Bruno N'Gotty

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Bruno N'Gotty
Personal information
Full name Bruno N'Gotty
Date of birth (1971-06-10) 10 June 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Lyon 237 (13)
1995–1998 Paris Saint-Germain 80 (7)
1998–2000 Milan 34 (1)
1999 Venezia (loan) 16 (0)
2001–2002 Marseille 32 (0)
2001–2002 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 14 (0)
2002–2006 Bolton Wanderers 134 (5)
2006–2007 Birmingham City 25 (1)
2007–2009 Leicester City 38 (0)
2008 Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
2011 l’AS Lattes 0 (0)
Total 618 (27)
National team
1994–1997 France 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:17, 12 November 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:31, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Bruno N'Gotty (born 10 June 1971) is a French former professional footballer of Cameroonian descent. He played as a defender from 1988 until 2008, however he came out of retirement briefly in 2011.

As well as his native country he has played in the top flight divisions in both Italy and England. He has notably played for Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan, Olympique Marseille and Bolton Wanderers as well as earning 6 caps for France. He has also played for Venezia, Birmingham City, Leicester City and Hereford United. He came out of retirement to join French 6th tier side l'AS Lattes in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Olympique Lyonnais[edit]

N'Gotty started his career with Olympique Lyonnais from the opening of season 1988/89 to the close of season 1994/95. N'Gotty managed to play 143 league games scoring 10 goals during his time at Lyon.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Bruno N'Gotty scored the winning goal which defeated Austrian club Rapid Vienna in the 1996 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final, giving PSG their only cup triumph in the tournament. He was also included in the squad that reached the final again the next year, losing to Barcelona 1–0 at Feyenoord Stadion.

A.C. Milan[edit]

N'Gotty was part of the A.C. Milan team that won the Serie A title in 1999, making 25 league appearances for the club. He played alongside the likes of Paolo Maldini during his time there. He was sent on loan to Venezia during 1999 where he played 16 matches.

Olympique Marseille[edit]

After his relatively short spell at A.C. Milan he returned to France with Olympique Marseille. This turned out to be an even shorter spell than his stay in Milan which lasted for one season. He managed to play in 31 games during his only season at the club.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

N'Gotty originally rejected Bolton's loan offer, but later agreed to spend the rest of the season with the club. The move eventually became a permanent deal. He made his Bolton debut against Blackburn Rovers, in a match which finished in a 1–1 draw, on 19 September 2001, but didn't score his debut goal for the club until seven months later, his only goal of the season coming in a 3–1 defeat at Everton.[1][2]

In January 2002, this move became permanent, N'Gotty being cited as one of the prime chances for Bolton success. His first full season for the club started in unfortunate style, as he received two yellow cards and one red card in his first six games. After this rather disappointing start he became a regular part of the first team and was voted supporters player of the year for the 2005 season. He originally wanted to end his career at the Reebok Stadium,[3] but with manager Sam Allardyce wanting to reduce the average age of the squad, N'Gotty was released at the end of his contract in May 2006.

Birmingham City[edit]

N'Gotty was signed by Birmingham City on a one year deal on 6 July. The team achieved promotion to the Premier League that same season, finishing as runners up. He decided not to take up the option of another year at Birmingham. He scored two goals during his stay at Birmingham, against QPR in the league[4] and Newcastle in the FA Cup.[5]

Leicester City[edit]

On 4 June 2007, N'Gotty moved to Leicester City on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract.[6] Chairman Milan Mandarić revealed on 27 September that N'Gotty was signed by him, and not then-manager Martin Allen, during a face-to-face meeting with the club's fans.[7] N'Gotty was named in the Championship Team of the Week following the club's 1–1 draw against Stoke City on 29 September, together with teammate Márton Fülöp.[8] He played his 500th competitive game in an M69 Derby on 12 January 2008, in which Leicester won 2–0.[9] N'Gotty played a total of 38 league games as Leicester were relegated from the Championship.[10]

When Nigel Pearson replaced Ian Holloway as the club's new manager, N'Gotty played in only one pre-season game and was neither in the squad's tour of Slovenia nor the opening match of the season. On 25 September 2008, N'Gotty joined Hereford United on loan for a month.[11] Making his debut in Hereford's 1–0 defeat to Leeds United.[12] The loan was extended for a further month on 25 October.[13] However it was cut short after N'Gotty suffered a serious injury in a match against Peterborough United, leaving the field after nine minutes with a suspected ruptured Achilles.[14] On 29 May 2009, N'Gotty was released at the end of his contract.[15]

In January 2011 N'Gotty joined French 6th-tier side l'AS Lattes.[16]

International career[edit]

Though many observers predicted that N'Gotty's international career was to be successful, he made only 6 appearances with Les Bleus, making his debut on 17 August 1994 against Czech Republic alongside Zinedine Zidane and Lilian Thuram, but while the two were soon able to secure a place in the national team, N'Gotty failed to impress Aimé Jacquet and played only 5 more matches until 1997, never being called up for a major event.

Statistics[edit]

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts
Olympique Lyonnais 1991–92 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 1 0
1992–93 36 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 3 0
1993–94 36 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 3 0
1994–95 35 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 3 0
Total 143 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 143 10 0
Paris Saint-Germain 1995–96 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 1 0
1996–97 30 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 4 0
1997–98 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 2 0
Total 80 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 80 7 0
A.C. Milan 1998–99 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 1 0
1999–00 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 10 1 0
Total 34 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 35 2 0
S.S.C. Venezia 1999–00 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0
Olympique de Marseille 2000–01 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0 0
2001–02 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0 0
Bolton Wanderers F.C. 2001–02 26 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 29 1 0
2002–03 23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 1 0
2003–04 33 2 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 39 3 0
2004–05 37 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 41 0 0
2005–06 29 0 0 3 0 0 7 1 0 39 1 0
Total 148 4 0 17 1 0 7 1 0 172 6 0
Birmingham City F.C. 2006–07 25 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 27 2 0
Total 25 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 27 2 0
Leicester City F.C. 2007–08 38 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 43 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 38 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 43 0 0
Hereford United F.C. 2008–09 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0
Total 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0
Career Total 523 23 0 24 2 0 8 2 0 554 27 0

Honours[edit]

A.C. Milan
Paris Saint-Germain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games played by Bruno N'Gotty in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Everton leave Bolton struggling". BBC Sport. 1 April 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "N'Gotty, Campo in Bolton pledge". BBC Sport. 7 February 2005. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "QPR 0–2 Birmingham". BBC. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle 1–5 Birmingham". BBC. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Foxes recruit N'Gotty". BBC Sport. 4 June 2007. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mandaric works his magic". Leicester Mercury. 29 September 2007. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Team Of The Week". Leicester City. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 2–0 Coventry". BBC Sport. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Stoke 0–0 Leicester". BBC Sport. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bulls sign N'Gotty from Leicester". BBC Sport. 26 September 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leeds 1–0 Hereford". BBC Sport. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  13. ^ "N'Gotty A Stayer". Leicester City. 28 October 2008. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Injury ends N'Gotty loan at Bulls". BBC Sport. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Leicester release five". www.ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk (The Leicester Mercury). 29 May 2009. 
  16. ^ http://www.onze34.com/actu-amateur/dh-bruno-ngotty-signe-a-las-lattes-0013719/

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