Kalidou Koulibaly

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Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly.jpg
Koulibaly playing for Genk in 2014
Personal information
Full name Kalidou Koulibaly
Date of birth (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 26
Youth career
1999–2004 Saint-Dié
2004–2006 Metz
2006–2009 Saint-Dié
2009–2010 Metz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Metz 41 (1)
2012–2014 Genk 64 (3)
2014– Napoli 0 (0)
National team
2011–2012 France U20 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Kalidou Koulibaly (born 20 June 1991) is a French footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian club Napoli in the Serie A.[1] His main asset is his versatility, as he can play as a central defender, right back or defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Metz[edit]

Koulibaly began his career playing for hometown club SR Saint-Dié and spent two seasons playing on the club's senior team in the Championnat de France amateur 2 before joining the academy of professional club Metz on 1 July 2009.[2] While at Metz, Koulibaly helped the club's under-19 team win the 2009–10 Coupe Gambardella after the team defeated Sochaux 5–4 on penalties in the final.[3] He also played on the club's amateur team in the Championnat de France amateur appearing in 15 matches as Metz were crowned champions of the league finishing with 107 points.

Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Koulibaly signed his first professional contract agreeing to a one-year deal. He was, subsequently, promoted to the senior team and assigned the number 25 shirt by new manager Dominique Bijotat. Koulibaly made his professional debut on 20 August 2010 in a league match against Vannes. He appeared as a substitute in a 1–0 victory.[4]

Genk[edit]

On 29 June 2012, Koulibaly joined Belgian club Racing Genk after agreeing to a four-year deal.[5]

Napoli[edit]

On 19 May 2014 Koulibaly was sold to S.S.C. Napoli in Italy.[6]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2014
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Metz 2010-11 Ligue 2 19 1 1 0 0 0 20 1
2011-12 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Total 41 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 44 1
Genk 2012-13 Jupiler Pro League 31 1 6 0 9 0 0 0 46 1
2013-14 33 2 3 0 9 0 1 0 46 2
Total 64 3 9 0 18 0 1 0 92 3
Napoli 2014-15 Serie A 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 105 4 12 0 20 0 1 0 138 4

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Metz
Genk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercato, Napoli: ufficiale Koulibaly. Visite, firma: è il primo colpo azzurro" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Koulibaly, le jour d’après" (in French). Le Républicain Lorrain. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sochaux v. Metz Match Report" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Metz v. Vannes Match Report" (in French). L'Equipe. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kalidou Koulibaly is van Genk" (in Dutch). Gazet van Antwerpen. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.sscnapoli.it/static/news/Koulibaly,-medical-examination-at-Castelvolturno-2934.aspx

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