|Full name||Brice Lauriche Samba|
|Date of birth||25 April 1994|
|Place of birth||Linzolo, Republic of the Congo|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2011–2013||Le Havre B||27||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Nancy B (loan)||2||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Nancy (loan)||2||(0)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21 May 2023|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16 March 2023
Brice Lauriche Samba (born 25 April 1994) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Lens. Born in the Republic of the Congo, he represents France at international level.
Samba joined Le Havre in 2006, working his way through their youth team's before appearing in the first-team in 2011.
On 4 January 2013, Samba joined Marseille from Le Havre, signing a four-and-a-half year contract. He made his professional debut for Marseille on 5 January 2014 in a Coupe de France game against Reims keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win. On 9 July 2015, Samba joined Nancy on a season-long loan.
Samba joined Caen on a four-year deal from Marseille on 30 June 2017.
On 7 August 2019, Samba joined EFL Championship side Nottingham Forest on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He was initially brought in as a backup for on loan goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, but earned his place as Forest's number one after Muric made a number of costly mistakes.
Samba made his debut for Forest on 13 August 2019 in a 1–0 EFL Cup victory over Fleetwood Town. His league debut came on 24 August 2019 in a 2–1 win against Fulham. His impressive performances led him being named the Championship Fans' Player of the Month for November 2019. On 8 September 2020, Samba was included in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for the 2019–20 season.
In the 2022 Championship play-off semi-final, Samba saved three penalties to send Forest through to the final against Huddersfield Town. He subsequently started in the 2022 EFL Championship play-off final before being substituted for Ethan Horvath in the 89th minute with a groin injury as Forest held on to a 1–0 lead to confirm their return to the Premier League for first time in 23 years.
On 5 July 2022, it was announced that Samba had signed a five-year contract with Ligue 1 club Lens for an undisclosed fee. In the first half of the 2022–23 Ligue 1 season, he had 9 clean sheets out of 19 games.
Born in the Republic of the Congo, Samba also holds both Congolese and French citizenship.
In March 2023, he received his first call-up to the France senior national team for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying matches against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.
- As of match played 21 May 2023
|Club||Season||League||National cup[a]||League cup[b]||Other||Total|
|Le Havre B||2010–11||CFA||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Le Havre||2012–13||Ligue 2||0||0||1||0||0||0||—||1||0|
|Marseille B||2012–13||CFA 2||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Nancy B (loan)||2015–16||CFA 2||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Nancy (loan)||2015–16||Ligue 2||2||0||1||0||2||0||—||5||0|
|Caen B||2017–18||Championnat National 3||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
- ^ Includes Coupe de France, FA Cup
- ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue, EFL Cup
- ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
- PFA Championship Fans Player of the Month November 2019
- PFA Team of the Year: 2019–20 EFL Championship
- Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year: 2022–23
- ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Nottingham Forest" (PDF). English Football League. p. 49. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
- ^ "Brice Samba". RC Lens. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
- ^ "Ligue 1 : Brice Samba (Caen) raconte les anecdotes et moments de sa carrière, "Quand tu es à Marseille, ta vie change"". France Football.
- ^ "Olympique Marseille vs. Reims - 5 January 2014 - Soccerway". Int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
- ^ Phocéen, Le (9 July 2015). "Officiel : Brice Samba prêté à Nancy". Le Phocéen.
- ^ "Brice Samba, un nouveau gardien au SMC". Stade Malherbe Caen. 30 June 2017.
- ^ "Official | SM Caen pick up goalkeeper Brice Samba | Get French Football News". getfootballnewsfrance.com. 3 July 2017.
- ^ "Brice Samba rejoint Nottingham Forest". Stade Malherbe Caen. 7 August 2019.
- ^ "Samba signs". nottinghamforest.co.uk.
- ^ "Brice Samba: Nottingham Forest sign goalkeeper from French side Caen". BBC Sport. 7 August 2019.
- ^ Taylor, Paul. "Samba is showing fans that Forest were right to add yet another keeper to their books". The Athletic. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
- ^ "Forest beat Fleetwood to reach round two". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
- ^ "Samba clinches Player of the Month award". www.nottinghamforest.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
- ^ a b Professional Footballers' Association [@PFA] (8 September 2020). "A massive congratulations to these players, for earning a place in the 2020 PFA Championship Team of the Year. #TOTY #PFAawards t.co/1DEGUXATbG" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 8 September 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2022 – via Twitter.
- ^ "Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
- ^ a b "Forest return to Premier League after 23-year wait". BBC Sport. 29 May 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
- ^ "Samba departs for Lens".
- ^ rclens.fr. "Brice Samba, de l'explosivité dans les buts | RC Lens" (in French). Rclens.fr. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
- ^ "L'équipe type de la première moitié de saison en Ligue 1 avec Messi, Neymar et Cabella". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 25 January 2023.
- ^ "Thuram and Samba in France squad". Ligue 1. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
- ^ "La liste des vingt-trois Bleus". FFF (in French). 16 March 2023. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
- ^ Brice Samba at Soccerway
- ^ Zemour, Samuel (28 May 2023). "Trophées UNFP 2023 : Brice Samba élu meilleur gardien de la saison". Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football - Actu Foot Transfert (in French). Retrieved 29 May 2023.
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- Brice Samba at Soccerway
- Brice Samba at the French Football Federation (in French)
- Brice Samba at the French Football Federation (archived 2016-03-04) (in French)
- 1994 births
- Living people
- People from Pool Department
- French footballers
- Republic of the Congo footballers
- Republic of the Congo emigrants to France
- Men's association football goalkeepers
- Olympique de Marseille players
- AS Nancy Lorraine players
- Stade Malherbe Caen players
- Nottingham Forest F.C. players
- RC Lens players
- Ligue 1 players
- Ligue 2 players
- Championnat National 2 players
- Championnat National 3 players
- English Football League players
- Expatriate footballers in England