Boubacar Barry

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Boubacar Barry
Boubacar Barry 2012.jpg
Barry playing for Ivory Coast in 2012
Personal information
Full name Boubacar Barry[1]
Date of birth (1979-12-30) 30 December 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Marcory, Ivory Coast
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
OH Leuven (goalkeeping coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 ASEC Mimosas 17 (0)
2001–2003 Rennes B 23 (0)
2003–2007 Beveren 107 (0)
2007–2017 Lokeren 239 (1)
2017–2019 OH Leuven 0 (0)
Total 386 (1)
National team
2000–2015 Ivory Coast 86 (0)
Teams managed
2018– OH Leuven (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Boubacar Barry (born 30 December 1979) is an Ivorian retired football goalkeeper who spent most of his club career playing in Belgium while representing the Ivory Coast national team at international level. Copa retired from international football on 2 March 2015 but continued to play for his club Lokeren. When his contract at Lokeren ran out, he was signed by Belgian First Division B team Oud-Heverlee Leuven where he was part of the squad during the 2017–18 and 2018–19 season as backup goalkeeper, but was effectively employed as goalkeeping coach. Exactly four years after his international retirement, Copa retired also professionally as a player on 2 March 2019, although at that point in time he had not played a match for over two years.[3]

Club career[edit]

Barry scored a penalty for Lokeren in the 2011–12 season, in a 4–0 win against Westerlo. He won the Belgian Cup with Lokeren in the same season as well as in the 2013–2014 season.[4]

He retired from playing in March 2019.[5]

International career[edit]

Barry was called up to the 2006 World Cup as part of the Ivory Coast national team. He appeared in the final group match against Serbia and Montenegro on 22 June 2006, which Ivory Coast won 3–2.

He started all three matches for the Ivory Coast in Group G in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He earned clean sheets against Portugal and North Korea.

He was the first-choice goalkeeper for the Elephants' 2014 FIFA World Cup Campaign as they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the second round following an injury-time defeat to Greece.

2015 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Barry was called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations held in Equatorial Guinea. He was benched for most of the tournament in favour of his younger teammate Sylvain Gbohouo, but went on to play in the final following Gbohouo's injury in the semi-final. It was his second appearance in the showpiece event having been in goal in the 2012 final against Zambia. The 2015 final finished goalless after normal and extra-time, and Barry emerged as the hero by saving two penalties and scoring the winning penalty, overcoming a cramp in the process.[4][6][7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League1 Cup Europe2 Other3 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Beveren 2003–04[8] Belgian Pro League 31 0 31 0
2004–05[8] 12 0 6 0 18 0
2005–06[8] 27 0 27 0
2006–07[8] 32 0 32 0
Total 102 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 108 0
Lokeren 2007–08[8] Belgian Pro League 23 0 23 0
2008–09[9] 31 0 31 0
2009–10[9] 19 0 1 0 20 0
2010–11[9] 32 0 1 0 33 0
2011–12[9] 27 1 5 0 32 1
2012–13[9] 27 0 2 0 3 0 32 0
2013–14[9] 31 0 6 0 37 0
2014–15[9] 16 0 3 0 6 0 25 0
2015–16[2][9] 7 0 0 0 7 0
2016–17[8] 26 0 2 0 28 0
Total 239 1 20 0 9 0 0 0 268 1
Career total 341 1 20 0 15 0 0 0 376 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lokeren

Country[edit]

Ivory Coast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Boubacar Barry". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Copa beëindigt carrière als doelman" [Copa ends career as goalkeeper]. ohleuven.com. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Rudin, David (10 February 2015). "Boubacar Barry, hero of the stupid game". Howler Magazine. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Boubacar Barry: Ivorian Nations Cup winning keeper retires from football". 3 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (9-8 on penalties)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Barry dedicates win to past players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Boubacar Barry » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "B. Barry". Voetbal International (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 December 2015.

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