[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Senegalese international football player, Papiss Demba Cissé holds the record for the most goals scored by an African player in the German Bundesliga in a single season campaign. His tally of 22 goals scored in the 2010-11 season beat Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ghanaian international, Tony Yeboah’s tally of 20 from 1992-93 Bundesliga season.

Papiss Demba Cissé was born in Dakar, Senegal on June 3, 1985. He began his football career in Dakar, playing for AS Douanes de Dakar, before moving to France where he signed for FC Metz in the summer of 2005.

After one month of joining FC Metz, Papiss was loaned to AS Cherbourg where he played a total of 26 games, scoring 11 goals for the Normandy side. He returned to Metz and spent two years, before he was sent on loan to LB Châteauroux in January 2008. He returned to FC Metz in July 2008 for his third and final spell with the club, before he was sold to SC Freiburg of Germany in December 2009.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25137″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Signed for a fee of €1.62m, it was at SC Freiburg that Papiss Demba Cissé began to show the footballing world his great potential as a lethal striker. The club had tried to sign him in June after a friendly game where Papiss scored and provided an assist to help FC Metz defeat SC Freiburg 2 – 1, but a fee could not be agreed between both sides.

Papiss Demba Cissé played 16 games in the remaining half of the 2009-10 season and scored six goals. In the 2010-11 season, which was his first full season with Freiburg, Papiss emerged as the second highest goal scorer in the Bundesliga with 22 goals, behind German international, Mario Gomez of FC Bayern Munich who scored 28.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25136″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]By that feat, Papiss entered the record books as the highest single-season goal scorer in SC Freiburg’s history – the highest number of goals in a single season scored by a Freiburg player. He also eclipsed the 18-year old record of 20 goals scored by an African in a single season previously held by Anthony Yeboah of Eintracht Frankfurt; and was given the EFFIFU Award for the most efficient striker in the league, having played less games than Gomez.

Papiss Demba Cissé played a total of 65 games for SC Freiburg, scoring 37 goals before he was sold to Newcastle United FC of England in January 2012 for a transfer fee of ₤9.3m. The club handed him the number 9 jersey previously worn by club legend Alan Shearer. On his debut, Cissé replaced an injured player in the 14th minute and went on to score the winner in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25139″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]He would go on to score a total of 13 goals in 14 matches including a brace against Chelsea FC. One of the goals was chosen by BBC as Goal of the Season. After five seasons with the Magpies, playing a total of 131 games and scoring 44 goals, Cissé left Newcastle and joined Chinese Super League outfit, Shandong Luneng in July 2016.       

On August 12, 2009, Papiss Demba Cissé made his official debut for the Senegalese national football team, the Teranga Lions in a friendly match against Congo DR and scored a brace as Senegal beat the host 2-1. He captained the Lions between 2012 and ’13 and has earned 35 caps, scoring 16 goals for the national team as at January 2015.

Papiss Demba Cissé runs a charity and while in England hosted Christmas parties for for fans and kids at his home. He is twice married and has a son Ousmane by his first wife.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25140″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_single_image image=”25141″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]For additional information, please see:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/newcastle-striker-papiss-cisse-visits-4893062

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papiss_Ciss%C3%A9#Personal_life

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11678/10496708/papiss-cisse-leaves-newcastle-to-join-shandong-luneng

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/newcastle-striker-papiss-cisse-invites-4873051[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Afro Tourism salutes the Senegalese football icon, Papiss Demba Cissé as he continues to ply his trade in the Chinese Super League.

 

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