Samassi Abou

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Samassi Abou
Personal information
Full name Samassi Abou
Date of birth (1973-04-04) 4 April 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Gagnoa, Côte d'Ivoire
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 FC Martigues 24 (7)
1992–1996 Olympique Lyonnais 58 (4)
1996–1997 AS Cannes 37 (5)
1997–2000 West Ham United 22 (5)
1998 Ipswich Town (loan) 5 (1)
1999 Walsall (loan) 8 (0)
1999 Troyes (loan) ? (?)
2000 Kilmarnock (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2002 AC Ajaccio 60 (4)
2002–2003 FC Lorient 16 (0)
Total 240 (26)
National team
France under-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Samassi Abou (born 4 April 1973) is a former professional footballer from Côte d'Ivoire, who played as a forward. He played internationally for the French under-21 team.

Abou started playing in France for FC Martigues, before moving to Lyon. In October 1997, after a spell at AS Cannes, he made the move to English football, signing for West Ham United for £250,000. Signed by manager, Harry Redknapp, to give more options for strikers, Abou made his West Ham debut on 9 November 1997 in a 2–1 away defeat to Chelsea coming on as a substitute for John Moncur.[1][2] His opening West Ham goal came on 6 January 1998 in the League Cup. In a 5th-round game at the Boleyn Ground Abou came on as a substitute for Paul Kitson to score their only goal in a 2–1 defeat.[2] In the following game, on 10 January 1998, Abou scored twice as West Ham beat Barnsley, 6–0.[3] Abou received his only red card in the next game, a 1–0 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Fouling Ramon Vega in an off-the-ball incident, Abou was dismissed by referee, David Elleray.[4] Abou finished the 1997–98 season with 6 goals from 26 games including two on the last day of the season in a 4–3 home defeat of Leicester City.[2][5] West Ham fans would boo Abou whenever he scored making an "Abooooooooo" noise.[6] In 31 appearances in all competitions he scored six times, before being released to Ipswich Town in December 1998, where he scored once against Sheffield United.[7]

In October 1999, he signed for Walsall, an unsuccessful spell which lasted little over a month. He also spent time on loan at Troyes, and played in Scotland for three months at Kilmarnock.

Abou continued his career back in France, playing for Ajaccio and Lorient.


  1. ^ Les Roopanarine (7 November 2011). Harry Redknapp — The Biography. John Blake Publishing, Limited. pp. 88–. ISBN 978-1-84358-942-6. 
  2. ^ a b c "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Samassi Abou". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "On this day 10 January". Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Klinsmann sinks 10-man Hammers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "On this day – 10 May". Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Pete May (23 March 2012). West Ham: Irons in the Soul. Mainstream Publishing. pp. 177–. ISBN 978-1-78057-451-6. 
  7. ^ "Naylor provides Suffolk punch". The Independent. 20 December 1998. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 

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