Bakari Koné

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Bakari Koné
Bakari Koné (Baky).jpg
Koné in 2005
Personal information
Full name Bakari Koné
Date of birth (1981-09-17) 17 September 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1994–1999 ASEC Mimosas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 ASEC Mimosas 84 (29)
2002–2003 Al-Ittihad 28 (11)
2003–2005 Lorient 68 (34)
2005–2008 Nice 95 (29)
2008–2010 Marseille 55 (13)
2010–2012 Lekhwiya 37 (14)
2012–2013 Qatar SC 21 (5)
2013–2014 Umm Salal 13 (3)
2014–2016 Ajman 13 (7)
2016 Paris FC 7 (0)
National team
2003–2010 Ivory Coast 42 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bakari Koné (born 17 September 1981) is a retired Ivorian footballer who played as a winger.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Koné was born in Abidjan. Like many other Ivorian stars, he began his career at the famed youth academy at ASEC Mimosas, run by Frenchman Jean-Marc Guillou in his home country. Guillou recalls: "One day, when I was passing through his district, some kids stopped me. They kept saying, 'We've got Pelé living here, you've got to take a look at him'. Then Kone came along. He was slightly built but I never doubted for one moment that he was a real find. I took him into the academy after a trial of just ten minutes, but I did tell him that the Pele nickname would have to go. That's when he became Baky, and I think it's better that way."[2]

Koné stayed at the academy for five years before joining the first team squad and turning professional in 1999. During his time with the ASEC first team Bakari won the Ivorian League three times, and also the African Supercup before moving on.

In 2002, he joined Qatari club Al-Ittihad, staying in the Persian Gulf region for just six months, before moving to France where he joined the then Ligue 2 outfit FC Lorient following a successful trial. It was here that Koné rose to fame. In his first season at the club he scored a respectable 10 goals, but then bagged an impressive 24 in 35 appearances in the 2004–05 season, earning him the Player of the Year and Top Scorer titles in the Ligue 2. At the end of the season, Lorient narrowly missed out on promotion to Ligue 1, and with speculation mounting linking the Ivorian to top flight sides such as OSC Lille, RC Strasbourg and AJ Auxerre, Koné received a standing ovation in his final appearance for his club. In the summer, Bakari finally made his move, relocating to the French Riviera at top flight side OGC Nice, where he signed a four-year contract.

Nice[edit]

Bakari made his Nice debut against Troyes on 30 July 2005. In his first season at the club, he made 32 appearances, scoring seven times, and eight goals in 33 appearances in his second. In his second season at the club, English side Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger labelled him a 'phenomenon'[3] and one of the hottest prospects in French football, leading to speculation that the forward would be playing in the English Premiership.[4]

Bakari made an impressive start to the 2007–08 season for Nice. After signing a contract extension to 2009 with the Côte d'Azur side, he went on to score four times in his first eight appearances for the club. He won the Ligue 1 player of the month award for both September and October 2007,[4] and finished the 2007–08 Ligue 1 season top scorer for his club, after netting 14 goals in 30 appearances for the Côte d'Azur outfit.[5]

In June 2008, Koné began talks with French giants Olympique de Marseille with a view to move to the club. The proposed transfer was held up however, with a disagreement over the fee, a situation which caused Koné to miss pre-season training at OGC Nice apparently as a protest. The striker spoke out to state that he had been carrying an injury.[6]

The saga went further, with Nice president Maurice Cohen stating that their south-coast rivals had till 15 July to sign the striker, otherwise the club would speak to other interested parties. One reportedly interested club was capital club Paris Saint-Germain.[7]

The striker was quoted as saying: "I know that this is going to get sorted out but I can't tell you when. If we talk about (the) 15 July (deadline)...I'm not worried about that."[8]

Marseille president Pape Diouf echoed Koné's comments, stating: "Ultimatums not only fail to impress me, but they also never provide a solution. Now, concerning Baki, it doesn't just depend on us but on the wishes of the two clubs and, in particular, the two presidents. Personally I think that good sense can do a lot in this case. I remain calm."[9]

On 17 July, Thursday, Koné spoke to the media once again regarding his drawn-out transfer saga. He stated: "It's heading down a good road, I hope that it is all going to be done quickly. The important thing is that the two clubs reach an understanding."

Olympique de Marseille[edit]

In July 2008, Marseille announced the signing of Koné.[10][11][12]

In March 2009 Koné was named Ivorian Player of the Year, ahead of FC Barcelona midfielder Yaya Touré.[13]

Lekhwiya[edit]

On 26 May 2010, Koné signed for Qatar League side Lekhwiya along with his Ivorian teammate Aruna Dindane.[14]

In the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League season, Koné led Lekhwiya to their first ever league championship. He was also named best player of the season by QFA.[15]

Qatar SC[edit]

On 18 May 2012, Koné signed a one-year contract with Qatar SC.[16]

Ajman[edit]

Kone signed for Ajman Club of UAE at the start of the 2013–14 season signing a two-year contract worth $2 million net per season.

