Bony with Swansea City in 2013
|Full name||Wilfried Guemiand Bony|
|Date of birth||10 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Bingerville, Ivory Coast|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Cyrille Domoraud Academy|
|2007–2008||→ Sparta Prague B (loan)||14||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:09, 24 May 2015 (UTC).
Having begun his career at Issia Wazi, he moved to Sparta Prague in 2007, helping them to the Czech First League title in 2010. In January 2011 he was signed by Vitesse, where he was the top scorer in the Eredivisie in 2012–13, leading to a £12 million transfer to Swansea City. He joined Manchester City for £28 million in January 2015.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Bony was born in Bingerville and was raised first in the city of Tebrau Plateau, and then in Abobo PK18. He played street football from a young age, in the Brazilian style of "Maracanã". He also participated in many interschool and city cups, before spending three years at the Cyrille Domoraud Academy in Bingerville.
Bony went on trial at Premier League club Liverpool in 2007 but was not offered a contract, and in October 2007, Bony joined Czech club Sparta Prague on a loan deal where he immediately started playing for the reserve team. Bony won the Bohemian Football League championship with Sparta Prague B.
Bony then joined the club on a permanent basis and broke into the first team in the 2008–09 season, scoring three goals in 16 appearances. In 2009–10, he scored nine times as Sparta won the Czech First League title.
After scoring 17 goals during the first half of the 2010–11 season, including five goals in six appearances in the UEFA Europa League, Bony was signed by Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse of Arnhem in January 2011.
In his first full season with Vitesse, Bony netted on twelve occasions in the Eredivisie, earning the top goalscoring honors for the club and was tied for tenth highest scorer in the league. In February 2012, Bony signed a contract extension, keeping him until 2015, ending transfer speculation.
Bony made his first appearance of the 2012–13 Eredivisie campaign for Vitesse on 12 August 2012 in a 2–2 draw with ADO Den Haag at the GelreDome, equalizing for the hosts less than a minute after Tjaronn Chery had put ADO in front. Bony scored a 90th-minute winner over Feyenoord on 2 September, to earn the club its third win from the first four league games. On 6 October 2012, Bony scored a hat-trick as Vitesse came back from a goal down three times to draw 3–3 with Heerenveen.
In Vitesse's 0–2 upset of Ajax on 4 November, Bony scored both goals, helping Vitesse to six away wins in a row and the club's first win at the Amsterdam Arena since 2001. Bony added two more goals to his account in Vitesse's 4–1 defeat of NEC Nijmegen on 18 November, earning Vitesse just their second home win of the season as NEC had three men sent off. On 25 November, Vitesse travelled to Eindhoven to face league leaders PSV; Bony scored a late winner to put Vitesse on 31 points, level with second place FC Twente.
On 9 February 2013, Bony returned from his participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to face PSV and once again scored twice, securing a 2–2 draw. On 23 February, Bony scored a hat-trick to send Vitesse to a 5–3 victory over Heracles Almelo. On 15 April, he scored for the ninth consecutive match in a 3–3 draw with Roda JC.
On 11 July 2013, Bony signed a four-year contract with Welsh side Swansea City, who paid a Welsh record fee of £12 million. Bony's work permit was delayed briefly, but was granted three days later. He made his competitive debut for Swansea in the club's Europa League third qualifying round tie against Malmö FF, scoring two second-half goals in a 4–0 first leg victory on 1 August.
The BBC listed Bony as one of the Premier League signings to watch for the 2013–14 Premier League. In the opening game of the 2013–14 season on 17 August, Bony scored his first goal for the club, in a 4–1 loss against Manchester United. Shortly after, Bony scored his first goal for Swansea in a UEFA competition, in the first leg of the Europa League qualification round against Romanian side Petrolul Ploiești in a 5–1 win. He scored a brace, as Swansea City drew 3–3 with Stoke City in November. In the third round of the FA Cup Bony scored a 90th-minute header against Manchester United to send Swansea through to the next round in what was Swansea's first ever win at Old Trafford. After scoring in a 3–1 win at Sunderland on the final day of the Premier League season, he finished 2013–14 having scored 25 goals.
On 20 September 2014, Bony was sent off in the first half of a 0–1 home defeat by Southampton. He scored his first goal of the season on 4 October in a 2–2 draw against Newcastle United. On 25 October, Bony scored both goals as Swansea defeated Leicester City 2–0, taking him to a total of 20 Premier League goals for Swansea, drawing him level alongside former teammate Michu as the club's all-time leading Premier League goal-scorer. With 20 goals, Bony was the Premier League's top scorer in the calendar year of 2014.
On 14 January 2015, Bony signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with fellow Premier League club Manchester City. The two teams agreed an initial fee of £25 million, which can rise to £28 million, which would then make him the most expensive African footballer to date. Bony was included in his new club's squad for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, at the expense of Stevan Jovetić.
After winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Bony made his Manchester City debut on 21 February, replacing Sergio Agüero for the last 60 minutes of a 5–0 win over Newcastle United at the City of Manchester Stadium. On 21 March 2015, Bony registered his first league goal with City in a 3–0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, scoring the first of their three goals. He scored his second goal for the club as a late substitute in a 4–2 win at his former employer Swansea City on 17 May.
