Souleymane Youla

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Souleymane Youla
Personal information
Full name Souleymane Youla
Date of birth (1981-11-29) 29 November 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Conakry, Guinea
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Lokeren 14 (9)
2000–2001 Anderlecht 15 (1)
2001–2005 Gençlerbirliği 112 (49)
2005–2007 Beşiktaş 13 (2)
2006–2007 Metz (loan) 16 (1)
2007–2009 Lille 32 (2)
2008–2009 Eskişehirspor (loan) 31 (13)
2009–2010 Eskişehirspor 14 (3)
2010–2011 Denizlispor 27 (9)
2012–2013 Sint-Niklaas 13 (1)
2013–2014 Amiens 5 (0)
2014 Tournai 11 (4)
2014–2016 Budapest Honvéd 55 (14)
2016 Indy Eleven 13 (2)
National team
2000– Guinea 36 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 August 2011

Souleymane Youla (born 29 November 1981) is a Guinean football player, who most recently played for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League. He has Turkish citizenship with the name Süleyman Yula.[1]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Youla's professional career started in Belgium in 1999, when Lokeren signed him to replace the departed Jan Koller, who had moved to Anderlecht. Scoring 9 goals in 14 matches, Youla played a successful season, before also being signed by Anderlecht. At Anderlecht, he faced fierce competition in the likes of Koller, Tomasz Radzinski, Aruna Dindane and Oleg Iachtchouk. He only remained for one season but is remembered by Anderlecht fans for his injury time winner against PSV Eindhoven in the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, allowing Anderlecht to qualify for the Round of 16 as group winners. Youla moved to Turkey where he signed for Gençlerbirliği SK and played five seasons as a first team player. He signed for Beşiktaş J.K., got much less playing time and was loaned out for one season to French side FC Metz. At Metz, he was noticed by Lille, who signed him in 2007. After again a season where he did not receive much opportunities, he was loaned out back to Turkish side Eskişehirspor where he partnered up with Ümit Karan. The following season, the transfer was made permanent. Thereafter, Youla enjoyed two more seasons in Turkey, with Denizlispor and Orduspor. Following the 2010–11 season, he stayed unemployed until November 2012, when he was hired by Belgian team Sint-Niklaas to help the team remain in the Belgian Second Division. On 11 June 2016, Youla signed for North American Soccer League side Indy Eleven.[2]

International[edit]

He was part of the Guinean 2004 African Nations Cup team who finished second in their group in the first round of competition. The team progressed to the quarter finals, where they lost to Mali. Youla is still a part of the Guinean National Team.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 October 2016[3][4][5][6]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gençlerbirliği 2001–02 Süper Lig 29 9 2 1 24 2
2002–03 26 11 4 3 16 1
2003–04 27 15 2 0 16 1
2004–05 30 14 1 0 16 1
Total 112 49 9 4 - - - - - - 121 53
Beşiktaş 2005–06 Süper Lig 12 2 0 0 12 2
Metz (Loan) 2006–07 Ligue 2 16 1 0 0 16 1
Lille 2006–07 Ligue 1 16 2 0 0 2 0 6 0 24 2
2007–08 15 0 0 0 1 1 16 1
Total 31 2 0 0 3 1 6 0 - - 40 3
Eskişehirspor (Loan) 2008–09 Süper Lig 31 13 2 1 33 14
Eskişehirspor 2009–10 Süper Lig 14 3 0 0 14 3
Denizlispor 2009–10 Süper Lig 14 3 3 0 17 3
2010–11 TFF First League 13 6 3 1 16 7
Total 27 9 6 1 - - - - - - 33 10
Sportkring Sint-Niklaas 2012–13 Belgian Second Division 13 1 13 1
Amiens 2013–14 Championnat National 5 0 0 0 5 0
Tournai 2013–14 Belgian Third Division 11 4 11 4
Budapest Honvéd 2014–15 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 26 9 1 0 2 3 29 12
2015–16 29 5 2 1 0 0 31 6
Total 55 14 3 1 2 3 - - - - 60 18
Indy Eleven 2016 NASL 13 2 1 0 14 2
Career total 340 100 21 7 5 4 6 0 - - 372 111

International[edit]

Guinea national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 4 4
2001 1 0
2002 2 0
2003 2 1
2004 9 1
2005 1 0
2006 3 0
2007 4 0
2008 5 5
2009 5 2
Total 36 13

Statistics accurate as of match played 14 November 2009[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 March 2000 Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala, Uganda  Uganda 2–0 4-4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 3–3
3. 2000
4. 2000
5. 16 November 2003 Estádio da Machava, Maputo, Mozambique  Mozambique 1–0 4–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 5 September 2004 Stade 28 Septembre, Conakry, Guinea  Botswana 2–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 11 January 2008 Estadio Francisco Pérez, Estepona, Spain  Sudan 2–0 6–0 Friendly
8. 3–0
9. 4–0
10. 5–0
11. 28 January 2008 Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana  Namibia 1–1 Draw 2008 Africa Cup of Nations
12. 12 August 2009 International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Egypt 1–1 3–3 Friendly
13. 2–2
Statistics accurate as of match played 14 November 2009[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naturalized Turks #3
  2. ^ "SIGNINGS CONTINUE WITH FORWARD SOULEYMANE YOULA". indyeleven.com. Indy Eleven. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Souleymane YOULA". ligue1.com. Ligue 1. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "S.Youla". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "SOULEYMANE YOULA". tff.org.tr. TFF. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Souleymane Youla". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 

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