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Moussa Sow (born 19 January 1986) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Gazişehir Gaziantep.

Moussa Sow
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Personal information
Full name Moussa Sow
Date of birth (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Mantes-la-Jolie, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Gazişehir Gaziantep
Number 78
Youth career
1999–2002 Mantes
2002–2003 Amiens
2003–2004 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Rennes 82 (12)
2007–2008Sedan (loan) 30 (6)
2010–2012 Lille 54 (31)
2012–2015 Fenerbahçe 108 (52)
2015–2017 Al Ahli 24 (14)
2016–2017Fenerbahçe (loan) 25 (12)
2017–2018 Shabab Al-Ahli 8 (1)
2018Bursaspor (loan) 11 (4)
2019– Gazişehir Gaziantep 15 (4)
National team
2004–2005 France U19 5 (7)
2009 France U21 2 (0)
2009–2018 Senegal 50 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:44, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

He started his professional career at Stade Rennais in 2004 as an 18-year-old. In his first couple of seasons, Sow made his mark mostly in cup competitions, scoring a brace for Rennes against Corte on 6 January 2006 in the Coupe de France[2] and one in an away game against Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue.[3] He was loaned out to Sedan in 2007, scoring six goals in 30 appearances for the club. Upon his return to Rennes, he was the club's first-choice striker for two seasons before joining Lille on a free transfer In June 2010, where he made an immediate impact. He finished the 2010–11 Ligue 1 as the league's top scorer with 25 goals and made the Team of the Year. He joined Fenerbahçe in 2012.

Born in France, he represents Senegal at the international level.

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Club careerEdit

LilleEdit

 
Sow, whilst playing for Lille

After his contract with Rennes came to an end, the 24-year–old forward signed a three-year deal with Lille on 28 June 2010.[4] Sow scored on his debut for Lille in a 1–1 draw away to his former club Rennes.[5] But Moussa Sow did not score again in the league until a 90th-minute goal on 19 September gave Lille all three points in a tough home contest against Auxerre.[6]

Sow scored his first hat-trick for Lille on 13 November 2010, the goals came in a 5–2 away victory to Caen, with both Gervinho and Franck Beria grabbing 90th-minute goals to seal the win.[7] Less than a month later on 5 December 2010, Sow netted another hat-trick this time against Lorient.[8] His goals helped Lille to a 6–3 win and firmly placed his side into contention for the Ligue 1 crown.[9] Lille went into the winter break in sole position of first place, as Sow fired in their only goal in a 1–1 draw with Saint Étienne on 22 December 2010.[10]

Sow scored his 22nd goal of the Ligue 1 campaign in a 2–2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on 21 May 2011. The result ensured that Lille would secure their first Ligue 1 title since 1954.[11] Sow scored his third hat-trick, on the final day of the season, as Lille tied the knot on their championship season with an emphatic 3–2 victory over former club Rennes.[12] Sow was the top scorer during the 2010–11 season with 25 league goals and also contributed with three assists.[13]

FenerbahçeEdit

 
Moussa Sow, during the match against Arsenal
 
Sow playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014

On 27 January 2012, Fenerbahçe acquired Sow for €10 million.[14] He signed a 4.5-year contract which would have kept him at the club until the end of 2015–16 season.[15] Sow made his debut against local rivals Beşiktaş on 5 February 2012, scoring a goal in the second minute of injury time.[16] On 18 March he scored the first goal of the derby match with a bicycle kick against Galatasaray.[17] He continued his good run of form by scoring a late equaliser against Kayserispor to earn a draw for his team in quarter-finals of the Turkish Cup on 12 April 2012, helping his team to reach the semi-finals through a penalty shoot-out. Sow also scored the second goal for his team against rivals Trabzonspor on 15 April 2012. Over the course of the 2011–12 season Sow played 12 league matches and scored 7 goals. Sow earned his first trophy with Fener in the Turkish Cup final on 16 May as the club ripped apart Bursaspor by a score of 4–0.[18]

In the 2012–13 season Sow scored 13 goals in 22 league matches and 3 goals in European matches. On 3 March 2013, he scored twice against Beşiktaş followed by a goal each in the following league matches, a 4–1 victory against Bursaspor and a 2–1 win against. Antalyaspor. On 22 May 2013, he scored the solitary goal as Fenerbahçe defeated Trabzonspor to secure the club's second straight 2012–13 Turkish Cup,[19] consolation for falling short to city rivals Galatasaray in the league campaign. On 21 September 2013, Fenerbahçe were victorious in a 4–0 win against Elazığspor while Sow completed his first hat-trick for the club during this match.[20]

