Mo Camara

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Mo Camara
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Mo Camara
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Camara
Date of birth (1975-06-25) 25 June 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Conakry, Guinea
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Beauvais 79 (0)
1996 Troyes (loan) 13 (0)
1997–2000 Le Havre 16 (0)
1998–1999 Lille (loan) 34 (2)
1999–2000 Lille (loan) 9 (0)
2000–2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 (0)
2003–2005 Burnley 90 (0)
2005–2006 Celtic 19 (0)
2006–2009 Derby County 21 (0)
2007–2008 Norwich City (loan) 21 (0)
2008 Blackpool (loan) 14 (0)
2009–2010 St Mirren 10 (0)
2010 Torquay United 2 (0)
Total 373 (2)
National team
1996–2000 Guinea 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:35, 20 February 2010 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2006

Mohamed "Mo" Camara (born 25 June 1975 in Conakry, Guinea) is a former Guinean professional footballer. He played as a left back or left-sided midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Camara spent the early years of his professional career in French football, with Beauvais in 1993, and in 1996 went on loan to Troyes, where he played 13 league games. He made a total of 79 league appearances for Beauvais, before signing for Le Havre in August 1997, where he was sent on loan to Lille.

Wolves[edit]

Camara moved to England in summer 2000 with Wolverhampton Wanderers of the First Division in a £100,000 deal. He became a cult figure amongst their fans, known for his commitment and pace despite sometimes exhibiting a lack of positional sense and ball control. A regular column from the spoof 'Mohammed Camara Appreciation Society' appeared in fanzine 'A Load of Bull' celebrating his eccentric but lovable playing style. He was a regular starter in his first two seasons with the side, but failed to make an appearance during their 2002–03 promotion success following the signing of Denis Irwin and a knee ligament injury.

Burnley[edit]

He joined Burnley on a free transfer in June 2003, which gave Camara regular playing time once again. After Steve Cotterill replaced previous manager Stan Ternent, he made the left-back focus on his crossing ability, causing a dramatic up-turn in his form at the beginning of the 2004–05 season. He scored once for Burnley in the League Cup as they memorably knocked out Premier League side Aston Villa in October 2004.[1]

Celtic[edit]

Camara's form attracted interest from Scottish Premier League side Celtic, who he joined at the end of his two-year contract under the Bosman ruling at the end of the season.

After one-to-one sessions with manager Gordon Strachan, Camara started to do well and established himself as a defender in Celtic's first eleven. However, after Ross Wallace was converted into a left-back, Camara was relegated to the bench and made only rare appearances. He fell further down the pecking order after the signing of right-back Mark Wilson, who was also converted to left back.

Derby County[edit]

Despite earlier pledging to fight for his place at Celtic,[2] Camara ending up leaving to join Derby County on a free transfer in August 2006.[3] He was a regular player during the first half of the season, however he found himself out of contention after Derby signed Jay McEveley in the January transfer window. The following season, with the club newly in the Premier League, saw Camara find appearances just as scarce. Despite scoring against Blackpool in the League Cup at the start of the season,[4] he made just one appearance in the top flight, a 0–6 thrashing at Liverpool, before later being loaned to Championship side Norwich City. This was subsequently extended to cover the whole of the 2007/08 campaign.

On 5 August 2008, Camara moved to Derby's Championship rivals Blackpool on loan until 30 August.[5] He made his debut for the Seasiders on 9 August in a 1–0 home defeat to Bristol City. On 9 September the loan was extended for a further month,[6] with manager Simon Grayson saying, "He has done very well for us in the first four league games. He has good energy and experience and he has been a good addition."[7] The loan period was extended for a third and final time on 17 October, keeping him with the Seasiders until 22 November. .[8] Upon his return to Derby Camara featured in a FA Cup victory at Forest Green Rovers but was deemed surplus to requirements by new Derby manager Nigel Clough and his contract was cancelled on 2 February 2009.[9]

St Mirren[edit]

After the January 2009 transfer window shut, free agent Camara moved back to Scotland to sign for Scottish Premier League side St Mirren. From 25 January, Camara was told he was free to find a new club.[10]

Torquay United[edit]

Soon after being released from St Mirren, Camara joined English League Two side Torquay United. Having made his debut in a 2–1 home defeat to Port Vale on 13 February, Camara made his second and final appearance for the Gulls six days later in a match at Rotherham United in which he was substituted at half time. It was finally confirmed by manager Paul Buckle on 24 April that Camara was no longer at the club.[11]

He was released by Torquay on 15 May 2010, along with six other players.[12]

International career[edit]

After Football[edit]

Camara was made head of European scouting at Derby County in February 2014.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burnley 3–1 Aston Villa". BBC. 26 October 2004. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Camara is bemused by Celtic axe". BBC Sport. 18 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "Derby snap up Camara from Celtic". BBC Sport. 16 August 2006. 
  4. ^ "Derby 2–2 Blackpool". BBC. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Transfer Latest". Blackpool FC. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Seasiders Complete Camara Loan". Blackpool FC. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Grayson on Camara". Blackpool FC. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Mo returns for another month". Blackpool FC. 17 October 2008. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Camara released by Rams". therams.co.uk. 2 February 2009. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "St Mirren clinch Camara transfer". BBC Sport. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Bucks Thrilled With Another Big Win". torquayutd.com. 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Seven players released by Torquay United". BBC Sport. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Derby-County-make-appointments-new-look-scouting/story-20700332-detail/story.html

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