Steve Gohouri

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Steve Gohouri
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Gohouri while at Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2007
Personal information
Full name Lohoré Steve Ulrich Gohouri[1]
Date of birth (1981-02-08) 8 February 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Treichville, Ivory Coast
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
CS Brétigny
Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Paris Saint-Germain 0 (0)
2000 Bnei Yehuda 13 (4)
2000–2003 Yverdon-Sport 73 (12)
2003 Bologna (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2005 Vaduz 53 (10)
2005–2006 Young Boys 37 (8)
2007–2009 Borussia Mönchengladbach 45 (2)
2009–2010 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 4 (0)
2010–2012 Wigan Athletic 42 (2)
2012–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv 10 (1)
2013 Skoda Xanthi 2 (0)
National team
2006– Côte d'Ivoire 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Lohoré Steve Ulrich Gohouri (born 8 February 1981), known as Steve Gohouri, is an Ivorian footballer who last played for Skoda Xanthi as a defender.

Gohouri started his career in France, playing in the youth teams at CS Brétigny and Paris Saint-Germain. Due to a lack of first team opportunities, he had a brief spell in Israel with Bnei Yehuda before moving to Switzerland and joining Yverdon-Sport. He spent the next seven seasons in the Swiss leagues, later playing for Vaduz, where he made his debut in European competition, and Young Boys, where he won a runners-up medal in the Swiss Cup.

In 2007, he signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. He struggled to become a regular in the first team, and was eventually demoted to the reserves in 2009. He was released by the club at the end of the year, and signed for Premier League side Wigan Athletic. He has also represented Côte d'Ivoire at international level, but has only played sporadically since first appearing for his country in 2006.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gohouri was born in Treichville, Ivory Coast. At the age of five, he moved to France with his family, and grew up in the suburbs of Paris.[3] He started his career with CS Brétigny,[4] where he played in the same youth team as Patrice Evra.[3] He then spent two years at Paris Saint-Germain,[5] but failed to break into the first-team. He signed for Israeli side Bnei Yehuda midway through the 1999–2000 season.[6] He made his debut on 5 February 2000 against Hapoel Haifa, scoring the opening goal in a 1–1 draw. He scored two more goals in the next game – a 2–1 win against Beitar Jerusalem,[7] and instantly became a fan favourite at the club.[8] He finished the season with four goals in 13 appearances as the club avoided relegation from the Israeli Premier League with a 11th place finish.[7]

Switzerland[edit]

He left the club at the end of the season and joined Yverdon-Sport in Switzerland. He was initially signed by the club as a striker, scoring nine goals in his first season at the club as they were relegated from Nationalliga A. However, his coach Gabet Chapuisat felt that if Gohouri switched to playing in defence, he "could probably play in any league in the world".[3] He has since played primarily as a central defender,[9] but can also play at right-back or left-back.[10] In January 2003, he moved to Bologna on loan for six months,[11] but did not appear in Serie A during the spell. He moved to Vaduz the following summer. In July 2004, he made his debut in European competition in a UEFA Cup Preliminary Round tie against Longford Town.[12][13] In September 2005 he signed for Young Boys, having agreed a four-year contract with the club.[14]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

Gohouri left Young Boys for Borussia Mönchengladbach on a three and a half-year contract on 28 December 2006 for a transfer fee of €1.5 million.[15] He made his Bundesliga debut on 27 January 2007 against Energie Cottbus.[16] In summer 2009, he was demoted to Borussia's reserves and was released in late December after a clash between the Club and his representative and best friend Rui Alves.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 12 January 2010, Gohouri joined Wigan Athletic of the Premier League, signing until the end of the season.[17] He scored his first goal for Wigan on 3 May 2010 against Hull City. The equalizer brought the game to 2–2 and relegated Hull, prompting a pitch invasion at the DW Stadium.[18]

On 7 May 2010, Gohouri signed a new two-year contract with Wigan to extend his stay at the club until the end of the 2011–12 campaign.[19] During the 2010–11 season, he made 28 appearances in all competitions, including a goal Gohouri scored against Liverpool in a 1–1 draw on 12 February and was rewarded with another contract extension, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2013.[20] Unfortunately the 2011–12 season started badly for Gohouri, getting sent off against Tottenham Hotspur after picking up a second yellow card during a match on 24 September as well as falling down to the pecking order, making just 10 league appearances.Subsequently, Gohouri was released by Wigan when his contract expired at the end of the 2011–12 season.

