Following the news that Kalidou Koulibaly is now a Blue, here's all you need to know about our latest signing...
What position does Koulibaly play?
Kalidou Koulibaly has played the vast majority of his career as a centre-back, both in a back four and a back three, building a reputation as a daunting physical presence who dominates in the air, as well as being accomplished with the ball at his feet. He has also made occasional appearances as a full-back or defensive midfielder.
How many Champions League appearances has Koulibaly made?
Kalidou Koulibaly has played 30 games in the Champions League, all for Napoli, since making his debut in a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the 2014/15 qualifying round. He has twice reached the knockout stages with the Italian club, including on his most recent appearance in the competition in 2019/20.
How many goals has Koulibaly scored?
Centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is not a frequent scorer, although his strength in the air makes him a threat from set-pieces, and he has netted 18 goals during his 451 senior club appearances. 14 of those goals came for Napoli – with all but one in Serie A – but he also netted three times for Genk and once for Metz.
How many appearances did Koulibaly make for Napoli?
A regular throughout his eight years at the Stadio Diego Maradona, Kalidou Koulibaly played a total of 317 games for Napoli. 236 of those appearances came in Serie A, with a further 30 in the Champions League, 54 in the Europa League, 15 in the Coppa Italia and two in the Supercoppa Italiana. He made 34 appearances for the club last season.
How old is Koulibaly?
Kalidou Koulibaly was born on 20 June 1991, meaning he turned 31 years old last month.
How tall is Koulibaly?
Kalidou Koulibaly is 6ft 1in – or 1.86m – tall.
Where is Koulibaly from?
Kalidou Koulibaly was born in Saint-Die-des-Vosges in the north-east of France and represented that country at youth level, but chose to commit himself to his parents’ homeland Senegal in senior international football.
How many international caps does Koulibaly have?
Kalidou Koulibaly has made 62 appearances for the Senegal national team since making his debut in a 2-0 win over Namibia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying in September 2015, and became captain of his country in 2019. He was part of the squad, alongside Edouard Mendy, which won Senegal’s first Cup of Nations title earlier this year.
Which trophies has Koulibaly won?
In addition to the Africa Cup of Nations on the international scene, Kalidou Koulibaly lifted two trophies with Napoli. He featured throughout as the club lifted the Coppa Italia in 2020 and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2014, securing both victories by beating Juventus in a penalty shoot-out. The defender had previously won the Belgian Cup with Genk in 2013.
What awards has Koulibaly received?
Kalidou Koulibaly was named as the best defender in the Italian top flight in the 2018/19 season, as well as receiving the Golden Lion award for the Senegal national team’s best player on two occasions, in 2017 and 2018. He was also named in the Team of the Tournament for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and has been included in the Serie A Team of the Year on four occasions (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).