Franck Songo'o: La Masai product is born today

By Beng Emmanuel
Sports writer,

Franck Steve Songo’o comes from a family of many footballers. He is the son of former Cameroonian national team goalkeeper Jacques Songo’o , who featured for Spanish side Deportivo La Coruña in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His brother, Yann Songo’o , was formerly on the books of Blackburn Rovers .

Like Amhed Yahiaoui, Franck Songo’o was one of the most promising uprising talents. He spent more of his senior career in England and Spain. After a short American experience, he ended his career in Greece in 2014.

The retired Cameroonian footballer spent several years at Barcelona youth facility-La Masai alongside Lionel Messi,Cesc Fabregas and Gerald pique. Although he did not make the clear-cut in Barca’s first choice team, the 33-year-old was quick to impress with a broader audience that did get a glimpse of his quality.

Born in Yaoundé, Franck Songo’o started his professional career with Spanish Club Deportivo de la Coruna where his father won the 1999/2000 La Liga Championship.

In 2005, he joined Portsmouth for £250000 and had a brief spell with the English club with barely three appearances in the 2005/2006 season. The Cameroonian has regularly been loaned to Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth and Preston North end during his stay in England.

However,in 2007 the former France youth international returned to form and became Neil Warnock’s first signing at Crystal Palace but left after a season. Songo’o joined Real Zaragoza in 2008 were he helped the secunda division club gain promotion to the La Liga. After the end of his contract, the Cameroonian midfielder moved to Albacete, a segunda division club were he was released a year later.

The former U-23 Lion practiced and played as a trialist with Portland Timbers of the Major League soccer in 2012. After impressing with during preseason games,he was signed in February 2012.

In 2008, Franck Songo’o applied to FIFA for a change in nationality to permit him play for Cameroon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had three selections with

with his first call up against Cape Verde on September 2008 during a world Cup qualifier.

Happy Birthday Franck Steve Songo’o

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played where he prompted comparison with several players of his generation.