Seko Fofana

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Seko Fofana
Seko Fofana (SC Bastia).JPG
Personal information
Full name Seko Mohamed Fofana[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Udinese
Number 6
Youth career
2004–2010 Paris FC
2010–2013 Lorient
2013–2014 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Manchester City 0 (0)
2014–2015Fulham (loan) 25 (1)
2015–2016Bastia (loan) 32 (1)
2016– Udinese 80 (10)
National team
2010–2011 France U16 12 (7)
2011–2012 France U17 11 (2)
2012–2013 France U18 7 (2)
2013 France U19 3 (1)
2017– Ivory Coast 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:53, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2017

Seko Mohamed Fofana (born 7 May 1995) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Udinese in the Serie A.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Born in Paris, France, Fofana began his youth career at Paris when he was nine and stayed there for six years before joining Lorient.[2] After two years at Lorient,[2] he moved to England when he joined Premier League side Manchester City in 2013 and was immediately sent to the development squad.[3]

Fofana began to be a regular in the under-18s in the 2013–14 season, making 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals in the league and playing 7 times scoring twice in the club's UEFA Youth League campaign against CSKA Moscow[4] and Benfica Juniors.[5] During Manchester City's U21 friendly match against HNK Rijeka, he was racially abused by one of the opposition player just before half-time. As a result, players from Manchester City's U21 squad walked off the pitch, prompting the match to be cancelled.[6] After the match, Manager Patrick Vieira praised the action of the players' action to walk out.[7]

Fulham loan[edit]

On 27 November 2014, Fofana signed for Championship side Fulham on loan until 31 January 2015.[8] He made his Fulham debut two days later, where he came on as a substitute for Emerson Hyndman in the 63rd minute, in a 2–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.[9] His form and performance convinced Fulham to extend the loan spell until the end of the season.[10] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 March 2015 to secure a 2–0 win away to Huddersfield Town.[11] Having established himself under the management of Kit Symons,[12] Fofana went on to make 25 appearances scoring once before returning to his parent club.

Bastia loan[edit]

After making two appearances for City during their pre-season tour in Australia (playing the second half of a 2–0 win over Adelaide United,[13] and coming on as a late substitute in Manchester City's 1–0 win over Melbourne City),[14] the Premier League club agreed to send Fofana out on loan again to gain further experience. The Frenchman subsequently returned to his native France, to join Bastia on a season-long loan on 29 July 2015.[15] He made his Ligue 1 debut in the opening game of the season 10 days later, on 8 August 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2−1 win at home to Rennes.[16] He then scored his first goal on 12 December 2015, in a 1–1 draw against Troyes,[17] followed up by assisting in the next game on 19 December 2015, in a 2–0 win over Reims.[18] In a 1–0 win over Montpellier on 16 January 2016, Fofana received a straight red card in the 65th minutes.[19] After the match, he was given a four match ban[20] and Fofana, himself, apologised for his action.[21] In total, he made 32 appearances and scoring once for Bastia.

Udinese[edit]

After three years at Manchester City, Fofana joined Serie A side Udinese, signing a five-year deal for worth £2.5 million.[22] In addition to move, the move included €2 million possible bonus and Bastia receiving 15% of the total compensation, up to €700K.[23] Fofana made his Udinese debut in the opening game of the season playing 79 minutes before being substituted, in a 4–0 loss against Roma.[24]

International career[edit]

Fofana is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast, as his parents come from there.[25] Fofana previously represented France U16, France U17, France U18 and France U19. On 3 April 2017, Fofana chose to represent the Ivory Coast, the country of his parents.[26]

Fofana made his debut for Ivory Coast in a 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification loss to Morocco on 11 November 2017.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 May 2019[28]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fulham (loan) 2014–15 Championship 21 1 4 0 25 1
Bastia (loan) 2015–16 Ligue 1 32 1 1 0 33 1
Udinese 2016–17 Serie A 22 5 1 0 23 5
2017–18 27 3 2 0 29 3
2018–19 31 2 1 0 32 2
Total 80 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 84 10
Career total 133 12 9 0 0 0 0 0 142 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "01 February 2013 Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Info FM : à la découverte de Seko Fofana, la pépite française de Man City". Foot Mercato. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Player Profile - Seko Fofana". Manchester City F.C. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Match Report: Manchester City U19s 1 CSKA U19s 2". Manchester Evening News. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Manchester City U19 1 Benfica Juniors 2: Young Blues crash out of UEFA Youth League". Manchester Evening news. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Racism Claim Halts Manchester City Friendly". Sky News. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Vieira praised for EDS walkoff". Manchester Evening News. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Fofana Joins On Loan". Fulham FC. 27 November 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Sky Bet Championship: Fulham come from behind to beat Brighton 2-1". Sky Sports. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Seko Fofana: Fulham extend Manchester City man's loan spell". BBC Sport. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Huddersfield Town 0-2 Fulham". BBC Sport. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Pro Seko In Sparkling Form". Fulham F.C. 3 February 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Adelaide United 0-2 Man City: Brandon Barker and Bruno Zuculini on target". Sky Sports. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Melbourne City 0-1 Manchester City: Samir Nasri scores only goal". Sky Sports. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Seko Fofana joins Bastia on loan". Manchester City F.C. 29 July 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Bastia-Rennes (2-1), Bastia renverse Rennes" (in French). Goal.com. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  17. ^ "TOUJOURS PAS DE VICTOIRE POUR TROYES" (in French). Football 365. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  18. ^ "BASTIA PASSERA LES FÊTES AU CHAUD" (in French). Football 365. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  19. ^ "BASTIA FAIT REPLONGER MONTPELLIER" (in French). Football 365. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Commission de discipline : le Bastiais Seko Fofana prend 4 matches" (in French). L'Equipe. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Seko Fofana s'est excusé auprès de Jonas Martin pour son coup de boule" (in French). L'Equipe. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Udinese sign Manchester City midfielder Seko Fofana - report". ESPN. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  23. ^ "Transfert Seko Fofana quitte Manchester City pour l'Udinese". L'Equipe. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  24. ^ "Roma-Udinese 4-0: super Perotti, i giallorossi calano subito il poker" (in Italian). Repubblica.it. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  25. ^ "Seko Fofana (Bastia) dragué par la Côte d'Ivoire" (in French). L'Equipe. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  26. ^ Rédaction. "Côte d'Ivoire : Maxwel Cornet et Seko Fofana ont choisi de jouer pour les Eléphants".
  27. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Ivory Coast-Morocco - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.
  28. ^ Seko Fofana at Soccerway

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