Yannick Boli

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Yannick Boli
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Personal information
Date of birth (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Anzhi Makhachkala
Number 94
Youth career
1999–2005 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Paris Saint-Germain II 29 (5)
2007–2010 Paris Saint-Germain 4 (1)
2008–2009 Le Havre (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011 Nîmes Olympique 23 (4)
2012–2013 Chernomorets Burgas 21 (8)
2013–2014 Zorya Luhansk 29 (14)
2014– Anzhi Makhachkala 0 (0)
National team
2010 Côte d'Ivoire 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Yannick Boli (born 13 January 1988 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés) is a French-born Ivorian footballer who currently plays for Russian National Football League club FC Anzhi Makhachkala as a forward.

His previous clubs include Paris Saint-Germain, Le Havre, Nîmes Olympique and Bulgarian Chernomorets Burgas. He is the nephew of former national team player Basile and Lens striker Roger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Boli began his playing career with Ligue 1 side PSG, joining them when he was eleven years-old.[1]

He was part of the side's B team from 2005–07. In 2006 he helped them their under-18 side to win the French Under-18 Championship[1] and in his last season, he was top scorer.

On 6 May 2008 he scored a 77th minute winner against Ligue 2 side Amiens SC, in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France to send PSG into the final,[2] where he was an unused substitute as they lost 1–0 to Lyon. On playing for PSG Boli said, "PSG are the club of my dreams and I joined when I was 11. The fact that I'm now playing here with the first team gives me immense pride."[1]

Boli was loaned to newly promoted Ligue 1 side Le Havre AC on 18 October 2008 until the end of the 2008–09 season,[3] making his debut seven days later in a 2–1 home win over Valenciennes at Stade Jules Deschaseaux.[4] He made a total of eleven league appearances, before returning to PSG in July 2009.

On 19 August 2009 Boli joined English Championship side Blackpool on trial,[5] with Sky Sports reporting that he could be about to sign a one year loan deal with the Seasiders. Boli said, "I am happy to be here in England, hopefully it (the move) will happen for me."[6] The Blackpool Gazette then claimed it was unlikely Boli would sign,[7] however The Times reported that he was expected to move to Blackpool on loan after a medical planned for 24 August.[8]

In September 2011 Boli joined London based football agency Pro Sports Agency. He signed with Bulgarian A PFG club Chernomorets Burgas after a one-week trial period.[9][10]

On 18 February 2013 he was sold to Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk for a fee of 300 000 €. He signed a two-year contract.[11]

On 29 August 2014, Boli was announced as an Anzhi Makhachkala, signing a four-year contract.[12]

International career[edit]

Boli holds dual French and Ivorian nationality, and in 2008, ahead of the Summer Olympics in the People's Republic of China, he chose to represent Côte d'Ivoire. "I'm lucky enough to have dual Franco-Ivorian nationality and I'm proud of my African roots," he said. "I've followed the Elephants a lot in the last few years and I feel there's an interesting situation there. Because of that, I didn't hesitate in choosing that country's shirt." In March 2008, he was called up by manager Gerard Gili to the Côte d'Ivoire Olympics team.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of former Marseille and French international defender Basile Boli, and former Lens striker Roger Boli.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Boli's Olympic ambition". FIFA. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "PSG squeeze through to final". frenchleague.com. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Yannick Boli loaned to Le Havre". Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Le Havre vs. Valenciennes". soccerway.com. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "French striker on trial". eatsleepsport.com. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Gourizro, Giscard (20 August 2009). "Blackpool trial for Boli: Loan deal possible for young French striker". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Canavan, Steve (21 August 2009). "French star unlikely to join Pool". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Jacob, Gary; Lansley, Peter (22 August 2009). "Sven-Göran Eriksson hopes Sol Campbell will join Notts County". Yannick Boli (London: The Times). Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "The nephew of Basile Boli come to Chernomorets". btv.bg. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Chernomorets signed Boli". chernomoretz.bg. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  11. ^ http://sport.burgas24.bg/416443.html
  12. ^ "Янник Боли стал игроком «Анжи»". www.fc-anji.ru (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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