International career[edit]

Koné made his international debut for the Ivorian national team against Sudan on 5 September 2004.

He was part of the Ivorian team for the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. He scored a vital equaliser against Cameroon in the quarter-final. His team won the penalty shootout 12–11. However, in the final, he was one of two Ivorian players to have his penalty saved as the Ivorians lost to hosts Egypt.

The forward was selected as part of the Ivorian side for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He was given the number 14 shirt, and played his first match for Côte d'Ivoire against the Netherlands on 16 June 2006. He scored his first World Cup goal in that match, where Côte d' Ivoire lost 2–1.

Koné was also selected as part of the Ivorian squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana. He made four substitute appearances for the Elephants, and scored once against West African rivals Guinea in the quarter final stage, where the Ivorians ran out 5–1 winners.

He was also selected in the preliminary Côte d'Ivoire squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but was eventually dropped along with Gilles Yapi Yapo and Emerse Fae, who played with him in the 2006 World Cup.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Koné is the older brother of fellow Ivorian international Arouna Koné, who is a striker.[19][20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Sources:[21][22][23]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Ittihad 2002–03 Q-League 28 11 28 11
Total 28 11 28 11
Lorient 2003–04 Ligue 2 33 10 3 2 1 0 37 12
2004–05 35 24 35 24
Total 68 34 3 2 1 0 72 36
Nice 2005–06 Ligue 1 32 7 0 0 1 0 33 7
2006–07 33 8 2 0 1 0 36 8
2007–08 30 14 1 0 1 0 32 14
Total 95 29 3 0 3 0 101 29
Marseille 2008–09 Ligue 1 28 9 2 0 0 0 14 1 44 10
2009–10 27 4 1 0 1 0 7 2 36 6
Total 55 13 3 0 1 0 21 3 80 16
Lekhwiya 2010–11 Q-League 21 11 21 11
2011–12 16 3 6 1 22 4
Total 37 14 6 1 43 15
Qatar SC 2012–13 Q-League 21 5 21 5
Total 21 5 21 5
UMM Salal 2013–14 Q-League 13 3 2 3 15 6
Total 13 3 2 3 15 6
Ajman 2013–14 UAE Pro-League 9 5 4 0 13 5
2014–15 9 3 9 3
Total 18 8 4 0 22 8
Paris FC 2015–16 Ligue 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 342 117 11 5 9 0 27 4 389 126

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
4 February 2006 Cairo Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Cameroon 1–1 (11–12 pen.) Won 2006 African Nations Cup
16 June 2006 Stuttgart, Germany  Netherlands 1–2 Lost 2006 FIFA World Cup
3 February 2008 Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, Sekondi, Ghana  Guinea 5–0 Won 2008 African Nations Cup
20 August 2008 Chantilly, France  Guinea 2–1 Won Friendly
7 September 2008 Estádio da Machava, Maputo, Mozambique  Mozambique 1–1 Draw 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
29 March 2009 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Malawi 5–0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7 June 2009 Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry, Guinea  Guinea 1–2 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

ASEC Mimosas

Nice

Marseille

Lekhwiya

International[edit]

Ivory Coast

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ رسميًا | باكاري كوني لاعبًا لأم صلال القطري
  2. ^ Bakari Koné – the small man of Ivorian football Archived 8 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Arsenal Boss Following Ivorian Striker Koné Archived 10 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Koné dreams of English move
  5. ^ "Kone wins French Ligue One award". 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  6. ^ "Koné denies any wrong-doing". Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Koné not bound for Marseille". Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Koné confident of Marseille deal". Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  9. ^ "OM unfazed by Koné ultimatum". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Gerets delighted with Koné deal". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Kone completes Marseille move". BBC Sport. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  12. ^ Koné finally arrives at Marseille[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Koné named Ivorian player of the year[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Koné au Qatar (officiel) Archived 29 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ http://www.qfa.com.qa/bakari-adjudged-best-player.aspx
  16. ^ كونيه: أحلم بتحقيق البطولات مع نادي قطر (in Arabic). Al Kass. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  17. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/world-cup-2010/sven-goran-eriksson-settles-on-his-ivory-warriors/story-fn5c8hri-1225874238346
  18. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=1222500/index.html
  19. ^ Somoni, M.J. "Kolo & Yaya Toure, the Ayew brothers and the top 10 African football siblings". Goal. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  20. ^ Leme de Arruda, Marcelo. "World Cup Trivia - Fathers, Sons and Brothers, Uncles and Nephews". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Bakari Koné » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  22. ^ "B. Koné". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Bakari KONé - Football : la fiche de Bakari KONé - lequipe.fr". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2018.

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