Pierre Webó

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Pierre Webó
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Webó playing for Fenerbahçe in 2013
Personal information
Full name Pierre Achille Webó Kouamo[1]
Date of birth (1982-01-20) 20 January 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Bafoussam, Cameroon
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Kouogat
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Real Banjul
2000–2002 Nacional 21 (15)
2003–2007 Osasuna 114 (20)
2003Leganés (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2011 Mallorca 113 (27)
2011–2013 İstanbul BB 54 (24)
2013–2015 Fenerbahçe 65 (24)
2015–2017 Osmanlıspor 49 (15)
2017–2018 Gazişehir 24 (7)
2018 Nacional 2 (0)
National team
2003–2014 Cameroon 58 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 December 2018

Pierre Achille Webó Kouamo (born 20 January 1982), known as Webó, is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a striker.

He spent eight years of his career in La Liga, appearing in 227 matches for Osasuna and Mallorca combined and scoring 47 goals (in Spain he also represented Leganés), he also competed professionally in Uruguay and Turkey.

A Cameroon international in the 2000s, Webó appeared with the country in two World Cups and as many Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Bafoussam, West Region, Webó started his professional career in Uruguay, playing three years with Club Nacional de Football, winning two Primera División titles – although he only was an important first-team member in his third year – and becoming top scorer of the 2002 edition of the South American Cup.[2]

He moved to Europe in January 2003, signing with second division club CD Leganés in the Madrid outskirts, on loan from CA Osasuna.[3]

Osasuna[edit]

In the summer of 2003, Webó returned to Osasuna, for whom he scored six goals in his third season, being instrumental in the Navarrese side's fourth La Liga place and UEFA Champions League qualification, although they would ultimately be ousted by Hamburger SV prior to the group stage.

His 2006–07 pre-season was hampered after he was forced to undergo treatment for malaria,[4] but he went on to produce similar numbers in the league, adding two goals in nine games in the team's semi-final run in the UEFA Cup, including the match's only in a home tie against Rangers.[5]

Mallorca[edit]

Webó moved to RCD Mallorca in 2007, spending most of his first season on the sidelines with an injury,[6] he did manage five league goals.

Webó in action for Mallorca

After Dani Güiza's departure, Webó's importance in Mallorca increased, and he scored 18 goals in the following three seasons combined, netting six in 2009–10 as the Balearic Islands team finished fifth and qualified to the Europa League (later revoked).[7]

In the 2011 off-season, after netting a career-best 11 goals in the campaign,[8][9] with Mallorca narrowly avoiding relegation, 29-year-old Webó signed a three-year contract extension. In August, however, he asked to be relieved from his obligations for personal reasons,[10] and joined İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor in Turkey.

Turkey[edit]

On 11 September 2011, in the first round of the Süper Lig season, Webó scored on his official debut for his new club, a 2–0 home win against Galatasaray SK.[11]

On 31 January 2013, Webó signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with fellow league side Fenerbahçe SK for €3 million.[12][13] Again he found the net in the first competitive match with his new team, but in a 1–2 home loss to Sivasspor.

On 7 March 2013, Webó scored the game's only goal in a win at FC Viktoria Plzeň for the season's Europa League round-of-16 (2–1 on aggregate),[14] he added another in the following round, netting through a penalty for the first in a 2–0 home success against S.S. Lazio.[15]

Webó played in his first derby match against Galatasaray on 12 May 2013, scoring twice to secure a 2–1 win;[16] the game was marred by racist chants from Fenerbahçe fans, directed to opposing players Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboué.[17]

From 2015 to 2018, Webó continued to compete in the country, with Osmanlıspor[18] and Gazişehir Gaziantep FK (the latter club in the TFF First League).[19]

Return to Nacional[edit]

In September 2018, 36-year-old Webó returned to Nacional de Montevideo after 16 years.[20] After only two league appearances in 59 minutes of play,[21] he left before the start of the 2019 season.[22]

International career[edit]

An international since 2003, Webó's first highlight playing for the Cameroon national team was a hat-trick in his country's 3–2 win in Ivory Coast in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers,[23] but his team would not travel to Germany, precisely at the hands of that opponent.

Webó scored in a 1–3 friendly loss against Portugal on 1 June 2010,[24] and started in the first two games at that year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa (both ending in defeat), with the player not managing to find the net.[25][26]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Nacional

Osasuna

Fenerbahçe

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 7. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Goleadores de la Copa Sudamericana" [South American Cup scorers] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 1 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Webó, ilusionado con su nuevo reto" [Webó, hungry about his new challenge]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 January 2003. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Fitness battle for Osasuna's Webó". UEFA. 21 July 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Osasuna 1–0 Rangers (agg 2–1)". BBC Sport. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Nations Cup agony for Webó". BBC Sport. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  7. ^ "El Mallorca, fuera de la Europe League" [Mallorca, out of Europa League]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 12 August 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Webó amenaza al Racing con su racha goleadora" [Webó threatens Racing with his scoring streak]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 9 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Webó, a un gol de Magdaleno y Aduriz" [Webó, one goal behind Magdaleno and Aduriz] (in Spanish). Fútbol Balear. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Webó: "Me voy por motivos familiares"" [Webó: "I leave for family reasons"]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Büyükşehir Belediyespor 2–0 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Webo da Artık Bizimle" [Webo is no longer with us] (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe S.K. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Özel Durum Açıklaması (Genel)" [Disclosure of exception (general)] (in Turkish). KAP. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Advantage Fenerbahçe after Webó sinks Plzeň". UEFA. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Forceful Fenerbahçe punish ten-man Lazio". UEFA. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Fenerbahçe savors 2–1 derby win, arch-rivals Galatasaray savors league title". Hürriyet Daily News. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Galatasaray: Didier Drogba questions racists who abused him". BBC Sport. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Villarreal comparte grupo con un histórico, un novato y un equipo de segunda" [Villarreal in same group as historic, rookie and second-tier team]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 26 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  19. ^ Díaz, Juan José (27 December 2017). "Webó, el 9 de Twitter" [Webó, the Twitter's 9]. El Observador (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  20. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (12 September 2018). "Cameroon's Pierre Webo returns to Uruguay after 18 years". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Con el bisturí a fondo" [To the hilt]. El Observador (in Spanish). 2 January 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Pierre Webo: "Nunca le reclamaría a Nacional"" [Pierre Webo: “I would never ask Nacional for anything”] (in Spanish). Sport 890. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Cameroon in pole position". BBC Sport. 5 September 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Mundial2010: Portugal vence Camarões (3–1) na despedida da Covilhã" [2010World Cup: Portugal beat Cameroon (3–1) in farewell to Covilhã] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Japan 1–0 Cameroon". BBC Sport. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  26. ^ "Cameroon 1–2 Denmark". BBC Sport. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  27. ^ a b c d e "P. Webó – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

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