Wilfried Bony

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Wilfried Bony
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Bony with Côte d'Ivoire in 2012
Personal information
Full name Wilfried Guemiand Bony[1]
Date of birth (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Bingerville, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 10
Youth career
Cyrille Domoraud Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Issia Wazi
2007–2008 Sparta Prague B (loan) 14 (2)
2008–2011 Sparta Prague 59 (22)
2011–2013 Vitesse 65 (46)
2013– Swansea City 34 (16)
National team
2010– Côte d'Ivoire 28 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014

Wilfried Guemiand Bony (born 10 December 1988) is an Ivorian football striker who currently plays for Swansea City in the Premier League.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bony was born in Bingerville and was raised first in the city of Tebrau Plateau, and then in Abobo PK18. He played street football from a young age, in the Brazilian style of "Maracana". He also participated in many interschool and city cups, before spending three years at the Cyrille Domoraud Academy located in his birthplace of Bingerville.[3]

Career[edit]

Issia Wazi[edit]

Bony started his professional career at Issia Wazi in the Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division.

Sparta Prague[edit]

Bony went on trial at Premier League club Liverpool in 2007 but was not offered a contract, and in October 2007, Bony joined Czech club Sparta Prague on a loan deal where he immediately started playing for the reserve team. Bony won the Bohemian Football League championship with Sparta Prague B.[4][5]

Bony then joined the club on a permanent basis and broke into the first team in the 2008–09 season, scoring three goals in 16 appearances. In 2009–10, he scored nine times as Sparta won the Gambrinus liga title.[4]

After scoring 17 goals during the first half of the 2010–11 season,[6] including five goals in six appearances in the UEFA Europa League,[7] Bony was signed by Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse of Arnhem in January 2011.[8]

Vitesse[edit]

Bony in Vitesse away shirt

Bony signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Vitesse[9][10] and scored on his debut in a 2–0 derby win over De Graafschap on 20 February.[11]

In his first full season with Vitesse, Bony netted on twelve occasions in the Eredivisie, earning the top goalscoring honors for the club and was tied for tenth highest scorer in the league.[12] In February 2012, Bony signed a contract extension, keeping him until 2015, ending transfer speculation.[13]

Bony made his first appearance of the 2012–13 Eredivisie campaign for Vitesse on 12 August 2012 in a 2–2 draw with ADO Den Haag at the GelreDome, equalizing for the hosts less than a minute after Tjaronn Chery had put ADO in front.[14] Bony scored a 90th minute winner over Rotterdam club Feyenoord on 2 September, to earn the club its third win from the first four league games.[15] On 6 October 2012, Bony scored a hat-trick as Vitesse came back from a goal down three times to draw 3–3 with Heerenveen.[16]

In Vitesse's 0–2 upset of Ajax on 4 November, Bony scored both goals, helping Vitesse to six away wins in a row and the club's first win at the Amsterdam Arena since 2001.[17] Bony added two more goals to his account in Vitesse's 4–1 defeat of NEC Nijmegen on 18 November, earning Vitesse just their second home win of the season as NEC had three men sent off.[18] On 25 November, Vitesse travelled to Eindhoven to face league leaders PSV; Bony scored a late winner to put Vitesse on 31 points, level with second place FC Twente.[19]

On 9 February 2013, Bony returned from his participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to face PSV and once again scored twice, securing a 2–2 draw.[20] On 23 February, Bony scored a hat-trick to send Vitesse to a 5–3 victory over Heracles Almelo.[21] On 15 April, he scored for the ninth consecutive match in a 3–3 draw with Roda JC.[22]

Bony ended the season as the Eredivisie's top scorer with 31 goals in 30 matches and was awarded the Golden Shoe for the best player in the Netherlands.[23]

Swansea City[edit]

On 11 July 2013, Bony signed a four-year contract with Welsh side Swansea City, who paid a club-record fee of £12 million.[23] Bony made his Swansea City debut in a pre-season friendly match against ADO Den Haag, which Swansea won 1–0.[24] Bony's work permit was delayed briefly,[25] but was granted three days later.[26] Bony was given the number 10 shirt and will feature the name Wilfried on the back.[27]

