Mamadou Niang

Mamadou Niang ( 2011)

Mamadou Hamidou Niang ( born October 13, 1979 in Matam, Senegal ) is a Senegalese footballer who also has French citizenship. He is since September 2011 at Al -Sadd Sports Club under contract. For the second half of the 2012/13 season Niang plays on loan at Besiktas Istanbul.

  • 3.1 club
  • 3.2 national team
  • 3.3 Personal honors

Player Profile

Mamadou Niang is a technically gifted footballer who can play both. The Senegalese can play in the storm as a center forward and left winger, but he prefers to act as a center forward.

Mamad, so his nickname in France, is known as an exemplary team player. He has a successful striker, no airs and graces and refuses to invest all his skills to use in personal goals.

" I always try to subordinate myself to the output from the coach 's tactical plan. [ ... ] I [ have ] played at different positions. I do not care where I am employed. If it is necessary for success, I also go on the wing, even if I otherwise prefer playing in the central attack. "


In the club


After two difficult years in the training center of Le Havre AC, the then 18 -year-old Mamadou Niang decided against his dream of a professional career and then moved to sechstklassigen RC Saint -André- les -Vergers in the Eredivisie to there just for the fun of football play.

The Senegalese had an enormous performance potential, but this is often swayed and temporarily left the striker also something go. He had grown up poor and had therefore not easy. Although soccer wegholte him from the street, it was no longer a priority for him. In addition, Mamadou Niang could not imagine that it would dominate his life at that time.

Professional career

ES Troyes AC

The French football coach Alain Perrin converted him in his decision to professional career and thus the Senegalese was but a professional football player and took him to the Seine to Troyes on a recommendation from a youth coach Carlos Lopez of Le Havre AC. Subsequently signed the striker in 1999 his first professional contract with ES Troyes AC.

In his first season for ESTAC he came only in the reserve team for use. In the following season Mamadou Niang played his first jobs in the pros, he was ten times off the bench and scored two goals. In the next season of Senegalese made ​​his debut in the European Cup on 30 June 2001 in a 6-0 win against WIT Georgia Tbilisi in the first leg of the second round of the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The striker won Troyes with the title in the finals of the Intertoto Cup against Newcastle United. Thus you qualify then for the UEFA Cup.

FC Metz (loan )

The leaders of the then French second division club FC Metz were impressed by his footballing skills such as technique, speed and ball handling. That's why you borrowed him in January 2003 for the balance of the game from. There he harmonized with his Togolese strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor and helped both with its gates Les Grenats for promotion to the Ligue 1

Racing Strasbourg

In the summer of 2003, the then French first division side Racing Strasbourg him committed. For the Alsatians Mamadou Niang completed in two years 63 Official matches, scoring 25 goals. End of April 2005 won the Senegalese with Les Bleus his first national title, the French League Cup. In the Cup final, he headed home a goal in the 2-1 win against Caen.

Olympique Marseille

The Scouts of Olympique Marseille he fell on account of its services in Strasbourg. In addition, the 25 - year-old striker left on 9 April 2005, a lasting impression by the league game against OM in injury time of the game the only encounter and thus also scored the winning goal for his team against the French legendary goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

For the season 2005/ 06 Mamadou Niang was transferred for a fee of seven million euros from Strasbourg to Marseille. The Senegalese should replace the migrated Ivorian Didier Drogba. In a short time the striker earned a regular place in the team. With Marseille, he won in August 2005 also the UEFA Intertoto Cup. In the two seasons 2005/ 06 and 2006/ 07 Mamadou Niang missed with his team almost always win in the French Cup final.

In the 2007 /08 season of Senegalese extended in February 2008, his contract until June 2012. Moreover, the striker became the key player and star of the team, in addition, he was the second best scorer of the league with 18 goals behind Karim Benzema and in the team of the year chosen in Ligue 1.

At the beginning of the season 2009/10 Mamadou Niang again renewed his contract early this time to June 2014. 2010 was its most successful year of his football career. In January 2010 in the League Cup the Senegalese scored the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time for a 3-2 Final against AS Saint- Étienne, thus reaching the knockout stages of Olympique Marseille. It was also the striker scorer in Ligue 1 with 18 goals and was instrumental in the profits of the League Cup and ahead of the long-awaited championship, after two runner-up titles in 2007 and 2009., He was In addition to the scorers of the year and again in the Team of the Year in Ligue 1 is selected.


In August 2010, Mamadou Niang changed hands for around eight million euro transfer fee to Turkey for Fenerbahce. In Fenerbahçe SK of the Senegalese had a great debut in his first six Ligapspielen he met seven times the gate. Matchday six of the 2010/11 season he scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 win against Kasımpaşa Istanbul.

Al -Sadd

On September 6, 2011, he was transferred for a transfer fee in the amount of 7.5 million euros for Qatari giants Al -Sadd Sports Club. Two months later, Mamadou Niang won with his team the Asian Champions League, thereby pass him in four Champions League matches, two goals. Having won the Champions League, he qualified with Al -Sadd for the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011 and reached in December 2011, the third place in the tournament.

Beşiktaş Istanbul (loan )

On January 31, 2013 Beşiktaş Istanbul officially announced that it has Niang loan until the end of the 2012/13 season.

In the National Team

Mamadou Niang is national player in his home country of Senegal. His international debut was at age 22 on 27 March 2002 in a friendly match against Bolivia in Dakar, where he celebrated his goal debut in the 64th minute and the Lions of Teranga shot in a 2-1 victory. With the national team of Senegal, he participated in the African Nations Cup in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012, and the qualifications for the World Cup in 2006 and 2010 in part.

Awards and achievements


  • UEFA Intertoto Cup winners: 2001
  • Promotion to Ligue 1: 2003
  • French League Cup winners: 2005
  • 2 × UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2005, 2006
  • French League Cup winners: 2010
  • French Champion: 2010
  • French Supercup winner: 2010 ( without insert)
  • Turkish champions: 2011


  • African Cup of Nations: Quarter-finalists in 2004 in Tunisia (5 inserts / 2 goals)
  • Semi-finalist in 2006 in Egypt ( 4 Inserts / 2 goals)

Personal honors

  • 3 × Player of the Month Ligue 1: May 2005, December 2005, December 2007
  • 3 × Senegalese Footballer of the Year: 2007, 2009, 2010
  • 2 × Elected in the team of the year in Ligue 1: 2008, 2010
  • Scorer in Ligue 1: 2010 ( 18 goals in 32 League game inserts )
  • Scorer of the year in Ligue 1: 2009/10