Ibrahim Amadou

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Ibrahim Amadou
Ibrahim Amadou.jpg
Amadou playing for Lille in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Centre back
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
(on loan from Sevilla)
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2004 Cheminots de l'Ouest
2004–2008 RCF Paris
2008–2013 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Nancy II 38 (1)
2013–2015 Nancy 57 (2)
2015 Lille II 5 (1)
2015–2018 Lille 87 (2)
2018– Sevilla 32 (0)
2019–Norwich City (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2012 France U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:14, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Ibrahim Amadou (born 6 April 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Norwich City, on loan from Sevilla of La Liga. Primarily a defensive midfielder, he also plays as a centre back.[2]

Club career[edit]

Nancy[edit]

Born in Douala, Cameroon, Amadou moved to France at age 4 and lived in Colombe, where he played at local club AS Cheminots de l'Ouest. He then spent four years at Racing Club de France, before joining the AS Nancy academy in 2008.[3]

Amadou made his professional debut on 26 May 2013, playing one minute in the last matchday of the Ligue 1 season against Stade Brestois.[4] On 8 August 2014, he scored his first goal against US Orléans in Ligue 2.[5]

Lille[edit]

On 16 July 2015, Amadou signed a four-year contract with Lille for a reported fee of €2 million.[6] He started in the first match of the 2015–16 Ligue 1 season against Paris Saint-Germain on 7 August 2015, playing in the heart of defense alongside Renato Civelli as Lille suffered a 1–0 defeat.[7] He scored his first goal for the club in the 2–1 win over SC Bastia on 12 March 2016.[8]

At the start of the 2017–18 season, manager Marcelo Bielsa appointed Amadou as club captain.[9] On 13 August 2017, he took over the goalkeeping role in the 3–0 loss to RC Strasbourg, following the sending off of Mike Maignan.[10]

Sevilla[edit]

On 2 July 2018, Amadou joined Spanish La Liga side Sevilla FC on a four-year deal.[11]

Norwich City (loan)[edit]

On 7 August 2019, Amadou joined Norwich City on a season-long loan, with an option to buy the following summer.[12]

International career[edit]

Amadou was born in Cameroon and raised in France. He is a French youth international,[13] and was called up to the senior Cameroon national team, whom he rejected.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ibrahim Amadou: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Cameroon - I. Amadou - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Qui es-tu, Ibrahim Amadou?" [Who are you, Ibrahim Amadou?] (in French). Lille OSC. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Brest vs. Nancy - 26 May 2013 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Orléans vs. Nancy - 8 August 2014 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Ibrahim Amadou (Nancy) signe à Lille" [Ibrahim Amadou (Nancy) signs for Lille] (in French). L'Équipe. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Lille vs. PSG - 7 August 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Ibrahim Amadou scores first goal for Lille in 2-1 away win over Bastia -Sportingspree". Arthur/Sportingspree.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Marcelo Bielsa évoque le capitanat d'Ibrahim Amadou" [Marcelo Bielsa talks about the captaincy of Ibrahim Amadou]. Lille OSC. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Lille field three goalkeepers during incredible Ligue 1 match". Goal.com. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Ibrahim Amadou is officially a Sevillista until 2022". Sevilla FC. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Ibrahim Amadou signs for Norwich City". Norwich City F.C. 7 August 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.fff.fr/equipes-de-france/tous-les-joueurs/fiche-joueur/2338172398-ibrahim-amadou
  14. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Liverpool's Joel Matip among seven to snub tournament". BBC Sport. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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