Jean Michaël Seri
Seri training with Nice in February 2018
|Full name||Jean Michaël Seri|
|Date of birth||19 July 1991|
|Place of birth||Grand-Béréby, Ivory Coast|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|Galatasaray (on loan from Fulham)|
|2007–2010||Africa Sports d'Abidjan|
|2012–2013||→ Porto B (loan)||19||(1)|
|2013–2015||Paços de Ferreira||54||(2)|
|2019–||→ Galatasaray (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011||Ivory Coast U-23||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:15, 6 June 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:53, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
Early career in the Ivory Coast
In his native Ivory Coast, the young Seri was nicknamed "Galla", because he tried to emulate the former Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marcelo Gallardo, whose technical skills he admired. Seri joined the Ivorian football academy that was opened in 2001 by the Ivorian footballer Cyril Domoraud. "Jean is gifted, intelligent and respectful," Domoraud said in retrospect. "In his young days, he was one step ahead of the others, thanks to his ball control."
Born in the south-western city of Grand-Béréby, Seri began his career as a youth player with Abidjan club Africa Sports d'Abidjan in July 2007. The best clubs in Ivory Coast fought for his services. In January 2010, Seri started his career as a senior player by joining ASEC Mimosas, the most successful club in Ivorian football, where he needed just one season to prove himself and become one of the best players in the country. "He is a great listener, and his state of mind is impeccable," raved Sébastien Desabre, ASEC Mimosas's head coach from October 2010 to October 2012 when Seri was a senior player there, and that quality enabled Seri to make steady progress.
On 2 November 2012, Seri joined Primeira Liga club FC Porto on loan, after impressing their scouts. However, there was no place for Seri in the club's first team. He was thus forced to play for the club's reserve team, scoring once in 19 Segunda Liga matches in the first five months of 2013.
Paços de Ferreira
On 31 August 2013, two months after finishing his loan spell at Porto (the Dragões), Seri joined another Primeira Liga club Paços de Ferreira on a permanent basis and on a free transfer by signing a three-year deal. He debuted for the Pacenses on 14 September 2013 against Benfica in a Primeira Liga 3–1 away loss. On 2 March 2014, he scored a goal in the 54th minute to register his first competitive goal for Paços de Ferreira in a 3–1 Primeira Liga home win over Marítimo to send his side away from the relegation zone. It was at Paços de Ferreira where Seri's magnificent range of passing and ability to dictate the tempo of the game made him a fans' favourite. The club finished in eighth place in the 2014–15 Primeira Liga, and Ligue 1 club Nice were quick to sign Seri before bigger clubs took notice.
On 11 June 2015, Seri officially joined Ligue 1 club Nice for a transfer fee of €1 million. On 27 May 2015, prior to the opening of the transfer window, the club had announced the "very likely" arrival of Seri. On 8 August 2015, Seri made his competitive debut for Nice in their opening match of the 2015–16 Ligue 1 season, playing the entire match in the 2–1 home loss to Monaco. On 27 September 2015, he scored in the 53rd minute to register his first competitive goal for Nice in a 4–1 Ligue 1 away win over Saint-Étienne.
Seri made a total of three appearances for the Ivory Coast U-23 team, all of them at the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship held in Morocco, playing every minute of all their three Group B matches against South Africa, Egypt and Gabon. Ivory Coast finished third in Group B and thus did not qualify for the semifinals.
On 27 February 2014, Seri received his first senior international call up for the Ivory Coast in an upcoming friendly match against Belgium; he was an unused substitute in The Elephants' 2–2 away draw (held on 5 March 2014) against Belgium. On 6 September 2015, Seri made his senior international debut in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Sierra Leone, playing the entire match in the 0–0 away draw. Seri played two of Ivory Coast's three 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group C matches. They finished third in Group C and thus did not qualify for the quarterfinals. On 17 November 2015, Seri scored a goal in the 64th minute of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification second round second leg 3–0 home win over Liberia to register his first senior international goal.
- As of 2 April 2019
|Paços de Ferreira||2013–14||Primeira Liga||21||1||2||0||2||0||6||0||24||1||33||2|
- 1.^ Includes Coupe de France and Taça de Portugal
- 2.^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue and Taça da Liga
- 3.^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
- 4.^ Includes 2013–14 Primeira Liga relegation play-offs
- As of 18 July 2019
- Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.
|1.||17 November 2015||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast||Liberia||3–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||18 November 2018||Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry, Guinea||Guinea||1–1||1–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2016–17
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foé: 2017
- OGC Nice Player of the Year: 2017
- Premier League Goal of the Month: August 2018
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