Jonathan Kodjia

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Jonathan Kodjia
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Kodjia[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Saint-Denis, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Reims 9 (0)
2012 Cherbourg (loan) 16 (3)
2012–2013 Amiens (loan) 32 (9)
2013–2014 Caen (loan) 27 (5)
2013–2014 Caen B (loan) 2 (0)
2014–2015 Angers 28 (15)
2015–2016 Bristol City 49 (19)
2016– Aston Villa 33 (19)
National team
2016– Ivory Coast 10 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:53, 1 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:53, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Jonathan Kodjia (born 22 October 1989) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Aston Villa. Kodjia represents the Ivory Coast at international level.

Career[edit]

Bristol City[edit]

Kodjia joined Bristol City on a three-year deal, with the option of a further year on 20 July 2015.[2] He scored his first competitive goal for Bristol City on 15 August 2015 in a 4–2 defeat to Brentford, converting a pass from Luke Ayling to give City a 1–0 lead.[3]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Kodjia signed with Aston Villa on a four-year contract for an initial fee of £11 million, that could potentially rise to £15 million.[4] He scored his first league goal for the club, on his debut, against Brentford.[5] Kodjia's next goal came in a 1–1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers from the spot after Jack Grealish was fouled in Steve Bruce's first game as Aston Villa manager. He then scored the opener in a 2–1 win away at Reading just 3 days later. His late acrobatic goal against Fulham on 22 October won the game 1–0 for Villa, making it 3 goals in 3 games and back to back wins for the club. Kodjia started November in top form bagging 2 goals against a struggling Blackburn Rovers on side on Bonfire night to help Villa come from 1–0 down to win the game 2–1. His 7th goal of the season then came later in the month with a fine header in a 3–1 win over Cardiff City at Villa Park. Kodjia scored 6 goals in Steve Bruce's first 7 games in charge and his form helped propel Villa from the relegation zone up to 11th within Bruce's first month at the club. Kodjia's performances won him the PFA Championship player of the month for November.

International career[edit]

Kodjia was born in France to Ivorian parents.[6] He was contacted first by the Benin Football Association as his surname has origins in that country but was not eligible.[6] He was later called up by the Ivory Coast national football team and made his debut in a friendly 0–0 tie with Hungary in May 2016.[7] He scored his first international goal against Gabon on 4 June 2016, volleying home to score the first goal of the game. Ivory Coast would go on to win 2–1.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played 18 March 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Angers SCO 2014–15 Ligue 2 28 15 1 0 29 15
Bristol City 2015–16 Championship 45 19 2 1 1 0 48 20
2016–17 Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Bristol City total 49 19 2 1 1 0 52 20
Aston Villa 2016–17 Championship 33 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 19
Career total 109 52 2 1 2 0 0 0 113 53

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.[9]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 2016 Stade Bouaké, Bouaké, Ivory Coast  Gabon 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 3 September 2016 Stade Bouaké, Bouaké, Ivory Coast  Sierra Leone 1–0 1–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 8 October 2016 Stade Bouaké, Bouaké, Ivory Coast  Mali 1–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 11 January 2017 New York University Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Uganda 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5. 24 March 2017 Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia  Russia 1–0 2–0 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 13. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bristol City sign striker Jonathan Kodija for around £2m". BBC Sport. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bristol City 2–4 Brentford". BBC Sport. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Kodjia: Aston Villa sign Bristol City striker for initial £11m fee". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Aston Villa 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Jonathan Kodjia: 'People are going to be pleasantly surprised by Aston Villa'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  7. ^ http://www.uefa.com/friendlies/season=2016/matches/live/day=40/session=6/match=2019897/index.html
  8. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire vs. Gabon - 4 June 2016 - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  9. ^ "Kodjia, Jonathan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 

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