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 Thistle (H) 0 - 1
 05/12/15 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 None

 List of Goals Scored
None

 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 Thistle (H)  0 - 1
 05/12/15 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1


Biography

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.

Debut

December 5th, 2015
Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premiership)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

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

  • Signed For Dundee United

    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.

  • 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 Kilmarnock were inches away from doubling their lead, a defensive mix-up seeing the ball fall invitingly for Tope Obadeyi at the back post, however, the attacker was unable to gather any real connection from his shot and Michal Szromnik pounced to clear the ball to safety. Goalscorer Boyd, who has proved a thorn in the United’s defence throughout the striker’s career, almost added another, but the striker could only scuff an effort wide of the target after Magennis had once again set him up. Just five minutes before the half hour mark however, United were back on level terms, Billy Mckay coolly sending Jamie MacDonald the wrong way from the penalty spot after Stuart Findlay was shown a straight red for a late challenge on Ryan McGowan after a goal-mouth scramble inside the box. United thereafter did manage to get a real foothold of the game, and Billy Mckay could have put Paatelainen’s side in the lead had his one-on-one effort with Jamie MacDonald not been saved from close range.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 0 - 1 Aberdeen

    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.