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Brice Samba
Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13-07-2013 - Brice Samba 3.jpg
Samba playing for Marseille in July 2013.
Personal information
Full name Brice Lauriche Samba
Date of birth 25 April 1994 (1994-04-25) (age 27)
Place of birth Linzolo, Republic of the Congo
Height 1.86 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Nottingham Forest
Number 30
Youth career
2001–2002 Pacy Vallée-d'Eure
2002–2006 Madeleine Evreux
2006–2011 Le Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Le Havre B 27 (0)
2011–2013 Le Havre 0 (0)
2013–2017 Marseille B 9 (0)
2013–2017 Marseille 1 (0)
2015–2016 → Nancy B (loan) 2 (0)
2015–2016 → Nancy (loan) 2 (0)
2017–2018 Caen B 3 (0)
2017–2019 Caen 43 (0)
2019– Nottingham Forest 85 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2021.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brice Lauriche Samba (born 25 April 1994) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Nottingham Forest.

Club career

Le Havre

Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13-07-2013 - Brice Samba en extension
Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13 July 2013 - Brice Samba en extension

Samba joined Le Havre in 2006, working his way through their youth team's before appearing in the first-team in 2011.

Marseille

On 4 January 2013, Samba joined Marseille from Le Havre AC, signing a four-and-a-half year contract. He made his professional debut for Marseille on 5 January 2014 in a Coupe de France game against Stade de Reims keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win. On 9 July 2015, Samba joined AS Nancy on a season-long loan.

Caen

Samba joined Caen on a four-year deal from Marseille on 30 June 2017.

Nottingham Forest

On 7 August 2019, Samba joined EFL Championship side Nottingham Forest on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He was initially brought in as a backup for on loan goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, but earned his place as Forest's number one after Muric made a number of costly mistakes.

He made his debut for Forest on 13 August 2019 in a 1–0 League Cup victory over Fleetwood Town. His league debut came on 24 August 2019 in a 2–1 win against Fulham.

His impressive performances led him being named the Championship Fans' Player of the Month for November 2019.

On 8 September 2020, Samba was included in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for the 2019–20 season.

Career statistics

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Le Havre B 2010–11 CFA 1 0 1 0
2011–12 CFA 17 0 17 0
2012–13 CFA 9 0 9 0
Total 27 0 27 0
Le Havre 2012–13 Ligue 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Marseille B 2012–13 CFA 2 1 0 1 0
2013–14 CFA 2 3 0 3 0
2014–15 CFA 2 4 0 4 0
2016–17 CFA 1 0 1 0
Total 9 0 9 0
Marseille 2012–13 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Ligue 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 Ligue 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
2015–16 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Nancy B (loan) 2015–16 CFA 2 2 0 2 0
Nancy (loan) 2015–16 Ligue 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 0
Caen B 2017–18 Championnat National 3 3 0 3 0
Caen 2017–18 Ligue 1 4 0 4 0 2 0 10 0
2018–19 Ligue 1 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2019–20 Ligue 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 43 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 49 0
Nottingham Forest 2019–20 EFL Championship 40 0 0 0 2 0 42 0
2020–21 Championship 45 0 0 0 1 0 46 0
Total 85 0 0 0 3 0 88 0
Career total 172 0 8 0 8 0 0 0 188 0
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