Frédéric Nimani

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Frédéric Nimani
Personal information
Full name Frédéric K. Nimani N'Galou[1]
Date of birth (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Neuchâtel Xamax FCS
Number 88
Youth career
1995–1998 Burel
1998–1999 Marseille
1999–2001 SO Caillolais
2001–2002 Vivaux Marroniers
2002–2006 Monaco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Monaco 42 (9)
2007–2008 Lorient (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Sedan (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Burnley (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2011 Nantes (loan) 0 (0)
2012 PAOK (loan) 13 (1)
2012–2013 Istres 10 (0)
2013–2014 OFI Crete 3 (0)
2014–2016 Fribourg 18 (6)
2016– Neuchâtel Xamax FCS
National team
2008–2009 France U21 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:49, 2 December 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2008 (UTC)

Frédéric K. Nimani N'Galou (born 8 October 1988) is a French footballer who plays for Neuchâtel Xamax FCS as midfielder.

Club career[edit]


Born in Marseille, Nimani's spell at AS Monaco began well when he scored on his debut against Auxerre on 9 September 2006. Despite bursting onto the scene at the Stade Louis II in spectacular fashion,[according to whom?] he was loaned to Lorient in 2007. However, after a bust-up with Christian Gourcuff in January 2008, he was recalled and loaned to Ligue 2 outfit Sedan for the rest of the season.

On his return to Monaco, he scored the match winner on the first day of the 2008–2009 season against Paris Saint Germain. Nimani went on to register 7 goals in his first full season at Monaco, developing a good partnership with fellow striker Park Chu-Young and keeping the likes of Serge Gakpé and Juan Pablo Pino out of the first team.

Nimani's success attracted the attention of English Premier League and Spanish La Liga teams, most notably Arsenal and Real Madrid.[2] On Sunday 28 June 2009, it was reported in the press that Alex McLeish and Tony Mowbray were tracking the French U21 international.[3]

Following his spell in England, Nimani joined French side Nantes on loan again for the rest of the season and never made appearance for Nantes. Following AS Monaco relegation to Ligue 2, Nimani scored his first goal in two years against Troyes in a 1–1 draw on 6 August 2011.[4] Nimani made only made three appearance this season at AS Monaco after falling out with managers Laurent Banide and then Marco Simone.

Nimani had a short spell at the Norwegian side Egersund IK. He made partnership with Stian Koldal and Frode Egebakken. He made 24 appearances and produced 12 goals.

Loans moves to Burnley[edit]

On 19 January 2010, it was reported that Nimani was set to move to Premier League Club Burnley on loan deal with a further view to buy the player for €4 million.[5] After training with the club he signed on a five-month loan deal on 22 January 2010.[6] However, Nimani made two appearances for Burnley coming on for Chris Eagles on a 65 minutes in a 1-0 defeat against Bolton Wanderers and he came on as a replacement for David Nugent in Burnley's 5-2 defeat away at Aston Villa. Following Burnley's relegation back to the Championship, after one season in the Premier League, Burnley did not take up a permanent move for Nimani.


On 30 January 2012, Nimani agreed to sign with Greek club P.A.O.K. until the end of the season.[7] He signed with PAOK on loan from Monaco with a clause allowing PAOK to make the move permanent at the end of the 2011/2012 season.[8] He was a personal choice of club's coach László Bölöni.[9] Nimani debut for the club in a 2-0 win over OFI Crete on 12 February 2012. Nimani made his Europa League debut in the second leg against Udinese in a 3-0 loss on 23 February 2012, putting P.A.O.K out of the tournament. On 18 April 2012, Nimani scored his first goal in a 2-0 win over Doxa Drama. After a loan at PAOK, the club did not take up a permanent move for Nimani.[10]


After his loan at PAOK ended, Nimani return to Monaco and he was barely used in the first team. In January, it announced that Nimani is expected to leave the club[11] before Nimani was released by the club.[12] Just a few days later after his release, Nimani joined Istres on a free transfer, until the end of the 2012-13 season.[13] He made ten appearance for the club.

OFI Crete[edit]

At the end of the 2012-13 season, Nimani left the club and move abroad to Greece by joining OFI Crete on a two-year deal.[14]

International career[edit]

Nimani made his French Under 21 debut against Slovakia, replacing Loïc Rémy in the 46th minute. He made his first start and scored two goals against Malta Under 21s on 5 September 2008.


  1. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). Premier League. Retrieved 2010-12-08. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ 'Arsenal and Madrid Chase Young French Ace'
  3. ^ McLeish chases Nimani
  4. ^ "TROYES VS. MONACO 1 - 1". Soccerway. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Burnley take Monaco striker Frederic Nimani on loan". BBC Sport. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  6. ^ Nimani Joins On Loan
  7. ^ "Συμφωνία με την AS Monaco για τον Frederic Nimani" (in Greek). Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Έκλεισε ο Νιμανί (in Greek). Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Ο Νιμανί αρέσει στον Μπόλονι (in Greek). Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Season review of the players on loan" [Bilan de la saison des joueurs prêtés] (in French). Planete ASM. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Marester, Nimani and Barazite on departure" [Marester, Nimani et Barazite sur le départ] (in French). Planete ASM. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Contract terminated for Frédéric Nimani (Updated)" [Contrat résilié pour Frédéric Nimani (MàJ)] (in French). Planete ASM. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "ASM: Frédéric Nimani file in Istres" [ASM : Frédéric Nimani file à Istres] (in French). Europe Mercato. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Signed for two years Frédéric Nimani" [Υπέγραψε για δύο χρόνια ο Φρεντερίκ Νιμανί] (in Greek). Official site of the OFI Crete. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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