French midfielder / striker Antoine Sibierski signed for Norwich
City just shortly before the summer 2008 transfer window closed
on 1st September 2008. This was the second time that Norwich manager
Glenn Roeder had signed Sibierski on
transfer deadline day.
Sibierski began his career at his hometown club Lille, where
he progressed from the youth team and played for four complete
seasons in the first team before playing for Auxerre (1996-98)
and Nantes (1998-2000), where he won the French Cup in 2000. He
then joined Lens (2000-03), and he became club captain within
his three years in the side.
Sibierski moved to Manchester City for a fee of £700,000
in August 2003 and scored on his debut against Charlton Athletic.
Over the next three seasons, he made 92 appearances for City,
scoring 11 times
Roeder signed Sibierski for Newcastle on 31st August 2006 on
a one-year contract, just two hours and twenty minutes before
the close of the transfer window. He scored on his Newcastle debut
in the UEFA cup first round tie against Levadia. His goal scoring
form at the start of the season proved many Geordie doubters wrong,
as Sibierski went on to be a key European figure as he made 7
European appearances and scored 4 essential goals. He quickly
became a Newcastle favourite and an important member of the first
team loved by the Newcastle faithful
However Newcastle were not willing to match Sibierski's wish
of a new two-year contract at the club, instead offering just
another one-year contract, which he rejected. Sibierski agreed
a two-year deal with Wigan Athletic on a free transfer from Newcastle
United on 4th June 2007. He scored on his Wigan debut in the 2-1
defeat at Everton on 11th August 2007. He suffered from injuries
during 2008/8 and was limited to 30 appearances, scoring 4 goals.
Sibierski made his debut on 13th September 2008 in the 2-1 away
win at Plymouth and scored Norwich's second goal.
Sibierski returned to Wigan on 12 January 2009 after injury was
sustained in Norwich's 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on 10th
January 2009. He made 16 appearances for Norwich scoring twice.
Sibierski was released by new Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
in the summer of 2009. He has since retired and is now a football
In the summer of 2012, Antoine was appointed sporting director
at French Ligue 2 club RC Lens, whom he had previously played