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Ismaël Bangoura (born 2 January 1985) is a Guinean football forward who currently plays for Al-Batin F.C. in Saudi Arabia. Although his favourite position is striker, Bangoura has also played as a winger and attacking midfielder.

Ismaël Bangoura
Ismaël Bangoura 2012.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Conakry, Guinea
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2000–2003 Athlético de Coléah
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Gazélec Ajaccio 44 (15)
2005–2007 Le Mans 56 (18)
2007–2009 Dynamo Kyiv 46 (28)
2009–2010 Rennes 39 (8)
2010–2011 Al Nasr 18 (10)
2012–2015 Nantes 40 (4)
2012–2013Umm Salal (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2014Nantes B 12 (2)
2016–2019 Al-Raed 75 (37)
2019Al-Batin (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2006–2014 Guinea 52 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:11, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Bangoura began his career at local side Athlético Coléah, before being spotted by scouts from French amateurs Gazélec Ajaccio. He joined the Corsican side, scoring 15 times in 44 games for his new club, before moving to French Ligue 1 side Le Mans in 2005. He made his debut on 5 November 2005 against French giants Marseille, starting his top-flight career in perfect style with a goal in his sides 3–0 victory. He ended his first season having played 23 times, scoring a respectable six goals. He was the top scorer for Le Mans in the 2006–07 season, with 12 goals in 33 games as well as being the joint second highest scorer in Ligue 1.

Dynamo KyivEdit

On 5 July 2007, Bangoura signed a five-year-contract with Dynamo Kyiv.[1] The transfer fee was estimated to be around €5 million. Ismaël quickly became a fan favourite, and established himself as a talented goal scorer. Bangoura's other notable feature is his goal celebration, where he performs with teammate and Senegalese international defender Pape Diakhaté, resembling an African dance.

Playing in Kyiv gave Bangoura the chance to showcase his abilities in European competition, with the team playing in the 2007–08 season. The forward made the most of the opportunity, scoring three goals in three games for the Ukrainians, including a 25-yard strike against Manchester United in his sides 4–2 defeat on 23 October 2007. Bangoura also scored two goals against Shakhtar Donetsk on 11 November 2007, which ended in a 2–1 win.

Bangoura scored in the UEFA Cup second leg in a 3–0 win against Paris Saint-Germain, sending Dynamo Kyiv to the semi-finals, where they were knocked out by Shakhtar Donetsk after losing 2–3 on aggregate.

Stade RennaisEdit

On 2 July 2009, Bangoura signed with Rennes on a four-year-deal from Dynamo Kyiv[2] for €11 million.[3] Bangoura made his debut on 8 August 2009, scoring with a superb overhead kick in a 3–0 win against Boulogne.[4]

Al Nasr SCEdit

On 2 September 2010, Bangoura signed for Al Nasr SC Dubai on a four-year-contract for an estimated fee believed to be €8 million.[5] He scored his first goal on 16 September 2010 in a 3–1 win against Al-Ahli Dubai. During the 2010–11 season, he scored 10 goals from 17 league matches and was admired for his performances by Al Nasr and other Emirati clubs.

Early in the 2011–12 season, he decided to move away temporarily from the club for African Nations Cup in January 2012, which could see him unavailable for almost two months. Al Nasr accepted his decision, but did not wait for him. Bangoura was replaced by other players Brazilian Careca and Ivorian Amara Diané. Team manager Khalid Obaid explained that it was decided he would be away for too long and this wouldn't be of use to the team.[6]

FC NantesEdit

He joins FC Nantes in French Ligue 2 on 31 January 2012 for 2 and a half years. Al Nasr SC later sued Bangoura for unilaterally breach of contract. FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber confirmed the claim from the UAE club and ordered Bangoura and Nantes jointly liable to pay €4.5 million as compensation. Bangoura also banned 4 months and Nantes's transfer windows was banned for two consecutive one (summer and winter or 1 season). Both parties appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[7]

Before the FIFA DRC had a conclusion, on 10 September 2012, Bangoura joined Umm Salal in the Qatar Stars League on a temporary loan deal.[8] He served the ban with the Qatari for about 2 months.

Ismaël Bangoura during Guinean national team friendly match against the Stade Rennais youth team

International careerEdit

Bangoura was a member of the Guinea squad for the 2006 African Nations Cup as Guinea were eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing 2–3 to Senegal.

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2018 he was convicted of fraud by a French court and fined 130,000 euros; his house was also seized.[9]


  1. ^ Sannie, Ibrahim (7 July 2007). "Bangoura signs for Kyiv". BBC. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  2. ^ (in French) Ismaël Bangoura : « Heureux de signer au Stade Rennais »
  3. ^ "Сумма трансфера Исмаэля Бангура – 11 млн. евро (Transfer sum Ismaël Bangoura – 11 mill. euros)" (in Russian). 5 July 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
  4. ^ "STADE RENNAIS F.C. > COMPETITIONS > 2009/2010 > LIGUE 1 – > J1 > Stade Rennais F.C. / Boulogne sur Mer" (in French). Stade Rennais F.C. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Bangoura (Rennes) part à Dubaï" (in French). L'Équipe. 2 September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Al Nasr release star striker Bangoura until January". 26 October 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  7. ^ "CASE BANGOURA – FC NANTES: CAS APPROACHED THREE TIMES". the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 6 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "QATAR/ OFFICIAL, Bangoura joins Umm Salal". 10 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  9. ^ Barrie, Mohamed Fajah (21 October 2018). "Ex-Guinea international Ismael Bangoura convicted of fraud". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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