Keita in action for Barcelona in 2008
|Full name||Seydou Keita|
|Date of birth||16 January 1980|
|Place of birth||Bamako, Mali|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1995–1997||Centre Salif Keita|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016.
Born in Bamako, Mali, Keita finished his football formation in France with Olympique de Marseille, joining the club at the age of 17. He played mainly for the reserve squad during his three-year spell.
Lorient / Lens
Keita signed for FC Lorient in Ligue 2, being instrumental (37 games, one goal) as the team promoted to the top level in 2001. He appeared slightly less due to injury in the following season, which ended in immediate relegation back, but brought the conquest of the Coupe de France, the club's first-ever (he played the full 90 minutes in the final against SC Bastia).
In 2002, Keita joined fellow league side RC Lens, eventually becoming captain and scoring a career-best 11 goals in the 2006–07 campaign – his fifth and last – helping Les Sang et Or to the fifth position in the league and the last-16 in the UEFA Cup.
Keita was an automatic first-choice for the Andalusians during the 2007–08 campaign, helping the team to the fifth position in the league. On 3 November 2007 he scored from long-distance in a 2–0 home win also against Real Madrid, and added three in nine games in the Champions League, including one against Arsenal in a 3–1 group stage home success which was the opposition's first loss of the campaign.
On 26 May 2008, Keita signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona who were believed to have paid his buy-out clause, which stood at around €14 million. He became the first Malian player to ever represent the Catalans, and his new release clause was set at €90 million.
Keita made his official debut for Barcelona in a Champions League qualifier against Poland's Wisła Kraków on 13 August 2008, a 4–0 home win. He made his league debut against CD Numancia on the 31st, coming on as a substitute for Andrés Iniesta midway through the second half of a 0–1 away loss.
Keita scored his first goal for the team on 16 November 2008, in a 2–0 win at Recreativo de Huelva. The following week he added another, in a 1–1 home draw against Getafe CF; he finished his first season at the Camp Nou with 46 official games as Barça won the treble. He played 20 minutes in the Champions League final, taking the place of Thierry Henry in the 2–0 win against Manchester United.
On 25 October 2009, Keita scored his first career hat-trick, in a 6–1 home win against Real Zaragoza, and contributed with 29 games – 23 starts – as Barcelona renewed its domestic supremacy. In the 2010–11 campaign he made more appearances than any other outfield player and, on 31 August, aged 31, signed a contract extension that would link him to the club until 2014.
On 7 July 2012, Keita announced he would be leaving Barcelona after four seasons, invoking a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club even though he still had two years left. The following day, he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin FC, being reportedly paid €14 million per year.
On 30 January 2014, Keita returned to Spain after signing with Valencia CF, with the 34-year-old agreeing to a six-month contract with the option for an additional year. He made his debut for the Che on 16 February, replacing Paco Alcácer for the last 20 minutes of a 0–0 away draw against former club Sevilla. On 13 March, midway through the first half of an away fixture against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad for the UEFA Europa League, he was sent off for a challenge on Roman Bezjak that resulted in a penalty kick, but his team eventually won it 3–0 and 4–0 on aggregate.
On 27 March 2014, Keita scored Valencia's fastest-ever goal, netting after nine seconds at UD Almería. He also had to leave before the end of the first half with an injury, as the hosts came from behind for a 2–2 draw.
On 5 June 2014, Keita signed a one-year contract with Serie A club A.S. Roma. He made his official debut in the opening day of the season, against ACF Fiorentina (2–0 win), and scored his first goal on 9 November to help defeat Torino F.C. 3–0 also at the Stadio Olimpico.
Keita agreed to a new one-year deal in the 2015 off-season.
Keita made his debut for Mali on 9 April 2000, in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Libya. He represented the country in six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments: in the 2010 edition in Angola he scored twice, both goals coming in the 4–4 group stage draw against the hosts, who were leading 4–0 with 11 minutes to go; Les Aigles, however, could not make it past the group stage.
Keita also participated in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, scoring in the 1–1 quarterfinal draw against the hosts as Mali eventually won the shootout. Previously, he helped the under-20s finish third at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, scoring in the last match against Uruguay – the game's only – and being named the tournament's best player.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|France||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercup||Europe||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2012||Dalian Aerbin||Super League||12||4||1||0||—||—||13||4|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercup||Europe||Total|
- La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12; Runner-up 2010–11
- Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
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- "El Sevilla ficha al centrocampista Keita" [Sevilla signs midfielder Keita] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
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- Unbeaten run ends; ESPN Soccernet, 27 November 2007
- Contract details; FC Barcelona, 26 May 2008
- Barcelona 4–0 Wisla Krakow; ESPN Soccernet, 13 August 2008
- Numancia 1–0 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 31 August 2008
- More leaders than ever (0–2); FC Barcelona, 16 November 2008
- Recreativo Huelva 0–2 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 16 November 2008
- Barcelona 1–1 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 23 November 2008
- Sensational Barca rediscover form; ESPN Soccernet, 25 October 2009
- Keita announces he won’t be at Barça next season; FC Barcelona, 7 July 2012
- Dalian Aerbin confirm Seydou Keita signing; Goal.com, 8 July 2012
- Comunicado oficial (Official announcement); Valencia CF, 30 January 2014 (Spanish)
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- "Valencia cruise past Ludogrets". ESPN FC. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Keita entra en el podio de los goles más rápidos de la Liga" [Keita joins League's fastest goals podium] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Otro acto de fe en Almería" [Another act of faith in Almería] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
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- "Roma cruise to easy victory at home to Torino". ESPN FC. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Club statement: Seydou Keita". A.S. Roma. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Match report: Libya – Mali". FIFA.com. 9 April 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Hosts stunned by fightback; ESPN Soccernet, 10 January 2010
- "South Africa 1–1 Mali". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- Seydou Keita – FIFA competition record
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- Seydou Keita, Barcelona; Muslim Footballers, 26 July 2011
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- Seydou Keita at ESPN FC
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