Mame Baba Thiam

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Mame Baba Thiam
MameBaba Thiam.jpg
Thiam with Esteghlal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mame Baba Thiam
Date of birth (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Nguidile, Senegal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ajman
Number 9
Youth career
2007–2008 Real San Marco
2008–2009 Treviso
2009–2010 Internazionale
2009–2010Sassuolo (loan)
2010 Sassuolo
2010–2011 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Internazionale 0 (0)
2011–2012Avellino (loan) 26 (4)
2012–2013South Tyrol (loan) 27 (6)
2013–2014 Lanciano 9 (2)
2014–2017 Juventus 0 (0)
2014–2015Lanciano (loan) 47 (9)
2015–2016Zulte Waregem (loan) 28 (9)
2016–2017PAOK (loan) 1 (0)
2017Empoli (loan) 15 (1)
2018 Esteghlal 6 (4)
2018– Ajman 11 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2018

Mame Baba Thiam (born 9 October 1992) is a Senegalese footballer forward who currently plays for Ajman Club in the UAE Pro-League.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Born in Nguidile,[2] Louga Region,[3] Thiam left for Italy at young age. Thiam was selected to Veneto region Allievi team for Coppa Nazionale Primavera, a competition against other Italy regional representatives in 2007–08 season.[4] At club level he played for Real San Marco, from Chirignago [it], mainland area of Venice municipality.[5] In 2008, he was signed by Veneto club Treviso.[6] In January 2009 he was signed by Internazionale from Treviso along with Samuel Longo.[7] He immediately entered Inter's Allievi Nazionali under-17 team,[8] scoring 4 goals in regular season (group stage).[9] Due to Inter's Primavera under-20 team had many strikers, namely Denis Alibec, Mattia Destro, Simone Dell'Agnello, Giuseppe Angarano and Longo, Thiam left for Sassuolo's Primavera team in August 2009. The Emilia-Romagna side also borrowed Alberto Gallinetta and kept numbers of former Inter players by extended the loans or excised the option to sign outright from Inter, such as Pellegrino Albanese, Raffaele Conforto and Giorgio Schiavini. Thiam was the starting forward along with Diego Falcinelli,[10][11][12][13] who also from Inter academy. However the coach also used other formation and preferred Falcinelli as sole centre forward[14] despite Thiam also played that role few time.[15] That season Thiam scored 4 times.[16]

During the season, Inter formed a complex deal with Sassuolo, which allowed Thiam to join Sassuolo for free in January 2010 (Inter registered a loss of €71,000),[17] then Thiam re-joined Inter on 30 August[18] in co-ownership deal, with Thiam's contract treated as a financial asset in Sassuolo's account and an intangible asset in Inter account, as well as the "parent" club of the co-ownership contract became Sassuolo instead of Inter. With Inter Primavera team, he scored 4 goals in the regular season, behind strikers Dell'Agnello, Alibec and midfielder Milan Jirásek.[19] He also won 2011 Torneo di Viareggio with the reserves.[20]

Serie C1 loans[edit]

On 30 August 2011 he left for Avellino from Inter Milan.[21] Thiam made his professional debut on 25 September (round 4), substituted Gianluca De Angelis.[22] He made his first start in the next game, partnering Gianmarco Zigoni (round 5). He played the successive game, scoring on 13, 16 and 30 October (round 7, 8 and 10), partnering Zigoni, Fabrizio Lasagna and De Angelis respectively. However, after a goal drought Thiam lost the starting place, and became the backup of De Angelis and Zigoni. He returned to starting XI again on 7 March 2012, partnering Zigoni. In June 2012 Inter also acquired Thiam outright, as Sassuolo gave up their 50% registration rights of Thiam.

On 12 July 2012, Thiam moved to another third level club, South Tyrol (German: Südtirol, Italian: Alto Adige).[23]

Lanciano and Juventus[edit]

On 15 July 2013, Thiam joined Serie B club Lanciano on a free transfer.[24] On 30 January 2014, Lanciano signed goalkeeper Laurențiu Brănescu in a co-ownership deal for €250,000 cash plus 50% registration rights of Thiam (50% "card" of Thiam was valued at €1.4 million; 50% "card" of Brănescu was valued €1.65 million).[25][26] Thiam signed a 4½-year contract with The Old Lady.

