Yann Kermorgant

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Yann Kermorgant
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Kermorgant playing for Charlton Athletic in 2012
Personal information
Full name Yann Alain Kermorgant[1]
Date of birth (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Vannes, Doncaster
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 18
Youth career
Stade Rennais F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Vannes 49 (11)
2004–2005 Châtellerault 29 (14)
2005–2007 Grenoble 59 (16)
2007–2009 Stade Reims 67 (13)
2009–2011 Leicester City 20 (1)
2010–2011 Arles-Avignon (loan) 26 (3)
2011–2014 Charlton Athletic 89 (29)
2014–2014 AFC Bournemouth 16 (9)
2014- Cardiff City
National team
2013– Brittany 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Yann Alain Kermorgant (born 8 November 1981) is a French footballer who plays for Cardiff City as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Vannes, Brittany,[2] Kermorgant began his career with the Stade Rennais Youth Academy, but aged 14 he was the victim of leukemia, and his career was halted for four years.[4] He was signed for Vannes after initially playing at district-level but impressed the manager on trial. He spent two seasons at Vannes before joining Châtellerault for the 2004–05 season. He scored an impressive 14 league goals and was consequently signed by Grenoble.[5] After two full seasons with Grenoble having scored 16 goals, he signed for Stade Reims in the summer of 2007.[5] When new manager Luis Fernandez took charge in January 2009, he made Kermorgant the captain. He finished the season with a total of nine goals and nine assists.

Leicester City[edit]

Kermorgant became a free agent after leaving Stade Reims at the end of the 2008–09 season.[6] He entered talks with Championship team Leicester City in July 2009,[7] and was given a trial by the club.[8] Kermorgant was given a second trial after impressing in his initial display.[9]

On 24 August 2009, Leicester signed Kermorgant on a short-term contract until January 2010,[10] beating French club Stade Malherbe Caen for his signature.[11] He made his debut a day later as a 79th minute substitute in a 2–1 League Cup defeat to Preston North End.[12] On 17 December, Kermorgant signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Leicester, which would last until the end of June 2012.[13] He made his first assist in a 2–1 FA Cup win over Swansea on 2 January 2010.[14] Feeling the pressure of expectations since arriving,[15] Kermorgant admitted he was still adjusting to life in England.[16] He finally scored his first competitive goal in a 2–0 win over Middlesbrough on 2 May 2010.[17] Kermorgant infamously missed a penalty kick in a 4–3 defeat on penalties to Cardiff City in the Championship play-offs semi-final second leg on 12 May 2010.[18]

On 23 July 2010, Kermorgant signed for Ligue 1 club AC Arles-Avignon on loan for the rest of the 2010–11 season.[19] He was told he was free to look for a new club on his return to Leicester in August 2011.[20]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 13 September 2011, Kermorgant signed a two-year contract at Charlton Athletic,[21] linking back up with his former first team coach at Leicester, Chris Powell. On 27 September 2011, he scored his first goal for the club in the away 1–1 draw with MK Dons.[22] He then continued as the preferred striker to partner Bradley Wright-Phillips, and his impressive aerial ability and consistent performances attracted interest from Celtic in January 2012. Kermorgant won the League 1 title with Charlton Athletic on 5 May 2012, rounding off the season with a goal from an acute angle in a 3–2 victory against Hartlepool.[23] He established himself as a fan favourite.

On 25 July 2012, Kermorgant signed a new contract with Charlton Athletic, keeping him at the club until at least 2014 with an option for a further 12 months.[24] He scored his first Championship goal for Charlton against his former club Leicester in which Charlton ran out 2–1 winners at The Valley.[25] He repeated this feat, scoring in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium in which Charlton also won 2–1.[26] Kermorgant finished the season with an impressive double against Bristol City, finishing the year as joint top goalscorer shared with Johnnie Jackson with 12 league goals.[27]

Kermorgant scored his first goal of the 2013/14 season on the first day of the season, scoring an acrobatic effort against Bournemouth.[28] He once again scored against his former club Leicester along with Michael Morrison who also played for Leicester. The game finished in a 2–1 home win for the Addicks.[25]

A.F.C. Bournemouth[edit]

On transfer deadline day 31 January 2014, Kermorgant signed for Bournemouth on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[29] He made his debut as a second-half substitute against former club Leicester City.[30] On 1 March 2014, Kermorgant celebrated his full debut for Bournemouth by scoring his first goal for the club and his first ever hat-trick in a 5–0 win against Doncaster Rovers.[31]

International career[edit]

Kermorgant was named as part of the Brittany national football team squad ahead of their friendly against FIFA members Mali on the 28 May 2013. He started the game on the bench but was substituted on in the 62nd minute of the match, with the score still 0–0. After just 9 minutes on the pitch, Kermorgant scored a long-range effort in the 71st minute which beat goalkeeper Soumbeïla Diakité in the Mali goal. It was to be the only goal of the game, with the match ending in a 1–0 win for Brittany.[32][33]

Honours[edit]

Charlton Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 12. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 234. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  3. ^ "Yann Kermorgant" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Addicks striker loving life after cancer scare". News Shopper. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Yann Kermorgant Stats". soccerfreakz.com. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Leicester sign striker Kermorgant". BBC Sport. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Gourizro, Giscard (14 July 2009). "Kermorgant claims Foxes talks". Sky Sports. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Jacob, Gary (27 July 2009). "Portsmouth step up pursuit of Croat striker Nikola Kalinic". London: The Times. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "French striker back with Foxes". Sky Sports. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Foxes seal striker deal". Sky Sports (British Sky Broadcasting). 24 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Yann Kermorgant fears he will be forced out of Leicester City". Leicester Mercury. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  12. ^ "Preston 2 – 1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Yann puts pen to paper". LCFC.com. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Leicester 2 – 1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Yann Kermorgant's main target is his first Leicester City goal". Leicester Mercury. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Yann Kermorgant says Leicester City fans have yet to see best of him". Leicester Mercury. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Leicester 2 – 0 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (12 May 2010). "Cardiff 2 – 3 Leicester (agg 3 – 3)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "Kermorgant Seals L'Avignon Move". LCFC.com. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Leicester City duo Yann Kermogant and Moreno set to leave". BBC Sport. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Addicks swoop for Kermorgant". www.CAFC.co.uk. 23 September 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "MK Dons 1 – 1 Charlton". BBC. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Charlton 3 – 2 Hartlepool". BBC. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Addicks striker signs new deal". Sky Sports. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Charlton 2 – 1 Leicester". BBC. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Leicester 1 – 2 Charlton". BBC. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Charlton 4 – 1 Bristol City". BBC. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Bournemouth 2 – 1 Charlton". BBC. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Yann Kermorgant: Bournemouth sign Charlton striker". BBC Sport. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  31. ^ "Bournemouth 5-0 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "Brittany topple Mali to claim fine FIFA scalp". Nonfifafootball. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Kermorgant scores winner for Britanny". Wyn Grant. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 

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