Idrissa Coulibaly

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Idrissa Coulibaly
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Personal information
Full name Idrissa Coulibaly
Date of birth (1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Bamako, Mali
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
US Ben Guerdane
Youth career
1998–2006 Centre Salif Keita
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 JS Centre Salif Keita - (-)
2008–2010 JS Kabylie 58 (3)
2011 Al-Ahly (Tripoli) 0 (0)
2011–2013 Espérance de Tunis 14 (1)
2012–2013 Lekhwiya (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2015 Raja Casablanca 13 (0)
2014–2015 Hassania Agadir (loan) 19 (1)
2015–2016 Arouca 0 (0)
2016– Ben Guerdane 11 (1)
National team
2007– Mali 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 July 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 25, 2012

Idrissa Coulibaly (born December 19, 1987 in Bamako, Mali) is a Malian football player who plays for Ben Guerdane in the Tunisian Ligue 1.

Club career[edit]

Coulibaly began his career at the age of 10 in the junior ranks of JS Centre Salif Keita.[1] In 2006, while many of his teammates were promoted to the first team, Coulibaly was not offered the chance. He decided to quit the club and began training with another local club. However, after 15 days, JS Centre Salif Keita convinced him to return and he was promoted shortly after that to the first team.

In winter of 2008, Coulibaly received offers from two local clubs, Djoliba AC and Real Bamako, as well as from Algerian club JS Kabylie. French club FC Nantes also wanted to take the player on trial.

JS Kabylie[edit]

On January 7, 2008, it was announced that Coulibaly would join JS Kabylie on a 3-year contract.[2] In his first season with the club, Coulibaly helped the club win the Algerian Championnat National.

On December 14, 2010, Coulibaly was chosen as the Best Foreign Player in the Algerian league in 2010.[3]

On December 22, 2010, it was announced that Coulibaly signed a one and a half year contract with Libyan club Al-Ahly Tripoli, joining them on a free transfer.[4] However, in an interview four days later, Coulibaly said he simply signed a pre-contract with the club and was still undecided with regards to his future destination. He is engaged with Tunisian team Club Africain after agreement between Al ahly Tripoly until June 2014.[5]


On August 6, 2011, Coulibaly joined the Tunisian club Espérance.


He joined French Ligue 2 side FC Istres in September 2012, but was not signed due to an administrative problem.[6] Instead, he went on a 5-month loan to Qatari side Lekhwiya as a replacement for Madjid Bougherra.[7]

Raja Casablanca[edit]

In June 2013, Coulibaly returned to Africa for Raja Casablanca. He signed a two-year deal with the Moroccan club.[8] Coulibaly was loaned to Hassania Agadir for the 2014-2015 season.


On 7 July 2015, he signed a one-year deal with Portuguese club Arouca.[9]

International career[edit]

On June 17, 2007, Coulibaly made his debut for the Malian national team in a 6-0 win against Sierra Leone in a 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier.[10]

He was also capped at the Under-23 level for Mali.



  1. ^ Idrissa Coulibaly, du Mali aux sommets de la Kabylie
  2. ^ La JS Kabylie recrute Idrissa Coulibaly
  3. ^ Coulibaly meilleur joueur étranger du championnat
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ JSK : Coulibaly : «aucun regret de m’être engagé à Al Ahly»
  6. ^ "Coulibaly n'ira pas à Istres" (in French). Le Figaro. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Istres : I.Coulibaly à Lekhwiya" (in French). 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Idrissa Coulibaly au Raja pour deux ans" (in French). Malifootball. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Idrissa Coulibaly no FC Arouca" [Idrissa Coulibaly in FC Arouca] (in Portuguese). FC Arouca. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Eliminatoires CAN 2008: Mali - Sierra Léone: 6-0

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