Djakaridja Koné (born 22 July 1986) is a Burkinabé former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Djakaridja Koné
Personal information
Full name Djakaridja Koné
Date of birth (1986-07-22) 22 July 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Hapoel Petah Tikva 29 (1)
2006–2008Hapoel Haifa (loan) 62 (2)
2009–2012 Dinamo București 75 (4)
2012–2015 Evian 63 (1)
2015–2016 Sivasspor 18 (1)
Total 247 (9)
National team
Ivory Coast U17
Ivory Coast U19
2011–2015 Burkina Faso 39 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 March 2019

CareerEdit

Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Koné started his career in Israel with Hapoel Petah Tikva, making his senior debuts in the 2005–06 campaign. In the 2006 summer he was loaned to Hapoel Haifa, appearing regularly for the side during his two-year spell.

On 18 July 2009 Koné moved to Romania, signing a three-year contract with Dinamo Bucureşti.[1] Initially a backup to Ousmane N'Doye, he was made a starter after the Senegalese's departure to Astra Ploiești in January 2011.

Koné was an ever-present figure for Dinamo afterwards, being named Man of the match in a 1–0 2012 Cupa României Final win against Rapid București on 23 May 2012.[2] Shortly after he was linked to Olympique de Marseille,[3] but nothing came of it.

On 20 July 2012, after refusing to sign a new deal, Koné switched teams and countries again, after agreeing to a three-year contract with Ligue 1 side Evian.[4] He made his debut in the category on 24 August, coming on as a late substitute for Cédric Barbosa in a 1–1 home draw against Lyon.

Koné scored his first goal in the main category of French football on 27 September 2014, netting the first in a 2–0 away win against Lorient.[5]

International careerEdit

After representing Ivory Coast at under-17 and under-19 levels, Koné was subsequently eligible to Burkina Faso. He made his debut for the latter's main squad on 9 February 2011, in a 0–1 loss against Cape Verde.[6]

Koné was called up to the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He scored his first goal for the side on 25 January 2013, netting the third in a 4–0 home win against Ethiopia.[7]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 January 2013 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit   Ethiopia 3–0 4–0 Africa Cup of Nations[7]
2 12 October 2013 Stade du 4-Août, Burkina Faso   Algeria 2–1 3–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[8]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Dinamo Bucureşti

NotesEdit

  1. ^ ""Câine" de fildeş" [Ivorian "dog"] (in Romanian). ProSport. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  2. ^ Luminita Turcu (23 May 2012). "Djakaridja Kone a fost desemnat jucătorul finalei Cupei României!" [Djakaridja Kone was named best player of the Romanian Cup final! See the received trophy] (in Romanian). ProSport. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Djakaridja Koné, la dernière cible de l'OM venue de Roumanie" [Djakaridja Koné, the last target of OM comes from Romania] (in French). Foot Mercato. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Koné, du Dinamo Bucarest, à Evian" [Koné, from Dinamo Bucharest, to Evian] (in French). FIFA.com. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Lorient 0–2 Evian-TG" (in French). L'Équipe. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Prezentare Oficiala. Bakaj: "Ma bucur ca sunt la Dinamo!"" [Official presentation. Bakaj: "I am glad to be at Dinamo"] (in Romanian). Dinamo's official website. 11 February 2011. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Burkina Faso beat Ethiopia 4–0 in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations". Sky Sports. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  8. ^ "World Cup 2014: Burkina Faso 3–2 Algeria". BBC Sport. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.

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