Gueïda Fofana

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Gueïda Fofana
Personal information
Full name Gueïda Fofana
Date of birth (1991-05-16) 16 May 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Le Havre, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Lyon
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2001 Mont-Gaillard
2001–2009 Le Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Le Havre 64 (4)
2011– Lyon 69 (5)
National team
2006–2007 France U16 13 (2)
2007–2008 France U17 18 (4)
2008–2009 France U18 9 (0)
2009–2010 France U19 13 (1)
2010–2012 France U20 17 (2)
2012 France U21 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2012

Gueïda Fofana (French pronunciation: ​[ɡejda fɔfana]; born 16 May 1991) is a French football player who currently plays for French club Lyon in Ligue 1. He is a French youth international and has captained at all levels of youth. In 2010, Fofana captained the France team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship on home soil. He operates as a defensive midfielder, but can also play as a defender and is known for his physical style of play.[1] Fofana has been compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

Club career[edit]

Le Havre[edit]

Fofana began his career playing for hometown club ES Mont-Gaillard. The youngster drew the interest of Le Havre, which he initially rejected preferring to play with his friends and remain close to his family. However, after constant inquiries, Fofana accepted and joined the club at age 12.[2] While in the club's training center, Fofana developed into youth international and one of the club's most promising prospects, alongside the now-departed Paul Pogba, captaining several of the team's youth squads. In 2008, he signed an élite contract until June 2011.[3] In the 2008–09 season, despite being 17 years old, he appeared on the bench as a senior team player for several matches, though he didn't make an appearance, mainly due to dealing with the rigorous effects of a herniated disc. The club suffered relegation from Ligue 1 in the 2008–09 season and, for the 2009–10 season, Fofana began training with the first team on a permanent basis.

In the club's first competitive match of the new campaign, Fofana appeared on the bench in the club's 2–1 loss to Tours in the Coupe de la Ligue.[4] He made his professional debut on 18 August 2009 in a league match against Tours appearing as a substitute in the 78th minute. Le Havre, again, lost to Tours 2–0.[5] Fofana earned his first start on 26 September 2009 playing the entire 90 minutes in the club's 2–0 victory over Metz.[6] On 26 November, Fofana scored his first professional goal in the club's 1–0 victory over AC Ajaccio.[7] Two weeks later, Fofana earn his first professional red card after accumulating two yellow cards in only 26 minutes in a 1–0 defeat to Clermont.[8] He finished the campaign with 31 total appearances and one goal.

Fofana began the 2010–11 season as a starter in the midfield. On 20 August 2010, he assisted on Le Havre's opening goal in a 2–1 victory over Stade Reims.[9] On 3 December, Fofana scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 victory over Metz.[10] After a failed January 2011 transfer to English club Aston Villa, on 28 January 2011, Fofana signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal with Le Havre.[11]

Lyon[edit]

On the final day of the summer transfer window, Lyon confirmed on its official website that the club had signed Fofana from Le Havre.[12] Fofana agreed to a four-year contract and the transfer fee was priced at €1.8 million. The fee could reach €2.6 million based on incentives.[13][14] Fofana described the move to Lyon as "a great satisfaction" and was given the number 15 shirt.[15] He simultaneously made his club and European debut on 14 September 2011 in the team's 0–0 draw with Dutch club Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.[16]

International career[edit]

Fofana has been active with France on the youth level having appeared at all levels. Prior to representing France on international level, Fofana earned regional caps with Normandy at age 13. He made his international youth debut with the under-16 team in the team's opening match against the Republic of Ireland in a 1–1 draw.[17] On 5 December, Fofana scored his first youth international goal converting a penalty in the team's 4–1 victory over Turkey.[18] Fofana finished his under-16 career playing against Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on 30 May 2006. Germany won the match 1–0 with Felix Kroos scoring the lone goal.[19] With the under-17 team, Fofana was named captain of the team by coach Francis Smerecki and scored his first goal on his debut in a 4–0 victory over Switzerland.[20] In qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Fofana scored a brace against Albania in the first qualifying round.[21] He also captained the team to a second-place finish at the Algarve Cup in Portugal scoring his lone goal in a group stage match against the hosts.[22] At the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Fofana led the team to the final where they were defeated 4–0 by Spain.[23]

