sebastien bassong - fact file

2009 -         defender

FULL NAME :   SEBASTIEN AYMAR BASSONG NGUENA

Born on 9th July 1986 in Paris, France.

Height : -  1.88 m  (6' 2")

Weight : -  84 kgs    (st lbs)

 
Signed in August 2009 to provide an immediate presence in the centre of the Tottenham defence, where injuries had hit just before the 2009-2010 season started, but also as a long term successor for Ledley King.

Developed through the Clairefontaine centre of excellence in France and was originally at Metz, where he became a French Under-21 international in the six years he was there, but after making 88 first team appearances for the Ligue 1 side over three seasons, he joined Newcastle in July 2008 after a one week trial, impressing in a friendly at Doncaster Rovers.  His introduction into the side saw him paired with Fabricio Collicini in the middle of defence, although sometimes, he was played at left back.

The much sought 23 year old, was being touted as a transfer target for a number of Premier League club's following Newcastle United's relegation to the Championship.  However, Spurs won the race to snap him up and his performances in the struggling Geordie side had been one of the bright points of a poor season.  His pace and strength in the air and in the tackle make him a solid central defender, but he also has an ability to bring the ball out of defence to link with the attack.  Also, his tackling has drawn attention from referees, as he was sent off twice in his season at St. James Park, but made 34 appearances for the Magpies.

But it was Spurs who moved for the strong central defender and paid 8 million for his services and got a quick repayment on their investment.  Starting on the opening day of the season in a home game against Liverpool, his towering header wad the second in a 2-1 victory.  It was odd, as Sebastien had only scored one previous goal, while at Metz, in a 1-2 defeat at home to Strasbourg on 18th May 2007. 

Bassong made an immediate impact with a goal in his first game at home to Liverpool and played 28 times as Spurs qualified for the Champions League in fourth place, but in 2010-11, he found himself behind the experienced signing William Gallas and by the end of that campaign was frustrated enough to talk about leaving to play football regularly.  A week into the 2012-13 season, Spurs sold Bassong to Norwich City for an undisclosed sum with the player linking up with former Newcastle United manager and former Spurs player Chris Hughton on a three year deal.

Changed his international allegiance after joining Newcastle United to play for Cameroon, where his parents were born.

 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Metz (France) (youth) 2003 - ??  ?? ??
Metz (France) (professional) 2005 - ??  88 1
Newcastle United 30th July 2008 500,000 26th August 2008 v Coventry City (Carling Cup) (away) 31 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR August 2009 8,000,000 ??  ?? ??
Norwich City 21st August 2012 Undisclosed ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
Metz (France)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Newcastle United
30 League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Norwich City

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Cameroon international
1 full cap;  0 goals

Cameroon debut 12th August 2009  v Austria (a)  Won 2-0
France international
2 Under-21 caps; 0 goals
Debut :  v Holland   Summer 2007
- Cup winners medal 19---
Player of the Season  2008-09  (Newcastle United)

Milestones
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What they said about Sebastien Bassong
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What Sebastien Bassong said about ...
... about the Champions League qualifier v Young Boys of Berne in the first leg ...  28.12.2010 (THFC programme)

"When I scored the belief came back.  It was good for me and the team.  I made a mistake for their third goal, so it felt a little like revenge when I scored."

... his move to Tottenham ...  24.10.2009 (THFC programme)

"Without challenges and competition for places in the squad, I don't think I can improve myself as a player."

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