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John Mensah






John Mensah is Ghana's deputy captainJohn Mensah Lyon, Ghana -  Regarded as one of the best African defenders in football John Mensah stars Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) of French Ligue 1 and the Ghana Black Stars. Ghanaians love to call John "The Rock of Gibraltar" because of his immense stregth.

Mensah is a product of the enormously proficient scouting system in Ghana that identifies talented youngsters long before they enter any formal structures and exports them to potential fame and fortune in Europe.

Mensah was considered a certainty to be named in the Black Stars’ squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and he shined, putting brakes on the likes of Ronaldo and Italian strikers.


John Mensah stars for lyon in France

John Mensah major internatinoal appearance was for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, where Ghana finished as runners-up to the host nation in a thrilling tournament.

He moved to French Ligue 1 Club Rennes on loan after having played in Italy for most of his career, for clubs including Genoa, Modena, Bologna and Cremonese, at the behest of their former player Philippe Redon, who brought him to fill the gap in defence caused by an injury to another African, the Moroccan Abdeslam Ouaddou.

The move to Rennes breathed new life into the Ghanaian’s play, with his uncompromising style earning him a reputation in France as one of Ligue 1’s best defenders and Mensah now looks like holding on to the position for years to come.


Now check this out: Stade Rennais website wrote an interesting article about John Mensah impact on his new team since his acquisition. It said - The summary from 11 February 2006 to 28 September 2006 is very impressive: 18 games: 12 wins, 5 draws, 1 defeat. 12 conceded goals, 4 of them when Mensah was not on the field. Rennes conceded 0.66 goals per game with Mensah. Without Mensah Rennes had 6 games, 0 wins, 1 draw and five losses. 13 goals were conceded, making 2.66 per game.





The soccer pride of obuasi ghana residents.  Rock of Gibraltar, children and wifeHe was also linked with a possible move to Wigan Athletic. An enquiry from Wigan Athletic about a possible transfer for the Ghanaian was welcomed by Stade Rennais with club assistant coach Philippe Redon commenting that it would take at least £7,000,000 to prize ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ away from the club

It is interesting to note that as of November 2006, Mensah was rated the number 1 Player in France by France Football, tied with Juninho Pernambucano, in the 2006/2007 season's Top 100 French League Players, but injuries ruined his season and his stats was taken off this page later on.

On 21 July 2008 Mensah finally signed a 5-year contract with Lyon in an €8.4 million transfer following the likes of Abedi Pele and Michael Essien
Mensah’s senior debut for the Black Stars came against Algeria on 5 December 2001 just after his 19th birthday, on the eve of the 2002 African Cup of Nations finals in Mali, a tournament at which his aerial ability was a prominent feature of Ghana’s play.

He later captained the Ghana Black Stars on home soil during the African Cup of Nations.  Ghana won bronze, the only reason it wasn't gold was because John Mensah was missing in the semi final clash against rival Cameroon. Ghana trashed tournament favourites Ivory Coast by 4-2.

Mensah is married with kids in the gold producing city of Obuasi in Ghana. 





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