Eddy Gnahoré

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Eddy Gnahoré
Personal information
Full name Vhakka Eddy Stelh Gnahoré[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
2000–2003 C.O. Savigny
2003–2005 Morangis Chilly F.C.
2008–2009 Centre de Formation Paris
2008–2009 LB Châteauroux
2009–2010 Manchester City
2010–2012 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2014–2016 Carrarese 43 (4)
2016– Napoli 0 (0)
2016 Carpi (loan) 0 (0)
2016–2017 Crotone (loan) 1 (0)
2017– Perugia (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2011 France U18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:38, 19 February 2017 (UTC).

Vhakka Eddy Stelh Gnahoré (born 14 November 1993), known as Eddy Gnahoré, is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Perugia on loan from Napoli.

He began his professional career in England with Birmingham City, for whom he played in the FA Cup, and then moved to Italy where he spent one-and-a-half seasons with Carrarese. He joined Napoli in January 2016, and was immediately loaned to Carpi, but before making an appearance for them, he was involved in a car accident and missed the rest of the season. He spent the first half of 2016–17 on loan to Crotone before being recalled by Napoli and immediately loaned to Perugia.

He has represented France at under-18 level.

Club career[edit]

Gnahoré was born in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, in the Paris suburbs, of Ivorian descent.[2][4] As a youngster, he played for C.O. Savigny, from 2000 to 2003, and then for Morangis Chilly F.C. until he joined the Paris Centre de Formation in November 2005. He remained there until 2008, when he joined the youth system of LB Châteauroux. After one season, he moved to England where he joined Manchester City's youth system in July 2009.[2] When he decided to leave Manchester City, he joined Birmingham City's Academy, whose then director, Terry Westley, described him as "not really a Vieira because he's not a tackler. He's more a number 10 who can also do a shift in midfield."[4] When he turned 18, in November 2011, Gnahoré signed his first professional contract, to run until 2014.[5]

He was given a first-team squad number in January 2012,[6] and his first competitive involvement came when he was named among the substitutes for the third-round FA Cup replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers, remaining unused.[7]

Gnahoré made his first-team debut on 28 January, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Chris Burke in the fourth-round FA Cup-tie against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, with Birmingham already 4–0 ahead.[8] He ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training in February, and was predicted to be out of football for as much as nine months.[9] He returned to first-team consideration when given a squad number and a place on the bench for the visit to Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2013.[10] In August 2013, Gnahoré had a trial with Mansfield Town,[11] and on the last day of the summer transfer window, his contract with Birmingham City was terminated by mutual consent.[12]

After leaving Birmingham, Gnahoré had trials with clubs including Troyes,[13] Saint-Étienne[14] and Olympique Marseille,[15] before signing for Italian third-tier club Carrarese in July 2014.[16] He became a regular selection in their first team, and scored his first goal in his ninth league match, a header to give his team a second-half lead against Santarcangelo on 26 October, but the visitors equalised in stoppage time.[17][18]

On 26 January 2016, Gnahoré signed for Napoli, who immediately loaned him to fellow Serie A club Carpi until the end of the 2016–17 season.[19][20] While driving home from training on 13 February, Gnahoré was involved in a serious accident when his car struck a lorry. He was taken to hospital by air ambulance. He was reported to have suffered injuries to head and pelvis, which were not life-threatening.[21][22] The injuries kept him out for the rest of the season, at the end of which Carpi were relegated and Gnahoré returned to his parent club.[23]

He was loaned to another Serie A club, the newly promoted Crotone, for the 2016–17 season,[23] and finally made his Crotone and Serie A debut on 14 January 2017, as a 64th-minute substitute in a 1–0 home defeat against Bologna.[17][24] That was Gnahoré's only first-team appearance for the club. On the last day of the transfer window, Napoli recalled him and immediately loaned him to Perugia of Serie B until the end of the 2017–18 season.[25] He made his debut in the starting eleven for the visit to Ternana, a match which Perugia won 1–0, but his appearance drew a protest from Ternana about his eligibility. League rules allow a player to register for no more than three member clubs in the same season. Perugia argued that, if a player is recalled from loan by his parent club and loaned to another club on the same day, the brief time technically spent with the parent does not count towards the three.[26] The league ruled in Perugia's favour,[27] but Ternana planned to appeal to a higher authority.[28]

