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Marco Zoro
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Personal information
Full name Marco André Zoro Kpolo
Date of birth December 27, 1983 (1983-12-27) (age 26)
Place of birth    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Vitória Setúbal
Number 4
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1999–2002
2003–2007
2007–
2009
2009–2010
Salernitana
Messina
Benfica
Vitória Setúbal (loan)
Vitória Setúbal (loan)
055 (1)
095 (4)
002 (1)
010 (0)
006 (0)   
National team2
2003– Côte d'Ivoire 021 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 November 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 31 August 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Marco André Zoro Kpolo (born 27 December 1983 in Abidjan), known as Zoro, is an Ivorian footballer who currently plays for Vitória de Setúbal on loan from S.L. Benfica, as a defender.

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Club career

Although he is not a native of the country, Zoro started playing football in Italy, starting with Salernitana Calcio, without making his Serie A debuts. The next season, he played with the Campania team in the second division. In January 2003, Zoro joined Sicilian outfit of FC Messina, helping the side achieve promotion in June. Messina signed him permanently in 2004 on a three-year deal.

Several month's prior to the expiration of Zoro's deal with Messina, he and his agent Francis Kakou had been locked in talks with the club for a contract extension.[1] "For Zoro, his contract is coming up to expiration and there are difficulties in getting him to renew," said Messina president Pietro Franza in October 2006.[2] "We will see over the coming days when we meet with his agent if we can find a possible understanding." Four months later, however, Zoro blasted, "I've read that some of the management won't talk to me about a new contract because they want to leave me hanging. I find this an insult to my professionalism. I have always trained hard and never let outside things influence me. I will also leave them hanging and see if the right club comes in for me."[3][4] Two days later, he attempted to make amends: "When one of your family is treated poorly, it's normal for that person to be upset. I don't want to air our dirty linen in public. We'll talk about my contract at the end of the season. My priority right now is keeping Messina in Serie A."

On 15 May 2008, Zoro signed a four-year deal with Portuguese side S.L. Benfica, arriving for free. He would only feature in two league games throughout the entire season, but scored once in a 2–2 home draw with União de Leiria, on 9 March 2008. In August, he was transfer listed and, on 10 January 2009, underwent a five-day trial at Ewood Park with English Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers.[5][6] However, nothing came of it, and Zoro was loaned until the end of the season to fellow league team Vitória de Setúbal; the arrangement was then extended for the entirety of 2009–10.

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Racist incidents

Zoro garnered heavy worldwide interest when, on 27 November 2005, he attempted to stop the Messina-Internazionale match by leaving the field with the ball, after being tormented by racist taunts from some Inter supporters.[7][8][9] He was eventually convinced to keep playing by other players, notably Adriano. These facts then brought strong and unanimous condemnations by the whole football community within Italy, and even a 5-minute delay for an anti-racism display for all the matches to be played in the next week in the country. The actions of the Inter supporters were also brought to the attention of the European football governing body UEFA as well as that of the European Union.[10][11]

International career

Zoro has represented the Ivory Coast national team since 2003, and appeared at the 2006 African Cup of Nations (where the nation finished second) and the 2006 FIFA World Cup (no matches played).

In the 2008 African Cup of Nations, he netted his first international goal in a 3–0 win over Mali as Côte d'Ivoire eventually finished fourth.

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
(Apps) + Minutes Played Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Salernitana 1999-00 3 . * mins * * * * * * * 3 *
2000-01 13 . * mins * * * * * * * 13 *
2001–02 25 . * mins * * * * * * * 25 *
Messina 2002–03 14 . * mins 1 * * * * * * 14 1
2003–04 32 . 2648 mins 2 * * * * * * 32 2
2004–05 30 . 2537 mins 0 * * * * * * 30 0
2005–06 22 . 1852 mins 2 * * * * * * 22 2
2006–07 21 . 1497 mins 1 * * * * * * 21 1
Total (Italy) 160 . 8534 mins 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 160 6
Benfica 2007–08 2 . 75 mins 1 * * * * * * 2 1
2008–09 0 . 0 mins 0 * * * * * * 0 0
Vitória de Setúbal 2008–09 10 . 427 mins 0 * * * * * * 10 1
Total (Portugal) 12 . 502 mins 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Career Total 172 . 9036 mins 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 172 7

* - Not available

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
January 29, 2008 Accra, Ghana  Mali 3-0 Won 2008 African Nations Cup

References

  1. ^ Zoro agent set for Messina contract talks
  2. ^ Franza unsure over Zoro's Messina deal
  3. ^ Zoro furious with Messina contract delays
  4. ^ Zoro: "Don't question my Messina commitment"
  5. ^ Rovers to check on Zoro
  6. ^ Zoro, on trial with Blackburn Rovers (Portuguese)
  7. ^ Zoro suffers more racist abuse
  8. ^ Zoro storms off after Inter supporters' racist chanting
  9. ^ Zoro takes a stand on racism
  10. ^ Fans' racism returns to taint games in Italy and Spain
  11. ^ Kick It Out article

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