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Sol Bamba

Defender

Games17 Tackles won19 Assists1
  • Name: Sol Bamba
  • Country: Ivory Coast
  • D.O.B: 13 Jan 1985

Profile

  • Born in France to Ivorian parents, Sol joined Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 11.
  • He started out as a defensive midfielder before converting to a central defender.
  • He featured for Ivory Coast in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2005 African Youth Championship.
  • Sol made one appearance for PSG before joining Scottish side Dunfermline in the summer of 2006 after impressing on trial.
  • He was a Scottish Cup winner during his three-years with Dunfermline, being a part of the side which beat Celtic in the 2007 final.
  • Sol was in the Ivory Coast Olympic squad that reached the quarter-finals in 2008.
  • He almost joined Watford that summer, but instead signed for Hibernian in the SPL.
  • He made almost 100 appearances for Hibs and also played in the 2010 World Cup for his country while at Easter Road.
  • January 2011 saw Sol reunited with his former Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson when he joined Leicester City.
  • Sol scored with his very first touch in a Leicester shirt, against Man City in the FA Cup.
  • He represented the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations the following January.
  • In June 2012, he joined Trabzonspor where he spent two years.
  • During his time with the Turkish club he again represented his country at the African Cup of Nations and also played in the 2014 World Cup.
  • Sol joined Palermo after the World Cup, but moved to Leeds United on loan six months after signing for the Italian side.
  • Sol was handed the captain’s armband when Liam Cooper was injured and one his first games as skipper came against Boro.
  • He was appointed club captain in the summer of 2015 when he joined Leeds on a permanent basis.
  • He was released by Leeds in late summer 2016 when Garry Monk was manager.
  • Sol trained with Derby briefly before joining up with long-time admirer Neil Warnock at Cardiff City.
  • He made a goalscoring debut for the Bluebirds in the Severnside derby against Bristol City.
  • He was an ever present in Cardiff’s promotion winning season, appearing in all 46 league matches, and was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
  • Sol only missed one Premier League game up to March 2019 when he ruptured knee ligaments.
  • Early in 2021, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and began undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Four months later he announced that he was cancer-free.
  • Sol was released by Cardiff and joined Boro for pre-season training during the summer.
  • Sol joined Boro on a one-year contract as a player and to coach within the Academy, working closely with the U23s.

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