Ibrahima Bakayoko

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Ibrahima Bakayoko
Personal information
Full name Ibrahima Bakayoko Sela
Date of birth (1976-12-31) 31 December 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Séguéla, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Stade Bordelais
Youth career
1991–1993 Yani Sports
1993–1994 Alliance Renaissance
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Stade d'Abidjan 64 (12)
1995–1998 Montpellier 76 (25)
1998–1999 Everton 23 (4)
1999–2003 Marseille 115 (34)
2003–2004 Osasuna 26 (4)
2004–2005 FC Istres 15 (3)
2005–2007 Livorno 37 (5)
2007 Messina 6 (1)
2007–2008 Larissa 30 (3)
2008–2009 PAOK 30 (8)
2009–2012 PAS Giannina 84 (33)
2012–2013 Olympiakos Volou 12 (0)
2014– Stade Bordelais
National team
1996–2002 Côte d'Ivoire 45 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ibrahima Bakayoko (born 31 December 1976[1] in Séguéla) is an Ivorian footballer who is currently playing for the French side Stade Bordelais.

Club career[edit]

Playing in France with Montpellier Hérault Sport Club, Bakayoko was rated highly enough by then Everton manager Walter Smith that Smith was willing to pay £4.5m for Bakayoko's services in October 1998. However, he failed to impress in the 23 games he played, only finding the net 4 times in the league (7 times in all competitions).[2] A brief highlight was scoring twice as Everton beat Blackburn Rovers 2–1 at Ewood Park.[3] Everton fans referred to Bakayoko affectionately as 'Baka-joke-o' due to his disappointing performances on the football field as well as "Back O the Echo", after the local daily newspaper. He was sold for £4m in June 1999 to Olympique de Marseille.

A spell in Spain with Osasuna followed, before Bakayoko returned for a third spell in France, this time representing FC Istres, before he moved over the Alps to Italy, first with Livorno[4] and then with Messina. On 28 January 2007 he played his first Serie A match for Messina against Ascoli.

In the summer of 2007 he joined Greek Superleague outfit AE Larissa. On 20 September 2007 he scored from 30 yards for his new side in the UEFA Cup first round first leg against English Premiership side Blackburn. On 19 June 2008 he joined PAOK for a year.

Following a short transfer thriller after his contract expired, Bakayoko signed a two-years contract for the newly promoted PAS Giannina on 27 July 2009.[5]

International career[edit]

Bakayoko is a former international for Côte d'Ivoire. He made his first appearance for The Elephants in 1995.

Palmares[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soccerway profile
  2. ^ "Games played by Ibrahim Bakayoko in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Blackburn 1 Everton 2". Sporting Life. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Livorno to bank on Bakayoko". UEFA.com. 18 August 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  5. ^ ΠΑΣ Γιάννενα: Ανακοίνωσε Μπακαγιόκο και Μπαλάφα [PAS Giannina announced Bakayoko and Balafas] (in Greek). sport-fm.gr. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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