Sidney Sam

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Sidney Sam
Sidney Sam.jpg
Sidney Sam playing for Germany
Personal information
Full name Sidney Sam
Date of birth (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
FC Schalke 04
Number 18
Youth career
TuS Mettenhof
Kilia Kiel
2002–2004 Holstein Kiel
2004–2007 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Hamburger SV II 47 (8)
2007–2010 Hamburger SV 4 (0)
2008–2010 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan) 59 (14)
2010–2014 Bayer Leverkusen 92 (24)
2014– FC Schalke 04 5 (0)
National team
2007 Germany U19 9 (2)
2007–2008 Germany U20 4 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U21 7 (1)
2013– Germany 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Sidney Sam (German pronunciation: [ˈzɪd.nɛː ˈzam]; born 31 January 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for FC Schalke 04. Sam is known for his explosive speed and dribbling style,[1] and Sam utilizes his explosive speed by running-in-behind defenders on the football pitch.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

The forward who can also play as a winger started playing football at TuS Mettenhof.[1] After that, Sam played at Kilia Kiel.[1] In the summer of 2002, Sam signed for the city rivals of Kilia Kiel, Holstein Kiel.[1]

At the beginning of the 2004–05 season, Sam moved on to the Hamburger SV youth system, and in 2006, Sam was promoted to the second team.[1] In the 2007–08 season, Sam became part of the professional pool of Hamburg.[1]

On 20 December 2007, Sam made his debut in the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart when he came on as a substitute for David Jarolím.[1] Sam joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern on loan for the 2008–09 season and was loaned for another season on 1 July 2009.[2]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Sam then moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 as he signed a five-year contract.[1] Sam started off the season well and on 8 November 2010, he played against his former club 1. FC Kaiserslautern.[1] Down 1–0, he started the comeback when he smashed a driven shot into the net.[1] 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 and the goal was crowned Goal of the Month (Germany).[1] On 17 February 2011, Sam scored a double in Bayer's UEFA Europa League match against Metalist Kharkiv, with both last-minute goals coming in added time.[1]

Schalke 04[edit]

On 8 January 2014, Sam signed a 4-year contract with Schalke 04 running until 30 June 2018.[3] Sam joined S04 for a transfer fee of €2,500,000 in June 2014,[3] upon completion of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season.[3]

International career[edit]

Born to a German mother and Nigerian father, Sam would have been eligible to play for the Nigeria national team,[4] but decided early on to represent his country of birth.[5] 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.[3] On 8 May 2014, Sam was named to the 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by German national team manager, Joachim Löw.

Playing style[edit]

Sam has been likened by observers in German football to the Dutch winger Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich,[1] due to Sam's explosive speed and dribbling style and possibly due to Sam's frequent deployment on the right-wing and as an outside forward,[1] cutting inside on his favoured left-foot to unleash his fierce shots,[1] which leads to Sam scoring spectacular long-range goals.[1] Sam is likened to a young Ryan Giggs,[1] due to Sam's ability to dribble with the ball at top speed.[1] Sam's comparison to Ryan Giggs and Arjen Robben is seen in the influence of the way Sidney Sam shoots and gets into goal-scoring situations coming in from both flanks on the football pitch.[1] Sam utilizes his explosive speed by running-in-behind defenders on the football pitch and Sam is often as well deployed as an outside forward and striker.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 27 September 2014[6]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2007–08 Hamburg Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2008–09 Kaiserslautern 2. Bundesliga 26 4 0 0 - - 26 4
2009–10 33 10 2 1 - - 35 11
2010–11 Leverkusen Bundesliga 30 7 2 2 8 3 40 12
2011–12 18 4 1 1 6 1 25 6
2012–13 22 5 2 0 4 0 28 5
2013–14 22 8 3 3 6 2 31 13
2014–15 Schalke 04 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
Career Total 160 38 11 7 27 6 198 51

International statistics[edit]

National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Germany national team 2013 5 0 [7]
Total 5 0
Last updated: 19 November 2013

Outside football[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Sidney Sam is married to German Joyce Sam.[8][9][10] They have one son together named Adrian-Romeo whom was born in 2012.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "The Boy Has Got Skills’ – Bayer Leverkusen's Sidney Sam". footballfancast.com. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sam bleibt in der Pfalz" (in German). kicker.de. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "S04 verpflichtet Nationalspieler Sidney Sam". Schalke 04 (in German). 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sidney Sam closes the door: ‘I never thought about playing for Nigeria’". Goal.com. 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sidney Sam closes the door: ‘I never thought about playing for Nigeria’". Goal.com. 27 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Sidney Sam profile at Soccerway
  7. ^ "Sidney Sam". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Nina Gressmann (16 July 2014). "1. Interview Als Schalke-Star: Sam "Mein Ziel sind 15 Tore!"" [First interview as Schalke star: Sam "My goal is 15 goals!"]. bild.de (in German) (Bild). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Christof Koepsel (12 August 2014). "Schalke 04 - Volkswagen Car Handover". gettyimages.co.uk (Getty Images). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Christof Koepsel (8 May 2014). "Sidney Sam Girlfriend Joyce Photos". fifawallpapers.com. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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