Koulibaly playing for Napoli in 2015
|Date of birth||20 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 October 2018
As Koulibaly was born in France to Senegalese parents, he was eligible to represent both nations at international level, and initially played for the France national under-20 football team. He later made his senior debut with Senegal in 2015 and was a member of the Senegal squad that took part at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He was named to the side that represented Senegal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Koulibaly was born on 20 June 1991, to Senegalese parents in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France. His footballing career began with local club SR Saint-Dié. Koulibaly is a practicing Muslim and always prays before a game.
Koulibaly began his career playing for his hometown club SR Saint-Dié's youth team, and spent two seasons playing on the club's senior team in the Championnat de France amateur 2, before joining the youth academy of professional club Metz on 1 July 2009. While at Metz, Koulibaly helped the club's under-19 team win the 2009–10 Coupe Gambardella after the team defeated Sochaux 5–4 on penalties in the final. He also played on the club's amateur team in the Championnat de France amateur appearing in 15 matches as Metz were crowned champions of the league finishing with 107 points.
Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Koulibaly signed his first professional contract agreeing to a one-year deal. He was, subsequently, promoted to the senior team by new manager Dominique Bijotat. Koulibaly made his professional debut on 20 August 2010 in a league match against Vannes. He appeared as a substitute in a 1–0 victory.
On 29 June 2012, Koulibaly joined Belgian club Racing Genk after agreeing to a four-year deal. On 23 August 2012, Koulibaly made his Racing Genk debut in a UEFA Europa League play-off qualifying round, in which they were defeated by Swiss side Luzern 2–1 in the first leg of two. On 23 December 2012, Koulibaly scored his first Racing Genk goal in a 4–2 home defeat to Anderlecht, in which he scored a free header from a corner.
On 19 August 2014, Koulibaly made his debut in a UEFA Champions League play-off round qualifier, in which Napoli drew 1–1 with Athletic Bilbao. Napoli went on to lose the second leg 3–1, therefore sending them out of the competition. On 24 September 2014, almost a month later after making his Napoli debut, Koulibaly scored his first goal for the Italian side in a 3–3 draw with Palermo, in which he nodded home a header from an inviting ball in.
Kalidou Koulibaly was born and raised in France by Senegalese parents, and was therefore eligible for both nations. He played for the U-20 French side starting in 2011. However, in early September 2015, Koulibaly changed federations and joined the Senegal national football team, despite the interest to call him for Les Bleus from Didier Deschamps. He made his debut on 5 September 2015 in an AFCON qualifier against Namibia in a 2–0 victory. He was a member of the Senegal squad that took part at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Style of play
A large, quick and physically strong yet elegant player, Koulibaly is recognised for his aerial prowess, anticipation, passing ability and versatility, as he can play both as a central defender, or as a full back on either the right or left flank, in both a three or four-man defence; he has even been deployed as a defensive midfielder. His playing style has earned him the nicknames K2 and The Wall from his fans.
- As of match played 7 October 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Racing Genk||2012–13||Belgian Pro League||31||1||6||0||—||9[a]||0||46||1|
|2013–14||Belgian Pro League||33||2||3||0||—||10[b][a]||0||46||2|
- As of match played 9 September 2018
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