Boubacar Barry

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Not to be confused with Boubacar Barry (German footballer).
Boubacar Barry
Boubacar Barry 2012.jpg
Barry playing for Côte d'Ivoire in 2012
Personal information
Full name Boubacar Barry[1]
Date of birth (1979-12-30) 30 December 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 ASEC Mimosas 17 (0)
2001–2003 Rennes B 23 (0)
2003–2007 Beveren 107 (0)
2007– Lokeren 228 (1)
Total 375 (1)
National team
2000–2015 Ivory Coast 84 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 February 2015

Boubacar "Copa" Barry (born 30 December 1979) is an Ivorian footballer, who plays for Lokeren and the Ivory Coast national team as a goalkeeper. He has played for Lokeren since July 2007.


In Belgium, he plays with "Copa" on his shirt; however, for the national team, his regular name is used. He is two-footed. At the 2010 World Cup he took goal kicks with his right foot, while using his left foot for punts.

He has 86 caps for the national team, and was called up to the 2006 World Cup. He appeared in the final group match against Serbia and Montenegro in 22 June 2006, which Ivory Coast won 3–2.

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

Barry 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.

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 team-mate 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.[3][4] He also overcame the disappointment of the 2012 final which had also gone to penalties. He announced his international retirement in 3 March 2015.[5]





Ivory Coast


  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Boubacar Barry". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (9-8 on penalties)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Barry dedicates win to past players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ivory Coast hero 'Copa' announces international retirement". Worldfootball Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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