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Frédéric Kanouté

Frédéric Oumar Kanouté (born 2 September 1977) is a France-born Malian Association football who currently plays for Sevilla FC in the Spain La Liga. On 2 February 2008, Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year and is the first foreign-born player to win it.

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Frédéric Kanouté biography


Frédéric Oumar Kanouté (born 2 September 1977) is a France-born Malian Association football who currently plays for Sevilla FC in the Spain La Liga. On 2 February 2008, Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year and is the first foreign-born player to win it.

Club career

Lyon

Born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Rhône, to a French people mother and a malian father, 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

In 2000, Kanouté was signed by English Premier League side West Ham United F.C. on an initial loan basis. Frédéric Kanouté formed a solid partnership with Paolo Di Canio and after some promising appearances in the Premier League, Hammers manager Harry Redknapp made Frédéric Kanouté move permanent. Kanouté had varying success at The Boleyn Ground, often praised for Frédéric Kanouté ability, but also criticised for Frédéric Kanouté laid back attitude. West Ham was relegated at the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur

Kanouté was bought by Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £3.5m at the end of the 2002-03 in English football season.

Sevilla

Kanouté was sold to Sevilla FC on 17 August 2005 for €6.5 million. Frédéric Kanouté was a second half substitute for the club in the 2006 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 penalty at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in a game marred by crowd trouble, and a goal at White Hart Lane, leaving the final aggregate score 4–3 to Sevilla.

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.

On the first day of the La Liga 2009–10 campaign, Kanouté got two penalty card Yellow card for fouls against Valencia CF and was sent off in first half stoppage time.

On 22 October 2011, during the 2011–12 La Liga campaign, Kanoute received two yellow cards against FC Barcelona for kicking the ball off the penalty spot, when Lionel Messi was due to take it. The second yellow was for an altercation between Kanoute and Cesc Fàbregas, after Fabregas reportedly called Kanoute a terrorist.

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. Kanouté was joint top goal scorer for Mali at the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Kanouté scored four goals in four matches helping Mali to the semi-finals, 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. Frederic Kanoute announced Frédéric Kanouté retirement from international football following Mali's elimination from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Personal life

Kanouté and Frédéric Kanouté wife live in Seville, Spain with their three children.

Kanouté has been practicing Islam since Frédéric Kanouté was around the age of 22. Frédéric Kanouté refused to wear a Sevilla shirt bearing the name of club sponsor 888.com, due to the fact the website is used for gambling, which 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 excuse Frédéric Kanouté from their publicity campaigns in return for Kanouté wearing the sponsored kit, which was part of the players' contractual duties. In 2007, Kanouté paid more than United States dollar700,000 out of Frédéric Kanouté pocket to buy a mosque in Seville. 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.

After scoring a goal in a 7 January 2009 Copa Del Rey match against Deportivo de 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 massive Israeli army operation in 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 by the league.

Club career statistics



40: 2006 UEFA Cup Final, 2007 UEFA Cup Final
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07 Copa del Rey, 2010 Copa del Rey Final
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006 UEFA Super Cup
- Supercopa de Espana: 2007 Supercopa de España

Personal
- African Footballer of the Year: 2007

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Kanout%C3%A9

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