COMMENT By Will Butcher
One-time France international Zoumana Camara failed to sparkle during his loan spell at Elland Road, but what is the former Leeds star up to now?
Camara was one of many outspoken members of the Leeds squad relegated at the end of the 2003/04 season, following the Yorkshire giants’ financial collapse.
The commanding defender began his career at St. Etienne, and made his name for Les Verts as a tenacious 17-year-old defender in France’s top tier.
Over 30 league appearances in two years persuaded Euro giants Inter Milan to snap up the youngster in 1998, but Camara failed to make more than two Coppa Italia appearances during his time at the San Siro.
He was shipped out on loan to Empoli and then moved back to France with Bastia.
Spells at French giants Marseille and then Lens came next, before Camara decided to chance his arm in England with Leeds.
Known for his pace at the back, Camara lined up alongside the likes of South African icon Lucas Radebe, World Cup winner Roque Junior and former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo during his time at Elland Road.
But Camara revealed after his loan spell had finished that he would never have joined Leeds had he known of the atrocious financial situation occurring behind the scenes, which ultimately saw Leeds plummet into League One.
Pulling on the white of Leeds on 15 separate occasions, Camara instantly became a hit by scoring in a 3-2 away win against Middlesbrough in August 2003.
But it wasn’t to be. Camara returned to St. Etienne where he reinvigorated his reputation, before joining French Champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Three Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de Frances, and two Coupe de la Ligues have ended Camara’s playing career on a massive high, after making 220 league and cup appearances alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi.
After retiring in 2015, Camara became Laurent Blanc’s assistant manager with the French Champions, and has continued that position under new manager Unai Emery.