Serge Aurier

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Serge Aurier
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Aurier playing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2015
Personal information
Full name Serge Aurier
Date of birth (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Ouragahio, Ivory Coast[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2009 Lens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Lens 48 (0)
2012–2015 Toulouse 72 (8)
2014–2015 Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 14 (0)
2015– Paris Saint-Germain 19 (2)
National team
2013– Ivory Coast 31 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:15, 7 February 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2016

Serge Aurier (born 24 December 1992) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a right back for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain and the Ivory Coast national team.

Club career[edit]

Lens[edit]

Aurier played for various youth teams and academies before he was accepted to join Villepinte.[2] Aurier then joined Lens in the French Ligue 1, where this started his professional footballing career.[2][3] Shortly after, Aurier, who was then thirteen at the time, had to leave his friends and families as a result joining Lens.[2] There, Aurier was assigned to the club's reserve and at point, he was the club's captain in the reserve.[2] In June 2009, Aurier then signed his first professional contract at Lens.[2]

Aurier made his professional debut for the club in a 1–0 win over Saint-Étienne on 22 December 2009.[4] Aurier was given another opportunity in the Round of 16 of Coupe de la Ligue, a 2–1 loss against Lorient.[5] He soon sustained a shoulder injury that left him out for two or three weeks.[6] Despite this, Aurier went on to make five appearance for Lens in his first season.

Aurier's second season saw him break into the first-team, and although he went on to make 26 appearances in 2010–11, the club was relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing second-last in the league table, at 19th. Prior to club's relegation, Aurier had signed a contract extension with the club through to 2015.[7]

Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Aurier's performance soon attracted interest from clubs around England,[8] with the player considering departing Lens for a new opportunity.[9] However, Aurier ruled out a move abroad, implying whether Aurier would stay or leave Lens.[10] Despite this, however, Aurier began the year with Lens, making 16 appearances in the first half of the season around which time the club was facing financial issues.[11]

Toulouse[edit]

On 26 January 2012, Aurier ultimately left Lens, signing for Toulouse on a four-and-a-half-year deal.[12] The move came after Toulouse's president hinted he would sign Aurier for a €1.5 million transfer fee.[13]

Aurier made his debut for the club two days later in a 2–1 win over Caen.[14] He then scored his first goal for Toulouse in a 2–1 loss against Lille on 1 April 2012.[15] Soon after, Aurier sprained his ankle which saw him miss six matches, though he was back for the last game of the season, which saw Toulouse lose 2–0 against Ajaccio.[16] In his first half-season at Toulouse, he made ten appearances.

In his first full season at Toulouse, 2012–13, Aurier provided an assist for Wissam Ben Yedder but was sent-off in the 84th minutes for a challenge on Henri Bedimo in a 1–1 draw with Montpellier.[17] His sending off saw him suspended for three games with one-year suspended.[18] After serving his two games, Aurier made his return on 1 September 2012 in a 1–1 draw against Reims.[19] He scored his first goal of the season on 11 January 2013 in a 2–2 draw against Saint-Étienne.[20] Aurier was sidelined later on in the season after tearing a hamstring[21] and injuring his right knee.[22] Despite being on the sidelines for a period of time, Aurier made 28 appearances, scoring one goal.

Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Aurier signed a contract extension, keeping him at Toulouse until 2018.[23] This came after re-ignited interest in his services from clubs around Europe.[24] Under the management of Alain Casanova, Aurier found himself playing in a 3–5–2 formation as a right-sided centre back in the three-man defence, as well as a wing-back at times.[11] He went on to play an attacking role by assisting two goals in two different matches by the end of September. Aurier then scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Evian on 2 November 2013.[25] His second goal of the season came on 2 February 2014 in a 2–2 draw against Marseille.[26] His third goal of the season came on 15 February 2014 in a 3–1 win over Lorient.[27] He went on to score two goals in two games against Reims[28] and Rennes.[29] His sixth goal of the season came on 5 April 2014 in a 2–1 loss against Lille.[30] Aurier went on to make 34 appearances, scoring six times. At the end of the 2013–14 season, Aurier was shortlisted for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the first time in his career.[31] He was also named as the second-best player African player in Ligue 1.[32]

