Henri Bedimo

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Henri Bedimo
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Personal information
Full name Henri Bedimo Nsamé
Date of birth (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Grenoble 0 (0)
2003–2006 Toulouse 24 (0)
2006–2007 Le Havre 23 (0)
2007–2010 Châteauroux 75 (4)
2010–2011 Lens 50 (1)
2011–2013 Montpellier 68 (1)
2013–2016 Lyon 77 (1)
2016– Marseille 0 (0)
National team
2009– Cameroon 40 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:06, 9 April 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2015

Henri Bedimo Nsamé (born 4 June 1984) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for French side Marseille and for the Cameroon national team.


Bedimo was born in Douala, Cameroon, and remained there until he emigrated to France when he was 15, in 1999. He began his football career at the age of 15 after arriving in France, and would soon join Grenoble, his first club in his professional career. After three years in the youth at Grenoble and playing in the reserve, he joined Toulouse on a free transfer in 2003. Shortly joining Toulouse, he played in the reserve team for a while until he was promoted to the first team, the following year where he made his debut for the club and played his first professional league game in a 0–0 draw against Lens on the opening game of the season on 7 August 2004 and played 90 minutes the following week, on 21 August 2004, in a 2–1 win over Paris Saint-Germain. Since then, he barely played a few matches in the first team for Toulouse.

With his first-team opportunities limited at Toulouse, Bedimo joined Le Havre on a free transfer in 2006.[1] On the opening day of the season on 28 July 2006, he made his debut for the club in a 3–1 loss against Amiens. Since then, Bedimo established himself in the starting eleven at Le Havre. Three months later, Bedimo received a straight red card for the first time in his career, in a 1–0 win over Istres on 13 October 2006. Toward the end of the season, Bedimo scored an own goal, which turned out to be a winning goal, in a 2–1 loss against Montpellier on 14 May 2007. In the 2006–07 season, he made 23 appearances for the club in his first season there.

After the 2007–08 season, Bedimo left Le Havre for Châteauroux on a free transfer on 22 July 2007.[2] In the opening game of the season, Bedimo made his first start and played 90 minutes, in a 0–0 draw against Clermont Foot. On 21 September 2007, Bedimo scored his first goal in a 1–0 win over Chamois Niortais and his second six months later on 30 March 2008, when he scored in a 2–1 loss against Sedan. At Châteauroux, Bedimo established himself in the starting eleven at the club and was linked back to his former club Grenoble,[3] but the club kept him for the next season. Despite the transfer rumours, Bedimo continued to become a regular player in the first team. The following season, Bedimo scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Boulogne on 3 October 2008 and the following season on 30 October 2009, he scored in a 5–4 loss against Dijon.

On 11 January 2010, his transfer from Châteauroux to Lens was finalised after being persuaded by his agent, Roger Boli, to join the club.[4] Bedimo made his debut on 6 February 2010, in a 2–1 win over Le Mans, where he took advantage of injured Marco Ramos and led to the opening goal for Kévin Monnet-Paquet.[5] Two weeks after his debut on 20 February 2010, he scored his first goal in a 3–0 win over Monaco.[6] At the end of the season, the club would retain their Ligue 1 status. However the following season, RC Lens was relegated to Ligue 2 after two seasons and Bedimo made 35 appearances.

In June 2011, he signed a four-year contract at Montpellier.[7] On the opening day of the season, Bedimo made his debut in a 3–1 win over Auxerre and three weeks later on 27 August 2011, he scored his first goal in a 2–1 loss against Lyon. At the club, Bedimo established himself, playing in the left-back position. On 15 April 2012, he scored an own goal in a 2–1 loss against Lorient. At the end of the season, Montpellier won their first league title in the club's history after beating Auxerre 2–1 on the last game of the season.[8] At the end of the 2011–12 season, Hilton was named Trophées UNFP du football's Team of the Year of 2012.[9] The 2012–13 season proved less successful for the club, as they failed to attain the title, with Bedimo appearing in five out of six matches in the Champions League during that season.

On 1 August 2013, Bedimo joined fellow French team Lyon for a fee of €2 million plus bonuses[10] on a three-year deal.[11]

After his contract ran out at the end of the 2015–2016 season, Bedimo signed for rival team, Marseille.

International career[edit]

He was also selected for the 2010 African Cup of Nations by Cameroon National coach Paul Le Guen.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Cameroon's goal tally first.[13]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 June 2015 Stade Charles Tondreau, Mons, Belgium  DR Congo 1–1 1–1 Friendly





  1. ^ "HENRI BEDIMO AU HAVRE" (in French). LFP.fr. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mercato : Henri BEDIMO berrichon" (in French). Bb=errichonne.net,. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grenoble : la piste Bedimo se réchauffe" (in French). maxifoot.fr. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Officiel : Henri Bedimo signe à Lens !" (in French). Official Site of RC Lens. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Henri Bedimo déjà au rendez-vous" (in French). Lensois.com. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lens – Monaco : Tempête de neige et de buts" (in French). Official Site of RC Lens. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Henri Bedimo première recrue du MHSC" (in French). Official Site of Montpellier. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Montpellier au panthéon" (in French). LEQUIPE. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ligue 1 Team of the Season: Title-winning Montpellier dominate as Hazard signs off with dazzling campaign". Goal.com. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.actusnews.com/documents_communiques/ACTUS-0-33053-olg-020813-transfert-henri-bedimo-gb.pdf?
  11. ^ "Lyon bring in defender Bedimo from Montpellier". UEFA.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cameroon omit defender Sebastien Bassong from squad". BBC Sport. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bedimo, Henri". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 

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