|Date of birth||16 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|2002||→ Tirol Innsbruck (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008–2011||1. FC Köln||24||(2)|
|2010||→ Urawa Reds (loan)||26||(2)|
|2012–2013||Kyoto Sanga FC||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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.
- "Sanou, Wilfried" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Stürmer aus Freiburg: FC verpflichtet Wilfried Sanou". Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (in German). 27 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Köln schnappt sich Sanou". kicker Online (in German). 27 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
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