1001 Dame N’Doye

Biography

Powerful Senegalese forward N’Doye joined City on transfer deadline day at the start of February 2015 in an attempt to rescue the club’s floundering Premier League survival race.  His early form was extremely positive as his goals contributed directly to points won, but his form soon tailed off as the Tigers slipped down the table and he left the club in the summer of 2015 after Steve Bruce’s Tigers were relegated.

Born in Thies, Senegal’s third largest city, N’Doye began his career at ASC Jeanne D’Arc, a club based 40 west of Thies in the Senegalese capital Dakar.  He played for Jeanne D’Arc in the 2003/04 African Champions League semi-final against Tunisian side ES Sahel and by 2006 his form was sufficient to merit a transfer to Qatari League side Al-Sadd, where he spent one season and scored 12 times in 27 appearances.

In July 2007 he signed for Potuguese Liga Nos side Academica de Coimbra and made his debut in European football in September 2006 against Boavista, scoring his first goal for the club a week later against Nacional. He ended the season with four goals in 25 appearances, form that earned Dame a July 2007 move to Greek giants Panathinaikos. He made his European competition debut for the Athens-based club in September 2007 against Slovakian side FC Artmedia Petrzalka and went on to score six times in 32 appearances. In July 2008 he was on the move again, joining Greek League rivals OFI Crete where he scored seven goals in 15 appearances. This attracted the attention of Danish League giants FC Copenhagen who signed N’Doye in January 2009. He completed the 2008/09 season by scoring five goals in 16 appearances for The Lions, starting in the Danish Cup final against Aalborg SK and lifting the Danish League title.

Over the next three seasons N’Doye established himself as one of the most potent strikers in Scandinavian club football. He netted 24 times in the 2009/10 season including 5 Champions League goals and four more in the Europa League, and ended the season with eight goals in the last seven games to help lift the Danish League title for a second season. His 28 goals in the 2010/11 season, including his first senior hattrick in a May 2011 thrashing of FC Midtjylland, saw FC Copenhagen lift a third title and he added 25 more goals in the 2011/12 season as the club won the Danish Cup by defeating AC Horsens. By the summer of 2012 he had netted an impressive 82 goals in 150 appearances for the Copenhagen side.

In July 2012 Russian league side Lokomotiv Moscow paid five million euros for N’Doye and he rewarded them with 10 goals in 26 appearances in his first season. He remained in Moscow for another season and a half and took his tally to 27 goals in 68 appearances ahead of signing for Hull City at the start of February 2015.

N’Doye’s spell at City only lasted six months and in August 2015 he signed for Turkish Super Liga side Trabzonspor.  Within four months he was back in Northern England on a half season loan at Premier League survivalists Sunderland, where he scored just once – in March 2016 against Crystal Palace – in 11 appearances. He spent two more seasons at Trabzonspor and scored 16 goals in 72 appearances until his contract in Turkey ended in July 2018 and he immediately signed a deal at Danish side FC Copenhagen, the scene of his most impressive goal scoring exploits earlier in his career.  In two seasons he struck a further 36 goals in 67 appearances, including a July 2018 hattrick against Aalborg BK that celebrated his return, and claimed his fourth Danish League title medal at the end of the 2018/19 season. He hung up his boots on expiry of his contract in July 2020 having taken his tally for FC Copenhagen to an impressive 118 goals in 217 appearances.

N’Doye won his first call up for the Senegal national side in the Autumn of 2010, in the midst of his impressive goalscoring feats at FC Copenhagen. He made his international debut in a November 2010 friendly against Gabon and scored his first international goal three months later against Guinea. He then played regularly for the Lions of Teranga over the next five seasons, culminating in three appearances during the 2015 African Cup of Nations Finals tournament staged in Equatorial Guinea – the last of N’Doye’s 33 caps came in a January 2015 defeat to Algeria that saw Senegal eliminated at the group stage. In his 33 international appearances Dame scored nine times.

Details

NationalitySenegal
Date/Place of Birth21 February 1985, Thies (Senegal)
Hull City First Game7 February 2015, Manchester City A (Premier League), 29 years, 351 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 May 2015, Manchester United H (Premier League), 30 years, 92 days old

Clubs

Jeanne D’Arc (2003-2006), Al-Sadd (2006), Academica Coimbra (2006-2007), Panathinaikos (2007-2008), OFI Crete (2008-2009), FC Copenhagen (2009-2012), Lokomotiv Moscow (2012-2015), Hull City (2015), Trabzonspor (2015-2018), Sunderland (2016, loan), FC Copenhagen (2018-2020)

Hull City Record

Career: 15 apps, 5 goals

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