Seydou Keita (footballer)

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Seydou Keita
Keita August 2008 Joan Gamper Trophy.jpg
Keita in action for Barcelona in 2008
Personal information
Full name Seydou Keita[1]
Date of birth (1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Bamako, Mali
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Roma
Number 12
Youth career
1995–1997 Centre Salif Keita
1997–1999 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Marseille 6 (0)
2000–2002 Lorient 58 (1)
2002–2007 Lens 157 (19)
2007–2008 Sevilla 31 (4)
2008–2012 Barcelona 119 (16)
2012–2013 Dalian Aerbin 37 (10)
2014 Valencia 11 (1)
2014– Roma 1 (0)
National team
2000– Mali 88 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Seydou Keita (born 16 January 1980) is a Malian professional footballer who plays for A.S. Roma in Italy. A versatile midfielder, he can operate as both a central or defensive midfielder, and played most notably with Lens (five seasons) and Barcelona (four), winning 14 titles with the latter.

Keita represented Malian national team since the age of 20, appearing with it at six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and also holds a French passport.

Club career[edit]

Marseille[edit]

Born in Bamako, Mali, Keita finished his football formation in France with Olympique de Marseille, joining the club at the age of 17. He played mainly for the reserve squad during his three-year spell.

Keita made his Ligue 1 debut for L'OM on 19 September 1999 in a 1–0 home win against Troyes AC, adding three games in the season's UEFA Champions League. In the summer of 2000, he left the club.

Lorient / Lens[edit]

Keita signed for FC Lorient in Ligue 2, being instrumental (37 games, one goal) as the club promoted to the top level in 2001. He appeared slightly less due to injury in the following season, which ended in immediate relegation back, but brought the conquest of the Coupe de France, the club's first-ever (he played the full 90 minutes in the final against SC Bastia).

In 2002 Keita joined fellow league side RC Lens, eventually becoming team captain, and scoring a career-best 11 goals in the 2006–07 season – his fifth and last – helping Les Sang et Or to the fifth position in the league and the last-16 in the UEFA Cup.

Sevilla[edit]

On 11 July 2007 Keita signed for Sevilla FC in Spain, for four years.[2] He appeared in both legs of the season's Supercopa de España, a 6–3 aggregate win against Real Madrid.

Keita was an automatic first-choice for the Andalusians during the 2007–08 season, helping the team to the fifth position in the league. On 3 November 2007 he scored from long-distance in a 2–0 home win also against Real Madrid,[3] and added three in nine games in the Champions League, including one against Arsenal in a 3–1 group stage home success which was the Gunners' first loss of the campaign.[4]

Barcelona[edit]

Keita facing Bayer Leverkusen with Barcelona

On 26 May 2008 Keita signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona, with the Catalan club being believed to have paid the player's buy-out clause, which stood at around 14 million. He became the first Malian Barcelona player ever, and the club set his new release clause at €90 million.[5]

Keita made his official debut for Barcelona in a Champions League qualifier against Poland's Wisła Kraków on 13 August 2008, a 4–0 home win.[6] He made his league debut against CD Numancia on the 31st, coming on as a substitute for Andrés Iniesta midway through the second half of a 0–1 away loss.[7]

Keita scored his first goal for Barcelona on 16 November 2008, in a 2–0 win at Recreativo de Huelva.[8][9] The following week he added another, in a 1–1 home draw against Getafe CF;[10] he finished his first season at Camp Nou with 46 official games as Barça won the treble. He played 20 minutes in the Champions League final, taking the place of Thierry Henry in the 2–0 win against Manchester United.

On 25 October 2009 Keita scored his first career hat-trick, in a 6–1 home win against Real Zaragoza,[11] and contributed with 29 games – 23 starts – as Barcelona renewed its domestic supremacy. In the 2010–11 campaign he made more appearances than any other outfield player and, on 31 August, aged 31, signed a contract extension that would link him to the club until 2014.

Dalian Aerbin[edit]

On 7 July 2012 Keita announced he would be leaving Barcelona after four seasons,[12] invoking a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club even though he still had two years left. The following day, he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin FC, being reportedly paid €14 million per year.[13]

Valencia[edit]

On 30 January 2014 Keita returned to Spain after signing with Valencia CF, with the 34-year-old agreeing to a six month contract with the option for an additional year.[14] He made his debut for the Che on 16 February, replacing Paco Alcácer for the last 20 minutes of a 0–0 away draw against former club Sevilla.[15] On 13 March, midway through the first half of an away fixture against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad for the UEFA Europa League, he was sent off for a challenge on Roman Bezjak that resulted in a penalty kick, but his team eventually won it 3–0[16] and 4–0 on aggregate.

