|Date of birth||29 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2008–2009||San Juan Jabloteh|
|2009–2012||San Juan Jabloteh||16||(4)|
|2012||North East Stars||0||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Krylia Sovetov Samara (loan)||18||(0)|
|2016–2018||Krylia Sovetov Samara||20||(0)|
|2017–2018||→ Kairat (loan)||39||(0)|
|2008–2011||Trinidad and Tobago U20||3||(0)|
|2011–2012||Trinidad and Tobago U23||9||(0)|
|2013–||Trinidad and Tobago||43||(4)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 5 February 2022|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 25 March 2021
Sheldon Bateau (born 29 January 1991) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Turkish club Samsunspor. Bateau also represents the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
Bateau began his professional football career in 2009, at the age of 18, with San Juan Jabloteh in his native Trinidad and Tobago. After three seasons with the San Juan Kings, Bateau made a switch to fellow Pro League club North East Stars. However, Bateau later made a transfer after one month to KV Mechelen of the Belgian Pro League prior to the 2012–13 season.
Bateau spent his early career in his native Trinidad and Tobago with San Juan Jabloteh of the TT Pro League. In his three seasons with the San Juan Kings, Bateau appeared in 16 matches and scored four goals. However, after the club dissolved due to financial difficulties following the 2011–12 season, Bateau switched to North East Stars. In August 2012, before playing a match for his new club, Bateau received a trial with FC Twente of the Eredivisie. Since Bateau is not a European Union player, his salary became a block for a transfer to the Eredivisie club.
On 13 September 2012, Bateau signed a one-year contract with an option for two additional years with KV Mechelen of the Belgian Pro League. Sheldon made his league debut on 6 October coming on as a substitute in the 59th minute in a 0–2 defeat to Kortrijk. On 31 October, Sheldon made his first start for the club against OH Leuven that resulted in a 1–3 loss. Afterwards, Bateau solidified a place in the starting line-up as a centre back and appeared in 11 league matches, including five consecutive starts, prior to the 2012–13 winter break. His consistent form resulted in Sheldon signing a two-year contract extension, on 18 January 2013, keeping him at Mechelen until the end of the 2014–15 season. On 27 April, Bateau scored his first two league goals during a play-off match against Waasland-Beveren that provided his club a vital 2–0 win. Bateau concluded his first season in Belgium with 22 league appearances and two goals.
On 27 June 2017, Bateau signed for Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Kairat on loan for the remainder of Kairat's 2017 season. On 29 December 2017, Krylia Sovetov Samara announced that they had agreed to extend Bateau's loan to Kairat for an additional year.
Bateau made his debut for the Trinidad and Tobago national team on 6 February 2013 in a match against Peru playing the entire match which ended in a 0–2 loss for the Soca Warriors. On 5 September, Bateau made a substitute appearance in a 3–3 draw against the United Arab Emirates. In the following match, Bateau started and led the Soca Warriors to a 3–1 win over Saudi Arabia to claim third place in the 2013 OSN Cup. Sheldon continued as a starter in Stephen Hart's back-line during the next two international matches against New Zealand and Jamaica.
On 4 June 2014, Bateau started in a 3–0 loss during a send-off series match for Argentina at Estadio Monumental prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, Bateau made an additional start in centre defence before being replaced by Gavin Hoyte in the 72nd minute for the Soca Warriors in a 2–0 loss to Iran in Arena Corinthians.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|San Juan Jabloteh||2009||TT Pro League||5||2||0||0||–||1||0||4||0||10||2|
|North East Stars||2012–13||TT Pro League||0||0||0||0||–||–||–||0||0|
|KV Mechelen||2012–13||Jupiler Pro League||22||2||1||0||–||–||–||23||2|
|Krylia Sovetov Samara (loan)||2015–16||Russian Premier League||18||0||1||0||–||–||–||19||0|
|Krylia Sovetov Samara||2016–17||Russian Premier League||20||0||2||0||–||–||–||22||0|
|2018–19||Russian Premier League||0||0||0||0||–||–||–||0||0|
|Kairat (loan)||2017||Kazakhstan Premier League||14||0||1||0||–||2||0||0||0||17||0|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2013||5||0||0||0||5||0|
- Scores and results list Trinidad and Tobago's goal tally first.
|1.||9 July 2015||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Guatemala||1–0||3–1||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||12 July 2015||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States||Cuba||1–0||2–0|
|3.||29 March 2016||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1–0||6–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||25 March 2021||Estadio Panamericano, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic||Guyana||2–0||3–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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- "Sheldon Bateau Voor 1 Seizoen Naar KVM" (in Dutch). Jeroen Gobin (KV Mechelen Press). 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
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- Shaun Fuentes (30 December 2012). "Bateau eyes Senior team debut in 2013". Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Sheldon Bateau Tot 2015 Bij KV Mechelen" (in Dutch). Jeroen Gobin (KV Mechelen Press). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Randy Bando (20 January 2013). "Bateau signs new 2-year Mechelen deal, Gay invited for trial". TT Pro League. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Официально: Шелдон Бато – новичок Кайрата". fckairat.com (in Russian). FC Kairat. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
- "Крылья и Кайрат договорились о продлении аренды Бато". kc-camapa.ru (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
- "SHELDON BATEAU KLAR FOR SARPSBORG 08". sarpsborg08.no/ (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg 08 FF. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
- "HOŞ GELDİN SHELDON MICHAEL LOUIS BATEAU" (Press release) (in Turkish). Samsunspor. 9 January 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
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- "S.Bateau". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
- "Trinidad and Tobago – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
- "Bateau, Sheldon". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
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