Samuel Eto'o Fils
(born March 10, 1981 in Nkon, Cameroon) is a
footballer, who currently plays for FC Barcelona. He is a distinguished forward
who is known for his outstanding positional awareness and shooting technique.
His talents have made him a leading scorer for both club and country and one of
the world's top strikers. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2003,
2004 and 2005, making him the first player to win the award three years in
succession since it has been handed out by the Confederation of African
His career started at the age of five when he met up with a Somalian man who
taught him to play football in the city of Burco where he was raised up from the
age of three to the age of 13, when he moved back to his hometown of Nkon. Prior
to joining Barcelona in 2004, Eto'o spent most of his career on the books of
Real Madrid, although he only played in three league games in his six years
under contract. Instead, the last four and a half of those years were spent on
loan with Real Mallorca. In 2003 he and his teammates lifted the Copa del Rey
after defeating Recreativo de Huelva.
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His signing with Barcelona was controversial as Real Madrid owned half of his
contract and had preference over his signing. However, he was turned down by
chairman Florentino Pérez, who argued that he already had the best two strikers
in the league (Ronaldo and Raúl) and that there was no place for another
non-European Union player. The contract release was signed after paying 24
million euros, of which half was for Mallorca. Real's loss has been Barça's gain
- Samuel Eto'o has proven to be a world-class acquisition, helping Barcelona to
the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 Spanish La Liga title as well as the 2006 UEFA
Champions League. He also finished in third-place of voting for the 2005 FIFA
World Player of the Year award; coming behind his Barcelona teammate Ronaldinho
and Chelsea F.C. midfielder Frank Lampard.
On May 17, 2006 in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final against Arsenal FC,
Eto'o was pulled down by Arsenal's goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann, leading to
Lehmann's expulsion, and he scored the equalising goal. Barcelona went on to win
2-1. Eto'o was unanimously elected man of the match of the Champions League
Final by a jury composed of football journalists and sportsmen.
Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury during a CL group stage
match against Werder Bremen on September 27, 2006, which will keep him out of
action for at least two to three months.
After missing out on last year's "Pichichi" Eto'o made amends for it when on
May 20, 2006, Samuel Eto'o assured himself the title of "pichichi" (top scorer
of La Liga) after scoring a goal against Athletic de Bilbao in FC Barcelona's
last game of the 2005-2006 season. Had he not scored in this game, he would
still have been La Liga's top scorer for the season but would have had to share
the title with Valencia CF's prolific striker, David Villa.
Eto'o made his Cameroon debut at the age of just 15, and at the age of 17,
Eto'o was the youngest player at the 1998 FIFA World Cup when he appeared for
Cameroon against Italy. He then played in the 2002 edition. Eto'o won three
major tournaments with his country: the 2000 and 2002 African Nations Cups, as
well as the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
In 2006, Eto'o missed his penalty shot in the quarter-final of the 2006
African Cup of Nations game against Côte d'Ivoire, ending a record 24-shot
penalty session in which every penalty was scored and eliminating his side. On
the other hand he was the top scorer of the tournament, with five goals.
||Samuel Eto'o Fils
|Date of birth
||March 10, 1981
|Place of birth
||180 cm, (5'11")
* Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 September, 2006.
Skills & Playing Style
Samuel Eto'o was described in 2006 by football pundit Tommy Smyth as one of
the best pure strikers in the world. He is known for his quick pace and agility
on the ball and an ability to score equally well with both feet as well as his
head. His style of play is characteristically daring and he often runs at
defenders and goalkeepers with total confidence in his ability to get the ball
past them. Because of his slight frame, Eto'o relies on nimbleness and timing
rather than strength to score, and he frequently scores on the first touch after
running onto well-placed through balls. He has also been known to use a move in
which he passes the ball to himself high over the opposing goalkeeper before
running around him, settling the pass, and scoring.
Under Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona, Eto'o has played as the central striker as
well as on either wing in an attempt to stymie teams who man-mark the Barca
front three. Eto'o has adapted very well to the wing positions and has created
numerous goals for his team mates while simultaneously scoring a lot of goals
himself. In 2005/06 season he became the first player since the 1990 season to
score 50 goals over 2 seasons in La Liga.
Eto'o does not shirk from his defensive responsibilities and has won many
admirers for his fantastic work-rate. And the trust Rijkaard placed in his
striker's defensive capabilities was evident when he shifted Eto'o to the left
flank in the Champions League semi-final against Milan to counter the attacking
threat of Cafu.
Eto'o has experienced racial abuse in some matches outside Barcelona's
stadium, the Nou Camp. In some rival stadiums it is perhaps due to the intensity
of the rivalry and the fear of Eto'o scoring and bringing victory to his club
side. Eto'o is not the only black player who is subject to racist taunts, and he
is one of many players who have risen their voices against these hooligans. An
incident occurred in February of 2006, when Eto'o suffered from racially-driven
verbal abuse by some Real Zaragoza spectators during a match against FC
Barcelona. The fans began making monkey-like sounds whenever Eto'o had
possession of the ball. Deeply offended, Eto'o threatened to leave the pitch in
the middle of the game, but was prevented by the quick intervention of his
team-mates and the referee, who rushed to the pitch to calm him down. His
teammate Ronaldinho, who has suffered similar abuses but less intensely, said he
was fed up with the sounds and that if Eto'o had left the pitch, he would have
done the same. Zaragoza was fined €9000 and Eto'o declared in the aftermath that
it wasn't enough and that La Romareda, Real Zaragoza's stadium, should have been
closed for at least one year. However, Eto'o's coach, Frank Rijkaard, quickly
told him to concentrate on football and to stop talking about the incident.
