Ricardo Faty

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Ricardo Faty
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Personal information
Full name Ricardo Faty
Date of birth (1986-08-04) 4 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2002 INF Clairefontaine[1]
2002–2005 Strasbourg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Strasbourg 7 (0)
2006–2010 Roma 19 (0)
2007 Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 2 (0)
2008–2009 Nantes (loan) 41 (3)
2010–2012 Aris 47 (3)
2012–2014 Ajaccio 47 (4)
2014–2015 Standard Liège 31 (4)
2015– Bursaspor 9 (1)
National team
2006–2007 France U20 8 (1)
2012– Senegal 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2016

Ricardo Faty (born 4 August 1986 in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France) is a Senegalese international football midfielder who currently plays for Bursaspor in Turkey.

He is the younger brother of Jacques Faty, who plays for Australian club Central Coast Mariners FC. Though they were born in France, their father is Senegalese and their mother is from Cape Verde. His father is Muslim and his mother is Catholic, while Faty converted to Islam at age 20, while playing for Roma, and hopes to end his career in a Gulf country to increase his faith.[2]

Football career[edit]

Faty's football career began with Strasbourg in the 2004–05 season of the Championnat de France Amateurs, in which he played 27 matches and scored one goal. The following year he earned fourteen more caps in the CFA, along with twelve matches for RC Strasbourg's professional squad, five being in cup competition. His Ligue 1 debut was on 29 October 2005.

During 2005–06 UEFA Cup, A.S. Roma faced Strasbourg in the group stage, and Luciano Spalletti noted the young Frenchman, so the following year, due to Strasbourg's relegation to Ligue 2 and Olivier Dacourt's departure from Roma to Inter Milan, Faty was signed to giallorossi for a fee of 350,000 Euros for a five-year contract.

He made his Champions League debut with Roma against Olympiacos at the Karaiskákis Stadium. He was given the job of man-marking the former Brazilian star Rivaldo. Roma eventually won the match 1–0. He employed this role so well and efficiently that Luciano Spalletti praised him and many tabloids and newspapers named him the "new" Patrick Vieira.

At the end of his first season in Serie A he said that, though he was satisfied of his experience at A.S. Roma, he would like to transfer on loan to have more chances to play and thus, on 6 July, he moved to German team Bayer Leverkusen for a two-year loan.[3] In January 2008, he was loaned to FC Nantes, where he stayed until the end of the 2008–09 Ligue 1 season.[4] On 31 July 2010, it was revealed that Faty would be joining English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on trial for an undisclosed length of time.[5] The trial came to nothing as Faty then signed for Greek club Aris Salonica.

In his first season in Thessaloniki (2010–2011), Faty played in about 35 matches and scored two goals (against Kerkyra and Rosenborg BK).

In 2012, he joined Ajaccio.[6]

On 18 August 2014, Faty signed a four-year contract with Standard Liège.[7]




  1. ^ "INF, formateur de talents" (in French). FFF. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Faty : "L'islam, une réligion très simple à vivre"". Sport.fr. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Roma: Faty a Leverkusen" (in Italian). uefa.com. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Faty claims Everton interest". skysports.com. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Faty Rovers Trial". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ricardo FATY" (in French). ac-ajaccio.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ricardo FATY rejoint les Rouches". Standard Liège. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "R. Faty". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

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