Ibrahim Ba

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Ibrahim Ba
Personal information
Full name Ibrahim Ba
Date of birth (1973-11-12) 12 November 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Le Havre 128 (8)
1996–1997 Bordeaux 35 (6)
1997–2003 Milan 56 (1)
1999–2000 Perugia (loan) 16 (1)
2001 Marseille (loan) 9 (0)
2003–2004 Bolton Wanderers 9 (0)
2004–2005 Çaykur Rizespor 2 (0)
2005 Djurgården 14 (1)
2007–2008 Milan 0 (0)
Total 269 (17)
National team
1997–1998 France 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ibrahim "Ibou" Ba (born 12 November 1973) is a Senegalese-born professional French football player of the 1990s and 2000s whose career as a right winger lasted from 1991 to 2008. In the late 1990s, particularly between 1996 and 1998, he was considered to be one of the hottest young talents in the world after consistently impressing with FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Early career[edit]

Born in Senegal's capital, Dakar, Ibrahim Ngom Ba was not yet eighteen when, in 1991, he started playing for the French club Le Havre AC, where he spent five years. In 1996 he moved to fellow Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux, reaching the final of the Coupe de la Ligue and making his France national football team debut on 22 January 1997 against Portugal, scoring in a 2–0 victory.

A.C. Milan[edit]

After the 1996–97 season he was sold to Italian club Milan after just one season at Bordeaux. His first season in Milan was to become his best; he played 31 matches and scored one goal. His most memorable moment for the French national team came in the June 1997 friendly match with Brazil in Paris. He took a free kick 35 yards from goal, and his swerving shot forced Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel to drop the ball in front of French striker Marc Keller, who went on to score.

Ba was seen as a hot prospect, who arguably did not live up to his promise. To his great dismay, he was left out of France's 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, when France became World Champions on home soil. Over the subsequent years, Ba did not play many games for Milan and went on loan to Italian team AC Perugia in 1999–2000 season, where he broke a leg and had to miss four matches for headbutting an opponent. He underwent another loan deal back in France with Olympique de Marseille in 2001.

Later years[edit]

In 2003, he finally left Milan and joined Bolton Wanderers in England. He helped them reach the 2004 Football League Cup Final, playing in both legs of the semi-final victory over Aston Villa.[1][2] However he was left out of the match day squad as they lost the final to Middlesbrough. Ba made his last appearance for Bolton against Chelsea on 13 March 2004.[3]

He failed to make an impression at Bolton, and moved on to Turkey after just one season, joining Çaykur Rizespor on a one-year deal on 24 August 2004.

In 6 February 2005, Ba was surprisingly signed by Swedish side Djurgårdens IF on a two-year contract. He was a spectacular signing for the club, and caused much interest in Sweden, and it was thought that a less prestigious league might bring back Ba's old ability. Djurgården won the league in his first season, but Ba failed to impress fans and commentators, spending a lot of time on the bench. In early 2006, it was decided that his contract would be terminated and he subsequently left Djurgården in January of that year.

Return to Italy[edit]

At the start of 2007 Ba returned to Italy to train with Serie C2 team Varese to help with his fitness.[4] In June 2007, after having travelled to Athens together with the AC Milan squad to attend the UEFA Champions League final they won against English Premier League side Liverpool,[5] Ba agreed a one-year contract with his former club.[6] During the 2007–08 season, making only one appearance in the Coppa Italia as a substitute, he retired from the game. After the season Ba accepted a job as a scout for Milan in Africa.

Honours[edit]

Italy AC Milan


Sweden Djurgårdens IF

Family[edit]

Ibrahim Ba is the son of 1970s Senegalese international footballer Ibrahima Ba (born 1951), who spent his late career in France, where he helped Le Havre AC to promotion in 1979 and finished his career at SC Abbeville. Ibrahima Ba's younger son, Fabien (born 22 October 1994) is also a footballer, playing in Italy with the Giovanissimi Nazionali of his brother Ibrahim's former club A.C. Milan.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bolton 5-2 Aston Villa". BBC. 21 January 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aston Villa 2-0 Bolton". BBC. 27 January 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bolton 0-2 Chelsea". BBC. 13 March 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ibrahim Ba a Varese" (in Italian). AS Varese 1910. 
  5. ^ "'Dinho revives Milan link?". Football Italia. 13 June 2007. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "UFFICIALE: Ibou Ba torna al Milan" (in Italian). Football Italia. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
  7. ^ A.C. Milan – Giovanissimi Nazionali

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