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Moussa Marega (born 14 April 1991) is a French-born Malian professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Portuguese club Porto and the Mali national football team.

Moussa Marega
Moussa Marega 2018.jpg
Marega with Porto in 2018
Personal information
Full name Moussa Marega[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Les Ulis, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Évry FC ? (?)
2012–2013 Le Poiré-sur-Vie 31 (5)
2013–2014 Amiens 33 (9)
2014 Espérance de Tunis 0 (0)
2015–2016 Marítimo 29 (12)
2016– Porto 67 (33)
2016–2017Vitória de Guimarães (loan) 25 (13)
National team
2015– Mali 24 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:49, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:52, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

He began his career in France, playing no higher than the Championnat National. After one year with Espérance in Tunisia, he moved to Marítimo of the Primeira Liga in 2015. Shortly afterwards, he signed for Porto. After spending 2016–17 on loan at Vitória Guimarães, he became a regular in the Porto side and won a league title.

Marega made his international debut for Mali in 2015, and was part of their squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 and 2019.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Les Ulis, Essonne, to Malian parents, Marega began his career at Évry FC, before moving to Vendée Poiré-sur-Vie Football of the Championnat National in 2012, and fellow league team Amiens SC a year later. He spent the second half of 2014 in Espérance Sportive de Tunis,[2] but could not make a single appearance due to bureaucratic problems.[3]

He subsequently moved to C.S. Marítimo in Portugal's Primeira Liga in January 2015. In November 2015, he was sent off in a 1–0 loss at Amarante F.C. with two yellow cards and then gestured at the bench; he was suspended from training with the club as a result.[4]

PortoEdit

 
Marega against Lokomotiv Moscow in October 2018

Both Marega and Marítimo goalkeeper José Sá were on the cusp of a move to Sporting Clube de Portugal in January 2016, but it was hijacked by FC Porto, who signed the pair on contracts lasting to 2020; Marega's buyout clause was set at €40 million.[5] He made 13 appearances in his first campaign at the Estádio do Dragão – mostly as a substitute – and scored once in a 2–0 home win over Gil Vicente F.C. in the Taça da Liga on 2 March.[6] His early poor performances drew vocal criticism from some Porto fans, and he took training from a friend on how to become mentally resilient.[3]

On 20 July 2016, Marega was loaned to Vitória S.C. for the upcoming season.[7] He made his debut a month later in a 2–0 win against his former team, Marítimo, scoring the second goal,[8] and on 30 October, he scored all three goals in a 3–0 win against Rio Ave F.C. to reach 10 goals from 8 games.[9] On 4 November, he received a straight red card in the first half-hour of a 2–1 home win over C.D. Nacional for striking Nuno Sequeira, receiving a three-match ban.[10]

On his return to Porto, Marega scored twice in the opening game of the 2017–18 season, a 4–0 home win over G.D. Estoril Praia, as a first-half substitute for Tiquinho.[11] He was part of a three-pronged attack made of African players, alongside the Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar and Yacine Brahimi of Algeria.[12] He scored 14 league goals in 14 starts, and reportedly began to attract the interest of Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea in January 2018.[13] Porto won the league for the first time in five years and Marega was their top scorer (third overall behind Jonas and Bas Dost) with 22 goals.[14]

Having not previously scored in a European match, Marega scored a goal in six consecutive appearances in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, ending with one in a 3–1 win over A.S. Roma, that put Porto in the quarter-finals for the first time in four years.[15]

International careerEdit

Marega made his debut for the Mali national team on 25 March 2015, in a friendly against Gabon in Beauvais, France; he started in the 4–3 defeat. On 4 September 2016, he scored his first international goal in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Benin, helping towards a 5–2 win at the Stade du 26 Mars.[16]

In January 2017, he was called up for Mali's squad at the final tournament in Gabon.[17] In the Eagles' opening game against Egypt in Port-Gentil, he was named man of the match in a goalless draw.[18] He also started the other two games of the group stage elimination.

