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) 9 (4)
National team
2004–2005 France U19 5 (2)
2009 France U21 2 (0)
2009– Senegal 36 (12)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 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]

Return to Fenerbahçe[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Sow returned to Fenerbahçe on a season long loan deal from Al Ahli.[22] In November 2016, Fenerbahçe began selling shirts with Sow's name and number turned upside as tribute to his bicycle kick goals against Manchester United and Çaykur Rizespor, the latter of whom he scored a hat-trick against.[23][24] On 8 December 2016, Sow scored another bicycle kick, this time against UEFA Europa League in a 1–0 away victory against Feyenoord.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 May 2015[28][29]

Club[edit]

Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rennes Ligue 1 2004–05 3 0 1 0 - - 4 0
2005–06 7 0 3 2 2 0 12 2
2006–07 14 0 2 1 - - 16 1
2007–08 2 0 - - - - 2 0
2008–09 32 9 8 3 5 1 45 13
2009–10 24 3 2 2 - - 26 5
Total 82 12 16 8 7 1 105 21
Sedan (loan) Ligue 2 2007–08 30 6 7 4 - - 37 10
Total 30 6 7 4 37 10
Lille Ligue 1 2010–11 36 25 7 0 8 1 51 26
2011–12 18 6 1 1 6 3 25 10
Total 54 31 8 1 14 4 76 36
Fenerbahçe Süper Lig 2011–12 12 7 2 1 - - 14 8
2012–13 31 15 7 1 16 3 54 19
2013–14 30 15 1 0 4 1 35 16
2014–15 33 14 7 2 0 0 40 16
2015–16 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 107 52 17 4 20 4 144 60
Career Total 273 101 48 17 41 9 362 127

Honours[edit]