Emmanuel Philippe Imorou (born 16 September 1988) is a Beninese professional footballer who plays as a left back for French club Évian.

Emmanuel Imorou
SM Caen vs UNFP, July 30th 2016 - Emmanuel Imorou 1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Philippe Imorou[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Bourges, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Évian
Youth career
2004–2005 Bourges
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Châteauroux B
2007–2011 Châteauroux 36 (0)
2009–2010Gueugnon (loan) 22 (1)
2011–2012 Braga 3 (0)
2012–2014 Clermont 62 (1)
2012 Clermont B 2 (0)
2014–2019 Caen 71 (1)
2014–2019 Caen B 11 (0)
2017–2018Cercle Brugge (loan) 14 (0)
2019– Évian 0 (0)
National team
2010– Benin 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:30, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:30, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Imorou began his career in 2004 with FC Bourges,[2] before joining the reserve team from LB Châteauroux in 2005. In 2007, he was promoted to the senior side.[3] After two seasons of being rarely used, he was loaned out to the Championnat National club FC Gueugnon.[4][5] At Gueugnon, he played non-league games and returned to Châteauroux for the 2010–11 season. For Imorou, that season was undoubtedly the most successful. Following this, he attracted much interest from clubs in France and abroad.

In the summer of 2011, he joined Primeira Liga team SC Braga on an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.[6] He was signed to fill in the gap in the full-back position left by Sílvio, who was sold to Atlético Madrid for eight million euros.[7] At Braga, his playing time was hampered by injuries, as well as a lack of playing time. He managed to play five games in the whole season and was mainly used as a backup in the full-back positions to Miguel Lopes and Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé.[8] After a year with SC Braga, he left the club and signed for French side Clermont Foot of Ligue 2 in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer.[9][10][11][12] On 24 June 2014, he joined the newly promoted Ligue 1 side Caen, ending a two-year career as a Clermont player.[13] On 22 September 2019, Imorou signed a contract with French club Évian.[14]

International careerEdit

Imorou was born in France to Beninese parents, which grants him the right to play for the Benin national football team. He was called up the national side for the very first time 2010 to be a part of the squad which would play at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

He was called up by Michel Dussuyer, who gave him his debut as a player against Mozambique during the group stage phase, where he came on as a substitute for Félicien Singbo. His nation finished third in their group behind eventual winners Egypt and Nigeria.

Since the Africa Cup of Nations, he has been called up on a regular basis to take part in qualification games and international friendlies.

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

As of matches played on 11 July 2019[15]
Benin national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 3 0
2011 2 0
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
2014 1 0
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 2 0
2019 5 0
Total 17 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Benin" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 15 June 2019. p. 3. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ Cintana (16 September 1988). "Emmanuel Imorou". Cintana.
  3. ^ "LFP – La fiche de Emmanuel IMOROU". Lfp.fr. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Emmanuel Imorou joueur de GUEUGNON Football Club de Gueugnon". Foot-national.com.
  5. ^ "La fiche de Emmanuel Imorou. Football". L'Équipe.
  6. ^ "Emmanuel Imorou a caminho do Minho" [Emmanuel Imorou on his way to the Minho]. Record. record.xl.pt. 20 May 2011. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Atlético de Madrid pagou oito milhões por Sílvio" [Atlético de Madrid paid eight million for Sílvio]. A Bola. abola.pt. 21 May 2011. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Imorou está de saída cansado da frustração" [Imorou is leaving after being tired of the frustration]. Record. record.xl.pt. 24 June 2012. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Imorou negoceia rescisão" [Imorou negotiating his resignation]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 23 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Imorou está livre para partir" [Imorou is free to leave]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Marco Ramos e Imorou rescindem" [Marco Ramos and Imorou resign]. Record. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Vinícius cedido uma época ao Moreirense" [Vinícius loaned out for one season to Moreirense]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Emmanuel Imorou signe au SM Caen !" (in French). Stade Malherbe Caen. 24 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 August 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  14. ^ "UNE RECRUE INESPÉRÉE POUR THONON EVIAN GG FC" (in French). Évian. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  15. ^ Emmanuel Imorou at National-Football-Teams.com

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