Albert Meyong

Albert Meyong
Personal information
Full name Albert Meyong Zé
Date of birth (1980-10-19) 19 October 1980
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 (53)
2005–2006 Belenenses 26 (17)
2006–2008 Levante 12 (1)
2007Albacete (loan) 13 (0)
2008Belenenses (loan) 1 (1)
2008–2011 Braga 65 (21)
2012–2013 Vitória Setúbal 25 (16)
2013–2015 Kabuscorp ? (50)
2016–2017 Vitória Setúbal 19 (1)
Total 318 (162)
National team
2004–2009 Cameroon 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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

He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 231 games and 79 goals over the course of 13 seasons and representing mainly in the competition Vitória de Setúbal (five-and-a-half years) and Braga (three-and-a-half).[1]

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: at Setúbal he won the Taça de Portugal in 2005, having scored the winning goal in the final against S.L. Benfica.[2]

In the summer of 2005, Meyong signed a two-year contract with C.F. Os Belenenses – where he was the league's top goalscorer despite the club's bottom-four finish[3]– moving to Levante UD a year later.[4] Due to late payment of salary he was loaned to Albacete Balompié, after one appearance for Levante in 2007–08.[5]

In January 2008, Meyong returned to Portugal and Belenenses, netting the penalty winner against Associação Naval 1º de Maio in a 2–1 home win but, being this the third club 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).[6] This led to fans of the latter assaulting director of football Carlos Janela before the decision was taken, with him also being immediately sacked.[7]

In August 2008, Meyong joined fellow league side S.C. Braga.[8] On the 23rd he scored his first goal for his new team, in a 2–0 win at F.C. Paços de Ferreira. He added a hat-trick on 18 September in a UEFA Cup first-round contest against Artmedia Bratislava, a 4–0 home success;[9] midway through 2008–09 he prolonged his link for another year, until June 2011.[10]

In 2009–10, Meyong was an essential attacking figure for Braga, scoring 11 league goals as the Minho club finished in the second position, a best-ever.[11] During the campaign, for example, he found the net against Sporting Clube de Portugal (2–1 away triumph[12]), and also scored two late penalties against neighbours Vitória de Guimarães (3–2 home win).[13]

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.[14] After being linked to C.D. Nacional and C.D. Feirense[15][16] he eventually returned to Setúbal and Vitória, after nearly seven years.[17]

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 loss)[18] and Moreirense FC (5–0, home).[19] In early January 2013, however, he moved to Luanda-based Kabuscorp S.C. in Angola.[20]

International career

Meyong played for the Cameroon national team during 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.[21][22]

International goals

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

Club statistics


Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Ravenna 1998–99 720072
Vitória Setúbal 1999–00 920092
2000–01 2213002213
2001–02 29300293
2002–03 24700247
2003–04 3320413721
2004–05 3311443715
Total 1505685000015861
Belenenses 2005–06 2617102717
Total 26171000002717
Levante 2006–07 11100111
2007–08 100010
Total 121000000121
Albacete 2007–08 13000130
Total 130000000130
Belenenses 2007–08 110011
Total 1100000011
Braga 2008–09 18821001053014
2009–10 29114010213612
2010–11 153202190284
2011–12 3000001040
Total 652281312269830
Vitória Setúbal 2011–12 930020113
2012–13 131322221717
Total 22162242002820
Kabuscorp 2013 ?2010?20
2014 291731203418
2015 2813??21??
Total ?50??0041??
Vitória Setúbal 2015–16 70000070
2016–17 1211000200
Total 191102000221
Career Total 30516218671226352114







  1. "Meyong e Silas. A difícil despedida dos relvados sem dizer adeus ao futebol" [Meyong e Silas. The hard farewell to the pitches without saying goodbye to football]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 11 June 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. Meyong magic seals Setúbal joy;, 29 May 2005
  3. "Meyong foi o artilheiro e deixa o Restelo" [Meyong was top scorer and leaves the Restelo]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 May 2006. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. Strikers boost Levante and Atlético;, 25 July 2006
  5. "El Abacete [sic] ficha a Meyog [sic] Zé y traspasa a De la Calle al Nástic" [Albacete sign Meyong Zé and transfer De la Calle to Nástic]. Marca (in Spanish). 31 August 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  6. "Belenenses docked six points in Portugal". 30 April 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  7. "Agredido y destituido por fichar a Meyong, ex del Levante y Albacete" [Assaulted and fired for signing Meyong, formerly of Levante and Albacete]. El País (in Spanish). 16 January 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. Braga bring Meyong back to Portugal;, 31 July 2008
  9. "Meyong: "Conto as vitórias e não os golos"" [Meyong: "I count the wins and not the goals"]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 September 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  10. "Meyong está à venda e Keita é dispensável" [Meyong for sale and Keita expendable]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 May 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  11. "Djalmir foi o marcador mais eficaz" [Djalmir was the most effective scorer]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  12. Braga outplay uninspired Sporting; PortuGOAL, 22 August 2009
  13. "El Braga decide con penaltis" [Braga decide with penalties] (in Spanish). 3 April 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  14. "Marcos, Mérida, Meyong e Galo já não se apresentaram" [Marcos, Mérida, Meyong and Galo did not return]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 27 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  15. "Cimeira na Madeira envolve Luís Alberto" [Summit in Madeira involves Luís Alberto]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  16. "Meyong é hipótese" [Meyong is a possibility]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  17. "O regresso do goleador" [The return of the goalscorer]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  18. "Liga round-up: Rio Ave hammer Setúbal". PortuGOAL. 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  19. "Meyong marca mais três" [Meyong scores three more]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  20. "Meyong assina pelo Kabuscorp" [Meyong signs for Kabuscorp]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 14 January 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  21. "Cameroon 2–0 Togo". BBC Sport. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  22. "Cameroon 1–1 Ivory Coast". BBC Sport. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  23. "A. Meyong". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
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