Steve Leo Beleck

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Steve Leo Beleck
Steve Leo Beleck 2011.jpg
Beleck playing for AEK Athens
Personal information
Full name Steve Leo Beleck A'Beka
Date of birth (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ümraniyespor (on loan from Fiorentina)
Youth career
2009–2010 Panthrakikos U21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Panthrakikos 13 (5)
2010–2014 Udinese 0 (0)
2010–2011 Udinese Primavera 13 (7)
2011–2012 AEK Athens (loan) 27 (12)
2012–2013 Watford (loan) 10 (3)
2013 Stevenage (loan) 13 (3)
2013 Mons (loan) 7 (2)
2014– Fiorentina 0 (0)
2014 Crotone (loan) 12 (4)
2015 Mantova (loan) 23 (10)
2015–2016 CFR Cluj (loan) 25 (13)
2016– Ümraniyespor (loan) 8 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 August 2016.

Steve Leo Beleck A'Beka (born 21 February 1993) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Ümraniyespor, on loan from Fiorentina as a striker.

Beleck began his career at Greek team Panthrakikos, breaking into the first-team at the age of 16. Following a successful second half to the 2009–10 season, Beleck joined Udinese of the Italian Serie A for an undisclosed fee, signing a five-year deal in July 2010. A year later, Beleck returned to Greece, this time joining AEK Athens on a season-long loan. He played regularly, and returned to his parent club at the end of the 2011–12 season. A month after returning to his parent club, Beleck was loaned out for a second time, joining English Championship side Watford on a one-year loan agreement. In January 2013, Beleck was re-loaned from Watford to Stevenage, for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.

In August 2013, Beleck was signed on a season long loan for RAEC Mons[2] but returned to Udinese in January 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Beleck joined Greek side Panthrakikos at the age of 15, spending one season in the club's youth system before breaking into the Panthrakikos first-team midway through the 2009–10 season.[3] Beleck made his debut for the club in January 2010,[3] starting in a 3–1 away defeat to Iraklis.[4] He received a red card five minutes into the second-half, and consequently missed Panthrakikos' next two matches.[4] Beleck scored four goals in February 2010; once in a 2–1 loss to AEK Athens,[5] twice in a 2–0 away victory against Larissa,[6] as well as a further goal in a 3–1 home defeat to Kavala.[7] He also scored on the last day of the regular season, netting from the penalty spot to briefly restore parity in an eventual 3–1 defeat to Atromitos.[8] It turned out to be his final appearance for the club.[9] Beleck made 13 league appearances during the season, scoring five goals[10] — although Panthrakikos were relegated at the end of the campaign.[11] His form during the second half of the season attracted interest from a number of large European clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Italian side Udinese.[3] He ultimately joined Udinese for an undisclosed fee on 22 July 2010, signing a contract until 2015.[12]

Beleck did not make any first-team appearances during the 2010–11 season, only appearing as an unused substitute in an away game against Fiorentina in May 2011.[13] He was subsequently loaned out to AEK Athens in July 2011, on a season-long loan, ahead of the 2011–12 campaign.[14][15] He made his debut for AEK in the club's 1–0 home win over Dinamo Tbilisi on 18 August 2011, in the play-off round of Europa League qualification, playing the whole match.[16] Beleck's first goal for the club came in a 3–1 away defeat to OFI Crete on 23 October 2011, coming on as a half-time substitute with the team losing by two goals and scoring on the hour mark to briefly reduce the deficit.[17] He also scored in a 3–2 defeat to rivals Panathinaikos at the Olympic Stadium in November 2011.[18] Later that month, Beleck was on hand to score twice in a 2–0 away win against Panetolikos,[19] as well as scoring the only goal of the game a week later in the 1–0 defeat of Kerkyra.[20] He took his goal tally to six for the season when he scored the winning goal as AEK progressed to the Fifth Round of the Greek Cup courtesy of a 1–0 win over Kalamata on 22 December 2011.[21] Despite his strong end to 2011, Beleck did not score during the second half of the season.[17] He made 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring six times, helping AEK Athens secure a fifth-place finish in the Greek Superleague.[9]