Marega was also called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.[19] He scored in their opening game, a 4–1 win over Mauritania, as they made the last 16.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 15 July 2019[21][22]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Évry 2011–12 Division d'Honneur
Le Poiré-sur-Vie B 2012–13 CFA 2 2 0 2 0
Le Poiré-sur-Vie 2012–13 Championnat National 31 5 1 0 32 5
Amiens 2013–14 Championnat National 33 9 3 0 36 9
Espérance de Tunis 2014–15 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marítimo 2014–15 Primeira Liga 14 7 2 1 0 0 16 8
2015–16 15 5 2 1 1 1 18 7
Total 29 12 4 2 1 1 34 15
Porto 2015–16 Primeira Liga 9 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 13 1
2017–18 29 22 3 1 1 0 6 0 39 23
2018–19 29 11 5 2 4 2 9 6 47 21
Total 67 33 10 4 5 2 17 6 99 45
Vitória Guimarães (loan) 2016–17 Primeira Liga 25 13 4 1 2 0 31 14
Career total 187 72 22 7 8 3 17 6 234 88

InternationalEdit

As of 15 July 2019
Mali[23]
Year Apps Goals
2015 5 0
2016 4 1
2017 5 0
2018 4 1
2019 6 1
Total 24 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Mali's goal tally first.[23]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 2016 Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali   Benin 3–0 5–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 9 September 2018 Juba Stadium, Juba, South Sudan   South Sudan 1–0 3–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qaulification
3. 24 June 2019 Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt   Mauritania 2–0 4–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mali" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 15 June 2019. p. 14. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ Chachois, Alexandre (20 June 2014). "Amiens : Moussa Marega file en Tunisie" [Amiens: Moussa Marega heads off to Tunisia] (in French). Foot National. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Nogueira, Carlos (1 May 2018). "O caminho tortuoso de Marega até se tornar herói do dragão" [Marega's torturous path to becoming Dragon hero]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Marítimo suspende Moussa Marega" [Marítimo suspend Moussa Marega]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 25 November 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "FC Porto paga cinco milhões e desvia Marega e José Sá de Alvalade" [FC Porto pay five million and lure Marega and José Sá from the Alvalade] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. ^ "ALL SET FOR JAMOR". FC Porto. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Marega assina pelo Vitória de Guimarães" [Marega signs for Vitória de Guimarães] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Vitória de Guimarães bate Marítimo no Funchal por 2-0" [Vitória de Guimarães beat Marítimo 2–0 in Funchal] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Moussa Marega, l'Aigle qui survole le Portugal" [Moussa Marega, the Eagle who soars over Portugal] (in French). RFI. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ "CD MANTÉM CASTIGO DE TRÊS JOGOS A MAREGA" [CD PUNISH MAREGA FOR THREE GAMES] (in Portuguese). Record. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Marega só precisou de meia hora para bisar frente ao Estoril" [Marega only needed half an hour to score twice against Estoril]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  12. ^ Chukwu, Solace (1 November 2017). "The three-headed Dragon: Brahimi, Marega, Aboubakar powering Porto". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Who is Moussa Marega? Meet the €40m Porto striker attracting interest from Man Utd and Chelsea". Goal.com. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  14. ^ "A Bola de Prata - 2017/2018". A Bola (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Porto 3-1 Roma: Champions League at a glance". UEFA. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Marega, Moussa". National Football teams. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  17. ^ Teye, Prince Narkortu (5 January 2017). "Mali announce final squad for Afcon 2017". Goal.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Total Man of the Match". CAF. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  19. ^ Barrie, Mohamed Fajah (1 June 2019). "Africa Cup of Nations: Mali goalkeeper Samassa clarifies absence from squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Mali thrash Mauritania, Angola and Tunisia draw, Ivory Coast off to winning start". France 24. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Marega". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  22. ^ Moussa Marega at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Moussa Marega". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  24. ^ talkSPORT (7 May 2018). "Porto break Benfica dominance in Portugal to win first league title since 2013 and have a massive party". talkSPORT. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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