Alain Goma

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Alain Goma
Personal information
Full name Alain Goma
Date of birth (1972-10-05) 5 October 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Sault, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1982–1988 Versailles
1988–1990 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Auxerre 166 (4)
1998–1999 Paris Saint-Germain 30 (0)
1999–2001 Newcastle United 33 (1)
2001–2006 Fulham 117 (0)
2007–2008 Al-Wakrah
Total 346 (5)
National team
1996–1998 France 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Alain Goma (born 5 October 1972) is a French retired footballer who played as a right back or a central defender.

In a 16-year professional career he appeared in 196 Ligue 1 games, mostly for Auxerre. He then played 147 matches in the Premier League, with Newcastle and Fulham.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sault, Vaucluse, Goma started his football career playing for Paris-suburb club RC Versailles, joining AJ Auxerre's famed youth academy in 1988 at the age of 15. Three years later, he made his Ligue 1 debut for the team led by legendary Guy Roux.

In 1992–93, Goma took part in Auxerre's unprecedented semifinal run in the UEFA Cup, where they lost in the semi-finals to AFC Ajax in a penalty shootout. At the end of the season he signed his very first professional contract, going on to be instrumental in the side's 1996 double while also helping them to the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals – losing to eventual winners Borussia Dortmund – after winning the group stage over Ajax.

After ten years at Auxerre, Goma moved to Paris Saint-Germain FC, conquering the 1998 French Super Cup soon after signing. After that single campaign he joined Newcastle United for £4.7 million, becoming an important player at the start of 2000–01 and scoring in a 3–1 win against Middlesbrough in October 2000.[1]

On 13 March 2001, following a dispute with the Magpies, Goma signed with First Division leaders Fulham, who paid a club record £4 million for his services.[2] On 21 April 2001 he made his debut in a 1–1 draw at Portsmouth, and became a vital player for the club in its debut season in the Premier League, eventually serving as captain under countryman Jean Tigana.

Goma's form earned him a new contract during 2003–04, to keep him at the Cottagers until the summer of 2006. Despite missing two months due to injury, he made his 100th appearance during the campaign but, after the emergence of younger players such as Zat Knight, his importance and role gradually diminished in 2005–06; he was the most notable of six players released on 18 May 2006, after being unable to agree on a new deal.[3]

Goma subsequently retired, aged 33. However, in 2007, he came out of retirement, joining Qatar's Al-Wakrah Sport Club and retiring for good the following year.

International career[edit]

After starting representing the French under-21s in 1992, Goma would go on to earn two caps for the senior side. The first was on 9 October 1996, starting in a 4–0 friendly win against Turkey,[4] and the second was in another exhibition game, coming on as a substitute for Frank Lebœuf for the last ten minutes of a 2–2 draw in Austria on 19 August 1998.[5]

Honours[edit]

Auxerre
Paris Saint-Germain

Club statistics[edit]

[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1990–91 Auxerre Ligue 1 1 0
1991–92 1 0
1992–93 15 1
1993–94 33 0
1994–95 28 0
1995–96 32 0
1996–97 34 2
1997–98 22 1
1998–99 Paris SG Ligue 1 30 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Newcastle Premier League 14 0
2000–01 19 1
2000–01 Fulham First Division 3 0
2001–02 Premier League 33 0
2002–03 29 0
2003–04 23 0
2004–05 16 0
2005–06 13 0
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Al-Wakrah Qatar Stars League
Total France 196 4
England 150 1
Qatar ? ?
Career total 346 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newcastle see off Boro with ease". BBC Sport. 16 October 2000. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Fulham set to sign Goma". The Guardian. 13 March 2001. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Goma leads Fulham player exodus". BBC Sport. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "France – Turkey 4:0". European Football. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Austria – France 2:2". European Football. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alain Goma". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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