Thievy Guivane Bifouma Koulossa (born 13 May 1992), known simply as Thievy, is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor and the Congo national team.
Thievy with Reims in 2016
|Full name||Thievy Guivane Bifouma Koulossa|
|Date of birth||13 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Saint-Denis, France|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Las Palmas (loan)||38||(11)|
|2014||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||6||(2)|
|2014–2015||→ Almería (loan)||29||(4)|
|2015–2016||→ Granada (loan)||7||(0)|
|2016||→ Reims (loan)||14||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:35, 16 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018
Born in Saint-Denis, Paris, Thievy joined RCD Espanyol in Spain in early 2010, not yet aged 18, signing from RC Strasbourg. On 13 March 2011, he made his debut with the Catalans' first team, after coming on as a substitute for Joan Verdú in the dying minutes of a 2–0 La Liga home win against Deportivo de La Coruña.
On 10 August 2011, in the Copa Catalunya final, Thievy scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 win against a FC Barcelona team that was filled with reserve and youth players. On 17 December, he netted his first goal with the main squad, scoring the opener in an eventual 2–1 success at Sporting de Gijón.
On 31 January 2014, Thievy signed for West Bromwich Albion on a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer, being awarded the number 50 shirt. He made his debut in the Premier League eight days later, playing the second half and scoring within 36 seconds of taking the pitch in a 1–3 away loss against Crystal Palace.
On 13 August 2014, Thievy left Espanyol and moved to fellow top division club UD Almería in a season-long loan. On 19 March of the following year, he was suspended for one month, due to allegations of breach of contract with his former agent; the ban was lifted days later, and he continued to appear regularly for the Andalusians, which suffered relegation.
On 28 July 2016, Thievy signed for fellow French Ligue 1 club SC Bastia. He was on the move again in the following transfer window, joining Süper Lig's Osmanlıspor on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
A French youth international, Thievy opted to represent Congo at the senior level, receiving a FIFA clearance on 1 August 2014. He made his full debut a day later, replacing Julsy Boukama-Kaya in the 68th minute of a 0–2 away loss against Rwanda for the second leg of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations second qualification round.
On 6 September 2014, in the same competition, Thievy scored a brace in a 3–2 win in Nigeria. At the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, he netted Congo's first goal of the tournament in a 1–1 draw to hosts Equatorial Guinea. He also scored the opener in their 2–1 group phase victory over Burkina Faso, a result which qualified the nation to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1992, where he grabbed his final goal against the DR Congo, putting his team ahead 2–0 but in an eventual 2–4 defeat.
- As of 10 February 2019
|Espanyol B||2010–11||Tercera División||6||3||—||6||3|
|Las Palmas (loan)||2012–13||Segunda División||38||11||6||2||—||44||13|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2013–14||Premier League||6||2||0||0||—||6||2|
|Almería (loan)||2014–15||La Liga||29||4||1||0||—||29||4|
|Granada (loan)||2015–16||La Liga||7||0||1||0||—||8||0|
|Reims (loan)||2015–16||Ligue 1||14||4||0||0||—||14||4|
|Yeni Malatyaspor||2018–19||Süper Lig||3||0||1||0||—||4||0|
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- As of 18 November 2018
- As of 25 March 2018 (Congo score listed first, score column indicates score after each Thievy goal)
|1.||6 September 2014||U. J. Esuene, Calabar, Nigeria||Nigeria||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|3.||10 January 2015||Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal||Cape Verde||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
|4.||17 January 2015||Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea||Equatorial Guinea||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|5.||25 January 2015||Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea||Burkina Faso||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|6.||31 January 2015||Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea||DR Congo||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|7.||13 October 2015||Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo||Benin||Friendly|
|9.||14 November 2015||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia||Ethiopia||1–1||4–3||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||17 November 2015||Alphonse-Massamba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo||Ethiopia||2–1||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||10 June 2017||Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo||DR Congo||1–1||1–3||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|12.||1 September 2017||Baba Yara, Kumasi, Ghana||Ghana||1–0||1–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||25 March 2018||Aimé Bergéal, Mantes-la-Jolie, France||Guinea-Bissau||Friendly|
|14.||9 September 2018||Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo||Zimbabwe||1–1||1–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|15.||18 November 2018||Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo||DR Congo||1–1||1–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- "Premier League clubs submit squad lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 39. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Alonso and Verdu fire Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 13 March 2011
- El Espanyol se da un festín en el derbi de la mano de Thievy (Espanyol indulge themselves in derby courtesy of Thievy); Marca, 10 August 2011 (in Spanish)
- Sporting Gijón 1–2 Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 17 December 2011
- El delantero Thievy jugará cedido en Las Palmas por el Espanyol (Forward Thievy will play in Las Palmas on loan from Espanyol); Liga de Fútbol Profesional, 4 September 2012 (in Spanish)
- Thievy, españolista hasta el 2017 (Thievy, españolista until 2017); Tinta Amarilla, 12 July 2013 (in Spanish)
- "Thievy jugarà al West Bromwich Albion" [Thievy will play in West Bromwich Albion] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Albion sign Thievy Bifouna". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- Chase, Graham (8 February 2014). "Crystal Palace 3–1 West Bromwich Albion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- "El Almería refuerza su ataque con el fichaje de Thievy" [Almería bolster attack with the signing of Thievy] (in Spanish). UD Almería. 13 August 2014. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- "Thievy, sancionado con un mes por una denuncia de su exagente" [Thievy, suspended for a month due to a complaint from his ex-agent] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- "¡Thievy ya está aquí!" [Thievy is already here!] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 19 August 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- Gonzalez, Lionel (28 January 2016). "L'attaquant Thievy Bifouma rejoint l'effectif du Stade de Reims" [Forward Thievy Bifouma joins Stade de Reims roster] (in French). France 3. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "4 arrivées et 3 départs au Sporting" [4 arrivals and 3 departures at Sporting] (in French). SC Bastia. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- "Thievy, traspassat al SC Bastia" [Thievy, transferred to SC Bastia] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- "Osmanlıspor transfer haberi – Thievy Bifouma Osmanlıspor'da" [Osmanlıspor transfer news – Thievy Bifouma to Osmanlıspor] (in Turkish). Yeni Şafak. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
- Congo: La FIFA donne feu vert à Thievy Bifouma (Congo: FIFA gives green light to Thievy Bifouma); Africa Top Sports, 1 August 2014 (in French)
- Rwanda 2–0 Congo Archived 3 August 2014 at Archive.today; African Soccer, 2 August 2014
- Congo stun Nigeria in five-goal show; SuperSport, 6 September 2014
- Hughes, Ian (17 January 2015). "Equatorial Guinea 1–1 Congo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Congo 2–1 Burkina Faso". BBC Sport. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- Hughes, Ian (31 January 2015). "Congo 2–4 DR Congo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- "T. Bifouma". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "T. Bifouma – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 October 2014.