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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 issues rallying cry to City

Toure issues rallying cry to City

by Football News

Manchester City star Yaya Toure urged his team to repay the club with a win over Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Manuel Pellegrini's men are facing a last-16 exit, heading to Camp Nou trailing 2-1 after a disappointing home loss... Read more

5 Possible Replacements for Yaya Toure at Manchester City

5 Possible Replacements for Yaya Toure at Manchester City

by Jack Brain

In recent months, Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been involved in several controversies, leading to increased speculation concerning his future with the reigning Premier League champions... Read more

Toure wants to join me at Inter, says Mancini

Toure wants to join me at Inter, says Mancini

by Football News

Yaya Toure is keen on a reunion with Roberto Mancini at Inter, the former Manchester City manager has stated. Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that midfielder Yaya Toure wants to join him at Serie A side Inter... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Premier League
1874 22 21 1 2 1 7 5 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 18882 355 344 11 58 29 65 49 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

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