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Sol Bamba
Personal information
Full name Souleymane Bamba
Date of birth 13 January 1985 (1985-01-13) (age 25)
Place of birth Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 26
Youth career
1999–2004 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Paris Saint-Germain 1 (0)
2006–2008 Dunfermline Athletic 39 (0)
2008– Hibernian 52 (1)
National team
2008 Ivory Coast U23 2 (0)
2008– Ivory Coast 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:38, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:38, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Souleymane "Sol" Bamba (born 13 January 1985) is a French-Ivorian professional association football player who plays for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. Bamba started his career in his native France with Paris Saint-Germain, but failed to establish himself in their first team and moved to Scotland to join Dunfermline Athletic in 2006. Two years later he was transferred to Hibernian. Bamba represented the Ivory Coast in the 2008 Olympic Games and has since become a regular for the full national side.[1]


Club career



Nicknamed Sol, Bamba began his career with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 14. Despite impressing for PSG's youth and B teams, he only played in two first team games, in his final year at the club.[2] A dispute with the PSG manager, Vahid Halilhodžić, caused Bamba to leave the club.[2]

Dunfermline Athletic

After an initial trial period, Bamba signed for Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic in July 2006.[3] During his short trial he came on as a substitute in a pre season friendly against the La Liga side Osasuna and made an instant impact, his enthusiasm and passion for the game shining through. After an array of fully committed challenges, and a narrowly-missed thundering 30 yard strike, he became an instant hit with the East End crowd and cemented his move to the club.

Throughout the course of the 2006–07 season Bamba continued to impress with his no-nonsense, fully-committed defending style and enthusiastic approach to every game. Bamba was part of the squad that reached the 2007 Scottish Cup Final, but were also relegated from the Scottish Premier League. Bamba signed a two-year contract extension at the start of the 2007-08 season.[4] His performances were less impressive in his second season.[5]

In July 2008, Bamba was allowed to go on trial with English Championship side Watford,[6] appearing in a friendly for them against Boreham Wood.[7] At the end of July, manager Jim McIntyre said he expected a fee to be agreed between Dunfermline and Watford, and for Bamba to move to the Championship side soon.[8] Although the deal was thought to be almost complete, Watford pulled out in mid-August for unknown reasons.[9] It was reported on 1 September 2008 that Dunfermline had accepted an offer of £50,000 from Scottish Premier League sides Hibernian and Motherwell.[10]


Bamba returned to the Scottish Premier League with Hibernian, who paid Dunfermline £50,000, and agreed to play a friendly match against Dunfermline the following year.[11] The player himself signed a three-year deal with Hibs.[11] He was sent off on his debut for a second bookable offfence against Dundee United, but Bamba has since established himself in the Hibs first team. Despite being a natural centre back, Manager Mixu Paatelainen praised Bamba's contribution as a defensive midfielder in the 2–0 win against Celtic in December 2008.[12] Paatelainen commented further that he believed Bamba had improved as a player since his spell at Dunfermline, due to not going to ground when making a challenge.[13] Bamba quickly became a popular player with the Hibs support due to his tough and committed tackling in his new defensive midfield role.[13]

New manager John Hughes moved Bamba back to a central defensive role after the sale of Rob Jones in the 2009 close season. In his second match in this position, Bamba scored his first ever professional goal, against Falkirk on 22 August.

International career

Although he was born in France, Bamba represents his parents' homeland of Côte d'Ivoire. He featured in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship,[14] the 2005 African Youth Championship and the 2008 Toulon Tournament. Bamba was part of the Côte d'Ivoire squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 Olympic Games.[15]

Bamba won his first cap at full international level in a 2008 friendly match against Israel,[15][16] and his second cap as a late substitute in a friendly against Turkey.[17] Bamba made his competitive debut in a 5–0 win against Malawi in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, again as a late substitute.[18] This match was played in the aftermath of the Houphouët-Boigny Arena stampede, which killed dozens of Ivorian spectators.[19] Bamba became a regular in the national team as they qualified for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Bamba scored his first goal for the team in a friendly against Rwanda, as part of the squad's preparation for the 2010 African Cup.[20] Bamba played in all of Ivory Coast's matches at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, but the team suffered a disappointing quarter-final defeat by Algeria after extra time.[21]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score[22] Result[22] Competition
1 7 January 2010 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam (N)  Rwanda 1–0 2–0 Friendly

See also


  1. ^ Hibs ace Sol Bamba given green light to join Ivory Coast's World Cup bid, Daily Record, 10 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b Hibs provide World Cup springboard as Bamba comes on leaps and bounds, The Scotsman, 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Defender Bamba joins Dunfermline". BBC Sport. 2006-07-27. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bamba signs a new deal with Pars". BBC Sport. 2007-08-28. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dunfermline 0–5 Hamilton". BBC Sport. 2007-10-20. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  6. ^ "La Bamba - Watford trial Pars soul". Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Boreham Wood 1 Watford 3".,,10400~1349098,00.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Watford close in on Pars' Bamba". BBC Sport. 2008-07-28. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  9. ^ "HORNETS PULL OUT OF BAMBA DEAL". Retrieved August 22, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Bamba on his way back to the SPL". The Courier. Retrieved September 1, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Hibs sign Bamba from Dunfermline". BBC Sport. 2008-09-01. Retrieved September 1, 2008. 
  12. ^ Paterson, Colleen. Hibs boss praises Bamba for his commitment, Edinburgh Evening News, 9 December 2008.
  13. ^ a b Powerful Bamba has made his presence felt at Easter Road, Press and Journal, 23 December 2008.
  14. ^ Souleymane BAMBA, FIFA.
  15. ^ a b Exclusive: Ivory Coast call-up proves I was right to make Hibs switch, says Sol Bamba, Daily Record, 5 December 2008.
  16. ^ Bamba's international call-up puts his Hibs role at risk, Edinburgh Evening News, 6 February 2009.
  17. ^ Turkey, Ivory Coast draw 1-1,, 11 February 2009.
  18. ^ [1], FIFA.
  19. ^ Miller, Derek. Bamba’s despair after being caught up in Ivory Coast tragedy, The Herald, 31 March 2009.
  20. ^ Préparation CAN 2010 : Les Eléphants battent les Amavubi, Fédération Ivoirienne de Football.(French)
  21. ^ Hibs won't get Sol back for Celtic showdown, Edinburgh Evening News, 25 January 2010.
  22. ^ a b Côte d'Ivoire's score is shown first

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