Yacouba Sylla

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Yacouba Sylla
Stade rennais vs USM Alger, July 16th 2016 - Yacouba Sylla 5.jpg
Sylla with Rennes in 2016
Personal information
Full name Yacouba Sylla[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Étampes, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj
Number 5
Youth career
1995–2002 Étampes
2002–2006 CSF Brétigny
2006–2007 Montferrand
2007–2008 Malesherbes
2008–2009 Caen
2009–2010 Clermont
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Clermont 65 (0)
2013–2015 Aston Villa 22 (0)
2014–2015Kayseri Erciyesspor (loan) 27 (1)
2015–2017 Rennes 20 (0)
2016–2017Montpellier (loan) 19 (1)
2017Panathinaikos (loan) 9 (0)
2018–2019 Mechelen 9 (0)
2019 Strømsgodset 10 (1)
2019– CFR Cluj 0 (0)
National team
2011 France U21 1 (0)
2013– Mali 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:48, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Yacouba Sylla (born 29 November 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for CFR Cluj and the Mali national football team, having represented France as a youth international.[2]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Prior to joining Clermont Foot where Sylla signed his first professional contract he had a year's stint with Ligue 1 club Stade Malherbe Caen. Before that, Sylla had started his career with hometown Parisian club Étampes FC before joining nearby club CSF Brétigny, which produced France internationals Patrice Evra and Jimmy Briand. After four years in Brétigny, Sylla spent the next four years roaming around clubs in the Lower Normandy region such as AS Montferrand, SC Malesherbes, and Caen.[3] And then in 2009, he signed an amateur contract with Clermont where he was inserted into Clermont's reserve team for the 2009–10 season. He appeared in 17 matches scoring one goal.[4]

Clermont[edit]

For the 2010–11 season, Sylla was promoted to the senior team by manager Michel Der Zakarian. He made his professional debut on 15 October 2010 in a league match against Le Mans playing the entire match in a 2–0 defeat.[5] Sylla subsequently appeared as a starter in the team's next seven matches. His performances domestically led to interest from German club VfB Stuttgart and Italian club Udinese.[6] In order to decrease the interest Clermont signed Sylla to his first professional contract, which ran from 22 November 2010 until June 2014.[7][8]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Aston Villa completed the signing of Sylla on a three-and-a-half-year deal, subject to international clearance, after passing a medical.[9]

Kayseri Erciyesspor (loan)[edit]

On 14 July 2014, Sylla joined Turkish Super Lig club Kayseri Erciyesspor on a season-long loan.[10]

Rennes[edit]

On 22 June 2015, Sylla joined Rennes on a four-year deal, after two years at Aston Villa where he made only 22 league appearances.[11]

Panathinaikos (loan)[edit]

On 30 August 2017, Panathinaikos officially announced the signing of Malian international defensive midfielder Yacouba Sylla. He joined the Greens on loan from Rennes until the end of 2017–18 season and was the 10th summer signing of the Athens club.[12]

KV Mechelen[edit]

On 17 January 2018, Sylla signed a contract with YR KV Mechelen until 2021. He leaves Rennes after having been on loan at Panathinaikos since the end of August.[13]

Strømsgodset[edit]

On 1 March 2019, Sylla signed a contract until the end of the 2020 season with Norwegian club Strømsgodset Toppfotball.[14][15] On 19 May, Sylla scored his first and only goal for the Norwegians, in a 3-1 win against Tromsø IL.

CFR Cluj[edit]

On 1 July, he signed a three-year contract with CFR Cluj, Romanian champions.[16]

International career[edit]

France[edit]

Sylla was born in France but has Malian heritage, which meant that he was eligible to represent either France or Mali. He made one appearance for France's under-21 team on 24 March 2011, in a 3–2 friendly victory over Spain. Sylla was a late substitute for Antoine Griezmann and played the final few minutes of the game.

Mali[edit]

Following his move to Aston Villa and positive form towards the end to the 2012–13 season, Sylla was called up to represent Mali for the first time. He first played in an unofficial friendly against the national team of Brittany, France, a side not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA on 28 May 2013. Mali lost 1–0.[17][18]

Sylla's official, full international début for Mali came on 9 June 2012 in a 1–1 FIFA World Cup qualification draw with Rwanda. Sylla replaced Wolverhampton Wanderers player Tongo Doumbia in the 70th minute.[19] Sylla started and played the full 90 minutes in Mali's 2–2 draw with Benin seven days later, but Mali were unfortunately eliminated from the competition.

Personal life[edit]

Sylla is the older brother of the France youth international Moussa Sylla.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 June 2019[21][22]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Clermont 2010–11 Ligue 2 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2011–12 Ligue 2 24 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
2012–13 Ligue 2 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Total 65 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 71 0
Aston Villa 2012–13 Premier League 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2013–14 Premier League 11 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Total 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Kayseri Erciyesspor 2014–15 Süper Lig 27 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 28 1
Rennes 2015–16 Ligue 1 20 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Montpellier 2016–17 Ligue 1 19 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 1
Panathinaikos 2017–18 Superleague 9 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
KV Mechelen 2017–18 Jupiler Pro League 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Strømsgodset 2019 Eliteserien 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Career total 181 3 10 0 8 0 0 0 193 3

International[edit]

As of matches played on 17 July 2019[23]
Mali national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 3 0
2014 6 0
2015 11 0
2016 6 0
2017 6 0
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
Total 32 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  2. ^ Yacouba Sylla (Rennes) prêté à Montpellier (officiel)‚ 25 August 2016
  3. ^ "Yacouba Sylla" (in French). SM Caen Jeunes. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Yacouba Sylla Profile" (in French). Foot-National. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Le Mans v. Clermont Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  6. ^ "La révélation Yacouba Sylla pisté par Stuttgart et l'Udinese" (in French). FootMercato. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Yacouba Sylla passe pro" (in French). Clermont Foot. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Y.Sylla passe pro" (in French). Mercato365. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Sylla thrilled to join "dynamic and exciting young team"". Aston Villa F.C. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Yacouba Sylla joins Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor on loan". BBC Sport. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Yacouba Sylla joined Stade Rennais FC". Stade Rennais FC. 22 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Στον Παναθηναϊκό κι επίσημα ο Σιλά". www.gazzetta.gr. 30 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Yacouba Sylla joins YR KV Mechelen". KV Mechelen. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Yacouba Sylla joins Strømsgodset Toppfotball". Strømsgodset IF. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  15. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (2 March 2019). "Yacouba Sylla: Mali captain moves to Norway". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  16. ^ CFR a transferat un jucător care a evoluat la Aston Villa. Cât a plătit campioana și ce salariu va primi jucătorul. digisport.ro (in Romanian)
  17. ^ "Big names back for Brittany ahead of Mali encounter". NonFIFAFootball.blogspot.co.uk. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  18. ^ "It was Brittany 1–0 Mali in a very wet Carquefou..." Guy Pakeman (@guypakeman) via Twitter. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Mali 1–1 Rwanda". Yahoo! UK & Ireland / Eurosport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  20. ^ "AS MONACO : Moussa Sylla, le jeune frère de Yacouba Sylla signe son premier contrat pro avec le club de la principauté". 10 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Yacouba Sylla". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Yacouba Sylla". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  23. ^ Yacouba Sylla at National-Football-Teams.com

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