Pascal Nouma

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Pascal Nouma
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Personal information
Full name Pascal Olivier Nouma[1]
Date of birth (1972-01-06) 6 January 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Épinay-sur-Seine, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Paris Saint-Germain 19 (0)
1992–1993 Lille 22 (2)
1993–1994 Caen 32 (7)
1994–1996 Paris Saint-Germain 51 (10)
1996–1998 Strasbourg 57 (22)
1998–2000 Lens 46 (16)
2000–2001 Beşiktaş 24 (18)
2001–2002 Marseille 11 (1)
2002–2003 Beşiktaş 19 (4)
2003–2004 Al Khor 3 (0)
2004–2005 Livingston 2 (0)
Total 286 (80)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pascal Olivier Nouma (born 6 January 1972) is a French former professional footballer.


Nouma started his career in the Paris Saint-Germain youth team before moving around other teams in France. He played for Lille and Caen before moving back to PSG for two seasons in 1994. In 1996, he left for Strasbourg, spending two seasons there before he moving to Lens. After two seasons at Lens, he left for Turkish club Beşiktaş, where he achieved phenomenal success and still maintains his popularity among Beşiktaş fans, who composed special songs for him. He played for them for one season before moving to play for Marseille the next year. He returned for a short spell at Beşiktaş the next season, but received a seven-month suspension for celebrating a goal against arch-rivals Fenerbahçe by putting his hands down his shorts, a gesture he described as "a private moment of joy". The Beşiktaş board were forced to cancel his contract as a result. The incident did not diminish his popularity with Beşiktaş fans, who still look back fondly on his lob shot against Dynamo Kiev in the third round of the UEFA Cup in 2003.

Following this incident he played in Qatar and went on trial at clubs in countries like the USA and Scotland.

Personal life[edit]

Nouma is currently working as an actor, and made his film debut in a Turkish movie, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adamın Oğlu (The Son of the Man Who Saved the World).[2] He is also doing a morning radio show at Metro FM (Turkey). He is particularly famous for his eccentric behaviour both on and off the pitch. During an interview with Hürriyet he claimed to be a Turk and to feel that Turkey was his home country.[3]


  1. ^ "Pascal Olivier Nouma" (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2006-09-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^