Gaëtan Bong

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Gaëtan Bong
Gaëtan Bong (Valenciennes).png
Personal information
Full name Thomas Gaëtan Bong[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Sackbayémé, Cameroon
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 3
Youth career
2002–2006 Metz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Metz 16 (0)
2008–2009 Tours (loan) 34 (0)
2009–2013 Valenciennes 109 (3)
2013–2015 Olympiacos 19 (0)
2015 Wigan Athletic 14 (0)
2015 – Brighton & Hove Albion 49 (0)
National team
2009 France U21 1 (0)
2010 – Cameroon 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:29, Saturday 2nd December 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:11, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Thomas Gaëtan Bong (born 25 April 1988) is a Cameroonian-French professional footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion and the Cameroon national football team as a defender

Personal life[edit]

Born in Cameroon, Bong grew up in France.

Career[edit]

Early Career and Valenciennes[edit]

Bong began his career on youthside for FC Metz and was loaned out for the 2008–09 season to Ligue 2 club Tours FC. On 29 July 2009, the 21-year-old Cameroonian defender left Metz to sign a four-year deal with Valenciennes FC for £595,000, where he made 116 overall appearances for the club and scored 4 goals.

2013-14 with Olympiacos[edit]

On 19 of August 2013 he signed a contract with Olympiacos for £850,000, where he played 19 games and scored 1 goal against Asteras Tripoli in the Kypello Elladas. Bong helped Olympiacos win their 41st Superleague Greece title this season. Bong also made 4 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.[citation needed]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 2 February 2015, Bong signed for English club Wigan Athletic on a short-term contract.[2] He was released at the end of the season following Wigan's relegation from the Championship.[3]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

2015-16[edit]

In June 2015, Bong joined EFL Championship side Brighton on a free transfer, signing an initial two-year contract with the south coast club.[4] He appeared regularly for the club until tearing his tendon in October 2015, ruling him out for 21 games throughout the season. He would only appear as a substitute for the rest of the season, making three appearances. He also played in the playoffs, as the club lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

2016-17[edit]

In the 2016-17 season, Bong was again a regular for the first half of the year, however due to persistent injuries he was not included in the squad for much of the second half apart from three games: a victory against Birmingham, another against Wigan, and a loss to Bristol City. Brighton finished the season as runners up to Newcastle United, gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Bong's contract was due to expire at the end of the season, however he would sign a new one-year contract with the club as Brighton aim to survive their first Premier League season.[5]

2017-18[edit]

Bong played two matches for Brighton in the EFL Cup, the second a 1-0 defeat versus Bournemouth away from home.

Bong made his Premier League debut in a 2-0 away defeat against Arsenal on 1 October 2017.[6] He would subsequently start for Albion in their next five league games as they embarked on an unbeaten run that saw the club reach as high as 8th place in the Premier League.[7]

On 25 November 2017, Bong was involved in an incident with Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in Brighton's 1-0 league defeat at Old Trafford, where Lukaku attempted to kick Bong twice in Brighton's penalty area. Lukaku ultimately did not face retrospective action for the incident, with referee Neil Swarbrick’s report confirming that he had not seen the incident, but the FA panel could not reach a unanimous verdict.[8]

International career[edit]

Bong is eligible to play for either France (country where he grew up), or Cameroon. (Country of birth and early days).

Bong played one international match for the France U21, before opting to play for Cameroon.

Bong played one match for Cameroon in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cameroon's last group match against the Netherlands, where Cameroon lost 2-1. (Cameroon lost all three group games, finishing bottom of Group E of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

As of Saturday 2nd December 2017[9]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Metz 2005–06 Ligue 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2006–07 Ligue 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 Ligue 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Tours (loan) 2008–09 Ligue 2 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Valenciennes 2009–10 Ligue 1 29 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 2
2010–11 Ligue 1 22 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 24 2
2011–12 Ligue 1 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2012–13 Ligue 1 29 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
2013–14 Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 109 3 4 0 3 1 0 0 116 4
Olympiacos 2013–14 Superleague Greece 19 0 5 1 0 0 4[a] 0 28 1
Wigan Athletic 2014–15 Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2015–16 Championship 18 0 0 0 1 0 2[b] 0 21 0
2016–17 Championship 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2017–18 Premier League 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Brighton & Hove Albion Total 49 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 54 0
Career total 241 3 9 1 6 1 6 0 262 5
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos

Brighton & Hove Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retained List 2015-16" (PDF). English Football League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wigan Athletic complete signing of Cameroon international Gaëtan Bong" Wigan Athletic F.C. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Player's contract update" Wigan Athletic F.C. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Gaetan Bong: Brighton sign Cameroon international left-back". 2 July 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "Bong Signs New Contract". Brighton & Hove Albion. 30 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion". BBC Sport. 1 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Stoke City". BBC Sport. 20 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Romelu Lukaku faces no action after footage emerged of Manchester United striker seemingly kicking opponent in Premier League clash". Daily Mail. 27 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "G. BONG". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

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