Al AhliEdit

On 29 August 2015, Al Ahli acquired Sow for €16 million.[21]

Return to Fenerbahçe on loanEdit

On 31 August 2016, Sow returned to Fenerbahçe on a season long loan deal from Al Ahli.[22] In November 2016, Fenerbahçe began selling shirts with Sow's name and number turned upside as tribute to his repeated times of his amazing bicycle kick goals, the latter of whom he scored a hat-trick against.[23][24] On 8 December 2016, Sow scored another bicycle kick, this time in the UEFA Europa League in a 1–0 away victory against Feyenoord.[25]

Loan to BursasporEdit

In January 2018, Sow joined Bursaspor on loan from Al Ahli until the end of 2017–18 season.[26]

Gazişehir GaziantepEdit

On 28 January 2019, Sow signed for Gazişehir Gaziantep on a one-and-a-half-year contract.[27]

International careerEdit

On 5 September 2010, Sow scored his first goal for Senegal in a 4–0 defeat of the Democratic Republic of Congo during qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He scored three more times in the qualifying phase as well as once in a 2–1 defeat to Equatorial Guinea at the tournament finals.[28]

At the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Sow scored Senegal's winning goal as they defeated Ghana 2–1 in the team's opening match.[29]

In May 2018 he was named in Senegal's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[30]

He retired from international football in August 2018.[31]

Club ownershipEdit

On 26 June 2017, Sow would become a part-owner of expansion North American Soccer League franchise San Diego 1904 FC to begin play in 2018, alongside Demba Ba, Eden Hazard and Yohan Cabaye.[32]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 27 May 2017[33][34]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rennes Ligue 1 2004–05 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2005–06 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
2006–07 14 0 1 1 0 0 15 1
2007–08 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008–09 32 9 8 3 5 1 45 13
2009–10 24 3 2 2 0 0 26 5
Total 82 12 12 6 7 1 101 19
Sedan (loan) Ligue 2 2007–08 30 6 0 0 0 0 30 6
Lille Ligue 1 2010–11 36 25 7 0 8 1 51 26
2011–12 18 6 1 1 6 3 25 10
Total 54 31 8 1 14 4 76 36
Fenerbahçe Süper Lig 2011–12 12 7 2 1 0 0 14 8
2012–13 31 15 7 1 16 3 54 19
2013–14 30 15 1 0 4 1 35 16
2014–15 33 14 7 2 0 0 40 16
2015–16 2 1 0 0 3 0 5 1
Total 108 52 17 4 23 4 148 60
Al-Ahli UAE Pro League 2015–16 24 13 6 3 0 0 30 16
Fenerbahçe (loan) Süper Lig 2016–17 24 12 5 1 7 2 36 15
Total in France 166 49 20 7 21 5 207 61
Total in Turkey 132 64 22 5 30 6 184 75
Total in United Arab Emirates 24 13 6 3 0 0 30 16
Career total 322 126 48 15 51 11 421 152

InternationalEdit

As of match played 31 May 2018[34]
Senegal
Year Apps Goals
2009 3 0
2010 5 2
2011 5 3
2012 4 1
2013 6 2
2014 5 1
2015 3 1
2016 1 1
2017 10 5
2018 2 0
Total 44 16

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Senegal's goal tally first (includes two unofficial goals).[34]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2010 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo   DR Congo 1–0 4–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 9 October 2010 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Mauritius 4–0 7–0
3. 9 February 2011 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Guinea 2–0 3–0 Friendly
4. 3 September 2011 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   DR Congo 1–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5. 2–0
6. 25 January 2012 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea   Equatorial Guinea 1–1 2–1 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
7. 5 February 2013 Stade Municipal Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, Paris, France   Guinea 1–0 1–1 Friendly
8. 23 March 2013 Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry, Guinea   Angola 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 16 November 2013 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco   Ivory Coast 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 19 November 2014 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Botswana 3–0 3–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11. 9 January 2015 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco   Gabon 1–0 1–0 Friendly
12. 19 January 2015 Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea   Ghana 2–1 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
13. 8 October 2016 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Cape Verde 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 8 January 2017 Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo   Libya 1–0 2–1 Friendly
15. 23 January 2017 Stade de Franceville, Franceville, Gabon   Algeria 2–2 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
16. 23 March 2017 The Hive Stadium, London, England   Nigeria 1–0 1–1 Friendly
17. 10 June 2017 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Equatorial Guinea 1–0 3–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
18. 2–0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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