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
Almería (loan from Espanyol)
Number 9
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)
2014– Almería (loan) 12 (1)
National team
2011 France U20 1 (0)
2012–2013 France U21 3 (0)
2014– Congo 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2014

Thievy Guivane Bifouma Koulossa (born 13 May 1992), simply known as Thievy, is a Congolese professional footballer who plays for UD Almería on loan from RCD Espanyol, and the Congo national team, 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]

On 13 August 2014 Thievy left Espanyol and moved to fellow top-divisioner UD Almería, in a season-long loan.[10]

International career[edit]

A French youth international, Thievy opted to represent Congo at the senior level, receiving a FIFA clearance on 1 August 2014.[11] He made his full international debut a day later, replacing Julsy Boukama-Kaya in the 68th minute of a 0–2 away loss against Rwanda for the second leg of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations second qualification round.[12]

On 6 September 2014, in the same competition, Thievy scored a brace in a 3–2 win in Nigeria.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Congo's goal tally first.[14]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2014 U. J. Esuene, Calabar, Nigeria  Nigeria
2–1
3–2
2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2.
3–1

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 December 2014[15]
Club Season Competition League Cup Other[i] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2010–11 Tercera División 6 3 6 3
Espanyol 2010–11 La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 La Liga 19 1 4 0 23 1
2012–13 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 La Liga 11 3 3 0 14 3
Total 32 4 7 0 0 0 39 4
Las Palmas 2012–13 Segunda División 38 11 6 2 44 13
West Bromwich 2013–14 Premier League 6 2 0 0 6 2
Almería 2014–15 La Liga 12 1 0 0 12 1
Career totals 94 21 13 2 0 0 107 23

International[edit]

As of 20 November 2014
Congo
Year Apps Goals
2014 7 2
Total 7 2

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. 
  10. ^ "El Almería refuerza su ataque con el fichaje de Thievy" [Almería bolsters attack with the signing of Thievy] (in Spanish). Almería's official website. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Congo: La FIFA donne feu vert à Thievy Bifouma (Congo: FIFA gives green light to Thievy Bifouma); Africa Top Sports, 1 August 2014 (French)
  12. ^ Rwanda 2–0 Congo; African Soccer, 2 August 2014
  13. ^ Congo stun Nigeria in five-goal show; SuperSport, 6 September 2014
  14. ^ "T. Bifouma – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Thievy Bifouma". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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