Salomon Olembé

Salomon Olembé
Personal information
Full name René Salomon Olembé-Olembé
Date of birth (1980-12-08) 8 December 1980
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left-midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Nantes 103 (7)
2001–2002Marseille (loan) 8 (0)
2002–2007 Marseille 67 (1)
2003–2004Leeds United (loan) 12 (0)
2005–2006Al Rayyan (loan) 14 (3)
2007–2008 Wigan Athletic 8 (0)
2009 Kayserispor 17 (1)
2010 Larissa 0 (0)
Total 229 (12)
National team
1997–2007 Cameroon 64 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:34, 20 June 2008 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:01, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

René Salomon Olembé-Olembé (born 8 December 1980 in Yaoundé) is a Cameroonian former footballer.

Club career

Olembé started his career with Nantes, where he contributed 30 appearances as his side won 2000–01 French Division 1.[1] He also played in the victorious 1999 and 2000 Coupe de France finals. He then transferred to Marseille in 2002. While at Marseille he spent a season on loan at English Premiership strugglers Leeds United and a season at Qatari club Al Rayyan.

After leaving Marseille permanently in 2007, Olembé spent the summer on trial at Premiership newcomers Derby County, where he scored in a friendly match against Burton Albion. However, he was not offered a contract by Derby and, on 4 September, he was snapped up by Wigan Athletic manager Chris Hutchings on a one-year initial contract.[2] He was signed as a replacement for the recently departed Leighton Baines, but only made 8 appearances for the Lancashire club.

In April 2008, it was revealed that Olembé would transfer to Turkish club Kayserispor.[3]

In January 2010, in the winter break of his second season in the Süper Lig, Olembé transferred to Greek side Larissa, but spent only a few months with the club before joining English Championship team Burnley on trial in March. He played in a reserve game against Manchester City but was substituted at half-time.[4]

International career

Olembé made his debut for Cameroon in 1997, and made a total of 64 appearances for his country. He represented Cameroon at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

International goals

Cameroon score shown first[5]

# Date Opponent Result Competition
1 23 April 2000  Somalia 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 29 January 2002  Togo 3–0 2002 Africa Cup of Nations
3 7 February 2002  Mali 3–0 2002 Africa Cup of Nations
4 7 February 2002  Mali 3–0 2002 Africa Cup of Nations




  1. "CALENDRIER LIGUE 1 2000-01". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. "Wigan sign Cameroon star Olembe". BBC Sport. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  3. "Olembe to Kayserispor". Vitalfootball. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  4. "Olembe plays in reserves". Clarets-Mad. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
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