Sidney Sam playing for Germany
|Full name||Sidney Sam|
|Date of birth||31 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Kiel, West Germany|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|FC Schalke 04|
|2006–2008||Hamburger SV II||47||(8)|
|2008–2010||→ 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan)||59||(14)|
|2014–||FC Schalke 04||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
The midfielder who can also play as a forward started playing football at TuS Mettenhof. After that, he played at Kilia Kiel. In the summer of 2002, he signed for the city rivals of Kilia Kiel, Holstein Kiel.
At the beginning of the 2004–05 season, he moved on to the Hamburger SV youth system, and in 2006, he was promoted to the second team. In the 2007–08 season, he became part of the professional pool of Hamburg.
On 20 December 2007, he made his debut in the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart when he came on for David Jarolím. He joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern on loan for the 2008–09 season and was loaned for another season on 1 July 2009.
Sam then moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 as he signed a five-year deal. He started off the season well and on 8 November 2010, he played against his former club 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Down 1–0, he started the comeback when he smashed a driven shot into the net. Patrick Helmes then completed the comeback as he made it 2–1. The day belonged to Sam as he smashed home a first time volley almost 25 meters out and stunned the entire stadium and made a name for himself that day. On 17 February 2011, he scored a double in Bayer's UEFA Europa League match against Metalist Kharkiv, with both goals coming in added time.
On 8 January 2014, Sam signed a 4-year contract with Schalke 04 running until 30 June 2018. Sam joined S04 for a transfer fee of €2,500,000 in June 2014, upon completion of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season.
Born to a German mother and Nigerian father, Sam would have been eligible to play for the Nigeria national team but decided early on to represent his country of birth. Sam was a German youth national player, starring in Germany's under-19 and under-20 teams. On 29 May 2013, Sam made his senior international debut for Germany in a friendly game against Ecuador in Boca Raton, Florida.
- As of 22 February 2014
- "Sam bleibt in der Pfalz" (in German). kicker.de. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- "S04 verpflichtet Nationalspieler Sidney Sam". Schalke 04 (in German). 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "Sidney Sam closes the door: ‘I never thought about playing for Nigeria’". Goal.com. 27 May 2013.