Moussa Sow

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Moussa Sow
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Sow playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Mantes-la-Jolie, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe (on loan from Al-Ahli)
Number 17
Youth career
1999–2002 Mantes
2002–2003 Amiens
2003–2004 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Rennes 82 (12)
2007–2008 Sedan (loan) 30 (6)
2010–2012 Lille 54 (31)
2012–2015 Fenerbahçe 107 (52)
2015– Al Ahli 12 (13)
2016– Fenerbahçe (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2004–2005 France U19 5 (2)
2009 France U21 2 (0)
2009–2015 Senegal 29 (11)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 January 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 May 2016

Moussa Sow (born 19 January 1986) is a professional footballer who plays for Fenerbahçe[1] on loan from Al-Ahli, as a striker.

He started his professional career at Stade Rennais in 2004 as an 18-year-old. In his first couple of seasons, Sow made his mark mostly in cup competitions, scoring a brace for Rennes against Corte on 6 January 2006 in the Coupe de France[2] and one in an away game against Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue.[3] He was loaned out to Sedan in 2007, scoring six goals in 30 appearances for the club. Upon his return to Rennes, he was the club's first-choice striker for two seasons before joining Lille on a free transfer In June 2010. He joined Fenerbahçe in 2012.

Born in France, he represents Senegal at international level.

Club career[edit]

Lille[edit]

Sow, whilst playing for Lille

After his contract with Rennes came to an end, the 24-year–old forward signed a three-year deal with Lille on 28 June 2010.[4] Sow scored on his debut for Lille in a 1–1 draw away to his former club Rennes.[5] But Moussa Sow did not score again in the league until a 90th-minute goal on 19 September gave Lille all three points in a tough home contest against Auxerre.[6]

Sow scored his first hat-trick for Lille on 13 November 2010, the goals came in a 5–2 away victory to Caen, with both Gervinho and Franck Beria grabbing 90th-minute goals to seal the win.[7] Less than a month later on 5 December 2010, Sow netted another hat-trick this time against Lorient.[8] His goals helped Lille to a 6–3 win and firmly placed his side into contention for the Ligue 1 crown.[9] Lille went into the winter break in sole position of first place, as Sow fired in their only goal in a 1–1 draw with Saint Étienne on 22 December 2010.[10]

Sow scored his 22nd goal of the Ligue 1 campaign in a 2–2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on 21 May 2011. The result ensured that Lille would secure their first Ligue 1 title since 1954.[11] Sow scored his third hat-trick, on the final day of the season, as Lille tied the knot on their championship season with an emphatic 3–2 victory over former club Rennes.[12] Sow was the top scorer during the 2010–11 season with 25 league goals and also contributed with three assists.[13]

Fenerbahçe[edit]

Moussa Sow, during the match against Arsenal
Moussa Sow with his teammate Mehmet Topal

On 27 January 2012, Fenerbahçe acquired Sow for €10 million.[14] Sow signed a 4.5-year contract which will see him remain at the club until the end of 2015–16 season.[15] Sow made his debut in a local rivalry against Beşiktaş on 5 February 2012 and scored a goal in the second minute of injury time.[16] On 18 March he scored the first goal of the derby match with a bicycle kick against rivals Galatasaray.[17] He continued his good run of form, as he scored a late equaliser against Kayserispor to earn a draw for his team in quarter-finals of the Turkish Cup on 12 April 2012, helping his team to reach the semi-finals through a penalty shoot-out. Sow also scored the second goal for his team against rivals Trabzonspor on 15 April 2012. Over the course of the 2011–12 season Sow played 12 league matches and scored 7 goals. Sow earned his first trophy with Fener in the Turkish Cup final on 16 May as the club ripped apart Bursaspor by a score of 4–0.[18]

In the 2012–13 season Sow played 22 league matches and scored 13 goals, also scoring 3 goals in European matches. On 3 March 2013 Fenerbahçe played a derby match with Beşiktaş and Sow scored 2 goals in this match. On 10 March 2013 Sow scored one more goal on against Bursaspor, also Fenerbahçe won the match with score 4–1. On 17 March 2013 Sow scored 1 goal against Antalyaspor and Fenerbahçe won this match 2–1, with this goal Sow scored 4 goals last 3 weeks. On 22 May 2013, Sow scored the solitary goal as Fenerbahçe defeated Trabzonspor to secure the club's second straight 2012–13 Turkish Cup,[19] consolation for falling short to city rivals Galatasaray in the league campaign. On 21 September 2013 Fenerbahçe were victorious in a 4-0 win against Elazığspor. Sow completed his first hat-trick for Fenerbahçe during this match.[20]

Al Ahli[edit]

On 29 August 2015, Al Ahli acquired Sow for €16 million.[21]

International career[edit]

On 5 September 2010, Sow scored his first goal for Senegal in a 4–0 defeat of the Democratic Republic of Congo during qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He scored three more times in the qualifying phase as well as once in a 2–1 defeat to Equatorial Guinea at the tournament finals.[22]

At the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Sow scored Senegal's winning goal as they defeated Ghana 2–1 in the team's opening match.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 May 2015[24][25]

Honours[edit]