Jacques Songo'o

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Jacques Songo'o
Personal information
Full name Jacques Celestin Songo'o
Date of birth (1964-03-17) 17 March 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Sackbayeme, Cameroon
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Canon Yaoundé
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Canon Yaoundé
1989–1993 Toulon 22 (0)
1992–1993Le Mans (loan) 22 (0)
1993–1996 Metz 101 (0)
1996–2001 Deportivo La Coruña 150 (0)
2001–2003 Metz 26 (0)
2003–2004 Deportivo La Coruña 1 (0)
Total 322 (0)
National team
1984–2002 Cameroon 98 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jacques Celestin Songo'o (born 17 March 1964) is a Cameroonian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in France and Spain, most notably with Deportivo de La Coruña, appearing in more than 200 official games over the course of six seasons and winning La Liga in 1999–2000. He also represented the Cameroon national team in four World Cups, being first-choice in 1998.[1]

Club career[edit]

Songo'o was born in Sackbayeme, in the Yaoundé suburbs. After first establishing himself as a professional in France, with Ligue 1 club FC Metz, he was voted Best African Goalkeeper in 1996, then arguably lived his most successful period at Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña.

With the Galicians, Songo'o won the 1996–97 edition of the Ricardo Zamora Trophy (awarded to the best goalkeeper of the season), and was his side's undisputed starter in his first four years, which ended with a first-ever title in La Liga. When Depor bought José Francisco Molina in 2000, he soon lost his place and was eventually transferred to old team Metz; on 13 February of that year, from a corner kick, he was supposed to have scored his first career goal, but it was wrongfully disallowed in a 0–1 away loss against CD Numancia.[2]

After two seasons, Songo'o returned to Deportivo and A Coruña, again in a free transfer.[3][4] He settled there after having retired from football, aged 40.

International career[edit]

Songo'o featured for Cameroon in every FIFA World Cup from 1990 to 2002, although only as first-choice in 1998. He was also a member of the squad that competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Songo'o was part of Paul Le Guen's coaching staff. After the tournament, which ended in the group stage, he led Cameroon to a 3–0 victory over Poland on an interim basis, the nation's first win in 12 competitive games.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Songo'o also held French citizenship. Both of his sons, Franck and Yann, were also professional footballers.[6][7]










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