Maïga with Mali, March 2015
|Full name||Modibo Maïga|
|Date of birth||3 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Bamako, Mali|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|2012–2015||West Ham United||34||(4)|
|2014||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||8||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Metz (loan)||25||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:30, 20 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2016
Modibo Maïga (born 3 September 1987) is a Malian footballer who plays as a striker for Emirati club Al-Ittihad Kalba and the Mali national team. He has also played for Stade Malien, Raja Casablanca, Le Mans, Sochaux, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Metz. A full international for Mali since 2007, he was part of their squads at the four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, helping them to third place in the 2012 and 2013 editions.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Born in Bamako, Maïga began his career with Stade Malien in his home country aged 15 in 2003, later moving to Moroccan club Raja CA Casablanca where he spent his late teenage years, winning several competitions, including the Arab Champions League and the Moroccan League.
Maïga made a move to French Ligue 1 side Le Mans aged 20 in 2007. Playing alongside Gervinho and Stéphane Sessègnon, Maïga established himself in French football. Despite Le Mans' relegation to Ligue 2, Maïga scored 15 goals in 88 games. He signed a four-year contract in 2010 with Sochaux and took the number 15 shirt.
During the 2010–11 campaign, Maïga struck up a 30-goal partnership with Brown Ideye, each scoring 15 goals. Between them, they scored over half of Sochaux's league goals. Maïga and Brown were assisted by playmaking duo Marvin Martin and Ryad Boudebouz as Sochaux qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
On 12 August 2011, Maïga announced to his club that he would never again play for Sochaux because he wanted a transfer to Newcastle United. He refused to play against Caen and Nancy, but opted to play against Metalist Kharkiv and Lorient. He and teammate Kévin Anin were refused a move away from the club and were later criticised by supporters, who temporarily withdrew their support in response to poor performances and the attitude of Anin and Maïga.
On 18 October, several newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph and L'Equipe, reported that Maïga was close to a deal to move to Newcastle in the January 2012 transfer window and on 13 December, it was reported that he had passed a medical in London ahead of his move, with the transfer fee believed to be in the region of £7 million. On 16 December, however, L'Equipe reported that Maïga had failed his medical with Newcastle.
West Ham United
On 17 July 2012, after playing out the remander of the 2011–12 season with Sochaux, Maïga underwent a medical at West Ham United. He signed the following day on a four-year contract with an option for a further two years, at an undisclosed fee. Maïga made his debut for West Ham on 18 August 2012, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Carlton Cole in a 1–0 home win against Aston Villa.
On 28 August, Maïga scored on his full home debut against Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the League Cup to make the score 2–0 following Nicky Maynard's opening goal. He scored his first league goal on 20 October against Southampton in a 4–1 win at Upton Park. His only other league goals for West Ham in his first two seasons with the club came in a 3–1 win against Chelsea—West Ham's first against the club since 2003, on 1 December 2012—and in a 3–3 draw with West Bromwich Albion, with a 20-yard shot on 20 December 2013. His form brought criticism from some West Ham supporters but he was defended and praised for his most recent efforts by then-manager Sam Allardyce. He returned to the West Ham squad from his season-long loan with Metz for the beginning of the 2015–16 season. He played in four of West Ham's six 2015–16 Europa League qualifying games, against Birkirkara and Astra Giurgiu, without scoring. On 9 August, he played in his first Premier League game of the season, coming on as a 90th-minute substitute for Diafra Sakho in a 2–0 away win against Arsenal. In the third Premier League game of the season, on 22 August against AFC Bournemouth, Maïga scored West Ham's third goal in a 3–4 defeat in what was to be his last game for the club.
Queens Park Rangers (loan)
On 31 January 2014, Maïga joined Queens Park Rangers on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season. He made his debut on 1 February in a draw against Burnley. Coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for Andrew Johnson, Maïga scored in the 79th minute to make the score 3–3, the final score. It was his only goal for QPR.
In August 2014, Maïga joined French club Metz on a season-long loan with an option to make the loan a permanent transfer in the summer of 2015. He scored his debut goals for Metz on 1 November, scoring twice in a 3–2 home win against Caen. On 4 April 2015, Maïga scored a hat-trick for Metz as they defeated Toulouse 3–2. Maïga scored nine league goals in 25 games for Metz whilst on loan, while they finished 19th in Ligue 1 and were relegated to Ligue 2.
Maïga plays for Mali, making his debut on 17 November 2007 in a 2–3 friendly defeat to Senegal at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes, France, as a 59th-minute substitute for Souleymane Dembélé. His first goal came on 21 June 2009 in World Cup qualification, equalising in a 3–1 victory over Benin at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako. He wore the number 10 shirt at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, playing all three games of a group stage elimination in Angola.
He was called up again to the Mali squad for 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, but in February 2012 whilst in Gabon participating in the competition, he contracted malaria and was hospitalized in Libreville. He missed the remainder of the tournament, in which his nation came third. The following year, he again helped the team to the same position in the tournament.
- As of 29 August 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||2012–13||17||2||0||0||2||2||0||0||19||4|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2013–14||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||1|
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- As of 13 June 2015
- As of match played 4 June 2016. Mali score listed first, score column indicates score after each Maïga goal.
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 1 February 2013. p. 39. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "Premier League Player Profile Modibo Maiga". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Hammers move for Maiga". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Sochaux fans go on strike in protest at players' 'childish behaviour'". www.metro.co.uk. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Edwards, Luke (18 October 2011). "Newcastle United set to sign long-term target Modibo Maiga when January transfer window opens". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
- Douglas, Mark. "Modibo Maiga set for a Newcastle United medical". Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- Taisne, Emery. "Maïga n'ira pas à Newcastle (Maiga will not go to Newcastle)". L'Equipe. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
- "West Ham tie up £5m Maiga deal as Allardyce waits on Carroll". www.dailymail.co.uk. London. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "West Ham 1 – 0 Aston Vila". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "West Ham 2–0 Crewe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "West Ham 4–1 Southampton" BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "West Ham 3-1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "West Ham 3-3 WBA". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "West Ham to be patient with Andy Carroll as Sam Allardyce defends Modibo Maiga". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Modibo Maiga at Soccerbase
- "Arsenal 0-2 West Ham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Maiga Makes Move". Queens Park Rangers FC. 31 January 2014.
- "QPR 3-3 Burnley". BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- "West Ham loanee scores twice in Metz 3-2 victory". Hereinthecity.com. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
- "Maiga hat-trick gives Metz hope". ESPN. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- "Modibo Maiga at Soccerbase". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Ligue 1: Metz relegated after 4-0 defeat to Lorient". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Maiga departs". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- "Modibo Maïga signs for UAE side Ittihad Kalba". KingFut. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- Maïga, Modibo at National-Football-Teams.com
- "MALI-BENIN 3-1 : LA BELLE REVANCHE DES AIGLES DU MALI" [MALI 3-1 BENIN: THE BEAUTIFUL REVENGE OF MALI'S EAGLES] (in French). Government of Mali. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- "Modibo Maiga still recovering from Malaria contracted during 2012 Afcon". www.goal.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "BBC Sport – Guinea 1-1 Mali". BBC Sport. 28 January 2015.
- Modibo Maïga at Soccerway
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