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Personal information
Full name Albert Meyong Zé
Date of birth (1980-10-19) 19 October 1980 (age 43)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Canon Yaoundé
1998–1999 Ravenna 7 (2)
2000–2005 Vitória Setúbal 150 (56)
2005–2006 Belenenses 26 (17)
2006–2008 Levante 12 (1)
2007 Albacete (loan) 13 (0)
2008 Belenenses (loan) 1 (1)
2008–2011 Braga 65 (22)
2012–2013 Vitória Setúbal 25 (16)
2013–2015 Kabuscorp 80 (50)
2016–2017 Vitória Setúbal 19 (1)
2020–2021 Comércio Indústria 9 (5)
Total 407 (171)
National team
2004–2009 Cameroon 12 (3)
Teams managed
2017–2020 Vitória Setúbal (assistant)
2019 Vitória Setúbal (caretaker)
2020 Vitória Setúbal (caretaker)
2021–2022 Comércio Indústria
2022 Villa Athletic
Honours
Men's Football
Representing  Cameroon
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney Team Competition
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Albert Meyong Zé (born 19 October 1980), known as Meyong, is a Cameroonian former footballer who played as a striker, currently a manager.

He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 231 matches and 79 goals over 13 seasons and representing mainly in the competition Vitória de Setúbal (seven years) and Braga (three and a half).

Meyong appeared with Cameroon at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career

Born in Yaoundé, Meyong started playing in Europe still a youngster, for Italian club Ravenna Calcio. After one and a half seasons he moved to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitória Futebol Clube; he won the Taça de Portugal in 2005, having scored the winning goal in the final against S.L. Benfica.

In the summer of 2005, Meyong signed a two-year contract with C.F. Os Belenenses – where he was the league's top scorer despite the club's bottom-four finish– moving to Levante UD a year later. Due to late payment of salary he was loaned to Albacete Balompié, after one appearance for Levante in 2007–08.

Meyong returned to Portugal and Belenenses in January 2008, netting the penalty winner against Associação Naval 1º de Maio in a 2–1 home win but, being this the third team he represented in the season, which went against FIFA regulations, his registration was deemed illegal and Belenenses condemned to lose six points in the table (awarded 0–3 loss and three-point penalty in this match). This led to fans of the latter assaulting director of football Carlos Janela before the decision was taken, with him also being immediately sacked.

In August 2008, Meyong joined S.C. Braga of the same league. He scored his first goal for his new team on the 23rd, in a 2–0 defeat of F.C. Paços de Ferreira. He added a hat-trick on 18 September in a UEFA Cup first-round tie against Artmedia Bratislava, a 4–0 home victory. Midway through 2008–09 he agreed to a new one-year deal, running until June 2011.

In 2009–10, Meyong was an essential attacking unit for Braga, scoring 11 league goals as the Minho club finished in the second position, a best-ever. During the campaign, for example, he found the net against Sporting CP (2–1 away win), adding two late penalties against neighbours Vitória de Guimarães (3–2, at home).

In late December 2011, Meyong was released by Braga after very little playing time in his last two seasons, along with Rodrigo Galo, Marcos and Fran Mérida. After being linked to C.D. Nacional and C.D. Feirense he eventually returned to Setúbal and Vitória, after nearly seven years.

Meyong led the national scoring charts midway through the 2012–13 season, alongside FC Porto's Jackson Martínez and Benfica's Óscar Cardozo; highlights included three goals against Rio Ave FC (but in a 3–5 home defeat) and Moreirense FC (5–0, home). In early January 2013, however, he moved to Luanda-based Kabuscorp S.C. in Angola.

After retiring at the age of 36, Meyong joined Vitória de Setúbal's coaching staff as an assistant. On 28 October 2019, after Sandro Mendes' dismissal, he was named caretaker, and held this post again next July between the resignation of Julio Velázquez and appointment of Lito Vidigal; his managerial debut was on 31 October, in a 1–1 draw at C.D. Santa Clara.

Meyong briefly came out of retirement aged 40, appearing for amateurs União Futebol Comércio e Indústria after an invitation from his friend João Tavira who was their vice-president.

International career

Meyong played for the Cameroon national team over five years, his debut coming in 2004. He also represented his country at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal.

Meyong was picked for the squad that appeared at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations: manager Artur Jorge started him alongside FC Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o during the tournament and he scored two goals, one in the group stage against Togo and another in the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast as the Lions Indomptables exited after losing on penalties 11–12.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ravenna 1998–99 7 2 0 0 7 2
Vitória Setúbal 1999–00 9 2 0 0 9 2
2000–01 22 13 0 0 22 13
2001–02 29 3 0 0 29 3
2002–03 24 7 0 0 24 7
2003–04 33 20 4 1 37 21
2004–05 33 11 4 4 37 15
Total 150 56 8 5 0 0 0 0 158 61
Belenenses 2005–06 26 17 1 0 27 17
Total 26 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 17
Levante 2006–07 11 1 0 0 11 1
2007–08 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Albacete 2007–08 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Belenenses 2007–08 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Braga 2008–09 18 8 2 1 0 0 10 5 30 14
2009–10 29 11 4 0 1 0 2 1 36 12
2010–11 15 3 2 0 2 1 9 0 28 4
2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 65 22 8 1 3 1 22 6 98 30
Vitória Setúbal 2011–12 9 3 0 0 2 0 11 3
2012–13 13 13 2 2 2 2 17 17
Total 22 16 2 2 4 2 0 0 28 20
Kabuscorp 2013 23 20 1 0 24 20
2014 29 17 3 1 2 0 34 18
2015 28 13 0 0 3 2 31 15
Total 80 50 4 1 0 0 5 2 89 53
Vitória Setúbal 2015–16 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2016–17 12 1 1 0 0 0 20 0
Total 19 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 22 1
Comércio Indústria 2020–21 8 3 8 3
Career Total 406 169 18 6 7 1 22 6 453 182

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 25 January 2006 Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Togo
2–0
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
2 4 February 2006 Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Ivory Coast
1–1
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
3 11 October 2008 Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Mauritius
5–0
2010 World Cup qualification
4 11 October 2008 Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Mauritius
5–0
2010 World Cup qualification

Honours

Vitória Setúbal

Braga

Kabuscorp

  • Girabola: 2013
  • Supertaça de Angola: 2014

Cameroon

Individual

  • Primeira Liga top scorer: 2005–06 (17 goals)
  • Taça de Portugal top scorer: 2004–05 (4 goals)
  • Girabola top scorer: 2013 (20 goals), 2014 (17 goals), 2015 (13 goals)

See also

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