Bony made his competitive debut for Swansea in the club's Europa League third qualifying round tie against Malmö FF, scoring two second-half goals in a 4–0 first leg victory on 1 August.[28]

The BBC listed Bony as one of the Premier League signings to watch for the 2013–14 Premier League.[29] In the opening game of the 2013–14 season on 17 August, Bony scored his first goal for the club, in a 4–1 loss against Manchester United.[30] Shortly after, Bony scored again, in the first leg of the Europa League qualification round against Romanian side Petrolul Ploiești in a 5–1 win.[31] On 19 September, he scored the Swans' opening goal in a 3–0 Europa League win against Valencia CF at the Mestalla.[32]

On 19 October, Bony scored his second league goal in a 4–0 win over Sunderland.[33] On 10 November, he scored a brace, as Swansea City drew 3–3 with Stoke City.[34] A few weeks later, Bony sustained a hamstring injury in the return fixture against Valencia in the Europa League.[35] He would make his return on 15 December 2013, in a 1–1 draw against Norwich City.[36]

On 1 January 2014, Bony scored twice in a 3–2 loss against Manchester City; both goals was dedicated to his friend, who died of cancer.[37][38] Four days later, in the third round of the FA Cup against Manchester United, Bony scored a 90th minute header to send Swansea through to the next round. The win also proved to be Swansea's first win at Old Trafford in club history.[39][40]

On 25 March, Bony scored his 20th goal of the season in a 2–2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[41] He ended the season with 25 goals after scoring in a 3–1 win at Sunderland on the final day of the Premier League season.[42]

International career[edit]

In late 2010, Bony was called up by Côte d'Ivoire and made his debut in a 1–0 away victory against Burundi, where he came on as a substitute in the 80th minutes for Gervinho.[43]

2012 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

On 30 January 2012, Bony scored the second goal in the Ivory Coast's 2–0 win over Angola in the third game of the group stages of the African Cup of Nations.[44]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Bony was included in Ivory Coast's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[45] In their first group match against Japan, he scored the equalising goal with a header after a cross from Serge Aurier. Ivory Coast eventually overcame their opponents with a 2–1 win.[46] Against Greece in the final game of the group stages, Bony came on as a substitute in the second half to get the equalising goal before the Ivory Coast lost to an injury time penalty.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 May 2014[48][49]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sparta Prague B 2007–08 Ceska Liga 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
Total 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
Sparta Prague 2008–09 Gambrinus liga 16 3 0 0 0 0 16 3
2009–10 Gambrinus liga 29 9 0 0 6 1 35 10
2010–11 Gambrinus liga 14 10 0 0 10 7 24 17
Total 59 22 0 0 16 8 75 30
Vitesse 2010–11 Eredivisie 7 3 0 0 0 0 7 3
2011–12 Eredivisie 28 12 2 1 0 0 30 13
2012–13 Eredivisie 30 31 2 4 4 2 36 37
Total 65 46 4 5 4 2 73 53
Swansea City 2013–14 Premier League 34 16 2 3 1 1 11 5 48 25
Total 34 16 2 3 1 1 11 5 48 25
Club total 174 86 6 8 1 1 31 15 210 110

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Côte d'Ivoire's goal tally first.[50]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 June 2011 Stade de l'Amitie, Cotonou, Benin  Benin 6–2 6–2 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 3 September 2011 Stade Amahoro, Kigali, Rwanda  Rwanda 2–0 5–0
3. 3–0
4. 30 January 2012 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Angola 2–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
5. 30 January 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa  Algeria 2–2 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
6. 23 March 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire  Gambia 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 8 June 2013 Independence Stadium, Bakau, The Gambia  Gambia 2–0 3–0
8. 16 June 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Tanzania 4–2 4–2
9. 14 June 2014 Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil  Japan 1–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
10. 24 June 2014 Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil  Greece 1–1 1–2

Honours[edit]

Sparta Prague

Name[edit]

His father's name is Amedee Shemiz Bony.[51]

References[edit]

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