Mamadou Sakho Biography
Mamadou Sakho is a French professional footballer born on 13th February 1990 in Paris, France. He plays as a centre back for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the France national team. He is known for his tackling ability and his passing accuracy.
Mamadou Sakho began his career at Paris FC before moving to Paris Saint-Germain’s youth system in 2002. In October 2007, on his league debut, he became the youngest player ever to captain a Ligue 1 club. Sakho made over 200 appearances for the club, winning all four domestic trophies.
In 2013, he transferred to Liverpool for £18 million. He had a loan spell with Crystal Palace in 2017, and was subsequently bought by the team for £26 million on 1 September 2017.
Sakho is a senior international who has previously earned caps and captained the nation at all youth levels. Since making his senior debut in 2010 against England, Sakho has over 25 caps and represented France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Mamadou Sakho Age
He was born on 13th February 1990 in Paris, France (28 years as of 2018)
Mamadou Sakho Nationality
He is of French nationality by birth as he was born in Paris and also a Senegalese as his parents are Senegalese.
Mamadou Sakho Current Teams
- France national football team
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- Crystal Palace F.C.
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Mamadou Sakho Children
Mamadou Sakho has three children two daughters, Aida and Sienna, born in 2013 and 2015,and a son, Tidiane, born in 2018.
Mamadou Sakho Wife/ Mamadou SakhoMajda Sakho
Majda Sakho is considered a style icon amongst the WAG society, and is married to Liverpool footballer Mamadou Sakho.
Early Life, Family & Education :
- Majda was born in Morocco but was raised in France.
- Multilingual in French and English, from a young age she had dreams of travelling and possibly funding her self by teaching the two languages.
- During her teenage years, she was approached by modelling agents, who cast her in to catalogue shoots.
- From there she branched out to hosting charity events, and it was through this that she went on to meet her future husband.
- Though an extremely private person by nature, she does provide people an insight into her life via her social media accounts.
Relationship and Life as Mamadou Sakho Wife :
Majda married the famed Liverpool footballer on 17 June 2012, after a brief courtship. The wedding itself was an affair that was spread over two days. The first day involved a traditional ceremony in Paris, which was followed by a more relaxed reception in the Senegal area that her husband’s family originates from. She gave birth to their first daughter in early 2013, a child named Aida. This was then followed by the birth of their second daughter Sienna in late 2015.
Her husband’s life has been marred by drama, beginning with the loss of his father at the age of 12. Majda has been labelled a calming influence on him by his Liverpool coaches. She has admitted to not being the biggest fan of football, but she makes a point to attend her husband’s matches when possible, usually with her daughters beside her wearing replicas of his jersey.
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Public Image & Charity Work :
Throughout her time in the spotlight, which came about from her marriage to Mamadou Sakho, Majda has been praised for her style efforts. She has appeared in both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and critics have labelled her as ‘fresh’ within the usually over-done WAG community of the UK. Sakho has been heavily involved with the website “Vestiaire Collection”, which is a French company that was launched in 2008.
The company aims to provide fashion to all markets, and is essentially a marketplace where famous style icons can sell their clothes once they have worn them. Before the pieces are passed on to the new owners, they are checked for authenticity. Sakho acts as an ambassador for this company, but also sells items she has worn for public appearances.
Heavily involved in charity work, she sits on the board for her husband’s charity Amsak, which is a charity that aids the underprivileged in countries such as Senegal, Africa, and the Ivory Coast. She has been spotted in those areas on numerous occasions, visiting orphanages especially.
Social Media :
Her Instagram account, @majdasakho, has 80,000+ followers as of 2018, while her twitter account of the same name has over 3K followers.
Mamadou Sakho Instagram
On 2 September 2013, Premier League club Liverpool announced the signing of Sakho for a fee of £18 million.