Thiam spent the rest of the 2013–14 season in Lanciano. He continues in Lanciano in the 2014–2015 season. In June 2015 Juventus signed Thiam outright for another €800,000;[27][28] on 8 July Lanciano signed Filippo Penna (about €340,000) and Marco Di Benedetto (undisclosed) as compensations.[29]

Zulte Waregem (loan)[edit]

On 26 July 2015, Thiam signed with Zulte Waregem in a temporary deal.[30] The move made Juventus had a signing quota for non-European Union nationals (another quota was from Carlos Tevez[31]), which the club later signed Alex Sandro, who counted as a non-EU.[32]

After the loan Thiam returned to Juventus for their pre-season camp.[33]

PAOK (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Thiam joined PAOK on loan.[34]

Empoli (loan)[edit]

On 13 January 2017, Thiam signed with Empoli in a temporary deal.[35] He scored a goal against A.C. Milan on 23 April 2017, giving Empoli a crucial 3-points for their battle from relegation. He also played in the last round of the season, which Empoli relegated by losing to already relegated Palermo.

After the loan, Thiam returned to Turin once again for their pre-season camp.[36] It was reported that he canceled the contract with Juventus in a mutual consent in September 2017.[37]

Esteghlal[edit]

Thiam on his debut for Esteghlal in 2018

On 6 February 2018, Thiam signed a 1½-year contract with Esteghlal after he passed the medical examination.[38] He was assigned the number 25 shirt to wear in the league, however he chose to wear his favourite number 7 in the AFC Champions League as it was vacant.[39]

Thiam made his debut on 8 February in a 3–0 victory against Sepidrood coming on as a substitute for Ali Ghorbani in the 82nd minute.[40] He started his first match for Esteghlal in AFC Champions League match against Al-Hilal in which he mis-hit a shot and was deflected by opponent Abdullah Al-Hafith. The goal was Esteghlal's 200th goal in AFC Champions League history and they became the first Iranian team to reach that milestone.[41] Esteghlal eventually won 1–0 and Thiam was named Man of the match for his performance.[42][43] On 24 February, Thiam opened his Esteghlal scoring account with a brace in a 4–1 away victory against Foolad. He also provided an assist for another goal in that match.[44] On 6 March, he scored another brace in a 2–2 champions league draw against Al-Ain,[45] and was named "Man of the match" for the second consecutive time.[46] On 3 May, Thiam scored Esteghlal's only goal to defeat Khooneh be Khooneh 1–0 in the 2018 Hazfi Cup Final, winning his first piece of silverware with the club.[47] On 15 May, he scored his first hat-trick in a 3–1 win over Zob Ahan.[48] His three goals saw him become the club's all-time foreign leading goalscorer, overtaking Jlloyd Samuel's record of 11 goals on the day of his death.[49] Due to his performance, he was named round of 16's second leg player of the week and was included in round of 16's team of the week.[50][51][52] Thiam finished his season with twelve goals in all competitions in 13 appearances, the club finished 3rd in the league that season.

Ajman Club[edit]

On 8 August 2018, Thiam joined UAE team Ajman from Esteghlal FC on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[53][54] Thiam made his debut for the club on 30 August 2018 in a 1–0 league victory over Al-Nasr in which he scored his first goal for the club.[55]

Career Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 November 2018.[56][1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental1 Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Avellino 2011–12 Lega pro 26 4 0 0 26 4
Südtirol 2012–13 Lega pro 29 6 1 0 30 6
Virtus Lanciano 2013–14 Serie B 22 3 1 0 23 3
2014–15 34 8 2 1 36 9
Total 56 11 3 1 59 12
Zulte Waregem 2015–16 Belgian Pro League 28 9 1 0 29 9
PAOK 2016–17 Superleague Greece 1 0 2 0 5 0 8 0
Empoli 2016–17 Serie A 15 1 0 0 15 1
Esteghlal 2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League 6 4 1 1 6 7 13 12
Ajman 2018–19 UAE Pro-League 9 2 3 0 0 0 12 2
Career total 170 37 11 2 11 7 0 0 192 46

1 Includes Europa League and AFC Champions League matches.

Honours[edit]

Esteghlal

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