Gomis playing for Lyon in 2013
|Full name||Bafétimbi Fredius Gomis|
|Date of birth||6 August 1985|
|Place of birth||La Seyne-sur-Mer, France|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2005||→ Troyes (loan)||13||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bafétimbi, also known as Baby 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.
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, converting three times in four games, causing some commentators to state "Gomis, he don't miss", in regards to his formidable goal scoring prowess.
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.
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. On 24 September, Gomis scored a first-half brace against Girondins de Bordeaux firing his side to a 3–1 away victory.
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. He also created a new record for the fastest Champion League hat-trick ever scored beating the record owned by Mike Newell.
On 25 February 2012, Gomis scored on a volley to bring his side level with league leaders PSG 1–1; the game finished in a dramatic 4–4 draw, after Lyon was winning 4–2. 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. Gomis continued his rich vein of form against relegation-threatened Sochaux on 24 March when he converted an Anthony Reveillere cross to earn his side a 2–1 victory.
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".
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.
International appearances and goals
- UNFP Player of the Month: January 2007
- http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11800_4718609,00.html Sky Sports – "Gomis not thinking of exit"
- Report: Nice v Lyon – French Ligue 1 – ESPN FC
- Lyon 3–1 Bordeaux: Gomis brace boosts Lyon – Goal.com
- "Dinamo Zagreb 1–7 Lyon". The Guardian (London). 7 December 2011.
- Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis scores fastest-ever Champions League hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb – Goal.com
- "UPDATE 2-Soccer-PSG snatch 4–4 draw at Lyon, Montpellier go top". Reuters. 25 February 2012.
- Report: Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain – French Ligue 1 – ESPN FC
- Report: St Etienne v Lyon – French Ligue 1 – ESPN FC
- Ligue1.com – French Football League – Ligue 1 – Season 2011/2012 – Week 29 – Olympique Lyonnais / FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
- Haond, Patrick (8 May 2008). "Gomis looking at future". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
- Gomis bricht zusammen!