Samuel Barlay

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Samuel Barlay
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder/Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ravan Baku
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2004 East End Lions
2004–2007 Malmö FF 4 (0)
2006 Mariehamn (loan) 9 (0)
2007 Örgryte (loan) 18 (5)
2008–2009 Mariehamn 15 (0)
2010 Syrianska 20 (4)
2010 Mughan 6 (1)
2011–2013 Ravan Baku 56 (5)
2013–2014 AZAL 24 (1)
2014–2015 Syrianska
2015–2016 Ravan Baku 6 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Sierra Leone U-20 8 (0)
2004– Sierra Leone[1] 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 August 2013

Samuel Barlay (born 15 September 1986 in Freetown) is a Sierra Leonean international footballer, who is currently a free agent.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Samuel Barlay was born and raised in Freetown. He started his professional football career with top Sierra Leonean club East End Lions in the Sierra Leone National Premier League in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

He signed for Malmö FF from Sierra Leonean East End Lions shortly after the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship. In 2006, he was on a season long loan at IFK Mariehamn in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.[2] In 2008, he returned to "Grönvitt" after a loan spell at Örgryte IS in the Swedish second tier of football.[3]

Barlay left IFK Mariehamn, six months before his contract was due to expire, in April 2009.[4]

Following the end of his contract with Syrianska IF, Barlay went on trial with Syrianska FC in January 2011,[5] before signing with Azerbaijan Premier League side FK Mughan.[6]

Barlay left Ravan Baku at the end of his two-year contract in the summer of 2013.[7] Following his release from Ravan Baku, Barlay signed for fellow Azerbaijan Premier League side AZAL on a one-year contract, with the option of a second.[8]

In June 2014 Barlay joined Division 2 Norra Svealand side Syrianska.[9][10]

Barlay signed a new one-year contract with Syrianska in December 2014.[11] In July 2015, Barlay moved back to Azerbaijan Premier League side Ravan Baku FK.

International[edit]

He was the captain of the Sierra Leone U-17 national football team at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland. Barlay is a first choice at the central midfield position for the Leone Stars, as the Sierra Leone national football team is known. He won a penalty for his country which was converted by Mohamed Kallon that gave the Leone Stars a 1–0 win over South Africa in the 2010 FIFA World Cup/2010 African Cup of Nations qualifying match played in June 2008 in Freetown.

In July 2014, Barlay was suspended in-defiantly, along with Ibrahim Koroma, Ibrahim Kargbo and Christian Caulker over allegations of match-fixing relating to a Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa which ended 0-0.[12] Barlay and his fellow banned players had their ban lifted in March 2015.[13][14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 May 2014[15][16][17]
Club statistics
Season Club League League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
2005 Malmö Allsvenskan 4 0 2 0 6 0
2006 IFK Mariehamn (loan) Veikkausliiga 9 0 9 0
2007 Örgryte (loan) Superettan 18 5 18 5
2008 IFK Mariehamn Veikkausliiga 15 0 15 0
2009 0 0 0 0
2010 Syrianska Division 1 20 4 20 4
2010–11[18] Mughan Azerbaijan Premier League 6 1 0 0 6 1
2011–12[19] Ravan Baku 28 4 1 0 29 4
2012–13[20] 28 1 2 0 30 1
2013–14 AZAL 24 1 1 0 25 1
Total 152 16 4 0 2 0 158 16

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Sierra Leone's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 June 2012 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo  Equatorial Guinea
1–1
2–2[21]
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samuel Barlay at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Veikkausliiga profile (Finnish)
  3. ^ Svenskfotboll profile (Swedish)
  4. ^ "Samuel Barlay jättää IFK Mariehamnin" (in Finnish). www.veikkausliiga.com. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Barlay to undergo trials with new Swedish top division team". Sierraleonefootball.com. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Barlay to miss Nigeria friendly". www.sierraexpressmedia.com. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "2 legionerlə roads were" (in Azerbaijani). www.revanfc.az/. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Azal PFC sign Barlay". sierraexpressmedia.com. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Publicerad 19 jun 2014 07:00 Så ska Syrianska köra över VIK". vlt.se (in Swedish). VLT. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Big-Sam återvänder till klubben". www.syrianskaif.com (in Swedish). Syrianska. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Barlay, Suma sign new deal with Syrianska IF". www.footballsierraleone.net. Football Sierra Leone. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Sierra Leone match-fixing: Captain Kargbo one of 15 suspended". www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sierra Leone lifts football ban on Kargbo, Caulker, Barlay and others". www.switsalone.com. switsalone. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sierra Leone: Bans on 15 alleged match-fixers lifted". www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Samuel Barlay" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "S. BARLAY". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Samuel Barlay". www.national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Premier League Stats 2010/11" (PDF). Peşəkar Futbol Liqası. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Premier League Stats 2011/12" (PDF). Peşəkar Futbol Liqası. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Premier League Stats 2012/13" (PDF). Peşəkar Futbol Liqası. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/africa/matches/round=258334/match=300181919/report.html