Serge Gakpé

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Serge Gakpé
Personal information
Full name Serge Gakpé
Date of birth (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Bondy, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Nantes
Number 13
Youth career
1995–2001 UMS Pontault-Combault
2001–2004 AS Monaco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 AS Monaco (res.) 38 (15)
2006–2011 AS Monaco 92 (9)
2010 Tours FC (loan) 17 (5)
2011– FC Nantes 124 (22)
2012 Standard Liège (loan) 19 (1)
National team
2002–2003 France U16 9 (0)
2003–2004 France U17 3 (1)
2004–2005 France U18 10 (0)
2005–2006 France U19 8 (0)
2007–2008 France U21 6 (1)
2009– Togo 30 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2014

Serge Gakpé (born 7 May 1987) is a French-born Togolese football midfielder who plays for French side FC Nantes.

Playing career[edit]

Of Togolese origin, Gakpé began his career playing with his local club UMS Pontault-Combault, whom AS Monaco share a partnership with. During his time in Pontault-Combault, he regularly attended sessions at the Clairefontaine academy. After being recommended to the Ligue 1 side by Pontault-Combault and Clairefontaine officials, he agreed to join the principality-based side in 2001.

Despite not having a professional contract to his name, he joined the first-team squad following the winter break of the 2005–06 season making his professional debut in a 1–1 draw against RC Lens on 22 January 2006. Not only did he start the match, but he also scored his first professional goal, scoring it in just the 7th minute.[1] He went on to play in 13 more matches and added another goal to his tally as well.

Serge then signed his first professional contract on 4 January 2007, inking a three-year deal with the club.[2] He has since added another year to the contract, which ties him to Monaco until 2011.[3] Over the next three seasons, his playing time dramatically increased making 76 appearances and scoring 11 goals. His performances have caught the attention of several prominent European clubs such as English sides Sheffield Wednesday, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, and Spanish giants Barcelona.[4]

Gakpé signed for French Ligue 2 club FC Nantes on 28 January 2011. At the end of January 2012, it was announced that Gakpé had signed for Belgian club Standard Liège on a season long loan. On 30 August 2014 he scored the only goal in the whole match during penalty shoot out against Montpellier HSC.[5]

International career[edit]

Even though Gakpé was born in France, he chose to play for the Togolese national team, and was called for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Morocco on 6 September 2009.[6]

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