Zoubeir Baya

Zoubeir Baya (or Beya) (Arabic: زبير بية‎; born 15 May 1971) is a Tunisian former professional footballer with a distinguished career as one of his country's most accomplished football exports.[1] Baya, an attacking midfielder, displayed considerable skill and enterprise on the international scene and provided the North African nation with vast international experience.

Zoubeir Baya
Personal information
Full name Zoubeir Baya (or Beya)
Date of birth (1971-05-15) 15 May 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth M'saken, Tunisia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1981–1991 CS M'saken
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1997 Étoile du Sahel 127 (34)
1997–2001 SC Freiburg 114 (21)
2001–2002 Beşiktaş 26 (2)
2002–2005 Étoile du Sahel 52 (13)
2005–2006 CS M'saken
National team
1994–2002 Tunisia 81 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Twice named Tunisian Footballer of the Year, Baya suited up for his country at the 1998 World Cup in France and at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.[2] He was also a key member of Tunisian sides that competed at the 1998, 2000 and 2002 African Nations Cup finals. He made his international swansong at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, retiring shortly afterwards.

CareerEdit

Born in M'saken, Baya began his football career at Étoile du Sahel, helping the Tunisian club win the African Cup Winners' Cup. He made his debut for Tunisia on 4 September 1994 against Guinea-Bissau where he scored his first international goal. Over the past eight years, he has become an integral player for his country, earning 81 caps and scoring 18 goals for his country.

His hard work at Étoile du Sahel did not go unnoticed, as 2. Bundesliga club SC Freiburg signed him to a contract in 1997. In four seasons in Germany, Baya established himself as a star player and a regular starter, scoring 21 goals.

In 2001, Baya was on the move again, this time venturing to Turkey after signing with Beşiktaş.[3] Baya was instrumental in helping Tunisia qualify for its second consecutive World Cup finals. He started in all eight games during the qualification round and scored six goals, finishing as his country's top goal scorer and one of the bright spots on a team wracked by inconsistency in the previous year. After the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he returned to Étoile du Sahel to play out the rest of his playing career.

After completing two seasons with Etoile du Sahel he returned to home club CS M'saken for a season in the Tunisian second division before retiring.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 June 1994 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Senegal
1–2
2–2
Friendly
2. 10 June 1994 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Senegal
2–2
2–2
Friendly
3. 29 January 1995 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Mauritania
1–0
1–0
1996 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 4 June 1995 Stade de Kégué, Lomé, Togo   Togo
1–0
1–0
1996 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5. 15 December 1995 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Libya
3–1
4–1
Friendly
6. 2 January 1996 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Guinea
1–0
3–0
Friendly
7. 4 January 1996 Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban, South Africa   Angola
3–0
5–1
Friendly
8. 28 January 1996 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa   Gabon
1–0
1–1
1996 Africa Cup of Nations
9. 31 January 1996 Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa   Zambia
2–0
4–2
1996 Africa Cup of Nations
10. 12 January 1997 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Egypt
1–0
1–0
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 17 August 1997 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Namibia
1–0
4–0
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 17 August 1997 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Namibia
3–0
4–0
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 27 February 1999 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Uganda
4–0
6–0
2000 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14. 6 June 1999 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Algeria
2–0
2–0
2000 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
15. 8 July 2000 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Madagascar
1–0
1–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 25 February 2001 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   DR Congo
5–0
6–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 9 May 2001 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Liberia
3–0
7–0
Friendly
18. 9 May 2001 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Liberia
7–0
7–0
Friendly
19. 1 July 2001 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Congo
3–0
6–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 1 July 2001 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Congo
5–0
6–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 15 July 2001 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Congo DR   DR Congo
2–0
3–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 15 July 2001 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Congo DR   DR Congo
3–0
3–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
23. 20 March 2002 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway   Norway
1 - 1
1–2
Friendly
24. 30 April 2002 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia   Malta
2–1
2–1
Friendly
25. 25 May 2002 Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait   Kuwait
1–0
3–1
Friendly
26. 25 May 2002 Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait   Kuwait
2–0
3–1
Friendly
27. 25 May 2002 Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait   Kuwait
3–1
3–1
Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zoubeir BayaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Zoubeir Baya Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  3. ^ "ZOUBAIER BEN M.A. BAYA". TFF. Retrieved 8 July 2009.

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