Gilles Yapi Yapo
Gilles Yapi Yapo (February 2007)
|Full name||Gilles Donald Yapi Yapo|
|Date of birth||30 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Yapi Yapo started his career at ASEC Mimosas and then moved to Europe with Beveren. He joined Nantes and signed a three-year contract in 2004 after his contract with Beveren was due to expire in the summer. At this stage of his career, he played as an attacking midfielder. He was on the fringe at Nantes in the 2005–06 season, prompting a loan move to Young Boys. He then joined Young Boys on a permanent basis, where he played as a defensive midfielder and playmaker.
Yapi Yapo then moved to Basel in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract. He played his club debut on 20 July 2010 in the 3:2 home win against FC Zürich. He scored his first goal for the club on 1 August 2010 in the 3:0 home win against FC St. Gallen. With Basel Gilles Yapi Yapo won the Swiss Championship at the end of the 2010–11 season.
During just the second game of the 2011–12 Swiss Super League season Yapi suffered a rupture of the cruciate ligament and didn't play again until the away draw in the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf against Young Boys on 16 February 2012. At the end of the 2011–12 season Yapi won the Double, the League Championship title and the Swiss Cup with Basel.
At the end of the Swiss Super League seaon 2012–13 he won the Championship title and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel. In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced as far as the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but were knocked out being beaten 2-5 on aggregate.
Yapi Yapo was part of the Côte d'Ivoire team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was also selected in the preliminary Côte d'Ivoire squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but was eventually dropped along with Bakari Kone and Emerse Fae, who played with him in the 2006 World Cup.
Titles and honours
- Swiss Super League champion (3): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Swiss Cup winner: 2011–12
- Swiss Cup runner up: 2012–13
- Uhrencup winner: 2011
- "Nantes wants Ivorian duo". BBC News. 12 April 2004.
- "Nantes sign Yapi Yapo". Sky Sports.
- "Yapi Yapo on the move". Sky Sports.
- FC Basel 1893 (2010). "FCB gewinnt gegen St. Gallen souverän mit 3:0". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 1 August 2010. (German)
- FC Basel 1893 (2011). "Gilles Yapi erlitt einen Kreuzbandriss". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 26 July 2011. (German)
- Meister, Remo (2012). "Der FC Basel holt bei den Young Boys in extremis ein gutes 2:2-Unentschieden". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 16 February 2012. (German)
- "Jetzt hat Basel den Titel auf sicher". football.ch. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. (German)
- "Matchtelegram FC Basel 1893 5:3 FC Luzern". football.ch. 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. (German)
- Schifferle, Michael (2013). "Season review: Switzerland". Eufa. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- SFV (2013). "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final". Schweizerischer Fussballverband. Retrieved 2013-05-20. (German)
- Haylett, Trevor (2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". Eufa. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
- Profile at FC Basel (German)
- Gilles Yapi Yapo on the website of the Swiss Football League
- Soccerway profile