Souleyman Sané

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Samy Sané
Personal information
Full name Souleymane Sané
Date of birth (1961-02-26) 26 February 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal[1]
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Viry Sur-Sein
1981–1982 ES Viry-Châtillon
1982–1985 FV Donaueschingen
1983–1984 Blagnac FC (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 SC Freiburg 106 (56)
1988–1990 1. FC Nuernberg 57 (12)
1990–1994 SG Wattenscheid 09 117 (39)
1994–1995 FC Tirol Innsbruck 48 (23)
1995–1997 FC Lausanne-Sport 57 (27)
1997–1999 SG Wattenscheid 09 45 (9)
1999 LASK Linz 10 (0)
2000 FC Schaffhausen
2000–2004 Rot-Weiß Leithe[2]
2004–2009 Schwarz-Weiß Südfeldmark
2009–2010 DJK Wattenscheid
National team
1990–1997 Senegal 55 (?)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Zanzibar (coach)
2009–2010 DJK Wattenscheid[3] (player-coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Souleyman Sané (born 26 February 1961) is a Senegalese retired footballer who played as a striker. He is the father of Manchester City FC and Germany forward Leroy Sané.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Sané was born to Senegalese diplomats, and moved to France at the age of four. He chose to be a footballer, much to the behest of his father, and played football at amateur level. In 1982, he was called up for military service, and according to the law he could be based close to his home as a promising sportsman. For this to happen, the FFF had to send over the necessary papers, but due to Sané being on his summer holiday at the time, he was unable to contact his parents. The application was missed, and Sané was ordered to serve across the border in the Black Forest.[5]

There, he played for Donaueschingen part-time, where he was scouted by 2. Bundesliga side Freiburg. He signed his first professional contract in 1985. During three years at the club, he scored 56 goals and was top scorer in 1988. He then spent two seasons at Nuernberg, and in 1990, signed for Wattenscheid, then a Bundesliga club. He was noted for his speed, being able run 100 metres in 10.7 seconds, and for being one of the first black players to play in the Bundesliga.[5]

In 1994, he joined FC Tirol Innsbruck, finishing as the Austrian Bundesliga's top scorer at the end of the season. He then returned to Wattenscheid for two seasons. Sané also played in Switzerland, representing Linz and Schaffhausen in the latter part of the nineties. He would return to the Ruhr valley, where his family were situated, and played for different amateur clubs in the region.[5]

In all, he scored 51 goals in 174 (West) German top-flight appearances.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Sané worked as a coach for the Zanzibar national football team from 2008 to 2011, and as a player-coach for DJK Wattenscheid during the 2009–10 season.[3]


Personal life[edit]

Sané is married to Regina Weber, and has three sons, all of which were in Schalke 04's youth academy.[5] Leroy Sané being one of them.


  1. ^ "Souleyman Sané". Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Souleymane “Sammy” Sané" (in German). Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "»Der Samy ist da!«" (in German). 11Freunde. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Zocher, Thomas (25 March 2014). "Schalke reward academy star Leroy Sane with two-year deal". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Michael Yokhin (November 12, 2015). "Leroy Sane shines for Schalke with Germany star wanted by Liverpool". ESPN FC. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Matthias Arnhold (31 October 2013). "Souleyman Sané - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Souleyman Sané, accessed: 28 March 2014

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