International career[edit]

Gnahoré played twice for the France under-18 team. He played the first half of a friendly match against the Belgium under-18s on 25 January 2011, and two days later appeared as a late substitute against the same opponents.[2]


  1. ^ "Premier League Professional retained list 2011/12" (PDF). The Premier League. June 2011. p. 5. Archived from the original on June 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "U18: Gnahoré Eddy". Fédération Française de Football. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "La fiche de Eddy Gnahoré". L'Équipe. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Tattum, Colin (5 February 2011). "Eddy Gnahore shining bright at Birmingham City Under-18s". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Academy's Gnahore signs pro deal". Birmingham City F.C. Academy. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Squad number for Gnahore". Birmingham City F.C. Academy. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Lillywhite, Jamie (18 January 2012). "Wolverhampton 0–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sheffield Utd 0–4 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (1 March 2012). "Rising Birmingham City star Eddy Gnahore suffers major injury blow". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Tattum, Colin (5 January 2013). "Blues young guns may get FA Cup chance". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Three trialists turn out as Stags reserves win opener at Doncaster with Meikle strike". Mansfield Chad. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Eddy departs". Birmingham City F.C. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Clash with St Mesmin" [Match against St Mesmin] (in French). Troyes AC. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "ASSE: Gnahoré mis à l'essai" [ASSE: Gnahoré on trial]. But! (in French). 28 October 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Deux joueurs à l'essai" [Two players on trial] (in French). Olympique de Marseille. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Eddy Gnahorè e Luca Zanotti alla Carrarese" [Eddy Gnahoré and Luca Zanotti to Carrarese] (in Italian). Carrarese Calcio. 2 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "E. Gnahoré". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  18. ^ Marchini, Matteo (27 October 2014). "Carrarese: con il Santarcangelo un pari dopo aver gettato la vittoria alle ortiche" [Carrarese: a draw with Santarcangelo after throwing victory away]. La Gazzetta di Massa e Carrara (in Italian). Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Napoli officially release a new deal with Gnahorè". S.S.C. Napoli. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Mercato: Gnahorè in prestito biennale" [Transfer market: Gnahorè on two-season loan] (in Italian). Carpi F.C. 1909. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Carpi, grave incidente d'auto Gnahoré. Trasportato in elicottero all'ospedale" [Carpi, Gnahoré in serious motor accident. Taken to hospital by helicopter]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Condizioni Eddy Gnahorè" [Eddy Gnahoré's condition] (in Italian). Carpi F.C. 1909. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Official: Gnahore joins Crotone". footballitalia.net. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "Crotone–Bologna, esordio in Serie A per Gnahoré" [Crotone–Bologna, Serie A debut for Gnahoré]. napoletanosinasce.com (in Italian). 15 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Ufficiale: il centrocampista Gnahorè passa dal Crotone al Perugia via Napoli" [Official: midfielder Gnahoré goes from Crotone to Perugia via Napoli]. CrotoneSport.com (in Italian). 31 January 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "Caso Gnahoré, derby umbro sub judice" [Gnahoré case, Umbrian derby sub judice]. sportal.it (in Italian). 13 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  27. ^ "Comunicato ufficiale N. 86: Gara soc. Ternana – soc. Perugia" [Official report no. 86: Ternana–Perugia match] (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Professionisti B. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "Ternana, la battaglia continua. Pronto un nuovo ricorso..." [Ternana, the fight goes on. Ready for a new appeal...]. Umbria Domani (in Italian). 15 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 

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