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Bakary Kone

Bakary Kone

Bakary Koné is a 32-year old defender from Burkina Faso., Koné played in France Ligue 2 with Guingamp. After a couple of seasons at the club, he bagged the Coupe de France in 2009.

In 2011, he joined the French giants, Olympique Lyon. He was with the club from 2011-16, where he went on to win Champions of the Coupe De France, Trophee Des Champions in 2012 and also the runners-up of Ligue 1. The resilient defender made 141 appearances for Olympique Lyon in all competitions including the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

From Lyon he moved to Malaga where he had a brief stint in the La Liga before moving back to Ligue 1 with Strasbourg on loan. The last two seasons Koné moved to Turkey and Russia before his move to India to join Kerala Blasters FC. Koné made his debut for the Burkina Faso National Team at the age of 19. In 2014, the Burkinabe International, captained his national side for the first time in an Africans Nation Cup Qualification match against Angola. With 81 appearances, Koné is currently the third most capped player for his country.

Image credit: By Chaloos - Zlatan, Stade Saputo, Trophée des Champions, Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Lyonnais, Soccer / Football Game, Montreal, QC, Canada, CC BY 2.0,

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