Gomis with Swansea City in 2015
|Date of birth||6 August 1985|
|Place of birth||La Seyne-sur-Mer, France|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2005||→ Troyes (loan)||13||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 21 November 2015 (UTC).
Bafétimbi Gomis (French pronunciation: [bafetimbi ɡɔmis]; born 6 August 1985) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Swansea City and the France national team.
Born in La Seyne-sur-Mer, Gomis played youth football with Saint-Étienne before making his professional debut for the club. After spending time on loan at Troyes, he moved to Lyon in 2009. Gomis joined current club Swansea City in 2014.
Bafétimbi made thirteen appearances for Saint-Étienne in his first season with the club, scoring two league goals. In the next season, he made six goalless appearances for the club before going on loan to Troyes AC in a successful six-month loan deal, where he scored six goals in 13 games. The 2005–06 season was not as successful as the previous season as he made 24 league appearances for Saint-Étienne, scored only two league goals.
The 2006–07 season was when Gomis established himself with Saint-Étienne, scoring ten goals in 30 appearances. Gomis continued this form into the 2007–08 season where he scored an impressive 16 goals in 34 appearances.
On his future with Saint-Étienne, he said: "I am very happy to play for Saint-Étienne, but I don't know if I will still be there next season. The coach did his best for me to stay last summer, and he has improved me a lot. I am very happy with him at the helm. His stay at the club will be an essential factor for my future". He was watched by Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan, and was thought to be on his transfer list in the summer preceding the 2008–09 league season. However, a move never materialized and Gomis remained at Saint-Étienne.
In an interview with French newspaper L'Équipe, Gomis stated he was attracted by a possible move to England, but revealed Serie A would be his preference. In the weeks leading up to the 2009 January transfer window, his name was again touted in speculation surrounding various Premier League sides, though he moved to allay the rumors, stating his desire to see out the Ligue 1 season with his current club.
Gomis' form in the 2008–09 season was scrutinized more heavily than it was in the previous season. Despite this, Gomis successfully netted five times in 17 league appearances, and excelled with his performances in the UEFA Cup, scoring three times in four games.
On 29 July 2009, Olympique Lyonnais announced that they had signed the striker for €13 million and the player had agreed to a five-year contract. With the move, Gomis became just the sixth player in French football history to transfer directly from Saint-Étienne to Derby du Rhône arch-rivals Lyon.
On the first day of the 2011–12 Ligue 1 campaign, Gomis scored the winning goal in a 3–1 victory over Nice on 6 August 2011. On 24 September, Gomis scored a first-half brace against Girondins de Bordeaux firing his side to a 3–1 away victory.
Gomis bagged 4 goals in the last round of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage, helping Lyon to a 7–1 victory over GNK Dinamo Zagreb and progression to the Round of 16 on goal difference. He also created a new record for the fastest Champions League hat-trick ever scored, beating the record owned by Mike Newell.
On 25 February 2012, Gomis scored on a volley to bring his side level with league leaders PSG 1–1; the game finished in a dramatic 4–4 draw, after Lyon was winning 4–2. Gomis replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the 70th minute in a derby match against former club AS Saint-Étienne on 17 March, and ten minutes later scored a 30-yard strike to earn his side a 1–0 victory. Gomis continued his rich vein of form against relegation-threatened Sochaux on 24 March when he converted an Anthony Réveillère cross to earn his side a 2–1 victory.
On 27 June 2014, Gomis signed a four-year contract at Swansea City after leaving Lyon at the end of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season on a free transfer. He made his competitive debut in the opening match of the season on 16 August, replacing Wilfried Bony for the last 13 minutes of an eventual 2–1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. He made his second substitute appearance against Burnley on 23 August, implying that there will be competition between him and Wilfried Bony, not partnership like originally planned. On 26 August he scored his first competitive goal for the club in a 1–0 victory over Rotherham United in the Second Round of the League Cup. Gomis' first Premier League start came at Stamford Bridge, against Chelsea, on 13 September, in a 4–2 defeat. Although he did not score, he had a chance to equalise when his team was 2–1 down and earned applause from both sets of fans, when he was replaced by Wilfried Bony. Gomis scored his first Premier League goal on 9 November 2014 scoring the winner barely a minute after entering the field, as his side came from behind to beat Arsenal 2–1.
At the beginning of 2015, with Bony leaving to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Gomis became the main forward for the Swans, starting the year with a brace at Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in a 2–6 win in the FA Cup. On 10 January, after equalising in a 1–1 home draw against West Ham United, he displayed a French flag in support of victims of recent shootings in Paris. On 4 April 2015, Gomis scored in the 38th minute against Hull City with a volley and further sealed the victory by chipping the ball over the Hull City keeper giving him his first Premier League brace and Swansea City a 3-1 victory.
Although born in France, Gomis was eligible to play for both France and Senegal through his ancestry. On 8 May 2008, he said regarding his international future "I don't have to choose between the French or Senegalese teams, as I have not been called yet. The French team? It would be pretentious to ask for it, but I am not adverse to the French team".
On 18 May 2008, Gomis was called up for the provisional French Euro 2008 squad, ahead of experienced striker David Trézéguet. This was due to his particularly good form towards the end of Saint-Étienne's Ligue 1 campaign. Gomis scored two goals in 26 minutes in a Euro 2008 warm-up match against Ecuador on 27 May 2008. He was the first player to score twice on his debut for the national team since Zinédine Zidane. On 28 May 2008, he was selected in the French Euro 2008 squad ahead of Olympique de Marseille striker Djibril Cissé. On 9 June 2008, Gomis won his third cap by coming on as a substitute for Nicolas Anelka in the scoreless draw against Romania. On 7 October 2009, he collapsed in the training for the game against the Faroe Islands.
In 2011, after a good start of the season with Lyon, Laurent Blanc called up Gomis for UEFA Euro 2012 qualification matches against Albania and Bosnia. This was his first call-up in Laurent Blanc's era.
|Troyes (loan)||2004–05||Ligue 2||13||6||0||0||0||0||–||13||6|
|Swansea City||2014–15||Premier League||31||7||2||2||3||1||–||36||10|
International appearances and goals
- UNFP Player of the Month: January 2007
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- "Dinamo Zagreb 1–7 Lyon". The Guardian (London). 7 December 2011.
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