Basile Boli

Basile Boli (born 2 January 1967) is a French former professional footballer who played as a defender, and a current television sports presenter.

Basile Boli
Basile Boli.jpg
Boli in 2005
Personal information
Full name Basile Boli[1]
Date of birth (1967-01-02) 2 January 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 Auxerre 254 (4)
1990–1994 Marseille 131 (20)
1994–1995 Rangers 28 (2)
1995–1996 Monaco 11 (0)
1996–1997 Urawa Reds 32 (2)
Total 456 (28)
National team
1986–1993 France 45 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born on in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Boli moved to France at an early age and began his career in local youth football in Paris before signing for AJ Auxerre in 1982. A powerful defender, Boli made his way into the Auxerre first team and soon made his debut for the French national team in 1986 (going on to win 45 caps altogether). His form meant that he soon became a transfer target for the leading clubs in France. Finally in 1990 Boli signed for Olympique de Marseille who, under Bernard Tapie, were fast becoming the leading club in France. Boli starred as the club won Ligue 1 in 1991 and 1992 and was also a regular in the club's 1992–93 UEFA Champions League campaign, topping the season off by scoring the only goal of the final against A.C. Milan that gave the cup to OM. Whilst at the club he even joined teammate Chris Waddle in recording a song entitled 'We've Got a Feeling'.[2] He is remembered by football fans in England for his appearance for France against the England team in Euro 92 where he headbutted Stuart Pearce.[3]

Despite his success at Marseille Boli was forced to leave in 1994 following revelations of a match fixing scandal and the relegation of the club. He signed for Rangers F.C. for £2 million in the summer of that year and went on to make 28 league appearances (2 goals) during the 1994–95 season, securing a league winners' medal. Boli left Rangers at the end of that season and wound down his career with a season back in France with AS Monaco FC before ending his career in 1997 after a spell in Japan with Urawa Red Diamonds.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Basile is the uncle of current players Yannick Boli, Charles Boli, and Kévin Boli, and is the younger brother of former striker Roger Boli.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Source:[5]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1982–83 Auxerre Division 1 1 0 1 0
1983–84 35 0 35 0
1984–85 36 1 36 1
1985–86 36 2 36 2
1986–87 38 0 38 0
1987–88 35 0 35 0
1988–89 37 1 37 1
1989–90 36 0 36 0
1990–91 Olympique Marseille Division 1 38 8 38 8
1991–92 34 5 34 5
1992–93 32 4 32 4
1993–94 27 3 27 3
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Total
1994–95 Rangers Premier Division 28 2 28 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1995–96 Monaco Division 1 11 0 11 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1996 Urawa Reds J1 League 22 2 0 0 10 3 32 5
1997 10 0 0 0 3 0 14 0
Country France 396 24 396 24
Scotland 28 2 28 2
Japan 32 2 0 0 13 3 45 5
Total 456 28 0 0 13 3 469 31

InternationalEdit

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1986 4 0
1987 5 0
1988 7 0
1989 1 0
1990 8 1
1991 6 0
1992 11 0
1993 3 0
Total 45 1

HonoursEdit

Marseille[6]

Rangers

Individual

  • Division 1 Rookie of the Year: 1984[8]
  • Etoile d'Or: 1989[8]
  • The Dream Team 110 years of OM: 2010[9]

Orders

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Décret du 30 janvier 2008 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 30 January 2008 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 2008 (0026): 1818. 31 January 2008. PREX0811182D. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Basile Boli et Chris Waddle". Bide-et-musique.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  3. ^ "England's track record". BBC News. 27 May 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ Lemaître, Clément. "Roger Boli : « Je n'oublierai jamais les supporters de Lens » | Foot d'avant".
  5. ^ "Player - Basile Boli". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Legends: Basile Boli". Ligue 1 Traveler. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  7. ^ "1992/93, Final". UEFA. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b "France - Footballer of the Year". RSSSF.
  9. ^ "Skoblar dernier joueur de la dream team des 110 ans". OM.net (Olympique de Marseille). 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 28 September 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2016.

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