Tobias Sana

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Tobias Sana
Tobias Sana 2012-10-10.jpg
Sana with Sweden in 2012
Personal information
Full name Tobias Tigjani Sana
Date of birth (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 28
Youth career
Marieholms BoIK
Västra Frölunda IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Qviding FIF 28 (2)
2009–2012 IFK Göteborg 53 (3)
2009 Qviding FIF (loan) 7 (1)
2012– Ajax 17 (4)
2013–2014 Jong Ajax 27 (3)
National team
2012 Sweden 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2012

Tobias Sana (born 11 July 1989) is a Swedish footballer of both Swedish and Burkinabé descent who plays for Ajax as a winger.[1]

Club career[edit]

Qviding FIF[edit]

Sana began his professional football career in 2007–2008, playing for Qviding FIF, having spent his youth years playing for Marieholms BoIK, followed by Västra Frölunda IF, from where he was recruited to play for Qviding FIF in the Swedish Division 1 Södra and Superettan, the third and second tier of Swedish professional football. He made 28 appearances in two years, in the regular season for the club from Gothenburg, scoring twice.

IFK Göteborg[edit]

Tobias Sana playing for IFK Göteborg in 2009.

In 2009 Sana signed with IFK Göteborg making his debut in the Allsvenskan league, the top tier in Swedish football. A special clause in his contract allowed for him to return to his former club on a loan basis in 2009, before fully committing himself to IFK Göteborg. During the first half of the 2012 season Sana was a first team regular and rated among many as one of the team's best players. Despite that, the team had a disappointing season and Sana only scored two goals and made no assists.

AFC Ajax[edit]

On 1 August 2012 Sana signed a 3-year deal with Dutch giants AFC Ajax. IFK Göteborg received 350,000 euro for the right-winger. On 19 August 2012 Sana earned his first start for AFC Ajax and immediately paid back the support from the manager by scoring his first two Eredivisie goals, and earning himself the Man of the Match award.[2]

International career[edit]

Having been eligible to represent either Burkina Faso or Sweden on international level, Sana chose to represent Sweden, his country of birth, receiving his first call up on 2 October 2012 to play in the World Cup qualifying matches against Faroe Islands and Germany. Not making an appearance against the Faroe Islands, he made his debut for Sweden on 16 October 2012 in the match against Germany, which ended in a 4–4 tie. His second appearance for Sweden came in the friendly match against England on 14 November 2012, which ended in a 4–2 win for Sweden.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 October 2012[4][5][6]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Other Total
2007 Qviding FIF Division 1 6 0 0 0 6 0
2008 Superettan 22 2 0 0 22 2
2009 IFK Göteborg Allsvenskan 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
2009 Qviding FIF Superettan 7 1 0 0 7 1
2010 IFK Göteborg Allsvenskan 11 1 2 0 0 0 13 1
2011 26 0 3 0 29 0
2012 11 2 0 0 11 2
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2012–13 Ajax Eredivisie 13 4 1 1 5 0 0 0 19 5
2013–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total Sweden 88 6 8 0 0 0 96 6
Netherlands 17 4 1 1 5 0 0 0 23 5
Career total 105 10 9 1 5 0 0 0 119 11
Reserves performance
Club performance League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League Total
2013–14 Jong Ajax Jupiler League 26 3 26 3
Total Netherlands 26 3 26 3
Career total 26 3 26 3

Personal life[edit]

Sana was born in Sweden, his father is from Burkina Faso, and his mother is from Sweden. Sana holds dual citizenship, but plays for the Swedish national team. Burkina Faso has expressed interest in adding the young footballer to their national squad, however Sana has also expressed his desire to play for the Swedish national team, being the country of his birth.[2] His younger brother Muba (born 30 August 1997 in Ghana) is a footballer too and plays since Summer 2012 for BK Häcken, previously played for the under-14 team of IK Zenith.[7]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Officiellt: Tobias Sana har skrivit på för Ajax". Fotbolltransfers. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "NEC 1–6 Ajax". soccerway. 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tobias Sana, Sweden's raw diamond". Eurosport. 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tobias Sana profile". ESPN. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tobias Sana profile". Voetbal International. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tobias Sana profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Enfin, dans la famille Sana en Suède, il n’y a pas que Tobias qui joue. Le demi-frère du joueur de l’Ajax, celui-là totalement " Noir " Muba Sana, évolue avec les U-17 de BK Hacken en Suède.". LeFaso.net. 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 

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