On 27 March 2014 Keita scored Valencia's fastest-ever goal, netting after nine seconds at UD Almería.[17] He also had to leave before the end of the first half with an injury, as the hosts came from behind for a 2–2 draw.[18]

Roma[edit]

On 5 June 2014, Keita signed a one-year contract with Serie A club A.S. Roma.[19]

International career[edit]

Keita lining up for Mali

Keita made his debut for Mali on 9 April 2000, in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Libya.[20] He represented the country in six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments: in the 2010 edition in Angola he scored twice, both goals coming in the 4–4 group stage draw against the hosts, who were leading 4–0 with 11 minutes to go;[21] Les Aigles, however, could not make it past the group stage.

Keita also participated in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, scoring in the 1–1 quarterfinal draw against the hosts as Mali eventually won the shootout.[22] Previously, he helped the under-20s finish third at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, scoring in the last match against Uruguay – the game's only –[23]and being named the tournament's best player.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lorient
Sevilla
Barcelona

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[24][25]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–2000 Marseille Ligue 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 10 1
2000–01 Lorient Ligue 2 37 1 1 0 1 0 39 1
2001–02 Ligue 1 21 0 5 1 3 1 29 2
2002–03 Lens Ligue 1 28 2 3 1 1 0 7 0 39 3
2003–04 22 0 3 0 1 0 6 0 32 0
2004–05 34 3 5 1 3 1 42 5
2005–06 35 3 3 0 1 0 13 1 52 4
2006–07 38 11 4 1 1 0 10 1 53 13
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercup Europe Total
2007–08 Sevilla La Liga 31 4 2 0 2 0 10 3 45 7
2008–09 Barcelona 29 4 5 0 12 2 46 6
2009–10 29 6 1 0 2 0 12 0 44 6
2010–11 35 3 9 2 2 0 10 1 56 6
2011–12 26 3 3 0 2 0 11 1 42 4
China PR League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2012 Dalian Super League 12 4 1 0 13 4
2013 25 6 3 0 28 6
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercup Europe Total
2013–14 Valencia La Liga 11 1 7 0 18 1
Total France 228 20 24 4 12 2 39 3 296 29
Spain 154 21 20 2 8 0 62 7 251 30
China PR 37 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 41 10
Career total 419 51 44 6 20 2 101 10 584 69

Personal life[edit]

Keita's uncle, Salif Keita, was also a footballer. He played, amongst others, for Valencia CF and Sporting Clube de Portugal, and was once voted African Footballer of the Year.[26]

He is married to Zubaida Johnson, who is of Cape Verdean descent. On 12 May 2008 he became the father of a son, Mohammed, who was born in Seville.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 presented by Toyota: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 1 December 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "El Sevilla ficha al centrocampista Keita" [Sevilla signs midfielder Keita] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  3. ^ FC Sevilla 2–0 Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 3 November 2007
  4. ^ Unbeaten run ends; ESPN Soccernet, 27 November 2007
  5. ^ Contract details; Barcelona's official website, 26 May 2008
  6. ^ Barcelona 4–0 Wisla Krakow; ESPN Soccernet, 13 August 2008
  7. ^ Numancia 1–0 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 31 August 2008
  8. ^ More leaders than ever (0–2); Barcelona's official website, 16 November 2008
  9. ^ Recreativo Huelva 0–2 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 16 November 2008
  10. ^ Barcelona 1–1 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 23 November 2008
  11. ^ Sensational Barca rediscover form; ESPN Soccernet, 25 October 2009
  12. ^ Keita announces he won’t be at Barça next season; Barcelona's official website, 7 July 2012
  13. ^ Dalian Aerbin confirm Seydou Keita signing; Goal.com, 8 July 2012
  14. ^ Comunicado oficial (Official announcement); Valencia's official website, 30 January 2014 (Spanish)
  15. ^ "All square at Sevilla". ESPN FC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Valencia cruise past Ludogrets". ESPN FC. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Keita entra en el podio de los goles más rápidos de la Liga" [Keita joins League's fastest goals podium] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Otro acto de fe en Almería" [Another act of faith in Almería] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Seydou Ahmed Keita". A.S. Roma. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Match report: Libya – Mali". FIFA.com. 9 April 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Hosts stunned by fightback; ESPN Soccernet, 10 January 2010
  22. ^ "South Africa 1–1 Mali". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  23. ^ Seydou KeitaFIFA competition record
  24. ^ "S. Kéita". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Seydou Keita at ESPN FC
  26. ^ "Seydou Keita se ha forjado un nombre" [Seydou Keita has made a name for himself] (in Spanish). FIFA.com. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  27. ^ Seydou Keita, Barcelona; Muslim Footballers, 26 July 2011

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