Selasa, 21 Desember 2010

Frederic Kanoute Biography

Frédéric Oumar Kanouté (born September 2, 1977 in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Rhône) is a France born Mali Association football, who currently plays for Sevilla FC in La Liga, and is known for Frédéric Kanouté pace, strength and technique. On February 2, 2008, Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year and is the first foreign-born player to win it.

Club career

Lyon

Kanouté's talents as a striker were first noticed by Frédéric Kanouté local team, Olympique Lyonnais, and Frédéric Kanouté joined them as an apprentice in 1997. Frédéric Kanouté made Frédéric Kanouté debut in the Intertoto Cup against Polish side Odra Wodzisław.

West Ham United

Kanouté joined England club West Ham United F.C. in 2000. Frédéric Kanouté went on to play 84 times for the East London, England club, scoring 29 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur

Frédéric Kanouté speed and awareness attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. who bought Frédéric Kanouté at the end of the 2002-03 in English football season. Kanouté enjoyed mixed success at Tottenham, where Frédéric Kanouté scored on Frédéric Kanouté debut with an acrobatic volley, with occasional flashes of brilliance marked by apparent pique when Frédéric Kanouté preferred the African Cup of Nations over the FA Premier League and went AWOL from Tottenham's 2005 summer tour to Mauritius.

Sevilla

Kanouté was sold to Sevilla on 17 August 2005 for €6.5m. Frédéric Kanouté was a second half substitute for the club in the UEFA Cup Final against Middlesbrough F.C. and scored in the 89th minute. Sevilla won 4-0.

Kanouté's first games for Sevilla against Tottenham Hotspur led to Frédéric Kanouté scoring a (somewhat controversial) penalty at the Sánchez Pizjuán in a game marred by crowd trouble, and an excellent goal at White Hart Lane, leaving the final aggregate score 4-3 to Sevilla.

The 2006/2007 season has proved Frédéric Kanouté most productive and has earned Frédéric Kanouté much praise for the prominent role Frédéric Kanouté has played in leading Sevilla's surprising charge on three fronts. Challenging for the Copa del Rey 2006/2007, where they played Getafe FC in the final, as well as the Uefa Cup and the La Liga have moved Frédéric Kanouté into relatively unchartered territory as Frédéric Kanouté had not experienced such a combination of success and influence in the past. The previous year's Uefa Cup had featured just a cameo appearance for Frédéric Kanouté in a comfortable victory, although Frédéric Kanouté grabbed a late goal. Nonetheless, Frédéric Kanouté secured Frédéric Kanouté first honour of the season on the 16 May with Sevilla's victory over Espanyol on penalties, after a 2-2 draw aet. Kanouté had seemingly retained the title for Sevilla with Frédéric Kanouté extra-time goal (his 4th of the tournament) to make it 2-1 but a late equalizer prompted penalties. Kanouté scored the first in a 3-1 penalty triumph.

Sevilla's title challenge that year ultimately unravelled and Real Madrid C.F. took the title, with Kanouté's side in third. Since then Kanouté has been a consistent—if not explosive—member of the club, helping Sevilla qualify for a UEFA Cup position in 2008 and a UEFA Champions League direct qualification in 2009.

International career

While playing for Olympique Lyonnais, Kanouté joined the France national under-21 football team. After turning 21 in 1998, Kanouté was not called up for the French national football team in 2000, 2002 or 2004. In 2004 FIFA changed its rules to allow a footballer to play for the national team of the country in which Frédéric Kanouté mother or father was born. Although eligible for either, Kanouté elected to play for Mali national football team rather than for France national football team. Kanouté was joint top goal scorer for Mali national football team at the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Kanouté scored 4 goals in 4 matches helping Mali national football team to the Semifinals where they lost to Morocco national football team.

In October 2007, Kanouté, along with Mali international teammate Mamady Sidibe, were attacked by irate Togolese fans after they knocked Togo national football team out of the African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Personal life

Kanouté and Frédéric Kanouté wife Fatima live in Sevilla with their two children, Ibrahim and Iman.

Kanouté has been practising Islam since Frédéric Kanouté was around the age of 20. Frédéric Kanouté refused to wear a Sevilla FC shirt bearing the name of club sponsor 888.com, due to the fact the website is used for gambling. Gambling is against the principles of Islam. This meant that the club had to give Frédéric Kanouté a brand-free jersey every match. The company, however, agreed to give some money to an Islamic charity in return for Kanouté wearing the sponsored kit. In 2007 Kanouté paid more than US$700,000 out of pocket to buy a mosque in Sevilla. The contract on the premises had expired and the mosque was due to be sold. The Islamic Community of Spain confirmed it had requested Kanouté's aid after the mosque was put up for sale.

Kanouté has also showed interest in a variety of humanitarian causes. In 2006 Frédéric Kanouté launched an appeal to establish a 'Children’s Village' in Mali. And after scoring a goal in a January 7, 2009 Copa Del Rey match with Deportivo La Coruña, Kanouté lifted Frédéric Kanouté jersey and displayed a black shirt underneath emblazoned with the word "Palestine". The action was interpreted by BBC sources as a protest against the Isreali incursion into the Gaza Strip ongoing at that time. Kanouté was cautioned with a yellow card for displaying a political message, and subsequently fined around 4,000 USD by the league.

Club career statistics

Sevilla

- 2006 UEFA Cup
- 2006 UEFA Super Cup
- 2007 UEFA Cup
- 2007 Copa del Rey
- 2007 Supercopa de Espana

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