Wilfried Sanou

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Willy Sanou
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Winger/Striker
Youth career
2000–2001 Planète Champion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Wattens 0 (0)
2002Tirol Innsbruck (loan) 5 (0)
2002–2003 Sion 26 (10)
2003–2008 SC Freiburg 97 (9)
2008–2011 1. FC Köln 24 (2)
2010Urawa Reds (loan) 26 (2)
2012–2013 Kyoto Sanga FC 13 (2)
National team
2001–2014 Burkina Faso 26 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wilfried Sanou (born 16 March 1984) is a retired Burkinabé footballer who played as a winger or striker.[1]

He started his career with Planète Champion in his home country before moving to Austria where he played for Wattens and Tirol Innsbruck. Following a stint at Swiss club Sion he spent many years in Germany's Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga with SC Freiburg and 1. FC Köln. He ended his career in Japan with Urawa Red Diamonds and Kyoto Sanga FC.

At international level, Sanou represented the Burkina Faso national team scoring 4 goals in 25 matches.


Early career[edit]

Sanou was born in Bobo-Dioulasso.


In Freiburg's 2007–08 2. Bundesliga Sanou tore his cruciate ligament on matchday 8 against Erzgebirge Aue which kept him out of action for the rest of the season and limited him to 6 appearances. With his contract running out at the end of the season, Freiburg were unable to agree a contract extension with Sanou. In his time at the club, he scored 5 goals in 46 Bundesliga appearances and 4 goals in 51 2. Bundesliga appearances.[2][3]

In May 2008, 1. FC Köln, newly promoted to the Bundesliga, announced they had agreed a two-year contract Sanou who would arrive on a free transfer.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Sanou, Wilfried" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Stürmer aus Freiburg: FC verpflichtet Wilfried Sanou". Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (in German). 27 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Köln schnappt sich Sanou". kicker Online (in German). 27 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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