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Rigobert Song

Personal information
Full nameRigobert Song Bahanag
Date of birthJuly 1, 1976(age 40)
Place of birthNkenglicock, Cameroon
Height1.85 m
Playing positionDefender

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Rigobert Song Bahanag (born July 1, 1976 in Nkenglicock, Cameroon) is a former Cameroonian footballer who is currently a main consultant for the famous sports channel 'Orange sports'. Although receiving many propositions from top clubs, Song declined. Song played for Kosovo super league club KF Drenica, when his contract after season 2010/12. He was also a member of the Cameroon national team between 1993 and 2010. Known for his defensive skills, Song usually plays as a centre back but can also operate at right back. Internationally, he has played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and served as captain in five (the only ones he was not captain for were South Africa 1996, Burkina Faso 1998 and Angola 2010), a record, and holds the record of most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first team games. He has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002. In 2009, Song was dropped as Cameroon skipper by new coach Paul Le Guen, who eventually appointed Samuel Eto'o as the new captain but later caused concerns as Rigobert song had never been on the bench in more than 11 years for Cameroon. With 137 appearances, Song also holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Cameroon national team and has played in four World Cups, in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2010.

A native of Nkenglicock, Song started his professional career with Tonnerre in 1993. A year later he moved to Metz and helped the club to win the French League Cup back in 1996. After appearing at the 1998 World Cup he left Italy, where he signed for Salernitana, to start successive stints with Liverpool, West Ham United and Cologne but after failing to hold down a first-team place he returned to France to play for RC Lens. He stayed there until 2004 and moved on to Turkey, where he spent four years with Galatasaray, winning two Turkish League titles and the Turkish Cup. Song then signed a contract with Trabzonspor in 2008, where he won another Turkish Cup and stayed until 2010.

Along with Zinedine Zidane, Song is the only player to have been sent off in two different World Cups, once against Brazil in USA 94 and against Chile in France 98. He also holds the record as youngest player ever to be sent off in a World Cup, aged 17.

Nicknamed "Big Chief" by the Turkish fans, he is the cousin of fellow Cameroon defensive midfielder and Arsenal player Alex Song, although Alex refers to Rigobert as his uncle.


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