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

On 29 June 2013, Gohouri joined the Skoda Xanthi F.C. which is playing in the Greek Superleague.[21]

International career[edit]

Gohouri made his debut for the Côte d'Ivoire national team in August 2006 against Senegal.[5] In March 2007, he scored his first two goals for the team in a friendly against Mauritius.[22] He also played in the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antananarivo, scoring the opening goal in the 3–0 victory.[23]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 March 2007 Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Maurel  Mauritius 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2 21 March 2007 Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Maurel  Mauritius 3–0 3–0 Friendly
3 25 March 2007 Stade Mahama Sina, Antananarivo  Madagascar 1–0 3–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv Premier League 13 4 - - - - - - 13 4
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Yverdon-Sport Nationalliga A 34 9 - - - - - 34 9
2001–02 Nationalliga B 18 2 - - - - - 18 2
2002–03 20 1 - - - - - 20 1
2003–04 Vaduz Challenge League 18 5 - - - - - 18 5
2004–05 28 5 - - - 3 0 31 5
2005–06 7 0 - - - 4 1 11 1
Young Boys Super League 20 5 5 0 - - - 25 5
2006–07 16 3 3 0 - 4 0 23 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2006–07 Borussia M'gladbach Bundesliga 14 0 - - - - - - 14 0
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 17 0 1 0 - - - - 18 0
2008–09 Bundesliga 15 2 - - - - - - 15 2
Borussia M'gladbach II Regionalliga West 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
2009–10 3 0 - - - - - - 3 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Wigan Athletic Premier League 5 1 1 0 - - - - 6 1
2010–11 27 1 - - 1 0 - - 28 1
2011–12 10 0 - - - - - - 10 0
Total Israel 13 4 - - - - - - 13 4
Switzerland 161 30 8 0 - 11 1 180 31
Germany 50 2 1 0 - - - - 51 2
England 42 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 44 2
Career total 266 38 10 0 1 0 11 1 288 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2010 and 31/01/2010". The Football Association. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gohouri out to haunt pal Drog". The Sun. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ http://csbretignyfootball.fr/club/pros[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Steve Gohouri". FIFA.com. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Israel Squads Premier League 1999/00". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Israel 1999/2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  8. ^ איפה הם היום – גורי גורי (in Hebrew). Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Steve Gohouri: Abräumer mit Torinstinkt" (in German). RP Online. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Gohouri – First Interview". Wigan Athletic F.C. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Nervo s' allunga la vita rossoblù Beppe aspetta: Bologna o l' estero" (in Italian). repubblica. 4 January 2003. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Steve Gohouri". UEFA.com. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "European tie still alive for brave Town". Leitrim Observer. 22 July 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Gohouri von Vaduz zu YB" (in German). fussball.ch. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Ives, Chris. "Foals complete Gohouri swoop". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 29 January 2007. 
  17. ^ "Wigan sign Ivory Coast defender Steven Gohouri". BBC Sport. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Wigan 2–2 Hull". BBC Sport. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "Gohouri signs new Wigan deal". Ontheminute.com. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Gohouri extends Latics deal". Sky Sports. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  21. ^ Ανακοίνωση (in Greek). Skoda Xanthi. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Elephants stroll to Mauritius win". BBC Sport. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Ivory Coast cruise in Group 1". BBC Sport. 25 March 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 

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