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Willy Arnaud Zobo Boly (born 3 February 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from FC Porto as a central defender.

Willy Boly
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Personal information
Full name Willy Arnaud Zobo Boly
Date of birth (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Melun, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
(on loan from Porto)
Number 15
Youth career
2000–2002 Rosny-sous-Bois
2002–2006 CFF Paris
2004–2007 Clairefontaine
2007–2011 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Auxerre B 27 (2)
2011–2014 Auxerre 97 (3)
2014–2015 Braga B 16 (1)
2015–2016 Braga 25 (2)
2016– Porto 4 (0)
2017– Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 26 (3)
National team
2006 France U16 1 (0)
2007–2008 France U17 4 (0)
2010 France U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2018

Contents

Club careerEdit

AuxerreEdit

Born in Melun, Seine-et-Marne, Boly played youth football for three clubs, also having a three-year spell at the INF Clairefontaine academy.[1] He made his senior debut with AJ Auxerre's reserves and, in February 2011, he signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth.[2]

On 16 April 2011, Boly made his Ligue 1 debut by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Toulouse FC.[3][4] He scored his first goal in the competition the following matchday, in a 1–1 home draw to RC Lens.[5]

Boly was an undisputed starter in the 2011–12 season (33 games, one goal[6]), but the AJA were relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing last.[7]

BragaEdit

On 1 September 2014, Boly moved to Portugal and joined S.C. Braga on a four-year deal.[8] He spent his first season with the B-team, in the Segunda Liga.[9]

PortoEdit

On 31 August 2016, Boly signed a five-year contract with FC Porto with a €45 million buyout clause.[10] On 8 July 2017, he joined EFL Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan, reuniting him with his former head coach Nuno Espírito Santo.[11] He made his competitive debut for the latter on the opening day of the season, a 1–0 home win against Middlesbrough,[12] and scored his first goal on 31 October to help to a 2–0 away win over Norwich City.[13]

International careerEdit

Boly represented France at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 8 March 2018[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Auxerre 2010–11 Ligue 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
2011–12 33 1 2 0 2 0 37 1
2012–13 Ligue 2 25 1 0 0 2 0 27 1
2013–14 30 0 4 1 4 0 38 1
2014–15 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Total 97 3 6 1 10 0 0 0 - - 113 4
Braga 2014–15 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 22 2 4 0 1 0 12[a] 0 39 2
2016–17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 4 0
Total 25 2 4 0 2 0 12 0 1 0 44 2
Porto 2016–17 Primeira Liga 4 0 0 0 2 0 1[c] 0 7 0
Total 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 - - 7 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2017–18 Championship 26 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 3
Career total 152 8 10 1 15 0 13 0 1 0 191 9
  1. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. ^ Appearance in the Champions League

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Willy Boly: "Je me sens prêt"" [Willy Boly: "I feel ready"] (in French). AJA Mag. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "W. Boly passe pro" [W. Boly turns pro] (in French). Mercato 365. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Toulouse FC 0–1 AJ Auxerre" (in French). Eurosport. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "TFC 0–1 Auxerre: Un hold-up qui fait très mal" [TFC 0–1 Auxerre: Quite harmful hold-up] (in French). Les Violets. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Auxerre-Lens: Score final (1–1)" [Auxerre-Lens: Final score (1–1)] (in French). RC Lensois. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Auxerre s'écroule en fin de match" [Auxerre collapse towards the end of the match]. Le Figaro (in French). 11 February 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Auxerre: Boly vers la Roma?" [Auxerre: Boly to Roma?] (in French). Les Transferts. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Boly à Braga" [Boly to Braga]. L'Équipe (in French). 1 September 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Boly (Sp. Braga): "Estamos a caminhar para o que Fonseca quer"" [Boly (Sp. Braga): "We are going in the direction of Fonseca's wishes"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Oficial: Willy Boly é reforço dos dragões" [Official: Willy Boly bolsters dragons]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Willy Boly!". Wolverhampton Wanderers. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Norwich City 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Willy Boly at Soccerway. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Wolves and Fulham dominate PFA Championship team of the year". Sky Sports. 18 April 2018. 

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