San Juan Kings, he made a switch to fellow Pro League club North East Stars.[1] However, he later made a transfer after one month to KV Mechelen of the Belgian Pro League prior to the 2012–13 season.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bateau spent his early career in his native Trinidad and Tobago with San Juan Jabloteh of the TT Pro League. In his three seasons with the San Juan Kings, Bateau appeared in 16 matches and scored four goals. However, after the club dissolved due to financial difficulties following the 2011–12 season, Bateau switched to North East Stars.[1][3] In August 2012, before playing a match for his new club, Bateau received a trial with FC Twente of the Eredivisie.[4] Since Bateau is not a European Union player, his salary became a block for a transfer to the Eredivisie club.

KV Mechelen[edit]

On 13 September 2012, Bateau signed a one-year contract with an option for two additional years with KV Mechelen of the Belgian Pro League.[2] Sheldon made his league debut on 6 October coming on as a substitute in the 59th minute in a 0–2 defeat to Kortrijk. On 31 October, Sheldon made is first start for the club against OH Leuven that resulted in a 1–3 loss. Afterwards, Bateau solidified a place in the starting line-up as a centre-back and appeared in 11 league matches, including five consecutive starts, prior to the 2012–13 winter break.[5] His consistent form resulted in Sheldon signing a two-year contract extension, on 18 January 2013, keeping him at Mechelen until the end of the 2014–15 season.[6][7] On 27 April, Bateau scored his first two league goals during a play-off match against Waasland-Beveren that provided his club a vital 2–0 win. Bateau concluded his first season in Belgium with 22 league appearances and two goals.

Sheldon started the 2013–14 season as a regular in defence for Mechelen.

International career[edit]

Bateau has been capped at under-17, under-20,[8] under-23 Olympic team, and the Trinidad and Tobago national team.[9]

Senior team[edit]

He made his debut for the Trinidad and Tobago national team on 6 February 2013 in a match against Peru playing the entire match which ended in a 0–2 loss for the Soca Warriors.[9] On 5 September, Bateau made a substitute appearance in a 3–3 draw against the United Arab Emirates. In the following match, he started and led the Soca Warriors to a 3–1 win over Saudi Arabia to claim third place in the 2013 OSN Cup. Sheldon continued as a starter in Stephen Hart's back-line during the next two international matches against New Zealand and Jamaica.[10]

On 4 June 2014, Bateau started in a 3–0 loss during a send-off series match for Argentina at Estadio Monumental prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[11] Four days later, he made an additional start in centre defence before being replaced by Gavin Hoyte in the 72nd minute for the Soca Warriors in a 2–0 loss to Iran in Arena Corinthians.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As 3 May 2014[5]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental[a] Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh 2009 TT Pro League 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 10 2
2010–11 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 14 0
2011–12 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Total 16 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 9 0 28 4
Trinidad and Tobago North East Stars 2012–13 TT Pro League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium KV Mechelen 2012–13 Jupiler Pro League 22 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
2013–14 35 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 1
Total 57 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 3
Career total 73 7 1 0 0 0 3 0 9 0 86 7
  1. ^ Includes appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League.
  2. ^ Includes appearances in the CFU Club Championship.

International[edit]

As of 4 June 2014[12][13]

International appearances[edit]

National team Year Friendly Competitive Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
 Trinidad and Tobago 2013 5 0 0 0 5 0
2014 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 7 0 0 0 7 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Randy Bando (25 June 2012). "Kerry Baptiste signed by Eve's modified North East Stars". TT Pro League. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sheldon Bateau Voor 1 Seizoen Naar KVM" (in Dutch). Jeroen Gobin (KV Mechelen Press). 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Randy Bando (3 July 2012). "Financially starved Jabloteh pulls out of League". TT Pro League. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Randy Bando (16 August 2012). "Bateau on trial in Holland". TT Pro League. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Shaun Fuentes (30 December 2012). "Bateau eyes Senior team debut in 2013". Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sheldon Bateau Tot 2015 Bij KV Mechelen" (in Dutch). Jeroen Gobin (KV Mechelen Press). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Randy Bando (20 January 2013). "Bateau signs new 2-year Mechelen deal, Gay invited for trial". TT Pro League. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Nigel Simon (6 February 2011). "U-20s leave for Miami camp today". T&T Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Inshan Muhammad (7 February 2013). "Player Profile – Sheldon Bateau". Soca Warriors Online. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Lasana Liburd (16 December 2013). "Soca silences Reggae: Warriors clinch landmark win in Jamaica". Wired868.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ T&T Guardian Reports (5 June 2014). "Brave Warriors fall to Argentina". Soca Warriors Online. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bateau, Sheldon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 

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