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Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o
Complete Name: Samuel Eto'o Fils
Nationality: Cameroonian
Place of Birth: Nkon, Cameroon
Date of Birth: 10/03/1981
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 75 kg
National Team: Cameroon
Current Club: FC Barcelona (Spain)
Position: Striker


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Club career history

Leganes (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain), Real Mallorca (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain), Real Mallorca (Spain), FC Barcelona (Spain)


2002 African Nations Cup winner (CAMEROUN)
2000 Vainqueur des Jeux Olympiques (CAMEROUN)
2003 League Cup winner (Real Majorque)
2003 Finaliste of la FA Cup des Confédérations (CAMEROUN)


Samuel Eto'o Fils (born March 10, 1981 in Nkon, Cameroon) is a football striker, who currently plays for Barcelona. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Which is the first player won three title and won three titles continuous ly since given out by the Confederation of African Football.

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 King's Cup after defeating Recreativo de Huelva.

At the age of 17, Eto'o was the youngest player at the 1998 World Cup when he suited 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.

His signing with Barcelona was very 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 Barca's gain - Samuel Eto'o has proven to be a world-class acquisition, helping Barcelona to the 2004/2005 Spanish La Liga title and being the team's top scorer with a final figure of 24 goals, just one short of top scorer Diego Forlán. 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.

In 2006, Eto'o missed his penalty shot in the quarter-final of the 2006 African Cup of Nations game against Cote D'Ivoire, ending a record 24-shot penalty session, and eliminating his side. On the other hand he was the top scorer of the tournament, with five goals.

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