With the under-18 team, he captained the squad that played against England at Wembley Stadium. France won the match 4–2 and Fofana, as captain, was presented with the Fallenhero Trophy by The Football Association chairman Trevor Brooking.[24] On 9 September 2009, Fofana made his debut with the under-19 team in the team's opening group stage match at the Sendaï Cup against Japan. He scored his first goal for the team on 9 October in a 4–2 defeat to the Netherlands. After consistently appearing with the team for the campaign, on 7 June 2010, Fofana was named to coach Francis Smerecki's 18-man squad to participate in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and was designated as the team's captain. He featured in four of the team's five matches including the final match against Spain, which France won 2–1. The title is the country's second UEFA Under-19 championship.[25]

Due to France's victory at the UEFA Under-19 championship, the nation qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which merited under-20 team appearances for Fofana. He was installed as captain for the fifth consecutive season by Smerecki and made his debut with the team on 7 October 2010 in a friendly match against Portugal, which ended 3–3.[26] Fofana, subsequently, captained the team in four more matches during the 2010–11 campaign and, on 10 June 2011, was named to the 21-man squad to participate in the U-20 World Cup. He made his debut in the competition on 30 July 2011 in the team's 4–1 defeat to the hosts Colombia.[27] In the team's next group stage match against South Korea, he scored the game-winning goal in a 3–1 victory.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(Correct as of 25 January 2013)[29]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Le Havre 2009–10 30 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 1 1
2010–11 34 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 3 3
Total 64 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 67 4 4
Lyon 2011–12 18 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 1 25 0 1
2012–13 27 2 2 2 1 0 6 2 0 35 5 2
2013-14 24 2 1 3 0 1 5 2 1 32 4 4
Total 69 4 3 9 1 1 14 4 2 92 9 6
Career total 133 8 7 12 1 1 14 4 2 159 13 10

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lyon

International[edit]

France

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fofana en toute simplicité". Paris Normandie (in French). 24 September 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gueïda Fofana, la révélation de l’Euro U-19". Afrik 11 (in French). 4 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tours v. Le Havre Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 18 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tours v. Le Havre Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 18 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Le Havre v. Metz Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 26 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Le Havre v. Ajaccio Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Clermont v. Le Havre Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 18 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Le Havre v. Reims Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 20 August 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Le Havre v. Metz Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 3 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Fofana passe pro". L'Equipe (in French). 28 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Communiqué du club". Olympique Lyonnais (in French). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.actusnews.com/documents_communiques/ACTUS-0-25027-olg-010911--arrivee-de-fofana-gb.pdf
  14. ^ "Lyon signs midfielder Gueida Fofana on 4-year deal". Yahoo!. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Fofana: "Je vais intégrer un groupe de qualité"". Olympique Lyonnais (in French). 1 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lyon hold on to secure point in Amsterdam". Union of European Football Associations. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Un nul pour débuter (1–1)" (in French). French Football Federation. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Les Français prennent l'avantage (4–1)" (in French). French Football Federation. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Courte défaite (1–0)" (in French). French Football Federation. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "Reprise réussie pour les Tricolores (4–0)" (in French). French Football Federation. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Large victoire et qualification (6–0)" (in French). French Football Federation. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "Belle entrée en matière (2–1)" (in French). French Football Federation. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  23. ^ "L'Espagne réalise le doublé" (in French). French Football Federation. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  24. ^ "Fallenhero Trophy: England 2–4 France". ESFA. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  25. ^ "France fight back to claim U19 crown". Union of European Football Associations. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  26. ^ "France 3–3 Portugal". French Football Federation. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  27. ^ "Colombia 4–1 France". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "France 3–1 South Korea". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Gueïda Fofana - Performance data - transfermarkt.co.uk". Transfermarkt. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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