Watford[edit]

Following the completion of his one-year loan agreement at AEK, Beleck briefly returned to Udinese, before subsequently joining English Championship side Watford in July 2012, on a season-long loan for the 2012–13 season.[22] Beleck was one of ten players loaned to Watford from Udinese.[22][23] He made his first starting appearance for the club in a home defeat against Bradford City in the second round of the League Cup on 28 August 2012,[24] having also made an injury-time substitute in a league match against Ipswich Town a week earlier.[25]

In January 2013, having only made six first-team appearances for Watford during the first half of the season,[26] Beleck joined League One side Stevenage on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.[1] The move caused a great deal of curiosity, as Beleck was on loan at Watford from Udinese at the time of his move from Watford to Stevenage.[27] It was revealed that international loans are recognised as regular transfers, meaning the player can be re-loaned as long as the deal stretches between two transfer windows.[27] Beleck had scored a hat-trick against Stevenage a month prior to his move, in a behind-closed-doors friendly match.[28] He made his first appearance for Stevenage a day after signing, coming on as a 61st-minute substitute in the club's 2–1 away victory at Crewe Alexandra.[29] Beleck returned to Udinese at the end of the season, having made 13 appearances during his time on loan at Stevenage.[26][30]

International career[edit]

Beleck has represented Cameroon at both U17 and U20 level.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 January 2014.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panthrakikos
2009–10[9]
13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
Total 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
Udinese
2010–11[32]
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AEK Athens (loan)
2011–12[17]
27 5 1 1 0 0 6 0 34 6
Total 27 5 1 1 0 0 6 0 34 6
Watford (loan) 2012–13[33] 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Stevenage (loan) 2012–13[34] 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Mons (loan) 2013–14[35] 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Fiorentina 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 65 11 1 1 1 0 6 0 73 11
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in Greek Superleague and the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the UEFA Europa League.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

CFR Cluj

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beleck deal confirmed". Stevenage F.C. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.raec-mons.be/news/12949/272/Striker-Steve-Beleck-has-signed-with-Mons/d,news_en
  3. ^ a b c "Spurs boss Harry Redknapp targets Cameroon youngster Steve Leo Beleck". Daily Mail. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Iraklis 3–1 Panthrakikos". Soccerway. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Panthrakikos 1–2 AEK Athens". Soccerway. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Larissa 0–2 Panthrakikos". Soccerway. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Panthrakikos 1–3 Kavala". Soccerway. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Atromitos 3–1 Panthrakikos". Soccerway. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Steve Leo Beleck – Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sports Connection – Steve Leo Beleck". Sports Connection. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wonderkid of the week – Steve Leo Beleck". Football Wonderkids. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "31/07/2010 Sports Connection – Summer transfers 2010". Sports Connection. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fiorentina 5–2 Udinese". Soccerway. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Steve Leo Beleck – Soccerbase". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Stevenage sign Beleck on loan". Sky Sports. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "AEK Athens 1–0 Dinamo Tbilisi". Soccerway. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c "Games played by Steve Leo Beleck in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Panathinaikos 3–2 AEK Athens". Soccerway. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Panetolikos 0–2 AEK Athens". Soccerway. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "AEK Athens 1–0 Kerkyra". Soccerway. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Kalamata 0–1 AEK Athens". Soccerway. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Watford: Manuel Almunia and Fitz Hall among seven signings". BBC Sport. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Watford acquire five more loans from Pozzo's Udinese". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Watford 1–2 Bradford". BBC Sport. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Watford 0–1 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Steve Leo Beleck in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Watford loanee Steve Leo Beleck re-loaned to Stevenage". BBC Sport. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "On-loan Udinese striker Steve Leo Beleck scored a hat-trick as Watford beat Stevenage in today's friendly". Watford Observer. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Crewe 1–2 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  30. ^ "Loan players return to parent clubs". Stevenage F.C. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  31. ^ "Association Des Sportifs Camerounais". ASCamerounais. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Steve Beleck – Soccerbase". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  33. ^ "Watford 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  34. ^ "Stevenage 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "RAEC Mons player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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