Yacouba Sylla

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Yacouba Sylla
Yacouba Sylla.jpg
Sylla playing for Aston Villa in 2013
Personal information
Full nameYacouba Sylla[1]
Date of birth(1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 23)
Place of birthÉtampes, France
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubAston Villa
Number18
Youth career
1995–2002Étampes
2002–2006CSF Brétigny
2006–2007Montferrand
2007–2008Malesherbes
2008–2009SM Caen
2009–2010Clermont Foot
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2013Clermont Foot65(0)
2013–Aston Villa17(0)
National team
2011France U211(0)
2013–Mali4(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:03, 30 January 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2013
 
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Yacouba Sylla
Yacouba Sylla.jpg
Sylla playing for Aston Villa in 2013
Personal information
Full nameYacouba Sylla[1]
Date of birth(1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 23)
Place of birthÉtampes, France
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubAston Villa
Number18
Youth career
1995–2002Étampes
2002–2006CSF Brétigny
2006–2007Montferrand
2007–2008Malesherbes
2008–2009SM Caen
2009–2010Clermont Foot
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2013Clermont Foot65(0)
2013–Aston Villa17(0)
National team
2011France U211(0)
2013–Mali4(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:03, 30 January 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2013

Yacouba Sylla (born 29 November 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Aston Villa in the Premier League and the Mali national football team having represented France as a youth international.

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 first division club SM 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.[2] 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.[3]

Clermont Foot[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.[4] 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.[5] In order to decrease the interest Clermont signed Sylla to his first professional contract, which ran from 22 November 2010 until June 2014.[6][7]

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.[8] He was given the number 18 shirt, last worn by Emile Heskey.

International career[edit]

France[edit]

Sylla was born in France but has Malian heritage, which meant that he was eligible to represent either the French or Malian national team. He made one appearance for France's under-21 side 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.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Yacouba Sylla" (in French). SM Caen Jeunes. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Yacouba Sylla Profile" (in French). Foot-National. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Le Mans v. Clermont Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "La révélation Yacouba Sylla pisté par Stuttgart et l’Udinese" (in French). FootMercato. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Yacouba Sylla passe pro" (in French). Clermont Foot. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Y.Sylla passe pro" (in French). Mercato365. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sylla thrilled to join "dynamic and exciting young team"". Aston Villa F.C. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Big names back for Brittany ahead of Mali encounter". NonFIFAFootball.blogspot.co.uk. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "It was Brittany 1–0 Mali in a very wet Carquefou...". Guy Pakeman (@guypakeman) via Twitter. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mali 1–1 Rwanda". Yahoo! UK & Ireland / Eurosport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mali 2:2 Benin". Transfermarkt. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 

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