Happy Birthday Pongolle
Remember the 16-year boy signed for Liverpool back in 2001? He was one of the young talents the football has ever seen. He is Florent Sinamma Pongolle. Today is his birthday and here is something you wanna know about this French International on his 33rd Birthday.
Early Life :
Florent Sinama Pongolle was born on 20 October 1984 in the French town of Saint-Pierre. He was signed at only 16 by Liverpool, but could never impose himself in the first team. He also spent several seasons in Spain, with Recreativo, Atlético Madrid and Zaragoza.
In 2001, Florent signed his first professional contract with FC Liverpool. In the first season, the player moved on loan to AC Le Havre, where he performed for two seasons. Pongolle played in 42 games, scoring 7 goals for the French club during two years.
Having returned from loan to the English club, Florent began to perform for FC Liverpool first team. The footballer played in 38 matches, netting 4 goals.
In January 2006, Florent moved on loan to FC Blackburn Rovers, where he played 10 matches and scored 1 goal in the period of half a year.
In 2006, Sinama Pongolle moved to Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, having signed a contract until 2008. In the Spanish club the footballer became a key player, as he was able to realize his shooter potential, netting 22 goals in 68 matches for the club.
In 2008, Florent moved to another Spanish club Atlético Madrid, where he played during the 2008/2009 season, appearing on the pitch in 40 matches, scoring 5 goals.
In 2010, the player moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal. From January 2010, Pongolle played in 5 matches, netting 1 goal for the club. In order to give the player an opportunity of playing practice, it was decided to loan him to Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. For a new temporary club Florent performed in the 2010/2011 season in 24 games, scoring 4 goals.
In 2011, the footballer again was loaned out, but this time to the French club AS Saint-Étienne.
From 2001 to 2006, Florent played for the France national U-17 and U-21 football teams, playing in 43 matches and scoring 20 goals. In 2008, Sinama Pongolle was once called up to the France national football team.
In the summer of 2012, the player moved to FC Rostov.
In 2014, He moved to MLS, and joined Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Then he moved to Lausanne, Dundee United and finally to Chainat Hornbill. The 33-year-old extended his contract until 2018.
He has 48 goals in his club career.
International Caps :
After his under-16 and under-17 exploits, Sinama Pongolle made his France under-21 debut on 21 August 2002. He was a part of the squad that participated in the 2006 UEFA European Championship which took place in Portugal and, at the end of his four-year tenure with this category, ranked first in caps (37) and goals (11).
Sinama Pongolle played his only game with the senior side on 14 October 2008, during a 3–1 friendly win over Tunisia.
• UEFA Champions League: 2004–05
• UEFA Super Cup: 2005
• FA Cup: 2005–06
• Russian Cup: 2013–14
• FIFA U-17 World Championship: 2001
• 2001 U-17 World Championship: Golden Ball, Golden Shoe
He was the goal machine in his U-17 and U-21 team. Though he never got so famous in his senior team, still he was a good sportsman. He tasted so many trophies that even the greats of the era never did. Cherish yourself Pongolle, Happy Birthday!