|Full name||Bachirou Salou|
|Date of birth||15 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Lomé, Togo|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Due to the many years (over a decade) spent in Germany, where he played for five clubs, he possessed double nationality.
Born in Lomé, Salou was spotted at the age of 19 by former Czechoslovakia national player Anton Ondruš, who was on holiday in Cameroon, and saw the player appear for a provincial team. With the help of Ondruš, Salou moved to the German top division with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1990, where he quickly became a fan favourite.
In his time at Mönchengladbach, Salou helped the team win the 1995 domestic cup, netting 13 times in 86 league contests during a five-year spell. In 1992–93, he went scoreless in 21 matches but, in the following campaign, scored five in only nine outings.
In 1995, Salou moved to the second division with MSV Duisburg, winning promotion in his first year, and experiencing his best years in the country overall, as he added 18 goals in the next two top flight seasons combined.
Salou's steady performances for Duisburg earned him a transfer to former Champions League winner Borussia Dortmund, where he fared well in a single season, mostly as a backup. After another solid year with Eintracht Frankfurt, he agreed to take a 50% pay cut and joined, in January 2001, F.C. Hansa Rostock, scoring three league goals in his short stint with the former East Germany club.
After a brief time in Belgium, with lowly SC Kapellen-Erft, Salou returned to Germany in January 2004, signing with level two's Alemannia Aachen. He then returned to Belgium, seeing out his career with K.A.S. Eupen and Erft again. He played 14 years in both major levels of German football, totalling exactly 300 games and 62 goals.
Salou gained 38 caps for Togo during a nine-year span, making his international debut at age 19. Incidentally, he retired from football the year before the nation reached its first ever FIFA World Cup.
After retiring, Salou became involved with the initiative Go for Children – Momentum for Change!, as an ambassador.
- Bachirou Salou at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Bachirou Salou at Eintracht archives (German)
- Bachirou Salou at National-Football-Teams.com