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Anthony Modeste (footballer, born 1988)

Anthony Stéphane Bernard Modeste (born 14 April 1988) is a French professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for 1. FC Köln in Bundesliga.

Anthony Modeste
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Modeste in 2017
Personal information
Full name Anthony Stéphane Bernard Modeste[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Cannes, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
1. FC Köln
Number 27
Youth career
2001–2003 Fréjus
2003–2007 Nice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Nice 42 (3)
2009–2010Angers (loan) 37 (20)
2010–2013 Bordeaux 52 (13)
2012Blackburn Rovers (loan) 9 (0)
2012–2013Bastia (loan) 36 (15)
2013–2015 1899 Hoffenheim 55 (19)
2015–2017 1. FC Köln 68 (40)
2017–2018 Tianjin Quanjian 20 (11)
2018– 1. FC Köln 16 (7)
National team
2008–2010 France U21 16 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:53, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2011

Early and personal lifeEdit

His father Guy was also a footballer.[2]

Club careerEdit


Modeste started his career as a teenager at French club Nice. He showed glimpses of his huge potential when he played for Nice, with several very impressive performances for one so young. During the 2009–2010 season, Modeste was loaned out to Angers. At only 21 years of age, Modeste proved to be a huge success at Angers,scoring 20 League goals during that season and also being named in the League's team of the season. His eye catching performances during his loan spell at Angers attracted the interest of several big French and English clubs.


On 13 August 2010, Modeste joined Bordeaux from OGC Nice for an undisclosed fee thought to be €3.5 million and signed a four-year contract with the club.[3]

On 19 January 2012, Modeste joined Blackburn Rovers on loan for the rest of the 2011–12 Premier League season, with his French employers insisting there would be no option to buy at the end of the loan period.[4]

Blackburn Rovers got relegated in the 2011–12 Premier League season after Modeste got a red card in one of the final games of the season against West Bromwich Albion which Blackburn ultimately lost 3 – 0 and made survival for the next season practically impossible.[5]

On 31 July 2012, he signed on loan for Bastia.[6] He scored on his debut in a 3–2 victory over Sochaux. His lone season at Bastia was a huge success, as he scored 15 league goals in the French top division and he set up many other goals for teammates. He was Bastia's best player of that season.

1899 HoffenheimEdit

On 9 July 2013, Modeste signed with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on a three-year contract.[7] Modeste made his club debut in the DFB-Pokal at fifth-tier SG Aumund-Vegesack on 3 August, scoring two goals and assisting one.[8] Modeste's Bundesliga debut came on 10 August against Nürnberg, scoring a goal in the 2–2 draw.[9] The following weekend at Hamburg, Modeste scored a brace in the 1–5 victory,[10] en route to scoring six goals in his first seven games in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim.

After having started his first 15 matches with Hoffenheim, Modeste was demoted from the starting lineup in favor of Sven Schipplock after a string of three consecutive losses, and four in five matches. On 8 February 2014, entering as a substitute, Modeste scored a late equaliser against Freiburg, scoring for the first time since late September.[11] On 2 March against Wolfsburg, Modeste made his first start since late November, scoring two goals and assisting another in the 6–2 victory.[12] Modeste scored in three consecutive matches in late March, including the first goal of a 3–3 draw at defending champions Bayern München before being forced off with injury. On 26 April against Eintracht Frankfurt, Modeste picked up a red card from a violent reaction towards opponent Carlos Zambrano, who appeared to have initiated the incident and went unpunished.[13] Modeste was banned by the DFB for the final two matches of the season, finishing his year with 14 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.[14]

The summer signing of Ádám Szalai entering the 2014–15 season provided competition for Modeste at the lone striker position,[15] and the two, along with Schipplock, all shared time throughout the year. As a result, Modeste's playing time was sporadic, and while he only made four fewer starts in the Bundesliga than the previous season, he only started two consecutive matches once prior to a six-game run in the starting lineup to end the season, compared to a thirteen-game run as well as a six-game run in the previous season. Modeste scored in four of his first five starts, but after a five-month scoring drought, he finished with just 7 goals in the Bundesliga. All told, in two seasons with the Kraichgauer, Modeste featured in 62 competitive matches, scoring 23 goals in the process.[16]

1. FC KölnEdit

2015–16 seasonEdit

On 26 June 2015, Modeste joined fellow German club 1. FC Köln for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year deal.[16] On 8 August 2015, Modeste marked his competitive debut by scoring a hat-trick in a 4–0 win at SV Meppen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[17] His first goal came after just 45 seconds, making it the fastest DFB-Pokal cup goal in the history of FC Köln.[17] In his Bundesliga debut with Köln on 16 August, Modeste converted a penalty, which he earned himself after being fouled by goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń, for a winner at Stuttgart, while later assisting Yuya Osako for the final goal in a 1–3 victory.[18] Modeste scored in 7 of his first 9 matches in all competitions, highlighted by a penalty which he again earned himself against Hamburg on 29 August for the winner in a 2–1 victory,[19] and a second half winner in a 1–0 victory against rivals Mönchengladbach on 19 September.[20]