2012 Africa Cup of Nations
2014 FIFA World Cup
Bony was included in the Ivory Coast's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In their first group match against Japan, he scored the equalising goal with a header after a cross from Serge Aurier. Ivory Coast eventually overcame their opponents with a 2–1 win. Against Greece in the final game of the group stages, Bony came on as a substitute in the second half to get the equalising goal before the Ivory Coast lost to an injury time penalty.
2015 Africa Cup of Nations
In a quarter-final 3–1 win over Algeria, Bony scored two headers, one from a Max Gradel cross and the second from a Yaya Touré free kick. In the final's penalty shootout, he took the Ivory Coast's first attempt and hit the crossbar, although his team eventually triumphed.
|Sparta Prague B||2007–08||Ceska Liga||14||2||0||0||–||0||0||14||2|
|Sparta Prague||2008–09||Czech First League||16||3||0||0||–||0||0||16||3|
|Swansea City||2013–14||Premier League||34||16||2||3||1||1||11||5||48||25|
|Manchester City||2014–15||Premier League||9||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||11||2|
- Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.
- Sparta Prague
- Ivory Coast
His father's name is Amedee Shemiz Bony.
Bony speaks fluent French, English and Czech, and also speaks Dutch.
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- Vitesse haalt Valerica Gaman en Wilfried Bony – Vitesse
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- "Vitesse Arnhem 2 – 2 ADO Den Haag". ESPNFC. 12 August 2012.
- "Vitesse 1 – 0 Feyenoord". ESPNFC. 2 September 2012.
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- "Vitesse pile pressure on to PSV". ESPNFC. 25 November 2012.
- "Eredivisie wrap: PSV slip up at Vitesse". Soccerway. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "Wedstrijdverslag Heracles Almelo – Vitesse | Seizoen 2012/2013". Eredivisie Live. 23 February 2013.
- "Bony is Africa's hottest striker in Europe". SuperSport. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Wilfried Bony: Swansea complete club-record £12m signing". BBC Sport. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- "Transfer news: Swansea still waiting on Wilfried Bony's work permit". Sky Sports. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Wilfried Bony to join up with Swansea as work permit application succeeds". Sky Sports. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Swansea 4 Malmo 0: New boy Bony nets twice as £12m striker gives Laudrup big first leg lead in Europa League qualifying". Daily Mail (London). 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Premier League signings to watch for 2013–14 season". BBC Sport. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Swansea City 1–4 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Swansea City vs Petrolul Ploiesti". UEFA.com. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Swansea City 3–3 Stoke City". BBC Sport. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Where does Manchester United success rank in Swansea City's greatest wins of all time?". Wales Online. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Manchester United 1–2 Swansea City". BBC Sport. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Sunderland 1–3 Swansea". BBC Sport. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- Dawkes, Phil (20 September 2014). "Swansea 0-1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Newcastle eased some of the pressure on manager Alan Pardew by battling to an unlikely point at Swansea.". BBC Sport. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- "Two Wilfried Bony goals helped Swansea City overcome Leicester to end a five-match winless Premier League run.". BBC Sport. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
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- "Wilfried Bony: Man City complete £28m signing of Swansea striker". BBC Sport. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Wilfried Bony to Manchester City: Striker joins for reported £28m from Swansea". The Independent. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Man City: Bony replaces Jovetic in Champions League squad". BBC Sport. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- Bevan, Chris (21 February 2015). "Man City 5-0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Wilfried Bony's first goal for Manchester City helped his side on their way to a much-needed victory". BBC Sport. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- "Wilfried Bony scores on return to Swansea as Joe Hart and Yaya Toure star for City". The Telegraph. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Wilfrieda reprezentační debut se "slony" nadchl, i když gól nedal" [Wilfried representative debut with "Elephants" excited, although did not score] (in Czech). Sport cz. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "28 th Orange Africa Cup of Nations- GABON-GUINEE EQUATORIALE 2012 21st January to 12th February 2012" (PDF). CAF. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Les 23 Eléphants pour le Brésil" (in French). Federation Ivoirienne de Football. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Ivory Coast stage World Cup fight back to see off Japan". The Guardian (London). 15 June 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "World Cup: Ivory Coast hit back to see off Japan". SkySports. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1". BBC Sport. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria". BBC Sport. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana". BBC Sport. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Wilfried Bony". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
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- "BBC Sport:Wilfried Bony:Man City complete £28m signing of Swansea striker". Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Wilfried Bony". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Sparťan Bony čeká v Africe na slávu. Reprezentace? Prý příští rok". iDnes. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
- Al-Samarrai, Riath (11 January 2014). "He speaks four languages, has scored goals all across Europe and could have been a fashion designer... here's why Bony is Swansea's Daddy Cool". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wilfried Bony.|
- Wilfried Bony Czech First League statistics at Fotbal DNES (Czech)
- Sparta Prague profile
- Wilfried Bony career statistics at Soccerbase
- Wilfried Bony at National-Football-Teams.com