Salou Ibrahim

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Salou Ibrahim
Personal information
Full name Salou Ibrahim
Date of birth (1979-05-29) 29 May 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1996–1998 King Faisal Babes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Wandsbek 81
2000–2004 Turnhout 50 (29)
2004–2005 Kortrijk 28 (10)
2005–2006 Zulte Waregem 29 (9)
2006–2008 Club Brugge 46 (5)
2008–2009 MSV Duisburg 6 (0)
2009–2010 Vejle 18 (3)
2010–2011 New York Red Bulls 19 (3)
2012 OH Leuven 9 (0)
2012–2013 La Louvière Centre 15 (8)
2013–2014 Hoogstraten 2 (0)
2015–2016 Destelbergen
2016– Hoboken
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2014.

Salou Ibrahim (also sometimes known as Ibrahim Salou) (born 29 May 1979 in Kumasi) is a Ghanaian footballer currently with Hoboken playing in the Belgian Provincial leagues.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Salou started to play for King Faisal Babes, a Ghanaian football club based in the Ashanti city of Kumasi. After two seasons, he was signed by German club TuS Wandsbek 81.


In 2000, he signed for FC Turnhout in Belgium, where he stayed for four seasons. During the 2003–04 season, Salou scored 16 goals in 26 appearances for FC Turnhout and began to draw attention from higher level clubs.

In 2004, he signed for KV Kortrijk, that started his first season in the Belgian Second Division. After one season he went to S.V. Zulte-Waregem in the Belgian First Division and scored nine goals in 29 league appearances (14 goals in all competitions),[2] helping his side capture the 2006 Belgian Cup.

As a result of his play with Zulte-Waregem, Salou received offers from the top two sides in Belgian football RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge as well as other European sides including AEK Athens and RC Lens. He decided on Club Brugge and joined the club in 2006.[3] On 2 November 2006, Salou scored his clubs lone goal in a 3–1 loss to Premier League club Tottenham in a UEFA Cup match played at White Hart Lane.[4] In two seasons with the club, Salou appeared in 46 Belgian First Division matches scoring five goals.[5] He also helped the club capture the 2006–07 Belgian Cup. There he also stayed for two seasons before returning to Germany.

MSV Duisburg[edit]

In 2008, he moved to MSV Duisburg.[6] Prior to joining Duisburg, Salou was close to signing with FC Rapid Bucureşti.[7] On 8 August 2010, Salou scored eleven minutes into his debut with MSV Duisburg in a DFB-Pokal match against ASV Bergedorf that ended in a 5–1 victory.[8]


After only six months in Duisburg, Salou signed with Vejle Boldklub. On 1 March 2009, Salou scored his first goal in the Danish Superliga in a 1–1 draw with AGF Aarhus. During his time at the club Salou appeared in 20 official matches and scored 4 goals.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Salou went on trial for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer during March 2010.[9] On 20 March 2010, Salou started and played 67 minutes for Red Bulls in a 3–1 victory against Santos FC, which was the first match played at the new Red Bull Arena.[10] After impressing during his trial spell, Salou was signed on 23 March 2010 by New York Red Bulls. On 24 April 2010, Salou scored his first league goal for New York in a 2–1 victory over Philadelphia Union.[11] On 21 October 2010, Salou started and played a full 90 minutes for Red Bulls in a 2–0 victory over New England Revolution helping his side clinch the regular season Eastern Conference title.[12]

Salou began the 2011 season with New York but was waived on 21 March 2011, two days after the club's first match of the season.[13]

Return to Belgium[edit]

Salou returned to Belgium in the beginning of 2012, signing for newly promoted Oud-Heverlee Leuven on 20 January 2012.[14] Although mostly as a substitute, he played in 9 matches for OHL during the second half of the 2011–12 season, but failed to get on the score sheet in the process. At the end of the season, he was released.

Salou signed with La Louvière Centre in July 2012.[15] After one season there, Salou signed with Hoogstraten in July 2013.[16]

In November 2014 Salou signed with Destelbergen.[17]

International career[edit]

Salou was born in Ghana, but received his Belgian nationality in 2005. Following a successful campaign with S.V. Zulte-Waregem during the 2005–06 season, Salou started to garner interest from the Belgium national football team.[18] After deciding to represent his native country, in 2006 Salou was called up for Ghana but decided not to join the national side due to a dispute involving obtaining his visa.[19] Coach Claude Le Roy made efforts to persuade him to join the Black Stars, but Salou declined.[20]




  1. ^ "Sixth division team Destelbergen signs Ibrahim Salou" (in Dutch). 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ De Bock, Christofhe (22 August 2008). "Belgium 2005/06". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ibrahim Salou a choisi Bruges" (in French). 26 April 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tottenham Club Brugge". 2 November 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ibrahim Salou". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ibrahim Salou legt medische testen af bij Duisburg" (in Dutch). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Mazilu, Alexandru (24 March 2011). "Ibrahim Salou: "Vin la Rapid!"" (in Romanian). Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ibrahim Salou". Football Lineups. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Salou til prøvetræning i USA". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "THE STARTING XI". 20 March 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived 26 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ [2] Archived 23 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Red Bulls waive forward Salou Ibrahim". New York Red Bulls. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "OHL brings Ibrahim Salou back to Belgium" (in Dutch). 20 January 2012. 
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  18. ^ "Ibrahim Salou jouera pour les Black Stars du Ghana" (in French). 24 April 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Le Roy names 20-man squad". 24 January 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  20. ^ Sannie, Ibrahim (18 November 2006). "Ghana coach to woo Salou". BBC News. 

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