Rigobert Song

Date of birth01 July 1976
Place of birthNkanglicock
NationalityCameroonian
Weight75 kg
Height1.78 m
PositionDefender

After starting his career at Tonnerre Yaounde, Rigobert left Cameroon to sign for Metz in 1994.

He then spent a season in Italy with Salernitana before moving on to Liverpool in 1999.

Although he initially became a firm favourite with The Kop, the efficient if somewhat eccentric right-sided defender struggled to establish his place and Gerard Houllier often preferred to play Steven Gerrard out of position to fill his right back role.

He moved to West Ham United in November 2000.

A change of management at Upton Park did not work in Rigobert's favour, and he was allowed to join Koln in November 2001 for the rest of the season.

The Cameroon captain continues to impress for his country though, scoring the penalty that clinched the African Nations Cup in Nigeria in February 2000 and leading the Lions to a repeat success in the 2002 finals in Mali.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Metz 01 Jul 1994 01 Jul 1998
Salernitana 01 Jul 1998 29 Jan 1999
Liverpool 29 Jan 1999 28 Nov 2000
West Ham United 28 Nov 2000 26 Jun 2002
1.FC Köln 22 Nov 2001 26 Jun 2002 L
RC Lens 26 Jun 2002 01 Jul 2004
Galatasaray 01 Jul 2004

