Florent Sinama Pongolle
Sinama Pongolle during a game with Rostov
|Full name||Florent Stéphane Sinama Pongolle|
|Date of birth||20 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Saint-Pierre, Réunion|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||FC Rostov|
|2001–2003||→ Le Havre (loan)||42||(7)|
|2006||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||10||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Zaragoza (loan)||24||(4)|
|2011–2012||→ Saint-Étienne (loan)||23||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sinama Pongolle was born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion. In 2001 he, along with his cousin Anthony Le Tallec, was signed from Le Havre AC by Liverpool, after some impressive performances in both the European Under-16 Championship and the Under-17 World Championship. He was named player of the tournament as France won the latter competition, and would remain (as Le Tallec) two further years at Le Havre, loaned.
After his return, Sinama Pongolle appeared sporadically with the Reds, with some highlights however: In the club's victorious campaign in the UEFA Champions League, he came from the bench against Olympiacos F.C. and immediately netted Liverpool's equaliser to make it 1–1. He then produced an assist for Liverpool's second goal. His performance which led to an eventual 3–1 win and qualification to the round-of-16; immortalised him in Liverpool F.C history. He was however left out of the squad for the final.
Sinama Pongolle also netted in the third round of the 2005–06 FA Cup against Luton Town, as he helped Liverpool come from 3–1 down to a final score of 5–3, with the Reds finally emerging victorious in the tournament, and scoring in the 2005–06 Champions League 2–1 success at Real Betis, with a memorable chip from 20 yards.
On 30 August 2006 Sinama Pongolle signed a one-year contract at Recreativo de Huelva, with an option to sign on for a further two years. On 4 May 2007, the Andalusia outfit confirmed he signed a permanent deal until 2011, for a fee of €4 million (£2.7 million). He was Recre's top goalscorer in his two La Liga seasons with the team (12 and 10 respectively).
Sinama Pongolle signed a four-year contract with Atlético de Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of €10 million (£8 million), on 3 July 2008. Initially thought of as a backup to Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero, he benefitted from an injury to the Uruguayan, netting four goals in his first five league appearances for the Colchoneros, with braces against former side Recreativo and Getafe CF; later in his first season, injury and match bans to team captain Maxi Rodríguez saw him playing several games successfully at right winger, as Atlético once again finished fourth.
In the winter transfer market opening in 2010, Sinama Pongolle was transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal for €6.5 million, with the fee possibly raising to €7.5. On 26 March 2010, he scored his first goal for the Lions, but also conceded an own goal, in a 2–3 loss at C.S. Marítimo.
After his under-16 and 17 exploits, Sinama Pongolle made his under-21 debut on 21 August 2002. He was a part of the squad that participated in the 2006 European Championship, which took place from 23 May to 4 June in Portugal. At the end of his four-year tenure with this category, he ranked first in caps (37) and goals (11).
- 2001 U-17 World Championship: Golden Ball, Golden Shoe
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|2001–02||Le Havre (loan)||Ligue 2||11||2||1||0||1||1||-||13||3|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||10||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||1|
|2010–11||Zaragoza (loan)||La Liga||24||4||0||0||-||-||24||4|
|2011–12||Saint-Étienne (loan)||Ligue 1||23||4||1||0||1||0||-||25||4|
|2013–14||Rostov||Russian Premier League||10||1||1||0||-||-||11||1|
|France national team|
- Bright future ahead for rising French cousins; Bleacher Report, 24 April 2009
- Florent Sinama Pongolle – FIFA competition record
- Liverpool through after thriller
- Liverpool savour flying start
- Sinama seals Rovers loan move; UEFA.com, 31 January 2006
- "Tottenham 3–2 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- Spain calls for Sinama Pongolle
- Sinama Pongolle signs for Recreativo
- Sinama Pongolle alights at Atlético; UEFA.com, 4 July 2008
- Atlético Madrid 4–0 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 20 September 2008
- Getafe 1–2 Atlético Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 24 September 2008
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 4 October 2010.
- Goals the goal for Sinama-Pongolle; UEFA.com, 23 May 2006
- Florent Sinama-Pongolle French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- L'Équipe stats (French)
- Florent Sinama Pongolle career stats at Soccerbase
- Liverpool historic profile
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Florent Sinama Pongolle at National-Football-Teams.com