Florent Sinama Pongolle Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Florent Stéphane Sinama Pongolle
  • Born: October 20th, 1984 (Saint-Pierre, Réunion, France)
  • Height: 5' 10
  • Position: Forward
  • Signed: November 27th, 2015
  • First Manager: Mixu Paatelainen
  • Career Totals: 4 appearances
  • Also Played For: Atletico Madrid, Blackburn Rovers, Chicago Fire, FC Rostov, Lausanne-Sport, Le Havre AC, Liverpool, Real Zaragoza, Recreativo, Saint-Étienne, Sporting Clube de Portugal

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
2015-16 4 0 0 0 25.0% 25.0% 50.0%
Totals: 4 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 02/03/16 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 1
 20/02/16 Premiership vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 1
 12/12/15 Premiership vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 1
 05/12/15 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 02/03/16 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 1
 20/02/16 Premiership vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 12/12/15 Premiership vs. Partick Th (H)  0 - 1
 05/12/15 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1


Florent began his career at Le Havre, and starred in the UEFA European Under-16 Championships and the FIFA Under-17 World Championships before being signed by Liverpool at the age of 17. He was loaned back to his original club for two seasons, where he made 42 appearances. On returning to Liverpool, he made his debut in a UEFA Cup tie versus Ljubljana in October 2003, and a few days later scored his first goal in a 3-1 win over Leeds United. By 2004/05 he was appearing regularly in the first team, and was involved in the early rounds of Liverpool's Champions League run. He scored against Olympiakos in the Group Stages, as the club went on to famously lift the trophy.

After making over 60 appearances with Liverpool, Florent was loaned out to Premiership rivals Blackburn Rovers in January 2006 until the end of the season. He played a key role in the France team that reached the semi-finals of the 2006 UEFA European U21 Championship, and in August that year he signed a one year deal with newly promoted Spanish side Recreativo de Huelva. He finished as top scorer for the club in his first two seasons in La Liga, and in July 2008 he signed for Athletico Madrid in a deal believed to be around £8 million.

He scored four goals in his first five league matches, and appeared regularly for Athletico before moving on to Sporting Lisbon in the January 2010 transfer window. He later returned to Spain on loan, signing a year long deal with Real Zaragoza in August 2010, and then returned to his homeland in July 2011, on another year long deal with Saint Etienne. When his contract with Sporting Lisbon came to an end, he moved on to the Russian Premier League with FC Rostov for two years before signing for Chicago Fire in the USA in September 2014.

After a short spell with Swiss side Lausanne-Sport, the well travelled attacker arrived in Scotland for a trial spell at Tannadice before signing deal until the end of the season.

Last updated on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 by B Orr.

Squad Numbers




December 5th, 2015
Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premiership)

International Career (France)

Caps: 1

Goals: 0

International Debut: October 14th, 2008 v. Tunisia


  • Date of Birth

    Florent was born on this date in Saint-Pierre, Réunion, France.

  • International Debut

    Florent earned his first International cap for France, playing against Tunisia.

  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Res/Dev)

    Falkirk Dev. 0 - 0 Dundee United Dev.
    SPFL Development League

  • Signed For Dundee United

  • First Team Debut

    Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premiership)

    It was the hosts who got off to the perfect start when four minutes in Kris Boyd latched onto a pinpoint Josh Magennis cross and guided it into the back of the net. Just eight minutes later Kil

  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Aberdeen
    League (Premiership)

    Head Coach Mixu Paatelainen opted for just one change from the side which won 3-0 at Ross County on Saturday, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle coming in for Edward Ofere, who dropped down to the bench.

  • Left the Club