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Metz UEFA Cup 2
1998-99 FIFA International Friendly 1
1998-99 Liverpool Premier League 10
3
3
1999-00 Liverpool FA Cup
1
1999-00 Liverpool League Cup 2
1999-00 Liverpool Premier League 14
4
2
2000-01 Liverpool Premier League 3
2
2000-01 Liverpool UEFA Cup 1
2000-01 West Ham United FA Cup 1
2000-01 West Ham United League Cup 1
2000-01 West Ham United Premier League 18
1
2
2000-01 World XI Childrens Charity 1
2001-02 1.FC Köln Bundesliga 16
5
2001-02 West Ham United League Cup 1
1
2001-02 West Ham United Premier League 5
1
2002-03 RC Lens French Championnat 35
3
2
1
2002-03 RC Lens UEFA Champions League 6
2002-03 RC Lens UEFA Cup 2
1
2003-04 RC Lens French Championnat 28
6
3
2003-04 RC Lens UEFA Cup 6
2
2006-07 Galatasaray UEFA Champions League 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
19 Nov 1996 Metz v Newcastle United D 1-1 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
03 Dec 1996 Newcastle United v Metz L 2-0
Agg: 3-1
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 Cameroon World Youth Cup 2
1993-94 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 2
1
1993-94 Cameroon International Friendly
1
1994-95 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 2
1995-96 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 3
1995-96 Cameroon International Friendly 1
1996-97 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 2
1996-97 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 5
1997-98 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 4
1997-98 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 4
2
1
1997-98 Cameroon International Friendly 6
1
1998-99 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 3
1
1999-00 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 6
1999-00 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 3
2000-01 Cameroon FIFA Confederations Cup 3
1
2000-01 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 4
2000-01 Cameroon International Friendly 2
2
2001-02 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 6
2001-02 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 4
1
2001-02 Cameroon International Friendly 7
2002-03 Cameroon FIFA Confederations Cup 4
1
2002-03 Cameroon Four Nation Tournament, Tunisia 2
2002-03 Cameroon International Friendly 1
2003-04 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 4
2003-04 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 2
1
2003-04 Cameroon International Friendly 1
2004-05 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 6
1
1
2004-05 Cameroon International Friendly 2
2005-06 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 3
2005-06 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 2
2006-07 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 1
2006-07 Cameroon International Friendly 1
2007-08 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 6
1
2007-08 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 4
1
1
2007-08 Cameroon International Friendly 1
2008-09 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 4
2008-09 Cameroon International Friendly 1
2009-10 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations 2
1
2009-10 Cameroon FIFA World Cup 3
2
1
2009-10 Cameroon International Friendly 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
06 Mar 1993 Russia v Cameroon L 2-0 World Youth Cup Group A
08 Mar 1993 Colombia v Cameroon L 3-2 World Youth Cup Group A
01 May 1994 Korea Republic v Cameroon D 2-2 International Friendly
19 Jun 1994 Cameroon v Sweden D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
24 Jun 1994 Brazil v Cameroon L 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
13 Nov 1994 Lesotho v Cameroon L 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
08 Jan 1995 Cameroon v Malawi D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
24 Dec 1995 Cameroon v Liberia W 1-0 International Friendly
13 Jan 1996 South Africa v Cameroon L 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
18 Jan 1996 Cameroon v Egypt W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
24 Jan 1996 Cameroon v Angola D 3-3 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
06 Oct 1996 Gabon v Cameroon D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
10 Nov 1996 Togo v Cameroon W 2-4 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 4
12 Jan 1997 Cameroon v Angola D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 4
06 Apr 1997 Cameroon v Zimbabwe W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 4
27 Apr 1997 Cameroon v Togo W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 4
08 Jun 1997 Angola v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 4
22 Jun 1997 Cameroon v Gabon D 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
17 Aug 1997 Zimbabwe v Cameroon W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 4
15 Nov 1997 England v Cameroon L 2-0 International Friendly
28 Jan 1998 Cameroon v Angola W 1-0 International Friendly
01 Feb 1998 Ivory Coast v Cameroon L 1-0 International Friendly
07 Feb 1998 Burkina Faso v Cameroon W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
11 Feb 1998 Cameroon v Guinea D 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
15 Feb 1998 Cameroon v Algeria W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
20 Feb 1998 Cameroon v Congo DR L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
27 May 1998 Netherlands v Cameroon D 0-0 International Friendly
31 May 1998 Luxembourg v Cameroon W 0-2 International Friendly
05 Jun 1998 Denmark v Cameroon W 1-2 International Friendly
11 Jun 1998 Austria v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
17 Jun 1998 Italy v Cameroon L 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
23 Jun 1998 Chile v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
28 Feb 1999 Cameroon v Mozambique W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
11 Apr 1999 Mozambique v Cameroon W 1-6 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
05 Jun 1999 Cameroon v Eritrea W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
22 Jan 2000 Ghana v Cameroon D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
28 Jan 2000 Cameroon v Ivory Coast W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
31 Jan 2000 Cameroon v Togo L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
06 Feb 2000 Cameroon v Algeria W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
10 Feb 2000 Cameroon v Tunisia W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final
13 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Cameroon W 2-2 (4-3) Africa Cup of Nations Final
19 Apr 2000 Cameroon v Somalia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round
23 Apr 2000 Cameroon v Somalia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round
