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Yaya Touré
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Manchester City

Yaya
Touré

Midfielder

Date of Birth
May 13, 1983
Place of Birth
Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire
Nationality
Côte d'Ivoire
Height
191 cm
Weight
90 kg
Debut
14 August 2010

Bio

Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, usually known more simply as Yaya Touré, was born in Bouaké on 13 May 1983. The Ivorian international plays as a central midfielder and his versatility has allowed him to switch between defensive and offensive roles throughout his career. Known for his power, technique and passing, he is regarded as one of the best African footballers of all time. Yaya is the younger brother of Kolo Touré, who he played with for several seasons at Manchester City.

Touré began his professional career with Beveren and quickly attracted attention from Arsenal, who took him on trial. However, work permit issues prevented a permanent switch from taking place and he instead transferred to Metalurh Donetsk in 2003. Moves to Olympiacos and Monaco followed, with Touré receiving comparisons to the likes of Patrick Vieira. Then, in 2007, he joined FC Barcelona.

Upon moving to Spain, Touré quickly established himself as an important player in the side that went on to win six trophies in 2009, including the Champions League and La Liga. However, the emergence of Sergio Busquets meant that Touré struggled to retain his place in his preferred midfield position and in 2010, he completed a £24 million move to Manchester City. It took little time for him to settle in the Premier League and in his debut season, Touré managed ten goals in all competitions; his best tally up until that point, as City lifted the FA Cup. In his second season, he was a crucial part of the team that went on to win the 2011-12 Premier League title and was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Touré was part of the Ivory Coast squad that competed in the team's first ever World Cup in 2006 and he later played in his second World Cup in 2010. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he was named as the African Footballer of the Year.

Headlines

Toure to stay at City

Toure to stay at City

by Football News

Star midfielder Yaya Toure will be at Manchester City for the club's Premier League title defence. The Ivory Coast international, 31, had been linked with a move away from the champions throughout the close-season... Read more

Toure ignored because of racism, says agent

Toure ignored because of racism, says agent

by Owen McMahon

Dmitri Seluk, the agent of Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, believes that his player is overlooked for individual awards on grounds of race... Read more

Fernando idolises City team-mate Toure

Fernando idolises City team-mate Toure

by Football News

Manchester City signing Fernando said he is looking up to teaming up with Yaya Toure as he embarks on a career at Eastlands. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder sealed a move to the Premier League in June, moving from Porto... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Premier League
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/2014
Premier League
2927 35 35 0 10 1 20 4 0 0
2012/2013
Premier League
2830 32 32 0 2 0 6 6 0 0
2011/2012
Premier League
2650 32 31 1 7 1 6 8 0 0
2010/2011
Premier League
2976 35 35 0 9 0 6 3 0 0
2009/2010
Primera Division
1493 23 18 5 9 14 1 3 0 0
2008/2009
Primera Division
1907 25 23 2 7 10 2 5 0 0
2007/2008
Primera Division
2065 26 25 1 11 1 1 7 0 0
2006/2007
Ligue 1
160 3 2 1 1 1 4 2 0 1
2005/2006
Super League
0 19 19 0 0 0 3 3 0 0
2004/2005
Premier League
0 22 22 0 0 0 2 3 0 0
2003/2004
Pro League
0 12 12 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2003/2004
Premier League
0 11 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2002/2003
Pro League
0 30 30 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2001/2002
Pro League
0 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 17008 333 323 10 56 28 58 44 0 1

Transfers & Loans

2010
1 Jul
€ 30,000,000
2007
31 Jul
€ 9,000,000
2006
31 Jul
€ 5,500,000
2005
31 Jul
€ 2,700,000
2001
31 Jul
Free Transfer

Games Played

Date Match  
24 Jun 2014 2 1 0 0 0
19 Jun 2014 2 1 0 0 0
14 Jun 2014 2 1 0 0 0