Rigobert Song Bahanag's stats, salary, age, nationality, wife, achievements
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Rigobert Song Bahanag's stats, salary, age, nationality, wife, achievements

The Cameroonian legend is widely known for his dominance in the defence line during his heydays as a footballer. He was named head coach of the national team in February 2022 and helped the Indomitable Lions qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. Rigobert Song Bahanag's stats and achievements make him one of the best defenders Africa has ever produced in football.

Rigobert Song Bahanag's age
Cameroon head coach Rigobert Song yells to his team during a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match against Switzerland at Al Janoub Stadium on 24 November 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Photo: Brad Smith
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Song had a glittering football career, playing for some of the top teams in Europe alongside the best footballers. However, many people do not know about his career journey, family and near-death experience. Read all the exciting details about the African legend below.

Rigobert Song's profile

Full nameRigobert Song Bahanag
NicknameBig Chief
Date of birth1 July 1976
Age46 (as of November 2022)
Place of birthNkenglicock, Cameroon
NationalityCameroonian
Height1.83 m
Weight76 kg
CareerFootball coach, former professional football player
Last clubTrabzonspor
Retired1 July 2010
Current teamCameroon national team
ParentsPaul, Bernadette Song
SpouseGabrielle Esther Nnomo Mballa
ChildrenRonny, Hillary Veronique Liliane, Bryan, Yohanna Bernadette
Salary$353,000
Net worth$4 million
Social media Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Biography

Rigobert Song Bahanag (aged 46) was born on 1 July 1976 at Nkenglicock, southern Cameroon. His parents are Paul and Bernadette Song. Unfortunately, his father died when he was young; therefore, he was raised by his mother. The Indomitable Lions coach played football for local clubs during his early years. He even played against older footballers.

Rigobert Song Bahanag's family

Rigobert Song Bahanag's wife is called Gabrielle Esther Nnomo Mballa. The couple got married in 2005. Esther and her husband have four children (two sons and two daughters). Their children's names are; Ronny, Bryan, Yohanna Bernadette and Hillary Veronique Liliane. Rigobert Song's house is in Yaounde, Cameroon. His family used to stay in his home in Liverpool.

Are Rigobert Song and Alex Song related?

The Cameroon head coach is an uncle to former Arsenal and Barcelona star Alex Song. He was born on 9 September 1987 in Douala, Cameroon. Alex has 17 sisters and ten brothers. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Olivia, and they have two sons, Nolan and Kaylian.

Football career

Rigobert Song Bahanag's stats
The former Cameroonian centre-back played for top European clubs like Liverpool, Galatasaray, and West Ham. Photo: Michael Steele, Tony Marshall, Clive Brunskill (modified by author)
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The legendary defender began his early career playing for local clubs in Cameron, including Tonnerre, before moving to France in 1994 to play for Metz. He spent four years at the club and later joined Salernitana in Italy. In 1991, Liverpool's newly-appointed manager, Gerard Houllier, signed Rigobert to compete with Jamie Carragher.

Although the Cameroonian struggled at Anfield, he played a few games for the Reds in the Premier League between 1999 to 2001. He later joined West Ham for two seasons and FC Köln in Germany on loan. Song also played for Lens and Galatasaray before ending his career at Trabzonspor.

National team

Rigobert Song Bahanag's achievements
Holland's Arjen Robben shoots the ball past Cameroon defender Rigobert Song during the World Cup match on 24 June 2010. Photo: Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates
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Bahanag's journey with the national team started in 1993. He made his senior debut for the Indomitable Lions against Mexico in the 1993 World Cup in the United States when he was just 17 years. The famous defender then became a familiar figure in the squad. He played in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cup editions.

The legendary Song is the first player to receive a red card in two consecutive World Cup tournaments (1994, 1998). He is the most-capped Cameroonian player, with 137 appearances from 1993-2010.

When did Rigobert Song retire?

The former defender hung his boots on 1 July 2010. He last played for Trabzonspor in Turkey, bringing to an end a remarkable career.

"Men pass, the country remains," Song said. "You have to quit things when you have to. I leave this team with pride and I think I have accomplished a duty."

Rigobert Song Bahanag's achievements

When did Rigobert Song retire?
Cameroonian captain R. Song (L) celebrate with teammates after winning the 2002 African Nations Cup. They beat Senegal 3-2 in a penalty shootout on 10 February 2002 in Bamako. Photo: Franck Fife
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Besides being a great defender and leader on the pitch, the Cameroonian head coach also won multiple trophies. Below is a list of the titles he won.

TrophyClubNumber of titlesYear (s)
Coupe de la LigueMetz11995-96
UEFA CupLiverpool12000-2001
Süper LigGalatasaray22005-2006, 2007-2008
Turkish CupGalatasaray12004-2005
Turkish CupTrabzonspor12009-2010
African Cup of NationsCameroon22000, 2002

Rigobert Song Bahanag's coaching career

The experienced defender was announced as the head coach of the Indomitable Lions in February 2022 to replace Portuguese coach Antonio Conceicao. Before his appointment, he managed Cameroon's Olympic team from October 2018, alongside Simo and Kalla.

Bahanag coached the home-based national Cameroon side in the African Nations Championship (CHAN). He later helped the African giants knock out Algeria in the qualifiers to book Qatar's World Cup ticket.

Tactical formation

Rigobert favours a 4-3-3 formation with short and vertical passes. He sets up his team to be solidly defensive and utilise the flanks. The tactician also prefers goalkeepers who are good with the ball at their feet. He optimises on dominating the opponent by keeping possession.

Rigobert Song Bahanag's salary

Rigobert Song's net worth
Cameroon head coach Rigobert Song arrives ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final draw at the Doha Exhibition Center on 1 April 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein
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The Cameroonian coach earns around $353,000 annually. He is among the three lowest-paid managers in World Cup. Senegal's Aliou Cissé takes home around $321,000, while Jalel Kadri of Tunisia gets $134,500 annually.

Rigobert Song's net worth

According to sources, the tactician has made around $4 million fortune from his football career. He is one of the wealthiest soccer defenders from Africa.

Near-death experience

In October 2016, the former Liverpool defender suffered a stroke and fell into a coma for two days as doctors struggled to save his life. During that period, rumours spread out that he was dead. The legend was at the Yaounde Central Hospital, where he survived death.

"It was a difficult situation. But now I am living in the present, I don't live in the past. What is important is that I'm in good health, I'm ok." Rigobert said.

Social media

You can access Rigobert Song Bahanag's photos and latest posts on his official Instagram account, which has 82.7K followers as of November 2022. The tactician also has Facebook and Twitter accounts that are not verified.

Rigobert Song Bahanag's stats, achievements, and leadership skills have inspired many players like his nephew Alex Song. He is one of the greatest African football defenders. His next test is leading his nation in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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