Bafétimbi Gomis

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Bafétimbi Gomis
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Gomis playing for Lyon in 2013
Personal information
Full name Bafétimbi Fredius Gomis
Date of birth (1985-08-06) 6 August 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2004 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Saint-Étienne 142 (40)
2005 Troyes (loan) 13 (6)
2009–2014 Lyon 172 (62)
2014– Swansea City 0 (0)
National team
2001 France U16 1 (0)
2008– France 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 September 2013

Bafétimbi Fredius Gomis (French pronunciation: ​[bafetimbi ɡɔmis]; born 6 August 1985) is a French footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Swansea City and the France national team.

Club career[edit]

Saint-Étienne[edit]

Bafétimbi, also known as Baby Boo Drogba, made thirteen appearances for Saint-Étienne in his first season with the club, scoring two league goals. In the next season, he made six goalless appearances for the club before going on loan to Troyes AC in a successful six-month loan deal, where he scored six goals in 13 games. The 2005–06 season was not as successful as the previous season as he made 24 league appearances for Saint-Étienne, scored only two league goals.

The 2006–07 season was when Gomis established himself with Saint-Étienne, scoring ten goals in 30 appearances. Gomis continued this form into the 2007–08 season where he scored an impressive 16 goals in 34 appearances.

On his future with Saint-Étienne, he said: "I am very happy to play for Saint-Étienne, but I don't know if I will still be there next season. The coach did his best for me to stay last summer, and he has improved me a lot. I am very happy with him at the helm. His stay at the club will be an essential factor for my future". He was watched by Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan, and was thought to be on his transfer list in the summer preceding the 2008–09 league season. However, a move never materialized and Gomis remained at Saint-Étienne.

In an interview with French newspaper L'Équipe, Gomis stated he was attracted by a possible move to England, but revealed Serie A would be his preference. In the weeks leading up to the 2009 January transfer window, his name was again touted in speculation surrounding various Premier League sides, though he moved to allay the rumors, stating his desire to see out the Ligue 1 season with his current club.[1]

Gomis' form in the 2008–09 season was scrutinized more heavily than it was in the previous season. Despite this, Gomis successfully netted five times in 17 league appearances, and excelled with his performances in the UEFA Cup, scoring three times in four games.

Lyon[edit]

On 29 July 2009, Olympique Lyonnais announced on that they had signed the striker for €13 million and the player had agreed to a five-year contract. Lyon agree deal to sign Gomis from St Etienne. With the move, Gomis becomes just the sixth player in French football history to transfer directly from Saint-Étienne to Derby du Rhône rivals Lyon.

2011–12[edit]

On the first day of the 2011–12 Ligue 1 campaign, Gomis scored the winning goal in a 3–1 victory over Nice on 6 August 2011.[2] On 24 September, Gomis scored a first-half brace against Girondins de Bordeaux firing his side to a 3–1 away victory.[3]

Gomis bagged 4 goals in the last round of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage, helping Lyon to a 7–1 victory over GNK Dinamo Zagreb and progression to the Round of 16 on goal difference.[4] He also created a new record for the fastest Champions League hat-trick ever scored, beating the record owned by Mike Newell.[5][6]

On 25 February 2012, Gomis scored on a volley to bring his side level with league leaders PSG 1–1;[7] the game finished in a dramatic 4–4 draw, after Lyon was winning 4–2.[8] Gomis replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the 70th minute in a derby match against former club AS Saint-Étienne on 17 March, and ten minutes later scored a 30-yard strike to earn his side a 1–0 victory.[9] Gomis continued his rich vein of form against relegation-threatened Sochaux on 24 March when he converted an Anthony Réveillère cross to earn his side a 2–1 victory.[10]

Swansea City[edit]

On 27 June 2014, Gomis signed a four-year contract at Swansea City after leaving Lyon at the end of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season on a free transfer.[11]

International career[edit]

Although born in France, Gomis was eligible to play for both France and Senegal through his ancestry. On 8 May 2008, he said regarding his international future "I don't have to choose between the French or Senegalese teams, as I have not been called yet. The French team? It would be pretentious to ask for it, but I am not adverse to the French team".[12]

On 18 May 2008, Gomis was called up for the provisional French Euro 2008 squad, ahead of experienced striker David Trézéguet. This was due to his particularly good form towards the end of Saint-Étienne's Ligue 1 campaign. Gomis scored two goals in 26 minutes in a Euro 2008 warm-up match against Ecuador on 27 May 2008. He was the first player to score twice in his debut for the national team since Zinédine Zidane. On 28 May 2008, he was selected in the French Euro 2008 squad ahead of Olympique de Marseille striker Djibril Cissé. On 9 June 2008, Gomis won his third cap by coming on as a substitute for Nicolas Anelka in the scoreless draw against Romania. On 7 October 2009 he collapsed in the training for the game against the Faroe Islands.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[14][15][16]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Troyes (loan) 2004–05 Ligue 2 13 6 0 0 0 0 13 6
Saint-Étienne 2003–04 Ligue 2 11 2 0 0 0 0 11 2
2004–05 Ligue 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2005–06 Ligue 1 24 2 0 0 1 0 25 2
2006–07 Ligue 1 30 10 0 0 3 3 33 13
2007–08 Ligue 1 35 16 1 0 1 0 37 16
2008–09 Ligue 1 36 10 2 1 1 1 8[a] 4 47 16
Total 142 40 3 1 6 4 8 4 159 49
Lyon 2009–10 Ligue 1 37 10 2 1 2 0 9[b] 2 50 13
2010–11 Ligue 1 35 10 2 0 1 0 7[b] 2 45 12
2011–12 Ligue 1 36 14 6 4 3 1 6[b] 5 51 24
2012–13 Ligue 1 37 16 1 1 1 1 5[c] 2 44 20
2013–14 Ligue 1 33 14 3 2 4 3 9[c] 3 49 22
Total 178 64 14 8 11 5 36 14 239 91
Swansea City 2014–15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club total 333 110 17 9 17 9 44 18 411 146
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

International appearances and goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Saint-Étienne
Lyon

Individual[edit]

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