Souleymane Coulibaly

Full Contact Player

Souleymane Coulibaly

Al Ahly SC



Ivory Coast

Souleymane Coulibaly moved from his native Ivory Coast to Italy as a youngster, and was soon signed for Junior Camp Arezzo Football Academy, one of the best academies in Tuscany. From there he was signed by Siena, and in 2010–11 he played 10 games for the Siena under-19s.

Souleymane's career would take a different direction after his stunning performances in the summer of 2011 in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup held in Mexico. He scored nine goals in four matches: one goal against Australia, four against Denmark, and a hat-trick in a draw with Brazil. He also scored a goal in a 2–3 loss to France in the second round. Despite only playing in the four games he was the tournament's topscorer winning the Golden Boot.

Shortly after the World Cup ended, Tottenham Hotspur beat a host of rivals including Real Madrid and Manchester United to secure Soulyemane's signature. He scored for a Spurs XI on his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion in a pre-season friendly in the Algarve. Souleymane scored twice in a 7–1 win for Spurs youth over Inter Milan in their second group game of the NextGen Tournament on 31 August 2011. He also opened the scoring in their third group game away at PSV Eindhoven, where they won 2–1. On 22 December 2011 Coulibaly scored an injury time winner against Stevenage in the FA Youth Cup, followed by a goal in a 2–1 victory over Cardiff City in the fourth round on 11 January 2012. Souley then progressed to the Spurs Under 21 side, scoring goals against the likes of Arsenal and - notably - a stunning goal against Southampton.

On 25 January 2013, Souleymane joined Italian Serie B club Grosseto on loan until the end of the season where he scored two goals from 12 appearances. Spurs had hoped that first team football would assist Souley's development, which indeed it did, but still finding the opportunity to break through in to the Spurs first team hard to come by in the summer of 2014 he chose to return to Italy - this time to Pistoiese. Back in Italy for the 2014/2015 season, Souleymane again showed that he is a scorer of excellent goals when given game time - a stunning goal scored against Pisa standing out. Making 25 appearances in all for Pistoiese, Souleymane was played mostly as a winger as opposed to his preferred position as a striker.

Not long after returning to Italy, Souley began working with Full Contact . Still aged only 20 at that time, the prospect of seeing Souleymane finally show at club level the ability he revealed to the world in 2011 was hugely exciting. On the 20th July 2015, Souley signed for League One club Peterborough United and on his first appearance after signing for the Posh, Souley scored in a pre-season away win at Barnet - celebrating with his trademark somersault. Another goal followed on his second appearance, and after an international call-up to play for Ivory Coast U23 against Zambia, Souley returned to make his Football League debut on the 8th August 2015 as a late substitute away to Rochdale.

On Souley's second Football League appearance, also as a substitute, he scored his first Football League goal - a great strike against Sheffield United celebrated with a back-flip. He scored two more goals on only his second League start, away to Oldham, on the 12th September 2015. As Souley started to adjust to English football, he had by mid February 2016 scored 6 League goals in his 13 starts and provided numerous assists. In late March, Souley joined Newport on loan and he made his debut on 2nd April away to Yeovil - on the 23rd he scored away to Luton, which was the goal that ensured Newport's League 2 survival.

Joining Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock in the summer of 2016, Souley made a good start at his new club - scoring 3 goals in his first 3 starts in the Scottish League Cup. He scored his first League goal in his second appearance - a wonder strike away to Hamilton - and three more superb goals soon followed against Dundee, Partick and Celtic. His goal at Celtic Park was a 40 yard thunderbolt which won the 2016 Scottish goal of the season whereas against Dundee he had scored a stunning overhead kick. Souley scored another wonder goal on 26th October against Hearts and again against Inverness on 17th December 2016 - and by late January he had scored 11 goals in total for Kilmarnock despite mostly playing out wide.

On 24th January 2017, Souley was transferred for an undisclosed fee to Egyptian giants Al Ahly, signing a contract to run until the summer of 2019. After impressing in a number of friendly fixtures during the Egyptian season's mid-break, Souley made his competitive debut as a late substitute in an Egyptian Cup fixture on the 1st March. One month later his Egyptian Premier League debut arrived, and Souley wasted little time in impressing - scoring a brace as Al Ahly beat Dakhlia 4-0.

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