Sambégou Bangoura (born 3 April 1982) is a Guinean former footballer who played as a striker.
|Date of birth||3 April 1982|
|Place of birth||Conakry, Guinea|
|2000||AS Kaloum Star|
|2007||→ Brussels (loan)||12||(3)|
|2008||→ Cádiz (loan)||10||(1)|
|2011||→ Al-Ahly Tripoli (loan)||0||(0)|
|2013–2015||AS Kaloum Star|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Bangoura started his footballing career in Belgium with Lokeren and then Standard Liège before leaving to play in The Championship with Stoke City. transferred for £900,000 in August 2005, a club record fee at that time. He began the 2005–06 season well scoring eight goals in ten matches but was hampered after he failed to return to the club after playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
In June 2006, he did not return to pre-season training for the 2006–07 season and a club statement confirmed that Bangoura would be fined on his eventual return. On 4 August 2006, one day before club's first game against Southend United, he returned to The Potters. He claimed the reason for his late arrival was that he could not get a passport for his young daughter, who had to remain in Guinea. Bangoura was handed his first start of the season against Burnley, however he lasted only 43 minutes before limping off due to injury. He failed to cement a starting place, and speculations for a loan or permanent move arose.
Bangoura joined FC Brussels on a 6-month loan on 11 January 2007, in the hope to get first team action. The personal problems he had experienced in England continued in Belgium. On 13 August 2007, Bangoura signed for Portuguese club Boavista F.C. for a fee of £270,000. He would not last long, as he joined Spain's Cádiz CF on loan, during the January transfer window. He then joined Greek side Panserraikos in 2009 where he stayed until March 2013.
In April 2013, he joined AS Kaloum Star.
He was part of the Guinean 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished second in their group in the first round of competition, before losing 2–1 in the quarter finals to Mali. Bangoura played again in the 2006 African Nations Cup, with a prominent role in the country's three group wins before the team was knocked out in the quarter finals by Senegal in a match which ended 3–2. He failed to turn up at Stoke City after the tournament, as he stayed in Guinea due to family problems.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Lokeren||2000–01||Belgian First Division||30||13||—||—||30||13|
|2001–02||Belgian First Division||26||12||—||—||26||12|
|2002–03||Belgian First Division||29||17||—||—||29||17|
|Standard Liège||2003–04||Belgian First Division||20||5||—||—||20||5|
|2004–05||Belgian First Division||30||15||—||—||30||15|
|2005–06||Belgian First Division||3||1||—||—||3||1|
|Brussels (loan)||2006–07||Belgian First Division||12||3||—||—||12||3|
|Cádiz (loan)||2007–08||Segunda División||10||1||—||—||10||1|
- ^ "Potters complete Bangoura signing". BBC Sport. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- ^ "Stoke anger at no-show Bangoura". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- ^ Bangoura facing heavy punishment
- ^ "Stoke sell Bangoura to Boavista". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- ^ "Προτάθηκε ο Μπανγκουρά (Bangoura was offered)" (in Greek). Nova Sports. 20 June 2012.
- ^ "Transferts : Sambegou Bangoura s'engage pour deux saisons à l'AS Kaloum (off.) (Sambegou Bangoura signs two-years deal with AS Kaloum)" (in French). Afrique foot-Guinée. 4 April 2013. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013.
- ^ Sambégou Bangoura at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- ^ a b Sambégou Bangoura at National-Football-Teams.com
- Sambégou Bangoura at Soccerbase
- Profile and stats - Lokeren