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Biography of Rigobert SONG

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Rigobert SONG
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Born on 01/07/1976 (format : day/month/year)

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Rigobert Song Bahanag ,born  (Juy 1, 1976,) is a Cameroonian football player.

Rigobert Song was born July 1,1976 in Cameroon.He's playing for Galatasaray (Turkey)
A key player for Cameroon for over a decade, Song has played in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 World Cups. He is their most capped player, with over 100 caps. Prior to joining Galatasaray in 2004, Song played for Metz, Salernitana, Liverpool, West Ham, Cologne, and RC Lens. Recently, in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, Rigobert became the most capped player in Cameroon history and has made up until now 103 international appearances. Also, in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, Rigobert broke the record for the greatest number of matches played at the CAF African Cup of Nations. Nowadays, Rigobert plays for Galatasaray S.K. and captains his national side. Currently, he is struggling to find a place in the team after an argument with Galatasaray Coach Eric Gerets during a League Game. Although Song apologised for the incident both publicly and privately, Eric Gerets has shown no sign of forgiving him, due to the idea that Song challenged his authority. Rigobert is also the uncle of fellow footballer Alexandre Song who plays for Arsenal F.C.
Apart from Zinedine Zidane, Song is the only player to have been sent off in two different World Cups, against Brazil in USA 94 and against Chile in France 98. He also holds the record as youngest player ever to be sent off in a world cup, aged 17 in the 1994 world cup.

Song's father, Paul Song, died when Rigobert was young. As such, he never really knew his father but nevertheless dedicates all his success to him, as his absence was a strong motivational force for him.
Rigobert Song is married to Esther, and has four children (two sons and two daughters): Ronny, Bryan,his oldest child; Yohanna Bernadette, his first daughter was born on September 22 2002 and his second daughter, Hillary Veronique Liliane, was born on September 13 2004. They currently live in Istanbul.

Last update : 07/16/2008

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