Giovanni Sio

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Giovanni Sio
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Sio with Rennes in 2015
Personal information
Full name Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio
Date of birth (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Gençlerbirliği
Youth career
1998–2007 Nantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Real Sociedad B 37 (0)
2008–2009 Real Sociedad 2 (0)
2009–2010 Sion II 22 (21)
2010–2012 Sion 48 (17)
2012–2013 VfL Wolfsburg 10 (0)
2012–2013Augsburg (loan) 6 (0)
2013Sochaux (loan) 13 (4)
2013–2015 Basel 30 (10)
2015Bastia (loan) 13 (5)
2015–2017 Rennes 68 (16)
2017–2019 Montpellier 34 (10)
2018–2019Al-Ittihad (loan) 18 (6)
2019– Gençlerbirliği 0 (0)
National team
2002–2003 France U16 14 (0)
2004–2005 France U17 9 (0)
2006–2007 France U18 15 (1)
2013– Ivory Coast 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:59, 6 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 January 2017

Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio (born 31 March 1989) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Turkish club Gençlerbirliği and the Ivory Coast national team.

Career[edit]

Born in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, Sio began his career with Nantes[1] and joined Real Sociedad B in the summer of 2007, after Nantes released him.[2] In the summer of 2008, he was promoted to the Segunda División team.[3] Sio signed a two-year deal with an option for a third year.[4]

On 2 September 2009, Sion signed the French forward from Real Sociedad.[5]

On January 2012, he joined VfL Wolfsburg for a fee reported as €5 million, signing a four-year deal, keeping him until 2016.[6] He was sent to Augsburg on 10 July 2012 on loan, until the end of the 2012–13 campaign.[7] The loan was ended prematurely on 31 January 2013.

On 16 August 2013, it was announced that Sio had joined Basel on a four-year contract.[8] At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season, he won the league championship with Basel.[9] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. During the 2013–14 Champions League season, Basel reached the group stage and finished the group in third position. Thus, they qualified for Europa League knockout phase, and they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.

The 2014–15 season was also successful for Basel. Sio's season was difficult under trainer Paulo Sousa. Despite the fact that Basel won the championship later that season for the sixth time in a row[10] and that Basel had entered the Champions League in the group stage reaching the knockout phase on 9 December 2014, as they managed a 1–1 draw at Anfield against Liverpool,[11] Sio totaled just 16 appearances during the first half of the season, 7 (of 18) League, 2 (of 3) in the Cup and just 1 (of 6) in the Champions League, as well 6 further appearances in test games.[12] Because Sousa did not rely upon Sio, during February 2015, he loaned Sio out to Ligue 1 team SC Bastia until the end of the season.[13]

On 29 September 2018, Sio was loaned to Al-Ittihad Kalba SC with an €1.6m option to buy.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 4 July 2018[15]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad 2008–09 Segunda División 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sion 2010–11 Swiss Super League 30 10 4 3 0 0 34 13
2011–12 18 7 1 0 2 1 21 8
Total 48 17 5 3 0 0 2 1 55 21
Wolfsburg 2011–12 Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Augsburg (loan) 2012–13 Bundesliga 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Sochaux (loan) 2012–13 Ligue 1 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4
Basel 2013–14 Swiss Super League 23 9 3 1 12 2 38 12
2014–15 7 1 2 1 1 0 10 2
Total 30 10 5 2 0 0 13 2 48 14
Bastia (loan) 2014–15 Ligue 1 13 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 5
Rennes 2015–16 Ligue 1 34 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 37 7
2016–17 34 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 9
Total 68 16 3 0 1 0 0 0 72 16
Montpellier 2017–18 Ligue 1 33 10 2 0 2 0 0 0 37 10
Career totals 233 62 16 5 5 0 15 3 259 70

International career[edit]

Sio was born and raised in France to Ivorian parents. He is also a former member of the France national youth football team, representing his country at U-15, U-16 and U-17.[16] He was also called up to the Ivory Coast U-20 squad for the 2010 Toulon Tournament. He had his first call-up to the Ivory Coast national football team in 2013, in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match against the Gambia.[17]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.[18]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2015 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Liberia 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 2–0
3. 8 January 2017 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Sweden 2–1 2–1 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weitere Wechsel beim FC Sion
  2. ^ Football : Giovanni Sio à la Real Sociedad : c'est fait !
  3. ^ Ein Paraguayer und ein Franzose stossen zu den Wallisern
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Wallis: Rober Antonio Servìn und Giovanni Sio neu beim FC Sitten
  6. ^ "Wolfsburg sign strike pair Vieirinha and Sio". Sport.co.uk. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  7. ^ Giovanni Sio verstärkt den FCA
  8. ^ "Basel holt Giovanni Sio als Ersatz für Raul Bobadilla". Aargauer Zeitung. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  9. ^ Grossenbacher, Sacha (2014). "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  10. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Der Meisterfreitag im bunten Zeitraffer" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  11. ^ "Liverpool 1 Basel 1". BBC Sport. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  12. ^ Zindel, Josef (2015). Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4.
  13. ^ "Giovanni Sio prêté 6 mois" (in French). sc-bastia.net. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Montpellier to send Giovanni Sio on loan to Al-Ittihad Club". getfootballnewsfrance.com. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  15. ^ Giovanni Sio at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  16. ^ Transfer-Wirbel beim FC Sion
  17. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=258334/match=300180981/report.html
  18. ^ "Sio, Giovanni". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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