François Omam-Biyik (born 21 May 1966) is a former Cameroonian football player who played as a forward. He also has French nationality. He was one of the most important players of the Cameroonian national team in the nineties, playing at the three World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He played 63 international matches in total.
|Full name||François Omam-Biyik|
|Date of birth||21 May 1966|
|Place of birth||Sackbayene, Cameroon|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Omam-Biyik had success with different French clubs before moving to Marseille in the summer of 1992. He only played one match, and was transferred to Lens in October 1992. After a few years he continued his career in Mexico with Club América and Puebla F.C., with short stops in European clubs towards the late nineties. Omam-Biyik retired after the 1999–2000 season.
In 2003, he played in the Adecmac amateur soccer league in Mexico City with Club Deportivo Sahara, where he scored 10 goals in the season.
Omam-Biyik's greatest moment came when he scored the downward header that gave Cameroon a historic 1–0 win over defending world champions Argentina in the San Siro in the opening match of the 1990 World Cup. He and his brother André helped Cameroon to the quarter-finals.
Omam-Biyik scored a total of 26 goals in 73 appearances. He is Cameroon's record World Cup player, with 11 matches in three tournaments.
Style of playEdit
Omam-Biyik's aerial ability led to the term "Omam-Biyik" being used as a nickname for a headed goal.
Omam-Biyik was appointed assistant coach of the Indomitable Lions (Cameroon football team) for a two-year tenure, with Spaniard Javier Clemente as head coach.
- François Omam – FIFA competition record
- François Omam-Biyik – French league stats at LFP
- François Omam Biyik – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)
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- François Omam-Biyik at National-Football-Teams.com