The incident sparked controversy as to the racist attitudes of Spanish
football fans, and opened a general discussion on racism in football. England's
Football Association voiced its outrage at the incident, reeling from the
English team's similar predicament during a friendly match against the Spanish
national team on Spanish soil. Recently in Spain, Germany, Denmark, Belgium,
Mexico and Italy, black players have been the object of racial abuse from the
opposing team fans. However, while some merely ignore these abuses, others like
Eto'o and the Ivorian defender Marc Zoro of Messina have reacted by trying to
leave the pitch. This has had the merit of bringing the racial issue to the
forefront and prompting FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter, to threaten to impose
more stringent sanctions for such attitudes.
- Olympic Gold Medal: 2000
- African Nations Cup: 2000, 2002
- Copa del Rey: 2003
- La Liga: 2004-05, 2005-06
- UEFA Champions League: 2006
- African Footballer of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005
- FIFA World Player of the Year: 3rd place in 2005.
|UEFA Champions League
|Olympic medal record
Eto has been season throughout his career which is rare. The UEFA champions
league seems to pursue him to any club he gets involve with. He plays very
classic and clean football-peace maker in most occasions. He takes every
criticism as a challenge and has always disproved his critics. He has make
Cameroon and Africa proud-what a footballer
I THINK THAT ETO IS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYER AND ENTERTAINERS ON THE FOOTBALL
FIELD. I WILL ALWAYS VOTE HIM OUT OF THE HUNDREDS FOR BEING THE BEST.4M
ELLA L. SASU-GHANA
|Samuel Eto.o is a fascinating player with wonderful skills. Once
on the pitch he knows exactly what to do with the ball before it
reaches him. He scores the best goals and plays the best football
and from his brilliant performance with 30 goals for barca at la
liga this 2008/2009 season and with his magnificent goal against
manchester united at the champions league finals in Rome, he deserve
to be amongst the 3 world best players this year. Samuel is blessed
with wonderful skills that everyone enjoys to watch him play because
he scores at every game. Eto.o is the best of all times and also the
best in the world. ASONGWE E(U.K)
eto is black and proud
Samuel , is a great futbol player, I love his futbol
For me i like football and if i can say this it is not because i am a
Cameroonian but because i like good foot ball. Eto'o plays very well but i
cannot venture to say that he is the best player of the world.
Samuel Eto'o is presently the best player in the world following his current
form. Mesape D (Cameroon)
I BELIEVE ETO IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST PLAYERS AND HE DESERVES ALL THE QUALITY
IN THE WORLD. ALTHOUGH PEOPLE ARE TALKING BAD ABOUT HIM, BUT HE IS BLESS AND GOD
WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS ETO. - FROM FREETOWN. - WEST AFRICA.
For me eto'o is a classic player, who deserve the world best player of the year
AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, ETO REMAINS THE BEST STRIKER IN THE WORD 4 NOW. I AM
NDUKA 4RM NIGERIA. AC MILAN 4 LIFE
|It is significant that Samuel Etoo has recovered from all sorts
of challenges: - Serious Injury, being put up for transfer. Racism.
Yet he recovers to produce with devastating effect for his club
team. He cannot be called a utility player (who simply knows how to
position himself in the penalty box) because he combines with his
breathtaking individual skills both creative and devastating
finishing abilities. Why is it that he has not been recognized as
the best arguable striker in the world? His time seems to have come
to cop the World footballer of the year title. The evidence is
simply too overwhelming
Eto'o is the best ever existing striking attacker thus he should not be included
during voting of the "Best Player Of The Year". The first position should always
be reserve for him, while voting is for the second and third positions. By
etoo is de world player of de year at this moment though c ronaldo is doing
I Vote Eto as the best African Prayer of 2008,,
Eto'o is a RARE striker in the world. I'm waiting to see him again on the pitch
with his magic touch.
i think samuel etto deserves to be the world player of the year because of his
outstanding performance from mLEROALA in RSA
Look i know RONALDINHO is considered to be one of the best player and the ones
who win the award are mostly from Brazil (no offence cuz brazil is my favourite
team), BUT I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME WE LOOK AT AFRICA PLAYERS FOR THEY HAVE BEEN
SHOWING THEIR BEST OUT THERE AND STILL SOME PEOPLE DON'T APPRECIATE THEIR SKILLS
(if so then forget you!!) SO I THINK EITHER Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Cameroon)4
times the African player of the year OR Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast)
who won the African player of the year ...NOW THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD TAKE
IT.. IF YOU DON'T THINK SO THEN PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU AND YOUR LEGS COULD STAND
A CHANCE PLAYING A BETTER FOOTBALL GAME THAN THEM AND IF SO THEN HOW COME I
DON'T EVER HEAR YOUR NAME IN THE FOR BEING GREAT AT ANYTHING?? EXACTLY, BUT I
THINK SAMUAL ET'O DESERVES MORE THAN ANYONE FOR HE HAS SHOWN THAT AND PROVED @
whether eto. is selected as african player of the year or not ,it stands clear
that he knows what he is doing and will continue to perform very well.
I love you Eto and just keep on doing what you do best, God
he actually deserves that and you are very true to your words
eto'o for world player of the year
Etoo was the best in 2006. Very simple.
I believe firmly and I should just say that Eto'o deserves (
Balon D'or and world footballer of the year) now
I vote Eto,o as the world footballer of the year.
if anyone doubted Eto,o 2003,2004 and 2005 African Footballer,
you will agree now that his performance in Spain and Europe from 2004 till
present merit him European and World Player the recent injury notwithstanding.
He more than any player deserve it now
to me he merits the world best player this year, mindful of