Kurt Zouma

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Kurt Zouma
Kurt Zouma (03-08-2011).jpg
Zouma training with Saint-Étienne in 2011
Personal information
Full name Kurt Happy Zouma[1]
Date of birth (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 19)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2009 Vaulx-en-Velin
2009–2011 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Saint-Étienne 51 (4)
2014– Chelsea 0 (0)
2014 Saint-Étienne (loan) 12 (0)
National team
2010 France U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 France U17 17 (1)
2012 France U19 1 (0)
2013– France U20 9 (1)
2013– France U21 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:30, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Kurt Happy Zouma (born 27 October 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre back for English club Chelsea.

In January 2014, he was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.[2]

He has been said to be (Florent Malouda) one day one of France's best all time players.

Club career[edit]


Born in Lyon, Zouma has played for Saint-Étienne since 2009. On 2 April 2011, Zouma signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal.[3] He was, subsequently, promoted to the senior team by manager Christophe Galtier ahead of the 2011–12 season. Zouma made his professional debut on 31 August 2011 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Bordeaux. He played the entire match in a 3–1 win.[4]

On 7 November 2013, Zouma was banned for 10 games following a challenge that left Sochaux's Thomas Guerbert, with a broken right leg and a dislocated ankle.[5]


On 31 January 2014, Zouma joined Chelsea for a fee believed to be around £12 million (€14.6 million). He remained at Saint-Étienne on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.

Zouma first appeared as a first half substitute for Chelsea in a pre season friendly against Wycombe Wanderers. He scored his first goal for the club on his debut, in a 2–1 friendly win against Slovene club Olimpija, on 27 July 2014.[6] He was given the number 5 shirt, previously worn by Michael Essien.

International career[edit]

Zouma is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-16 and under-17 level. He played with the under-17 team at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. France manager Didier Deschamps stated in an interview in April 2013 that he sees Zouma as a potential future captain of the French national side.[citation needed]




Personal life[edit]

Zouma has an older brother, Lionel, who is also a professional footballer.


  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 9. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The next 10 big things: Europe's top youngsters and stars of the future". The Guardian. 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kurt Zouma signe pro à Saint-Etienne". Foot Transferts (in French). 2 April 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Saint-Étienne v. Bordeaux Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/news/90/france/2013/11/07/4391643/zouma-given-10-match-ban-following-horror-tackle
  6. ^ "Match report: NK Olimpija Ljubljana 1 Chelsea 2". Chelsea.com. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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