Mamadou Tounkara

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Mamadou Tounkara
Personal information
Full name Mamadou Tounkara
Date of birth (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 19)
Place of birth Blanes, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Lazio)
Number 9
Youth career
–2012 Barcelona
2011 → CE Farners (loan)
2012–2015 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Lazio 1 (0)
2015– Crotone (loan) 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Mamadou Tounkara (born 19 January 1996) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Crotone on loan from Lazio.


Early career[edit]

Born in Blanes, Girona, Catalonia, to Senegalese parents, Tounkara first began playing football with FC Barcelona's youth academy. In 2011, he was sent on loan to Centre D'Esports Farners in Selva. Tounkara had a release clause of 3 million euro written into his Barcelona contract but poor discipline and two serious injuries saw the club lose interest in the striker.[1]


After his Barcelona contract expired, Serie A club Lazio signed Tounkara to a three-year deal in August 2012.[2] In Rome, he joined his former Barcelona teammate Keita Baldé Diao. Tounkara spent his first two seasons with the club playing in the Primavera youth team, first under Alberto Bollini and later under Simone Inzaghi. As a promsing player, he was also selected to join the senior squad at pre-season camp in Auronzo di Cadore. He wears the number 45 shirt in honour of his idol, the Italian striker Mario Balotelli.[3]

Having been training with the first team, Tounkara made his Serie A debut in the final match of the 2013-14 season, which Lazio won 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico against Bologna. Tounkara came off the bench to replace Miroslav Klose in the 81st minute of the game.[4]

F.C. Crotone[edit]

In July 2015, Mamadou Tounkara was transferred to Crotone on loan. The deal included a buy-out option for Crotone, while Lazio have a buy-back option.[5]

International career[edit]

Tounkara is eligible to represent both Spain and Senegal at international level. In 2012, he received a call-up to the Spanish under-17 side.