Sidi Yaya Keita

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Sidi Keita
Personal information
Full name Sidi Yaya Keita
Date of birth (1985-03-20) 20 March 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Bamako, Mali
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Strasbourg 27 (0)
2006–2011 Lens 63 (1)
2009–2010Xerez (loan) 24 (0)
2012–2013 Xerez 23 (0)
Total 137 (1)
National team
2005–2010 Mali 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sidi Yaya Keita (born 20 March 1985) is a Malian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bamako, Keita moved to France at only 18, signing for RC Strasbourg and spending his first year with the reserves, proceeding to be relatively used in the following two Ligue 1 seasons. He made his debut in the competition on 16 October 2004, playing 90 minutes in a 2–2 away draw against AC Ajaccio.

Keita joined fellow top-divisioner RC Lens in the 2006–07 season, for 4.5m, as a replacement for Alou Diarra who joined Olympique Lyonnais. On 25 August 2007 he scored his first goal as a professional, in a 1–2 loss at former club Strasbourg, but the campaign eventually ended in relegation.

On 31 August 2009 Keita was loaned to Xerez CD in Spain, as the Andalusians were having their first La Liga experience.[1][2] He made his first appearance on 27 September in a 0–0 away draw against RCD Espanyol,[3] and quickly won the battle for first-choice holding midfielder over legendary club player Vicente Moreno, but his team eventually dropped down a division.

After only eight league games with Lens in 2010–11, with the club again being relegated, Keita was released by Les Sang et Or.

International career[edit]

Keita made his debut for the Mali national team on 3 September 2005, against the Democratic Republic of Congo. On 11 October 2008, he scored twice in a 2–1 home win against Chad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Keita's cousin, Seydou Keita, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He too represented Lens and, with great individual and team success, also played for FC Barcelona.

He is the nephew of Salif Keita, who played for, amongst others, AS Saint-Étienne and Valencia CF.




  1. ^ "Xerez: firma Sidi Keita" [Xerez: Sidi Keita signs] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Keita: garra y esfuerzo para el mediocampo del Xerez" [Keita: attitude and effort to Xerez's midfield] (in Spanish). Xerez CD. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Xerez claim first top-flight point". ESPN Soccernet. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  4. ^ Sidi Yaya KeitaFIFA competition record (archive)

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