Amido Baldé

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Amido Baldé
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-05-16) 16 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Kukësi
Number 14
Youth career
Sporting Bissau
2008–2010 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2010 Santa Clara (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Badajoz (loan) 13 (4)
2011–2012 Cercle Brugge (loan) 22 (6)
2012–2013 Vitória Guimarães 27 (9)
2013–2015 Celtic 20 (3)
2014–2015 Waasland-Beveren (loan) 14 (1)
2015 Hapoel Tel Aviv (loan) 9 (0)
2015–2016 Metz 8 (0)
2016 Benfica Luanda 12 (5)
2016–2017 Marítimo 2 (0)
2017 Tondela (loan) 2 (0)
2018– Kukësi 3 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Portugal U19 16 (2)
2011 Portugal U20 10 (2)
2015– Guinea-Bissau 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:37, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2015

Amido Baldé (born 16 May 1991) is a Guinea-Bissauan professional footballer who plays for Albanian club FK Kukësi as a centre forward.

Baldé started his career with Sporting, being loaned several times for the duration of his contract and winning the 2013 Portuguese Cup with Vitória de Guimarães. In 2013 he signed with Celtic, who also loaned him twice before he left for Metz two years later; he returned to Portugal in the summer of 2016, when he joined Marítimo from Benfica Luanda.

Internationally, Baldé represented Portugal at youth level, helping the under-20 team finish second at the 2011 World Cup. In 2014, he decided to revert to playing for the country of his birth, Guinea-Bissau.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Born in Bissau, Baldé started his career with Sporting Clube de Portugal's farm team in Guinea-Bissau, Sporting Clube de Bissau. In 2008 he, alongside teammate Zezinho, moved to the Lisbon side to finish his formation, helping it to back-to-back junior championships – of the three in total in a row – by notably scoring 13 goals in 29 games in 2008–09.[1]

Baldé split the 2010–11 season, his first as a senior, between C.D. Santa Clara (second division)[2] and CD Badajoz (Spanish third level).[3] In the following campaign, still owned by the Lions, he joined several Sporting teammates at Cercle Brugge K.S.V. in Belgium.[4]

Vitória Guimarães[edit]

Baldé was released by Sporting in summer 2012. On 28 August he signed with fellow Primeira Liga team Vitória de Guimarães, for two years.[5] He made his debut on 21 September, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 away win against Moreirense FC.[6] After a series of appearances from the bench,[7][8][9][10][11] he scored in only his second game as a starter on 23 November, netting an injury time equaliser in a 2–2 draw at S.C. Beira-Mar.[12]

Baldé appeared in 37 matches all competitions comprised in his first and only season, including seven Taça de Portugal games[13][14][15][16][17][18] to help the Minho club win the tournament for the first time ever – he was replaced in the 90th minute of the final against S.L. Benfica, a 2–1 triumph.[19]

Celtic[edit]

On 13 June 2013, Baldé signed a four-year contract with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic. On arrival, he stated that his new team were "one of the best clubs in Europe and they are going to play in the Champions League."[20] He made his official debut on 23 July, replacing James Forrest for the last 15 minutes of the second leg Champions League qualifier tie against Cliftonville.[21]

Baldé scored his first competitive goal on 28 September 2013, coming in as a late substitute and netting the last goal in a 5–2 win at Kilmarnock.[22] On 27 October, at Partick Thistle, he took to the pitch in the 67th minute and scored the 2–1 winner eight minutes later.[23] However, he failed to establish himself as a regular in the team,[24] and although he made 20 league appearances over the season, most were as a substitute.[25] His only other goal came in a 4–0 league win over Kilmarnock, on 29 January 2014.[26]

On 1 September 2014, Baldé joined Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian Pro League on a season-long loan.[24] He made his debut twelve days later against S.V. Zulte Waregem, scoring his team's second goal in an eventual 4–1 away win, a spectacular half-volley from 40 yards out.[27][28] It was to be his only competitive goal for the club, and in January 2015 he moved on loan again, this time to Hapoel Tel Aviv FC.[29] He made 11 competitive appearances for the Israelis, failing to score in any of them.[30][31]

In June 2015, Celtic agreed to terminate Baldé's contract despite there still being two years left to run.[32]

Metz[edit]

On 16 July 2015, Baldé signed a two-year contact with Ligue 2 club FC Metz.[33] He made his debut on 1 August, in a 0–0 draw against RC Lens.[34]

Baldé failed to find the net during his spell in France, in nine official games.[35]

Benfica Luanda[edit]

After terminating his contract with Metz,[36] Baldé moved teams and countries again on 14 January 2016 as he joined S.L. Benfica (Luanda) in Angola for one-and-a-half years.[37] In his only season he scored a squad-best six goals to help to a sixth-place finish in the Girabola, and left at the end of August 2016.[38][39]

Marítimo[edit]

In August 2016, Baldé returned to European football and Portugal when he signed for C.S. Marítimo.[40] On 26 March 2017, whilst on loan to fellow league club C.D. Tondela, he was admitted to hospital due to a pulmonary embolism.[41] The former stopped paying his wages, claiming they did not have to pay him as he was unable to play, and he had to rely on assistance from the Players' Union to support himself and his family; by the end of the year, he was still not at full health.[42]

Baldé travelled to South Africa in January 2018 for a trial with ABSA Premiership club Free State Stars FC, although doubts remained about his fitness.[43]

Kukësi[edit]

On 1 February 2018, Baldé signed a six-month contract with Albanian Superliga side FK Kukësi.[44] He made his debut 13 days later, coming on as a second-half substitute during a 1–0 win over KF Tirana for the quarter-finals of the Albanian Cup,[45] his first competitive game of football in 11 months.[46] His first league appearance took place on 19 February against FK Partizani Tirana when he took the field in injury time of the 3–1 success, their first-ever at the opposition's ground.[47]

International career[edit]

Baldé chose to represent Portugal internationally. He was part of the under-20 squad that finished as runners-up at the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Colombia.[48][49]

In May 2014, Baldé switched nationalities to Guinea-Bissau after being called up to the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Central African Republic.[50][51] He earned his first cap over a year later on 13 June 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw in Zambia for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying phase.[52]

Baldé scored his first goal for Guinea-Bissau on 8 October 2015 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Liberia, netting the equaliser in a 1–1 away draw.[53]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 May 2018[54][55][56]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santa Clara (loan) 2010–11 5 0 1 0 3 0 9 0
Badajoz (loan) 2010–11 13 4 0 0 13 4
Cercle Brugge (loan) 2011–12 22 6 1 0 23 6
Vitória Guimarães 2012–13 27 9 7 0 3 0 37 9
Celtic 2013–14 20 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 24 3
Waasland-Beveren (loan) 2014–15 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Hapoel Tel Aviv (loan) 2014–15 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Metz 2015–16 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Benfica Luanda 2016 12 5 0 0 0 0 12 5
Marítimo 2016–17 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Tondela (loan) 2016–17 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Kukësi 2017–18 8 2 2 0 0 0 10 2
Career total 143 30 15 0 8 0 3 0 169 30

International goals[edit]

As of 8 October 2015 (Guinea-Bissau score listed first, score column indicates score after each Baldé goal)[57]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2015 Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia  Liberia 1–1 1–1 2018 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vitória Guimarães

Celtic

International[edit]

Portugal

References[edit]

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