Papiss Cisse


Name: Papiss Cisse
Squad number: 9
Nationality: Senegalese
Born: 3rd June, 1985, Dakar, Senegal
Height: 181cm (5ft 11.5ins)
Weight: 72.3kg
Previous clubs: Douanes Dakar, Metz, Cherbourg (loan), Chateauroux (loan), SC Freiburg
Signed: January 2012, from SC Freiburg
Newcastle United debut: 5th February, 2012 v Aston Villa (home), Premier League
Position: Striker



Striker Papiss Cisse joined Newcastle United on 17th January, 2012, from SC Freiburg for an undisclosed fee.


Putting pen-to-paper on a five-and-a-half year contract, Cisse was handed the iconic number nine shirt previously worn by Magpies' legends including Jackie Milburn, Andy Cole and record scorer Alan Shearer.


On the day he signed, Cisse made a flying visit to Tyneside from a training camp with Senegal, who were preparing for their forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations campaign, and that meant United would have to be without their new front man for at least a few weeks.


But Senegal's participation in the tournament ended at the group stage, and Cisse - along with Club and country teammate Demba Ba - were quickly back in the North-East.


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew chose to ease the striker gently in to Premier League life, so gave him a place on the substitutes' bench against Aston Villa on 5th February, but Cisse was soon called upon following an early injury to Leon Best.


And he capped an impressive debut with a wonder strike which turned out to be the winner in a 2-1 victory at the Sports Direct Arena - receiving a cross from the left wing, Cisse took a touch on the edge of the box before firing an unstoppable, rising, left-footed half-volley into the top corner at the Gallowgate End.


From that point on the goals started flowing and refused to stop. Cisse found the back of the net against Wolves, Norwich, Swansea, Bolton, West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool, Stoke, Chelsea - including a handful of braces - and finished the campaign with a remarkable tally of 13 goals from 13 starts.



Early Days

Cisse began his career with AS Douanes, in Dakar, and went on to have prolific spells at French clubs Metz, Cherbourg and Chateauroux.


In December 2009, he switched to German outfit SC Freiburg, where he struck 37 goals in just 65 appearances, earning him a switch to the Premier League and Newcastle United.



International Career

Cisse made his international debut for Senegal on 12th August, 2009, in a friendly against Congo DR.


He was part of the Lions of Teranga's squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations competition, and has an impressive scoring record for his country.