Thievy Bifouma

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Thievy
Personal information
Full name Thievy Guivane Bifouma Koulossa[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Saint-Denis, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Espanyol
Number TBA
Youth career
1999–2006 CS Meaux
2006–2010 Strasbourg
2010–2011 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Espanyol B 6 (3)
2011– Espanyol 32 (4)
2012–2013 Las Palmas (loan) 38 (11)
2014 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (2)
National team
2011 France U20 1 (0)
2012– France U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 29 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:00, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Thievy Guivane Bifouma Koulossa (born 13 May 1992), simply known as Thievy, is a French professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol in Spain as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Saint-Denis, Paris, Thievy joined RCD Espanyol in Spain in early 2010, not yet aged 18, signing from RC Strasbourg. On 13 March 2011 he made his debut with the Catalans' first team, after coming on as a substitute for Joan Verdú in the dying minutes of a 2–0 La Liga home win against Deportivo de La Coruña.[2]

On 10 August 2011, in the Copa Catalunya final, Thievy scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 win against a FC Barcelona team that was filled with reserve and youth players.[3] On 17 December he netted his first goal with the main squad, scoring the opener in an eventual 2–1 success at Sporting de Gijón.[4]

In September 2012, Thievy was loaned to UD Las Palmas in Segunda División.[5] After a successful spell, he extended his contract with Espanyol until 2017.[6]

On 31 January 2014, Thievy signed for West Bromwich Albion on a loan deal with a view to a permanent, being awarded the number 50 shirt.[7][8] He made his debut in the Premier League eight days later, playing the second half and scoring within 36 seconds of taking the pitch in a 1–3 away loss against Crystal Palace.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 39. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Alonso and Verdu fire Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 13 March 2011
  3. ^ El Espanyol se da un festín en el derbi de la mano de Thievy (Espanyol indulges itself in derby courtesy of Thievy); Marca, 10 August 2011 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Sporting Gijon 1–2 Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 17 December 2011
  5. ^ El delantero Thievy jugará cedido en Las Palmas por el Espanyol (Forward Thievy will play in Las Palmas on loan from Espanyol); Liga de Fútbol Profesional, 4 September 2012 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Thievy, españolista hasta el 2017 (Thievy, españolista until 2017); Tinta Amarilla, 12 July 2013 (Spanish)
  7. ^ "Thievy jugarà al West Bromwich Albion" [Thievy will play in West Bromwich Albion] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Albion sign Thievy Bifouna". West Bromwich Albion. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Crystal Palace 3–1 West Brom". BBC Sport. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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