Florent Sinama-Pongolle returned to the headlines this week with a stunning goal. The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid forward scored with an acrobatic overhead kick for Thai League 2 side Chainat Hornbill in their 4-1 win over Chiangmai.
Florent Sinama-Pongolle scores
Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored Chainat’s second goal with an acrobatic overhead kick after a break down the Chainat left. It was the first of his two goals of the evening as Chainat Hornbill kicked off their Thai League 2 campaign with a heavy victory over Chiangmai.
Florent Sinama-Pongolle was unable to keep Chainat in the Thai top flight last year despite scoring 13 goals in ten games. Despite relegation, the 32-year-old forward signed a contract with the Hornbills keeping him at the club until 2018, and involving him in club management.
When asked about the goal, Florent Sinama-Pongolle told reporters that he went for the acrobatic bicycle kick as he thought that it would catch the defenders off guard. He went on to say that although it’s being claimed as goal of the season, that he hopes he will score many others for the team.
There will be a heavy weight on the shoulders of Florent Sinama-Pongolle to help his team back into the Thai top flight. They will be competing with BBCU and Bangkok-based Army United to bounce back up at the first attempt.
Florent Sinama-Pongolle history
Florent Sinama-Pongolle has had a long and varied career over the years, playing in England for Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers, in Spain for Recreativo Huelva and Atletico Madrid, and in Russia for Rostov before ending up in Thailand.
His high points include scoring in the Champions League round of 16 and against Real Betis as Liverpool went on to win the Champions League in 2005. He was also top scorer for Recreativo Huelva in La Liga for two consecutive seasons – a feat which earned him the biggest move of his career to Atletico Madrid.
However, when asked if he had set himself any targets for this season Florent Sinama-Pongolle was happy to confirm that he never had done so in the past and he wasn’t going to start now after sixteen years in professional football. If he is to look to a target then last season’s top scorer got 17 goals – something which surely isn’t beyond the Reunion-born forward.
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