Francis Koné

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Francis Koné
Personal information
Full name Francis Kouassi Koné
Date of birth (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Bondoukou, Ivory Coast
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Al-Musannah 13 (10)
2013–2015 Olhanense 5 (0)
2015 Honvéd 2 (0)
2015–2017 Slovácko 38 (6)
2017 Zbrojovka Brno 14 (0)
National team
2013– Togo 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2017

Francis Kouassi Koné (born 29 November 1990) is a professional Ivorian-born Togolese football forward who last played for FC Zbrojovka Brno in the Czech First League.

He is cap-tied to Togo,[1] where his mother was born.[2]

Club career[edit]


In February 2017, during a match against Bohemians 1905, Koné saved the life of opposing goalkeeper Martin Berkovec by preventing him from swallowing his tongue after he was knocked unconscious. Koné was labelled a hero and in an interview after the match revealed that it was the fourth time he saved a player's life by pulling out their tongue.[3][4] For his act, he was awarded the 2017 FIFA Fair Play Award.


  1. ^ Francis KonéFIFA competition record (archive)
  2. ^ "Koné, la reconnaissance méritée" (in French). 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ Flanagan, Aaron (26 February 2017). "Hero footballer saves opposing goalkeeper's life by preventing him swallowing his tongue after horror collision". Daily Mirror.
  4. ^ Holyman, Ian (27 February 2017). "Francis Kone saves unconscious goalkeeper's life after on-pitch collision. For the act, he won the 2017 FIFA Best Fairplay Award". ESPN FC.

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