After an impressive display at the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the Ivory Coast, Aurier was again linked with a move away from Toulouse.[33][34] In an interview, Aurier stated that his dream move would be to English club Arsenal of the Premier League and claimed that he could not turn them down if they made an offer for him.[35][36]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 23 July 2014, Aurier joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan with an option for the Parisian club to purchase outright.[37] His move to PSG was believed to be as a replacement for incumbent right back Christophe Jallet.[38] Upon moving to PSG, Aurier stated he had no concern over his first-team chances, despite facing competition from Gregory van der Wiel, who also plays primarily as a right back.[39]

Aurier made his PSG debut in the 2014–15 Ligue 1, coming on as a substitute for Van der Wiel in a 2–0 win over Bastia on 16 August 2014.[40] He scored his first goal for PSG in the 2014–15 Coupe de la Ligue#Round of 16 in a 3–1 victory over Ajaccio.[41] In the first half of the season, Aurier was unable to establish himself in the first team due to his own injury concerns and international commitments.[42][43] Aurier played his first PSG match in one month – lasting the entire 90 minutes – in a 2–2 draw against Caen;[44] his performance was later praised after the match.[45] During the match, however, he injured himself and was not substituted out, as manager Laurent Blanc had previously used all three of his substitutions earlier in the match.[46] Whilst on the sidelines in PSG's UEFA Champions League match against Chelsea, Aurier found himself in hot water with UEFA after criticizing Björn Kuipers' refereeing decision and calling him a "dirty son of a b***h" in a video posted on Facebook. Though Aurier later apologised for his actions,[47] UEFA nonetheless suspended him for three matches.[48] Despite this, Aurier went on to make nineteen appearance for the club

On 29 April 2015, Aurier secured a permanent move to PSG, signing a four-year contract.[49] Aurier's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came in the Trophée des Champions against Lyon, where he scored his first PSG goal and helped the club win 2-0.[50] Aurier find himself competing with Gregory van der Wiel over a right position under the management of Blanc. Aurier scored his first league goal for PSG goal on 26 September 2015 in a 4–1 win over Nantes.[51] For his performance, Aurier was named Team of the Week by L'Equipe.[52] Four days later, Aurier scored in the Champions League group stage in a 3–0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.[53] Aurier scored against Lyon for the second time in the season three months later on 13 December 2015, helping his team to a 5–1 victory.[54]

Aurier continued to be in the right position until he was suspended indefinitely on 14 February 2016 for calling teammate Ángel Di María a "clown" and calling Laurent Blanc a "fiotte" during a question-and-answer session on Periscope in which he also criticised supposed favouritism towards striker Zlatan Ibrahimović.[55][56] Following his suspension, PSG ordered Aurier to train with their reserve side from 29 February until 20 March.[57]

International career[edit]

Aurier also holds a France passport,[3] and originally turned down the chance to play for the Ivory Coast.[58][59] However, he was called up by then-Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi in 2013[60] and eventually played his first match for his homeland in an official match against Gambia on 8 June 2013.[61]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Aurier was included in Ivory Coast's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.[62] In the first group match, against Japan, he provided assists for both Wilfried Bony and Gervinho, helping to set up a 2–1 win.[63]

2015 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

On 29 December 2014, Aurier was called up for the Africa Cup of Nations[64] He played six matches and impressed with his displays in the tournament, particularly in the final.[65] he was shortlisted for the CAF Team of the Tournament.[66]

Career statistics[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain

Country[edit]

Ivory Coast

Personal life[edit]

Born in Ouragahio, Ivory Coast, Aurier moved to France at a young age after his parents wanted their children to have a better life.[2] Aurier was also passionate about football while growing up.[2]

Aurier's younger brother Christopher plays for his former club Lens.[67]

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