18 Jun 2000 Libya v Cameroon W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Africa group 1
09 Jul 2000 Cameroon v Angola W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 1
04 Oct 2000 France v Cameroon D 1-1 International Friendly
28 Jan 2001 Togo v Cameroon W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Africa group A
25 Feb 2001 Cameroon v Zambia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group A
22 Apr 2001 Cameroon v Libya W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group A
25 May 2001 Korea Republic v Cameroon D 0-0 International Friendly
31 May 2001 Brazil v Cameroon L 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
02 Jun 2001 Japan v Cameroon L 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
04 Jun 2001 Cameroon v Canada W 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
01 Jul 2001 Cameroon v Togo W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group A
14 Nov 2001 Poland v Cameroon D 0-0 International Friendly
07 Jan 2002 Burkina Faso v Cameroon W 1-3 International Friendly
11 Jan 2002 Tunisia v Cameroon W 0-1 International Friendly
20 Jan 2002 Cameroon v Congo DR W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
25 Jan 2002 Cameroon v Ivory Coast W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
29 Jan 2002 Cameroon v Togo W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
04 Feb 2002 Cameroon v Egypt W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
07 Feb 2002 Mali v Cameroon W 0-3 Africa Cup of Nations Finals semi-final
10 Feb 2002 Cameroon v Senegal D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals final
27 Mar 2002 Cameroon v Argentina D 2-2 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Austria v Cameroon D 0-0 International Friendly
17 May 2002 Denmark v Cameroon L 2-1 International Friendly
26 May 2002 England v Cameroon D 2-2 International Friendly
01 Jun 2002 Republic of Ireland v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
06 Jun 2002 Cameroon v Saudi Arabia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
11 Jun 2002 Cameroon v Germany L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
11 Feb 2003 Cameroon v Ivory Coast L 0-3 International Friendly
27 Mar 2003 Cameroon v Madagascar W 2-0 FOUR NATION TOURNAMENT, TUNISIA
30 Mar 2003 Tunisia v Cameroon L 1-0 FOUR NATION TOURNAMENT, TUNISIA Final
19 Jun 2003 Brazil v Cameroon W 0-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
21 Jun 2003 Cameroon v Turkey W 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
26 Jun 2003 Cameroon v Colombia W 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-final
29 Jun 2003 France v Cameroon L 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
25 Jan 2004 Algeria v Cameroon D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
29 Jan 2004 Cameroon v Zimbabwe W 5-3 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
03 Feb 2004 Cameroon v Egypt D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
08 Feb 2004 Cameroon v Nigeria L 1-2 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
28 Apr 2004 Bulgaria v Cameroon L 3-0 International Friendly
06 Jun 2004 Cameroon v Benin W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
18 Jun 2004 Libya v Cameroon D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
04 Jul 2004 Cameroon v Ivory Coast W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
05 Sep 2004 Egypt v Cameroon L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
08 Oct 2004 Sudan v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
17 Nov 2004 Germany v Cameroon L 3-0 International Friendly
09 Feb 2005 Cameroon v Senegal W 1-0 International Friendly
27 Mar 2005 Cameroon v Sudan W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
04 Jun 2005 Benin v Cameroon W 1-4 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
19 Jun 2005 Cameroon v Libya W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
04 Sep 2005 Ivory Coast v Cameroon W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
07 Oct 2005 Cameroon v Egypt D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 3
21 Jan 2006 Cameroon v Angola W 3-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group B
25 Jan 2006 Cameroon v Togo W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group B
04 Feb 2006 Cameroon v Ivory Coast L 1-1 (11-12) Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
16 Aug 2006 Cameroon v Guinea D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Mar 2007 Cameroon v Liberia W 3-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
22 Aug 2007 Japan v Cameroon L 2-0 International Friendly
22 Jan 2008 Egypt v Cameroon L 4-2 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
22 Jan 2008 Cameroon v Zambia W 5-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
30 Jan 2008 Cameroon v Sudan W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group C
04 Feb 2008 Tunisia v Cameroon W 2-3 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
07 Feb 2008 Ghana v Cameroon W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals semi-final
10 Feb 2008 Cameroon v Egypt L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals final
31 May 2008 Cameroon v Cape Verde Islands W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 1
08 Jun 2008 Mauritius v Cameroon W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 1
14 Jun 2008 Tanzania v Cameroon D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 1
21 Jun 2008 Cameroon v Tanzania W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 1
06 Sep 2008 Cape Verde Islands v Cameroon W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 1
11 Oct 2008 Cameroon v Mauritius W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 1
11 Feb 2009 Cameroon v Guinea W 3-1 International Friendly
28 Mar 2009 Togo v Cameroon L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group A
07 Jun 2009 Cameroon v Morocco D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group A
05 Sep 2009 Gabon v Cameroon W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group A
09 Sep 2009 Cameroon v Gabon W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group A
10 Oct 2009 Cameroon v Togo W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group A
14 Nov 2009 Morocco v Cameroon W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group A
09 Jan 2010 Kenya v Cameroon W 1-3 International Friendly
13 Jan 2010 Cameroon v Gabon L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
17 Jan 2010 Cameroon v Zambia W 3-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
21 Jan 2010 Cameroon v Tunisia D 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
25 May 2010 Cameroon v Georgia D 0-0 International Friendly
24 Jun 2010 Cameroon v Netherlands L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group E


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.