Appearing as a substitute for the first and only time that season, Modeste picked up the final goal in a 2–1 victory over Dortmund on 19 December at the end of normal time, scoring for the first time in nine games.[21] Modeste entered the Christmas break with 7 goals in the Bundesliga, and opened his 2016 scoring account with goals in two games, and four goals in seven. On 17 April, Modeste scored a late winner in a 2–3 victory at Mainz.[22] The following weekend, Modeste scored his first brace of the Bundesliga season, coming in a 4–1 victory over Darmstadt, and guaranteeing Köln's participation in the Bundesliga the next season.[23] On the final day of the season, Modeste scored his 15th league goal in a 2–2 draw at Dortmund.[24]

2016–17 seasonEdit

After the season, Modeste was inquired upon by West Ham United[25] as well as Chinese side Beijing Guoan, who made what was described as a "mega-offer" by Modeste. However, Modeste signed a new contract with Köln on 4 July 2016, running until the summer of 2021 and worth a reported €2.5 million annually,[26] citing the medical care in Germany in regard to his son.[27][28] Athletic director Jörg Schmadtke wanted to tender him a contract because of his "commitment to the club" as well as his "high worth" to the team, while also mentioning that he "proved that he is a good Bundesliga striker" in his first season with Köln.[29]

The 2016–17 season began with incredibly impressive goal scoring form from Modeste. On 20 August 2016, in Köln's opening match of the season in the DFB-Pokal, Modeste scored the second goal in a 0–7 thrashing at sixth-tier BFC Preussen.[30] The next weekend, the first of the 2016–17 Bundesliga, Modeste scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Darmstadt, his goal coming shortly after a weather stoppage.[31] Modeste picked up his first brace of the season on 16 September against Freiburg in a 3–0 victory which brought Köln to the top of the table for the first time in roughly 20 years,[32] while he also assisted Yuya Osako's equaliser and scored the winner at Schalke the following week.[33]

Modeste scored in all 5 matches in October, beginning with an equaliser in a 1–1 draw against defending champions Bayern München at the Allianz Arena on 1 October.[34] Modeste scored a brace in a 2–1 victory against Ingolstadt on 15 October to take the outright Bundesliga goal scoring lead with 7 goals,[35] after nearly missing the game when he sustained an ankle injury in training.[36] After scoring in Köln's first loss of the season, coming at Hertha BSC on 22 October,[37] Modeste scored an extra-time winner against former club Hoffenheim in the second round of the Pokal the following week.[38] On 30 October, Modeste scored his first hat trick of the season despite missing a penalty, coming against Hamburg in a 3–0 win, increasing his league-leading goal total to 11.[39]

Tianjin QuanjianEdit

Modeste was linked with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in 2017 mid-year transfer window. However, 1. FC Köln officially terminated discussions on 28 June 2017 while the two clubs failed to agree on certain terms during negotiations.[40] On 12 July, it was reported that Modeste was loaned to Tianjin Quanjian on a two-year long deal for €6 million, with an option to buy for an extra €29 million at the end.[41] On 15 July 2017, Tianjin Quanjian announced the signing of Modeste.[42] According to another press release, Modeste signed a 3½-year contract, until the end of year 2020.[43]

Return to 1. FC KölnEdit

In August 2018 Modeste went AWOL and returned to Germany. On November 17 he was given a contract to return to 1. FC Köln until 2023.[44] Modeste also sued Tianjin Quanjian to FIFA in order to cancel the player contract, which the Chinese club made a counter-sue.[43]

Career statisticsEdit


As of 18 November 2018[45]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental[b] Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nice 2007–08 Ligue 1 20 1 2 0 22 1
2008–09 22 2 5 2 27 4
Total 42 3 7 2 49 5
Angers (loan) 2009–10 Ligue 2 37 20 3 0 40 20
Bordeaux 2010–11 Ligue 1 37 10 4 2 41 12
2011–12 15 3 2 0 17 3
Total 52 13 6 2 58 15
Blackburn Rovers 2011–12 Premier League 9 0 0 0 9 0
Bastia 2012–13 Ligue 1 36 15 2 2 38 17
Hoffenheim 2013–14 Bundesliga 29 12 4 2 33 14
2014–15 26 7 3 2 29 9
Total 55 19 7 4 62 23
Köln 2015–16 Bundesliga 34 15 2 3 36 18
2016–17 34 25 3 2 37 27
Total 68 40 5 5 73 45
Tianjin Quanjian 2017 Chinese Super League 8 7 0 0 8 7
2018 12 4 1 0 8 5 21 9
Total 20 11 1 0 8 5 29 16
Köln 2018–19 2. Bundesliga 10 6 0 0 10 6
Career total 328 127 31 15 8 5 367 146


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