Sakho made his debut on 16 September 2013 against Swansea City in a 2–2 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had described the Frenchman as “a beast in training” prior to his debut. On 7 December 2013, Sakho scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 4–1 win at Anfield against West Ham United.
Intermittent injuries limited Sakho to just 19 appearances, however he played a key role in Liverpool’s surprise title challenge where they eventually finished as runners-up in the Premier League.
On 27 September 2014, Sakho was left out of the squad for the Merseyside Derby clash against Everton. Upon hearing the manager’s decision, he left the stadium. The Frenchman later apologised for his action.
After a poor beginning to the season, manager Brendan Rodgers switched to a 3-man defensive line in October – with Sakho playing a crucial part.
His pace, athleticism, and ball playing abilities were key in this formation. Sakho returned to the Liverpool team for a 2–2 draw with Arsenal on 22 December 2014 and went on to help the Reds to five clean sheets in eight Premier League matches.
Sakho began the season as backup to Dejan Lovren. On 17 September 2015, Sakho made his first start of the season; a man-of-the-match performance in a Europa League away match against Bordeaux, captaining the side in a 1–1 draw. A day later, it was announced that he had signed a new long-term contract with the club.
Sakho was restored to the starting lineup and under new manager Jürgen Klopp was praised for his excellent form. On 8 November, however, he sustained a knee injury in a 2–1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield that ruled him out for two months.
Sakho was praised in Liverpool’s victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals. He coped against in-form striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 1–1 away draw in the first leg, and then scored a header as they mounted a late comeback to win the second 4–3.
On 23 April 2016, it was announced that Sakho was being investigated by UEFA for violating an anti-doping rule, after he was tested on 17 March following a Europa League game against Manchester United. The club, along with Sakho, agreed that while UEFA were investigating, he would not be available for team selection.
Five days later, after testing positive for a fat-burner, UEFA punished him with a 30-day ban from all European football, which FIFA extended to cover all world football. On 28 May 2016, the ban expired after the substance was found to not be in the banned substance list. On 8 July 2016, the case was dismissed by UEFA.
On 18 July 2016, it was announced that Sakho would wear the number 3 jersey for the 2016–17 season, switching from the number 17 he had worn since he joined Liverpool. During Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States, Sakho was sent home by manager Jürgen Klopp for not respecting the rules that had been put in place for the squad.
Klopp revealed that Sakho had been late for the team’s flight as well as for a subsequent medical treatment session and a team meal time. As a result, Sakho was demoted from the senior squad and thus only played competitive football with the reserves in the Professional Development League that season.
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Mamadou Sakho Injury
14 December 2017
Roy Hodgson has warned that Crystal Palace expect to lose Mamadou Sakho for an extended spell on the sidelines.
The summer signing was forced off with a calf injury against Bournemouth at the weekend, and doctors are reluctant to put a date on a return to training.
“It’s far too early [to tell],” Hodgson told reporters. “It’s a serious muscle strain or tear and the doctors won’t put a timescale on that. It’s going to be a while that’s for sure.”
Palace are also sweating over the fitness of loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who on Thursday will undergo a scan on a hamstring injury picked up during Tuesday’s dramatic win over Watford.
The three points over Marco Silva’s side temporarily moved Palace out of the relegation zone for the first time this season, until West Brom earned a point at Anfield the following night.
Hodgson is keen to temper expectations in light of a six-game unbeaten streak but underlined his happiness at the progress made since his appointment.
He added: “Nothing has changed for me or my staff. We have worked exactly the same way since we came in. “We can only hope to continue with what we’ve achieved so far. We aren’t the finished article.
“We are closer to the pack and thats the important thing. There is going to be a pack of teams for a period of time going forward in and around that third spot. “Now we have ourselves within three or four points of that pack, it’s important we stay with them.”
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Mamadou Sakho Youth
Sakho has been active with France at youth level. As early as the age of 13, he began featuring with regional youth sides playing for Île-de-France alongside fellow youth internationals Yacine Brahimi, Tripy Makonda, Maxime Partouche, and Sébastien Corchia.
