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Niang with Al-Sadd
Personal information
Full nameMamadou Hamidou Niang [1]
Date of birth (1979-10-13) 13 October 1979 (age 38) [2]
Place of birth Matam, Senegal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1998–1999 Le Havre
Senior career*
1999–2001 Troyes B 35 (21)
2001–2003 Troyes 47 (8)
2003Metz (loan) 12 (5)
2003–2005 Strasbourg 56 (21)
2005–2010 Marseille 155 (71)
2010–2011 Fenerbahçe 29 (15)
2011–2014 Al Sadd 26 (9)
2013Beşiktaş (loan) 10 (3)
2014–2015 Arles-Avignon 17 (2)
National team
2002–2012 Senegal 59 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mamadou Niang (born 13 October 1979) is a Senegalese retired footballer who played as a striker. He has represented Senegal at international level, participating in the 2004, 2006, and 2008 African Cup of Nations. He is the older brother of Papa Niang, who is also a professional footballer.

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After beginning his career with the Le Havre youth team, Niang turned professional at 18 years of age with Troyes. He had a mixed beginning to his career with his first season featuring ten Ligue 1 starts, all from the bench, the following season would show little improvement with 17 starts and only 3 league goals.

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Loan to Metz

A loan period with second division Metz allowed him to hone his skills, contributing 5 goals in 12 appearances and helping Metz return to top flight French football for the 2003–04 season.

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Jean Fernandez, the Metz manager, tried to make the loan deal into a permanent move but failed and Niang left Troyes for Strasbourg. The arrival of Danijel Ljuboja, to Strasbourg at the same time allowed Niang to form an important strike partnership until Ljuboja moved to Paris Saint-Germain. Niang didn't score again for the remainder of the second half of that season.

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The 2004–05 season saw Mickaël Pagis arrive at Strasbourg, and a fruitful new partnership was formed, with the pair linking up for 27 goals in the league. This partnership helped Strasbourg make it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, where victory over Caen gave Strasbourg their second Coupe de la Ligue trophy.

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Olympique Marseille

In 2005, Niang moved to Marseille for a reported fee of €7 million. He was joined six months later by Mickaël Pagis. Niang finished the season as Marseille's top scorer with ten goals but Marseille lost the Coupe de France final to Paris Saint-Germain.

Coupe de France

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Niang would go on to finish the 2009–10 season with 18 goals in Ligue 1, making him the highest scorer in the league and Marseille's highest scorer with 28 goals in all competitions.

Niang was selected OM player of the month for May 2008. [3]


Niang signed a 3+1 year deal with Fenerbahçe on 14 August 2010 for a fee of reported €8 million. [4] He made a great start with Fenerbahçe SK when he scored 7 goals in his first 6 league appearances. Niang scored his first hat-trick for Fenerbahçe on his 5th appearance when they won 6–2 against Kasımpaşa. He helped his side win the 2010–11 Süper Lig, scoring 16 goals in 29 appearances. [5]

Al Sadd

On 6 September 2011, Niang was sold to Al-Sadd for €7.5 million. [6]

On 19 October 2011, at the 2011 AFC Champions League semi-final match against Suwon Samsung Bluewings, he scored the controversial, un-sportsmanlike second goal for his team. Al Sadd should've sent the ball back to the Bluewings since the play was suspended when the home team's player was injured. However, while Suwon's defense stood still thinking their goalkeeper will get the ball back, Niang stole the ball and went past the goalkeeper to score. The goal induced an intrusion of a home fan and a huge melee of both players and bench. The controversy got bigger when Al Sadd's player Keita took a swing at a home fan. Even though his goal was against general notion of fair-play, Niang argued that there was no problem with his goal, and that it was Suwon who played without manners, inducing melee between two teams. After all, AFC did not conclude this issue justly, by giving disciplinary actions to Suwon only, Al Sadd getting absolutely nothing, not even Niang or Keita. [7] He then got himself sent-off in injury time for kicking the ball away when he was flagged offside, receiving another yellow card in addition to his previous, meaning he could not participate in the second leg in Doha. [8]

Beşiktaş (loan)

On 31 January 2013, Niang moved to Turkish side Beşiktaş on loan until the end of the season. [9]

On 3 March 2013, he scored his first goal and contributed with an assist in a 3–2 win against his old club Fenerbahçe securing 3 points for his team in the final derby ever on İnönü Stadium.


On 28 August 2014, Niang returned to France to sign for AC Arles-Avignon, having been overseas for the last four years. [10] [11]

Career statistics


[2] [12] [13]

Troyes 2000–01 Ligue 1 10241143
Metz (loan)2002–03 Ligue 2 12531156
Strasbourg 2002–03Ligue 1239212510
Marseille 2005–06Ligue 1281042814013
2006–07 371283424917
Fenerbahçe 2010–11 Süper Lig 291520203315
Al Sadd 2011–12 Qatar Stars League 13472227
Beşiktaş (loan)2012–13Süper Lig103103
Arles-Avignon 2014–15Ligue 216221183
2015–16 CFA 1010
Career total35213441145519448167

International goals

Scores and results table. Senegal's goal tally first: [14]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 March 2002 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 19 November 2002 First National Bank Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1–1 1–1 Nelson Mandela Challenge
3. 30 January 2004 Stade 15 Octobre, Bizerte, Tunisia Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 1–0 3–0 2004 Africa Cup of Nations
4. 30 January 2004 Stade 15 Octobre, Bizerte, Tunisia Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 3–0 3–0 2004 Africa Cup of Nations
5. 17 November 2004 Stade Bon Rencontre, Toulon, France Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
6. 18 June 2005 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Togo.svg  Togo 1–1 2–2 2006 World Cup qualifiers
7. 4 February 2006 Harras El-Hedoud Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 2–1 3–2 2006 Africa Cup of Nations
8. 7 February 2006 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1–1 1–2 2006 Africa Cup of Nations
9. 16 August 2006 Stade de la Vallée du Cher, Tours, France Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 1–0 1–0 Friendly
10. 24 March 2007 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 1–0 4–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
11. 24 March 2007 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 3–0 4–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
12. 24 March 2007 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 4–0 4–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
13. 14 October 2007 Stade Robert Diochon, Rouen, France Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 2–0 3–1 Friendly
14. 5 September 2009 Estádio Algarve, Portugal, Portugal Flag of Angola.svg  Angola 1–0 1–1 Friendly
15. 3 March 2010 Panthessaliko Stadium, Volos, Greece Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1–0 2–0 Friendly
16. 5 September 2010 Stade Frederic Kibassa Maliba, Lubumbashi, DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 2–0 4–2 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
17. 5 September 2010 Stade Frederic Kibassa Maliba, Lubumbashi, DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 3–0 4–2 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
18. 5 September 2010 Stade Frederic Kibassa Maliba, Lubumbashi, DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 4–1 4–2 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
19. 9 October 2010 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 2–0 7–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
20. 9 October 2010 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar, Senegal Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 5–0 7–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers



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