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Gervinho

Gervinho
Roma8(3)
National team
Ivory Coast U21
2009–45(13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:51, 19 October 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:47, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi (born 27 May 1987), better known as Gervinho, is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a forward for Roma and the Ivory Coast national team.

Gervinho began his career at ASEC Abidjan and Toumodi F.C., before moving to Belgium in 2004 to play for the now-defunct Beveren. Between 2007 and 2011, he played in the French Ligue 1, initially at Le Mans and then at Lille. He was sold to Arsenal in 2011.

He has made 45 appearances for the Ivorian national team, scoring 13 goals.

Club career

Early career

Gervinho was born in Anyama, Ivory Coast.[2] He began his career in the famed ASEC Abidjan youth academy, where he spent five years. At ASEC Abidjan, he was given the Brazilian Portuguese style nickname "Gervinho", derived from his first name Gervais.[3]

Following this, he moved to Ivorian Deuxieme Division Zone Four side Toumodi F.C., where he turned professional.[4]

Beveren

Gervinho played for two seasons at Belgian side Beveren, where he made 61 appearances for the club and scored 14 goals.

Le Mans

At the end of the 2006–07 season Gervinho moved to French Ligue 1 side Le Mans, where he played alongside Ivorian international midfielder Romaric. He scored two goals in his debut season in Ligue 1,[2] with one of them coming against AS Nancy.[5] Gervinho scored 9 times in 59 Ligue 1 appearances over 2 seasons with the French side.

Lille

On 21 July 2009, Gervinho joined Lille for a reported fee of about €6 million (8.5 million USD) on a three-year contract.[6] Gervinho scored 13 times in 32 appearances in his debut season for the club.[2] His first goal for Lille came in a 3–2 victory away to US Boulogne on 4 October 2009.[7]

Gervinho had an even more successful second season with Lille. He scored 18 goals in all competitions, 15 in Ligue 1,[8] to help Lille win the Ligue 1 for the first time in 56 years.[9] His side were also crowned Coupe de France champions, with Gervinho scoring a goal in the 2–0 semi-final victory over Nice on 20 April.[10][11] At the end of the season, Gervinho was linked with clubs like Arsenal,[12] Paris Saint-Germain,[13] Atlético Madrid[14] and Newcastle United.[15]

Arsenal

2011–12

On 12 July 2011 Gervinho completed a transfer from Lille to Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £10.8 million.[16][17][18] Gervinho was given the number 27 shirt, which was last worn by Ivory Coast teammate Emmanuel Eboué who was already on the verge of leaving the club.[19] He made his debut in a pre-season friendly match against 1. FC Köln, in which he scored a brace within the first 15 minutes.[20] He was sent off on his Premier League debut against Newcastle United for slapping Joey Barton. The game finished 0–0.[21] This resulted in a standard three-match ban for violent conduct.[22] Alan Pardew (manager of Newcastle United) accused Gervinho of diving when Cheick Tioté challenged him inside the box.[23] He scored his first league goal in a 4–3 loss to Blackburn Rovers.[24] On 23 October 2011 Gervinho followed this up by contributing to all three goals in Arsenal's 3–1 win over Stoke City, scoring the first and assisting both of Robin van Persie's goals.[25] He then scored his third goal for Arsenal on 3 December 2011, in a 4–0 win at Wigan Athletic, scoring the third goal of the match in a comfortable victory. He scored his fourth goal of his time at Arsenal on 27 December 2011 in the 1–1 draw against Wolves. Gervinho then departed for the Africa Cup of Nations after a 2–1 defeat to Fulham. Gervinho made his return on 18 February 2012 in the FA Cup match against Sunderland which ended in a 2–0 defeat that knocked Arsenal out of the 2011–12 FA Cup.[26]

2012–13

Gervinho played in three of the first four league games of the season and scored a double in the 6–1 home victory over Southampton on 15 September.[27] Gervinho scored his first Champions League goal of the new season in a 2–1 victory over Ligue 1 champions HSC Montpellier on 18 September.[28]

On 16 March, Gervinho sealed a 2–0 win at Swansea City by scoring his first goal for Arsenal since September.[29] On 30 March, Gervinho scored a goal and assisted two others as Arsenal beat Reading 4–1 and was named as man of the match.[30][31]

Roma

2013–14

On 8 August 2013, Arsenal sold Gervinho to Italian club A.S. Roma for 8 million euros.[32] He made his first appearance for Roma as a substitute against Livorno on 25 August.[33]

International career

Gervinho captained Ivory Coast at U21 level.[4]

He was named in the Ivorian senior squad for the first time for the friendlies against Angola and Qatar in November 2007, and was picked for the Ivorian squad for their 2008 African Cup of Nations campaign in Ghana where he was given the number 10 shirt. He made his competitive debut for the Ivorian club during the 2008 Nations Cup where he made two substitute appearances.

He represented his country at the 2008 Olympic tournament where he was captain.[3] After Ivory Coast lost to Argentina in the first match, Gervinho scored one goal and set up two others in a 3–2 victory over Serbia.[34]

On 15 January 2010, Gervinho scored his third international goal in the African Nations Cup group stage game against Ghana.[35] He made a total of three appearances in the tournament, scoring once.[36]

Gervinho made only three appearances, all as a substitute, in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup but still scored twice.[3] On 15 June 2010, he played his first match in a World Cup. He played 82 minutes in Ivory Coast's opening match in Group G against Portugal, which ended 0–0.[4] In total he made three appearances in the World Cup.[3] He missed a penalty in the shoot-out at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final, which allowed Zambia to win the competition.

International goals

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 October 2013
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Beveren 2005–06 32 6 0 0 0 0 32 6
2006–07 29 8 0 0 0 0 29 8
Total 61 14 0 0 0 0 61 14
Le Mans 2007–08 26 2 4 4 0 0 30 6
2008–09 33 7 4 1 0 0 37 8
Total 59 9 8 5 0 0 67 14
Lille 2009–10 32 13 0 0 8 5 40 18
2010–11 35 15 8 3 10 0 53 18
Total 67 28 8 3 18 5 93 36
Arsenal 2011–12 28 4 2 0 7 0 37 4
2012–13 18 5 2 0 6 2 26 7
Total 46 9 4 0 13 2 63 11
Roma 2013–14 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Total 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Career total 241 63 20 8 31 7 292 78

Style of play

Gervinho is generally deployed as a forward, more often on the wing, and takes a more attacking role than a typical midfielder. He possesses good ball control and dribbling which, coupled with short, fast bursts of pace, lead him to be considered a very direct player. Playing from the left allows him to cut in onto his favoured right foot to shoot. In a 4–4–2 formation, Gervinho can take on a more central role, but for both club and country is often utilized on either wing in a 4–3–3 formation.

Rudi Garcia, who Gervinho has played for twice, has described Gervinho as a player who needs confidence and who makes opportunities for his teammates. [37]

Honours

Club

Lille

References

External links

  • Soccerbase
  • Profile on Arsenal.com
  • Profile on Ligue 1
  • Profile on ESPN
  • Profile on Eurosport.fr
  • Profile on Football.fr
  • FIFA competition record
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