Abdul Kader Keïta

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Kader Keïta
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Personal information
Full name Abdel-Kader Keïta
Date of birth (1981-08-06) 6 August 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger, Attacking Midfielder, Striker
Club information
Current club Free Agent
Youth career
1998–1999 Africa Sports
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Africa Sports 23 (4)
2000–2001 Étoile du Sahel 22 (7)
2001–2002 Al Ain 19 (6)
2002–2005 Al-Sadd 53 (26)
2005–2007 Lille 73 (27)
2007–2009 Lyon 62 (25)
2009–2010 Galatasaray 34 (15)
2010–2012 Al-Sadd 27 (7)
National team
2000– Ivory Coast 72 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 April 2011
Keïta during Qatari league match.

Abdel-Kader Keïta (born 6 August 1981) is an Ivorian professional football player. Keïta plays as a winger for the Ivory Coast national football team, but is currently without a club.

Like the Touré brothers, the Kalou brothers, and the Koné brothers, Keïta is also part of a footballing family. He has an older brother called Fadel Keïta, who is a former Ivorian international.

Club career[edit]

Keïta, also known as 'Popito', began his career at homeland club Africa Sports, before moving on to Tunisian Club Etoile du Sahel. Following spells in United Arab Emirates with Al Ain and Qatar with Al Sadd, he moved to France with Ligue 1 club OSC Lille in 2005.

Olympique Lyon[edit]

On 31 May 2007, Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that the club had made bids for both Keïta and his fellow club-mate Mathieu Bodmer.[1]

On 16 June 2007, Lyon confirmed the signing of Keïta from Lille for 18 million euro, with Bodmer also moving to Lyon.[2] During his two seasons at the club, he made 52 appearances in all competitions, scoring 5 goals.[3]

Galatasaray[edit]

On 2 July 2009, Galatasaray officially announced that Keïta joined the Turkish club and signed a three-year contract, for €8.5 million transfer fee plus €500,000 variable.[4] He scored his first goal for Galatasaray in a qualification match for UEFA Europa cup against Maccabi Netanya in the 5th minute.[5] On 12 December, Keïta scored for Galatasaray in a 3–2 victory over Antalyaspor.

On 18 February 2010 Keïta scored a late equalizer to secure a 1–1 away draw for Galatasaray against Atlético Madrid in the Europa Cup. Later, in the second leg he equalized again to make it 1–1, but Galatasaray failed to qualify. On 28 February Keïta scored the second and fourth goals in a 4–1 victory over Kasımpaşa. His first goal was a magnificent volley from just inside the penalty area.

In Galatasaray's 3–0 victory over MKE Ankaragücü in March, Keïta scored the second goal as well as assisting the final goal. On 11 April 2010 Keïta assisted two of Milan Baroš' goals in a 4–1 victory over Diyarbakırspor. A week later Keïta scored the first goal in a 1–2 victory over Manisaspor.

Al Sadd[edit]

Keïta rejoined his previous club Al Sadd SC in July 2010 on €8.15 million.[6]

Keïta was involved in a melee which ensued on 19 October in the 2011 AFC Champions League semi final first-leg between Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Al Sadd. Suwon player Choi Sung-Hwan was inadvertently kicked in the head by an Al Sadd defender, and Suwon's Yeom Ki-hoon let the ball out after Choi Sung-hwan went down with a head injury inside Al Sadd's box. While Choi was being tended to by medics, Keïta took the free kick quickly, and passed it to teammate Mamadou Niang unknowingly to the Suwon defense who thought possession would be returned to them according to FIFA fair play rules. Niang sprinted down the center half past the goalkeeper to score a second goal for Al Sadd. The chaos was further elevated when a Suwon fan ran onto the pitch, causing a brawl to erupt between the two teams. Afterwards, Keïta received a red card, allegedly for running towards the fan, slapping him in the back of the head and grabbing him by his throat.[7] His teammate Lee Jung-Soo had told the press that Keïta had apologized for assisting Niang in scoring the goal, and admitted it was wrong. Al Sadd's coach, Jorge Fossati, suggested that Al Sadd was annoyed that Suwon hadn't immediately put the ball out of play, and decided to take actions into their own hands.[8] Keïta was later suspended by AFC for the return leg.

Keïta scored a goal in the AFC Champions League Final on 5 November, as his side defeated Jeonbuk Motors in penalties after the match ended 2–2 and was named as Man of the Match.[9] He left the team at the end of the 2011–12 season, and later stated his interest in joining the English Premier League.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

[11]

International[edit]

Ivory Coast
Year Apps Goals
2000 3 0
2001 11 5
2002 4 0
2003 3 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
2006 9 1
2007 5 0
2008 8 3
2009 6 1
2010 12 1
2011 2 0
2012 9 0
2013 0 0
Total 72 11

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
7. 1 March 2006 Valladolid, Spain  Spain 2–3 Lost Friendly
8. 25 January 2008 Sekondi, Ghana  Benin 4–1 Won 2008 African Nations Cup
9. 3 February 2008 Sekondi, Ghana  Guinea 5–0 Won 2008 African Nations Cup
10. 7 February 2008 Kumasi, Ghana  Egypt 1–4 Lost 2008 African Nations Cup
11. 24 January 2010 Cabinda, Angola  Algeria 2–3 Lost 2010 African Nations Cup

International career[edit]

He has 52 caps for the national team, and was called up to the 2006 World Cup. Keïta did not make it into the Ivorian squad for the 2006 African Cup of Nations. However, he did win his place back for the World Cup at the expense of Stade Reims winger Siaka Tiéné.

Keïta was also selected for 2010 African Nations Cup and played three matches, scoring once against Algeria during the quarter-final match.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Keïta was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Kaká during a group game against Brazil. Keïta ran into Kaká and fell onto the floor, clutching his face, as if in great pain. Kaká was shown a yellow card, his second of the match, and sent off. ABC wrote "Abdul Kader Keïta's embarrassing reaction to a love-tap in the midriff from the Brazilian playmaker was both laughable and disgraceful. Obviously hoping to get Kaka in further hot water after he had only just earlier been shown his first yellow card, Keïta fell to the ground and clutched his face as if he'd been shot from close range. He blatantly cheated to ensure the Brazilian was given his marching orders."[12]

Honours[edit]

Al-Ain FC
Al-Sadd Sports Club
Olympique Lyonnais

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