Sakho made his debut for the under-16 team on 21 March 2006 in a friendly match against Germany in a 3–1 victory. He scored his only goal for the team in their 1–0 victory over England in the Montaigu Tournament. France later won the competition defeating Italy 2–1 in the final.
With the under-17 team, Sakho made his debut in the team’s opening match against Cyprus in an international youth tournament. Midway through the season, Sakho was named captain by coach François Blaquart who noticed the player’s leadership skills.
Under Sakho’s captaincy, the team reached the 2007 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and, later, the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup by virtue of their semi-final appearance in the UEFA-sanctioned tournament. At the U-17 World Cup, which was held in South Korea, Sakho captained the team to a quarter-final appearance where they lost to Spain in a penalty shootout.
Due his increased playing time with his parent club, Sakho only made four appearances with the under-18 team. He made his debut for the team on 18 December 2007 in a friendly match against Portugal and later featured in two friendly matches against Germany, one of which was played at the GAZi-Stadion auf der Waldau in Stuttgart.
Similarly with the under-19 team, Sakho’s play with the team was limited not only due to his playing time with Paris Saint-Germain, but also due to his commitments with the under-21 team.
Despite making only four appearances with the team, he was selected to play in the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Paris Saint-Germain, however, refused his participation in order to preserve the player’s fitness with the player having already played in the 2009 Toulon Tournament, which was held the same month.
Sakho made his France U21 debut on 19 August 2008 in a friendly match against Slovakia. He played in the 2009 Toulon Tournament and captained the team on two occasions serving in place of the lead captain for the tournament, Étienne Capoue, who came off the bench. On 8 September 2009, Sakho scored his first under-21 goal in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Ukraine.
The match ended in a 2–2 draw. A month later, he was installed as the first-choice captain of the team following the selection of former captain Moussa Sissoko to the senior team.
Mamadou Sakho Senior
On 5 August 2010, Sakho was called up to the France senior team for the first time by new manager Laurent Blanc for the team’s friendly match against Norway on 11 August 2010. He didn’t make his international debut in the match, but was subsequently called up by Blanc for national team matches in September and October 2010.
On 17 November 2010, Sakho made his senior international debut against England in a 2–1 win at Wembley Stadium, appearing as a substitute at the start of the second half for Philippe Mexès.
On 19 November 2013, in the second leg of their 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off against Ukraine, Sakho scored his first and second international goals, giving Les Bleus a 3–2 aggregate win to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On 13 May 2014, Sakho was named in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team’s opening match, keeping a clean sheet in partnership with Raphaël Varane in a 3–0 defeat of Honduras.
In the second match, Les Bleus were again on course for a shutout with Sakho in defence, leading 3–0 against Switzerland when he was substituted with an injury in the 66th minute. The team eventually ran out 5–2 winners to qualify for the knockout stage. Sakho returned to the side for the next match, helping France to another clean sheet in a 0–0 draw with Ecuador.
On May 17 2018, he was named on the standby list for the 23 man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Mamadou Sakho Crystal Palace
Loan to Crystal Palace
On 31 January 2017, Sakho signed with Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season. Sakho made his debut appearance in a 1–0 victory over Middlesbrough on 25 February, and was praised by manager Sam Allardyce for his role in Crystal Palace’s victory.
After Palace kept clean sheets in victories against West Bromwich Albion and Watford, Sakho was named a nominee for the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for March and was also awarded Crystal Palace’s Player of the Month on March 31. Sakho followed this up with well-received performances in Palace’s 1–2 victory at Stamford Bridge over league leaders Chelsea and a 3–0 home win over Arsenal.
Move to Crystal Palace
On 31 August 2017, Sakho signed for Crystal Palace on a four-year contract, with a transfer fee of £24 million plus £2 million in add-ons being agreed with Liverpool.
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