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Christopher Samba
Christopher Samba 2012.jpg
With Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012
Personal information
Full nameVeijeany Christopher Samba[1]
Date of birth28 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birthCréteil, France
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Moscow
Youth career
Senior career*
2002–2003Sedan B26(0)
2004–2006Hertha BSC II28(4)
2004–2007Hertha BSC20(0)
2007–2012Blackburn Rovers161(16)
2012–2013Anzhi Makhachkala27(3)
2013Queens Park Rangers10(0)
2013Anzhi Makhachkala5(1)
2013–Dynamo Moscow17(5)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:54, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
Veijeany Christopher Samba (born 28 March 1984), known as Christopher Samba, is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for FC Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League. Born in France, he plays for the Congo National Team :

Club career

Early career

Born in the Parisian suburb of Créteil, Samba began his career with French Ligue 2 club Sedan. After only three appearances, he was signed by Berlin based club Hertha BSC of the German Bundesliga.

Hertha BSC

Samba only made 20 appearances during his time in Germany and desired a move elsewhere. Struggling to break into theHertha BSC first team[2] he was invited by Mark Hughes to undertake a five-day trial at Blackburn Rovers. In total for the German club in his three years there he made approximately 28 appearances in all competitions, and he also was involved in eight Euro cup matches.[citation needed]

Blackburn Rovers

Samba completed a transfer from Hertha BSC to Blackburn Rovers of the Premier League signing a three-and-a-half year deal for £450,000 on 25 January 2007 and took the number 21 shirt. He made his Rovers debut against Luton Town in the FA CupFourth Round, as a 69th minute substitute for Ryan Nelsen and his Premiership debut on 31 January against Chelsea atStamford Bridge in a 3–0 defeat. On 17 March, Samba scored his first goal for Blackburn against West Ham United, with a header in the 47th minute, in the 2–1 defeat at Ewood Park. He then scored his second goal for Blackburn in a 3–1 victory over Watford at Ewood Park on 18 April, playing the full 90 minutes with Ryan Nelsen. At the end of the 2006–07 season, he made 19 appearances, scoring two goals in 14 Premier League games.[3]
Following Samba's performances in his debut season, he established himself as a starter in the 2007–08 season and was given number 4. On 22 October 2007, Blackburn announced Samba had signed a new long-term contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012. He made a total of 40 appearances during the season, scoring three goals in all competitions.[4]
Although recognised predominantly as a defender, Samba made several appearances as a striker in the latter stages of the2008–09 season. On 4 April 2009, with Blackburn losing 1–0 against Tottenham Hotspur, he started the second half up front. Blackburn went on to win 2–1, with manager Sam Allardyce claiming Samba's impact as "key to victory".[5] During the next league match against Liverpool at Anfield on 11 April, Samba again started as a lone striker, with Benni McCarthy being left on the bench. He continued to play as a striker in the next match against Wigan Athletic in the 2–0 win for Blackburn. By the end of the season, he had made 39 appearances, including 35 Premier League starts and four cup games and scored three goals in all competitions.
He scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season against Aston Villa on 26 September 2009. In November, Samba signed a new five-year contract with the club. He scored on his 100th Premier League start in a 2–0 victory over Fulham at Ewood Park and netted his third league goal of the 2009–10 season on 13 March against in a 3–1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[6] On 3 May 2010, Samba scored the winning goal as Rovers beat Arsenal 2–1 at Ewood Park.[7] He was also picked as captain for the game, despite club captain Ryan Nelsen and vice-captain David Dunn both starting. Throughout the season, he made a total of 33 starts and scored four goals in 30 Premier League games.
Samba was appointed club captain for the 2010–11 season with Nelsen moving to vice-captain, but he was stripped of the captaincy by new manager Steve Kean on 26 December after announcing his desire to leave Blackburn.[8] Samba signed a new four-and-a-half year deal on 2 February 2011. On 14 May 2011, he started the game against Manchester United at Ewood Park in the 1–1 draw. Samba captained Rovers in their 3–2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the last Premier League match of the campaign and was shown with all the fans on the pitch at the final whistle. At the end of the campaign he made 36 appearances and scored four goals in all competitions as Blackburn finished in 15th place in the Premier League table.
After missing the opening two Premier League fixtures, Samba played his first game of the season on 27 August, playing the full 90 minutes alongside Gael Givet in the 1–0 defeat against Everton at Ewood Park. On 11 September 2011, he started alongside debut centre back Scott Dann in a 1–1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage. On 17 September 2011, Samba started and played the full 90 minutes alongside Scott Dann in a 4–3 victory over Arsenal at Ewood Park. Samba scored his first goal of 2011–12 season againstQueens Park Rangers in a 1–1 draw. Samba scored his second goal against Norwich City in a 3–3 draw on 29 October 2011.
On 31 December 2011, Samba was part of the squad that recorded a win against Manchester United defeating Alex Ferguson's side at Old Trafford 3–2. A foul on Samba in the penalty area by Dimitar Berbatov resulted in Blackburn being awarded a penalty which Blackburn scored. In January 2012, Samba handed in a transfer request following a bid fromQueens Park Rangers which was rejected.[9] On 14 January Samba missed Blackburn's victory over Fulham, however manager Steve Kean attributed this to a stomach virus.[10] On 17 January 2012, Blackburn turned down Samba's transfer request and issued a statement saying that the Rovers captain was not for sale.[11] Samba himself had issued a statement the previous day stating: "In my five years at Blackburn Rovers I have always given 100% in every game I have played. I have had several opportunities to leave but I have always stayed. I have decided now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge and I have asked the club to respect my decision and allow me to leave. I thank the fans for their support and I hope they feel I have served them and their club well."

