Zoro with Ivory Coast in the 2008 CAN
|Full name||Marco André Zoro Kpolo|
|Date of birth||27 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Abidjan, Ivory Coast|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2008–2010||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||30||(0)|
|2011||→ Universitatea Craiova (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:58, 15 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Although not a native of the country, Zoro started playing football in Italy, first with Salernitana Calcio 1919, without however making his Serie A debuts. The next season he played with the Campania team in the second division and, in January 2003, he joined Sicily's F.C. Messina Peloro, helping the club achieve promotion in June; the team eventually signed him permanently on a three-year deal.
Several month's prior to the expiration of Zoro's deal with Messina, he and his agent Francis Kacou had been locked in talks with the club for a contract extension. "For Zoro, his contract is coming up to expiration and there are difficulties in getting him to renew," said Messina president Pietro Franza in October 2006. "We will see over the coming days when we meet with his agent if we can find a possible understanding." Four months later, however, Zoro blasted, "I've read that some of the management won't talk to me about a new contract because they want to leave me hanging. I find this an insult to my professionalism. I have always trained hard and never let outside things influence me. I will also leave them hanging and see if the right club comes in for me." Two days later, he attempted to make amends: "When one of your family is treated poorly, it's normal for that person to be upset. I don't want to air our dirty linen in public. We'll talk about my contract at the end of the season. My priority right now is keeping Messina in Serie A."
On 15 May 2007 Zoro signed a four-year deal with Portuguese side S.L. Benfica, arriving for free. He would only feature in two league games throughout the entire campaign, but scored once in a 2–2 home draw with U.D. Leiria on 9 March 2008. In August he was transfer listed and, on 10 January 2009, underwent a five-day trial at Ewood Park with English Premier League team Blackburn Rovers; however, nothing came of it, and he was loaned until the end of the season to fellow top-divisioner Vitória de Setúbal – the arrangement was then extended for the entirety of 2009–10, and he was a regular starter as the Sadinos again barely avoided relegation.
In late January 2011, Zoro was loaned to FC Universitatea Craiova in the Romanian Liga 1. In June his contract with Benfica expired and, on 30 January of the following year, he signed a one and 1/2-year link with Angers SCO in the French Ligue 2.
Zoro garnered heavy worldwide interest when, on 27 November 2005, he attempted to stop the Messina-Inter Milan match by leaving the field with the ball, after being tormented by racist taunts from some opposing supporters. He was eventually convinced to keep playing by other players, notably Adriano and Obafemi Martins; these facts then brought strong and unanimous condemnations by the whole football community within Italy, and even a 5-minute delay for an anti-racism display for all the matches to be played in the next week in the country.
|1||29 January 2008||Accra, Ghana||Mali||2–0||3–0||2008 Africa Cup of Nations|
- Zoro agent set for Messina contract talks
- Franza unsure over Zoro's Messina deal
- Zoro furious with Messina contract delays
- Zoro: "Don't question my Messina commitment"
- Camacho hands in Benfica notice; UEFA.com, 9 July 2008
- Rovers to check on Zoro
- Zoro no Blackburn Rovers por período experimental (Zoro on trial with Blackburn Rovers) (Portuguese)
- Marco Zoro a semnat cu Craiova (Marco Zoro signed for Craiova) (Romanian)
- "Marc-André Zoro s’engage avec Angers Sco" [Marc-André Zoro joins Angers Sco]. Ouest-France (in French). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- Zoro suffers more racist abuse
- Zoro storms off after Inter supporters' racist chanting
- Zoro takes a stand on racism
- Fans' racism returns to taint games in Italy and Spain
- Kick It Out article
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Marco Zoro profile at ForaDeJogo
- Marco Zoro at National-Football-Teams.com
- Marco Zoro – FIFA competition record
- Marco Zoro profile at Soccerway