Nigel Atangana

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Nigel Atangana
Personal information
Full name Nigel Alfred Steven Atangana[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Corbeil-Essonnes, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cheltenham Town
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2003 Bry FC
2003–2005 St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
2005–2007 FC Flerien
2007–2008 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Avranches 10 (0)
2009–2011 Dives 14 (0)
2011–2012 Riudellots 32 (3)
2012–2013 Gravelines 21 (1)
2013–2014 Havant & Waterlooville 43 (5)
2014–2016 Portsmouth 43 (1)
2016–2017 Leyton Orient 45 (0)
2017– Cheltenham Town 32 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:26, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Nigel Alfred Steven Atangana (born 9 September 1989) is a French professional footballer who plays for League Two club Cheltenham Town as a defensive midfielder.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Corbeil-Essonnes, Atangana made his senior debuts with US Avranches in CFA 2, after having trials at Luton Town, Gillingham, West Bromwich Albion and Grays Athletic.[3] After subsequently representing SU Dives,[4] he moved to Spain, joining Girona FC and being assigned to CF Riudellots, the club's farm team.[5] Atangana was called up to the main squad in Segunda División in November, but failed to appear with the club.

In the 2013 summer Atangana moved to US Gravelines Foot, also in France's fifth division. He appeared in 21 matches and scored once (the winner in a 2–1 home success against US Ailly-Sur-Somme on 1 December 2012).

Havant & Waterlooville[edit]

In September 2013, Atangana signed with Havant & Waterlooville.[6] He made his debut on the 30th, starting in a 1–1 FA Trophy draw against Gloucester City.[7]

Atangana made his league debut on 19 October, starting in a 0–0 draw against Dover Athletic.[8] He scored his first goal for Hawks on 11 January of the following year, the game's only in a home win against Ebbsfleet United.[9]

Atangana finished the season with 43 appearances and five goals, being named Havant & Waterlooville' Player of the Year.[10]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 19 June 2014, Atangana signed a two-year contract with League Two side Portsmouth, for an undisclosed fee.[11] He made his debut for the club on 9 August, coming on as a substitute for fellow debutant Craig Westcarr in a 1–1 away draw against Exeter City.

Atangana scored his first Pompey goal on 20 December, netting the equalizer in a 1–1 draw at Cheltenham Town. He appeared in 30 matches during the campaign, mainly due to the injury of starter James Dunne.

Leyton Orient[edit]

On 20 January 2016, Atangana joined Leyton Orient on an 18-month contract until the end of the 2016–17 season for an undisclosed fee. Atangana was given the number 15 upon arrival.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Atangana is of Cameroonian descent.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 5 May 2018
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Avranches 2008–09[14] CFA 2 10 0 10 0
Dives 2009–10 CFA 2 11 0 11 0
2010–11[15] 3 0 3 0
Total 14 0 14 0
Riudellots 2011–12[16] Segona Catalana 32 3 32 3
Gravelines 2012–13[17] CFA 2 21 1 21 1
Havant & Waterlooville 2013–14[18][19] Conference South 28 3 2 0 13[a] 2 43 5
Portsmouth 2014–15[17] League Two 30 1 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 35 1
2015–16[17] 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 43 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 48 1
Leyton Orient 2015–16[20] League Two 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2016–17[21] 29 0 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 32 0
Total 58 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 61 0
Cheltenham Town 2017–18[22] League Two 32 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 35 1
Career total 228 9 5 0 4 0 16 2 253 11
  1. ^ Nine appearances in the FA Trophy and four in the Hampshire Senior Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Transferred Between 01/07/2014 and 31/07/2014". The FA. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Nigel Atangana". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Nigel Atangana: "Les galères te font plus savourer"" [Nigel Atangana: "The galleys are what you enjoy the most"] (in French). Hat-Trick. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Football: Samir Alla est devenu un technicien tout terrain" [Football: Samir Alla became a field technician] (in French). Ouest France. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Amb Nigel Atangana i Franck Songo'o" [With Nigel Atangana and Franck Songo'o] (in Catalan). El Punt Avui. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Final September Moves..." Pitchero Non League. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "New Frenchman Makes Hawks Debut". Pitchero Non League. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dover Athletic 0 Havant & Waterlooville 0". Havant & Waterlooville.net. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Havant & Waterlooville 1 Ebbsfleet United 0". Havant & Waterlooville.net. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nigel Atangana joins Portsmouth FC". Havant & Waterlooville. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pompey sign Atangana". Portsmouth FC. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "NEWS: O's swoop for Atangana". Leyton Orient F.C. 20 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Nigel Atangana :: Nigel Atangana :: Leyton Orient". www.leballonrond.fr. 
  14. ^ "Nigel Atangana" (in French). US Avranches. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Nigel Atangana". Football Database. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Taula golejadors – Segona Catalana, Grup 1 – Temporada 2011–2012" [Goalscorers' table – Segona Catalana, Group 1 – Season 2011–2012] (in Catalan). FCF. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Nigel Atangana at Soccerway
  18. ^ "Appearances by Player – Nigel Atangana (2013/2014 Season)". Havant & Waterlooville.net. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Goals by Player – Nigel Atangana (2013/2014 Season)". Havant & Waterlooville.net. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Nigel Atangana in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Nigel Atangana in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Nigel Atangana in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 

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