SAMUEL Eto’o looks set to extend his stay in the professional game after joining Russian Premier League side Amkar on a short-term deal. The 35-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from Antalyaspor, bringing an end to an 18-month spell with the Turkish club and sees him join the 11th different club of his professional career. It will be the second time Eto’o has played in the Russian top flight after his three-year spell with Anzhi Makhachkala between 2011 and 2014, where he was a star attraction for a side backed by oligarch Suleyman Kerimov. His journeyman career has seen him collect three La Liga titles, one Serie A title and three Champions League winners medals. On the international scene, he won two Africa Cup of Nations and an Olympic gold medal in a hugely successful career for Cameroon and is rightly considered a legend in his home country. Originally coming through the youth academy at Real Madrid, Eto’o has now played for ten different professional clubs in five different nations with his FC Amkar debut set to be his 11th. He was most recently in the Premier League with Everton but also experienced a semisuccessful spell with Chelsea in the 2013/14 campaign, scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances under Jose Mourinho. The Special One, however, was famously caught on camera questioning Eto’o’s age and he left Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park where he would score just four times before joining Serie A side Sampdoria in 2015. Again, his success in the Italian league would be limited and he joined big-spending Antalyaspor just six months
later later. He scored 26 goals in 47 appearances for the Turkish club and even enjoyed a spell as interim player-manager last year. ETO’O: THE JOURNEYMAN 1997–2000 Real Madrid 1997–1998 – Leganes (loan) 1999 – Espanyol (loan)
2000–2004 – Mallorca 2004–2009 – Barcelona 2009–2011 – Inter Milan 2011–2013 – Anzhi Makhachkala 2013–2014 – Chelsea 2014–2015 – Everton 2015-2016 – Sampdoria 2016-2017 – Antalyaspor 2017 – FC Amkar


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