Anzhi Makhachkala

Samba playing for Anzhi Makhachkala.
On 24 February 2012, Samba completed a move to Anzhi Makhachkala on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £12.3 million, with a salary of £100,000 per week.[12] Following his move to Russia, Samba was given the number 22 shirt. Suggestions that he only joined Anzhi for money were angrily denied by Samba, who insisted that his move to link up with Guus Hiddink was motivated by ambition.[13][14] Samba made his debut for Anzhi Makhachkala on 5 March 2012, with the team defeating Dynamo Moscow 1–0. He scored his first goal for the team on 6 May 2012, in the 3–1 home win over Rubin Kazan in a Russian Premier League match.[15]

Racism incident in Russia

During a match between Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow on 17 March 2012 which Moscow won 1–0, a crowd at Lokomotiv Moscow allegedly threw a banana directly at Samba after the match. In response, Samba threw the banana back into the crowd which he expressed regret in doing. Samba spoke out saying that he was saddened by the incident happening close to children. "I am very sad that this happened in front of children who were sitting in the same stand," the Congo international told reporters after the game. "It is a really bad example for them."[16]Also, Samba revealed he almost broke down in tears when he became the latest victim of racism in Russia.[17] His club Anzhi described the banana throwing as "idiotic".[18]
This banana incident thrown at Samba led Sergey Fursenko, the president of Russian Football Union, to promise that the authorities are already investigating the incident to identify the person who threw the banana at Samba.[19] Both clubs (Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow) have made a vow to find the fan who racially abused Samba and publicly punish him.[20] However, Anzhi Makhachkala have publicly criticised Lokomotiv Moscow's "interference" after the club claimed its fans did not throw a banana at Chris Samba and Anzhi vice-president German Chistyakov said "It seems FC Lokomotiv is trying to interfere in the investigation... We are confident this is nothing but an absolute nonsense and foolishness."[21] On 30 March 2012, the Russian Football Union confirmed the authorities had identified the thrower and that the thrower is a college student from Moscow.[22]
After weeks of the banana racism, Samba vowed to stay at Anzhi despite racism.[23]
Samba said:
Nine months after banana incident, Samba spoke out on racism, accusing Zenit Saint Petersburg supporters, specifically a small group of Zenit fans who are openly against homosexual or non-white players playing for Zenit, as racist and described their actions as 'living in another century'.[24]

Queens Park Rangers

On 13 January 2013, Samba joined Queens Park Rangers for a reported fee of £12.5 million, signing a four-and-a-half year deal.[25]
Following his transfer, QPR's manager Harry Redknapp commented that "Chris is just what we need. He's a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He's a proper centre-half. He was willing to take a massive pay cut."[26]

Return to Anzhi

On 2 July 2013, Anzhi Makhachkala agreed a fee of £12m to bring Samba back to Russia after only half a season with Queens Park Rangers, following their relegation from the Premier League. Rangers were looking to cut their wage bill after dropping out of the English Premier Division, with Samba one of the highest earners on a reported £100,000 per week.[27]

Dynamo Moscow

On 29 August 2013, Dynamo Moscow signed three players from Anzhi, with Samba being one of them, he wears the 84 shirt. However, Samba's family are still based in England. For this reason, Samba is periodically linked with moves back to an English club. [28]

International career

Samba represents the Republic of the Congo national team and made his debut as a twenty-year old in 2004. He is the current captain of the team.

Club career statistics

As of 10 march 2014
Hertha Berlin2005–061202070210
Blackburn Rovers2006–071425000192
Anzhi Makhachkala2011–121010000101
Anzhi Makhachkala2013–1451000031
Dynamo Moscow2013–14510000101
Career Total2232124124227224