Bachirou Salou

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Bachirou Salou
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Personal information
Full name Bachirou Salou
Date of birth (1970-09-15) 15 September 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Lomé, Togo
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
0000–1988 Omnisport Lomé
1989–1990 Panthere Sportive
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Borussia M'gladbach 86 (13)
1995–1998 MSV Duisburg 95 (26)
1998–1999 Borussia Dortmund 25 (5)
1999–2000 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 (8)
2001–2003 Hansa Rostock 46 (7)
2003 Kapellen-Erft
2004 Alemannia Aachen 14 (3)
2004 AS Eupen 12 (3)
2005–2006 Kapellen-Erft
National team
1989–1998 Togo 38
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bachirou Salou (born 15 September 1970) is a retired Togolese footballer who played as a centre forward.

Due to the many years (over a decade) spent in Germany, where he played for five clubs, he possessed double nationality.

Club career[edit]

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,[1] 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.

International career[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

Personal[edit]

After retiring, Salou became involved with the initiative Go for Children – Momentum for Change!, as an ambassador.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Africans abroad". BBC Sport. 19 February 2001. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bachirou Salou – Botschafter – go for children" (in German). goforchildren.com. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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