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Yaya Sanogo
Personal information
Full name Yaya Sanogo
Date of birth 27 January 1993 (1993-01-27) (age 17)
Place of birth Massy, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Auxerre
Number 19
Youth career
2000–2003 Montrouge CF 92
2003–2006 CO Les Ulis
2006– Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Auxerre 0 (0)
National team
2008–2009 France U16 18 (18)
2009– France U17 13 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 Janauary 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 January 2010

Yaya Sanogo (born 27 January 1993 in Massy) is a French football player of Ivorian descent currently playing for Ligue 1 club AJ Auxerre. He is a France youth international having played for the under-16 and under-17 teams. He currently serves as captain of the latter. Sanogo plays as a striker and possesses a very tall and lanky frame, despite being only 17 years of age. He is known for his gifted technical ability and his prolific goal-scoring with France's youth international teams scoring a team-high 18 goals in 18 games with the under-16 team during the 2008–09 season.


Football career


Early career

Sanogo was born in the commune Massy in Essonne and began his career at Montrouge CF 92, a local club in the southern Parisian suburbs and the same club that had the honor of training young starlets Hatem Ben Arfa and Issiar Dia. After failing to earn selection into the prestigious Clairefontaine academy, Sanogo joined another local Parisian club CO Les Ulis, the same club that produce France national team's all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry.[1] He spent an enriching three years at the club before being snapped up by first division club Auxerre at age 13. Sanogo quickly established himself in the club's youth system scoring an impressive 25 goals in 14 matches and also providing 17 assists in the 2006–07 edition of the Championnat Federal des 14 ans. While playing with the under-16 team, the following season, in the Championnat National des 16 ans, Sanogo averaged a goal a game. Alongside his positive displays domestically, Sanogo's prolific scoring on the international stage led to him being declared Auxerre's best overall prospect. He drew the interest of Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before signing his first professional contract for three years on 27 October 2009.[2][3][4]

Professional career

Sanogo was not immediately promoted to the senior team and, instead, began the season playing in the Championnat National des 18 ans with the Auxerre under-18 team. On 10 October 2009, Sanogo was promoted to the team's Championnat de France amateur team making his debut in a 1–2 loss to GSI Pontivy.[5] He scored his first CFA goal two weeks later in a 2–3 defeat to Romorantin.[6] The following week, he netted again, this time with Auxerre earning a 1–0 victory over Sénart-Moissy.[7] On 5 December, the youngster converted a hat trick against Viry-Châtillon in a 6–2 victory.[8] The impressive three-goal display positioned him as the team's top scorer, despite being only 16 years of age.[9] On 24 January 2010, Auxerre manager Jean Fernandez named Sanogo to the team's squad to participate in a Coupe de France match against Sedan to be played on 26 January, a day before his 17th birthday. He was assigned the number 19 shirt.[10] Sanogo made his professional debut in the match appearing as a substitute in the 108th minute. Auxerre won the match 3–0 on penalties after the match ended 1–1 in regular time and extra time.[11]

International career

Sanogo has earned caps with the under-16 and under-17 teams of France. With the under-16s, Sanogo was installed as first choice striker and scored a remarkable 18 goals in 18 games. Sanogo's notable goals during the season include a brace against Uruguay in the Tournoi du Val-de-Marne, a hat trick against Australia in the Tournio de Montaigu, another double the following day against Mali in the same tournament, and a goal against Germany in a match that was played at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. At the 2009 Aegean Cup, Sanogo scored a tournament-leading five goals. He scored a hat trick against Belgium in a group stage match and also scored the game winning goal in the final against Norway, which France won 2–1.

Sanogo was named captain of the under-17 team by coach Guy Ferrier and continued his spectacular form with the under-17 team scoring a brace against Belgium in the Toto Cup in Austria. In qualification for the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Sanogo scored goals against Slovenia and Estonia, earning a brace against the latter to help the team qualify for the Elite Round portion of qualifying.


  1. ^ "Yaya Sanogo, l’Aiglon de Bourgogne !". Mali Football. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Arsenal, Totteham following Auxerre starlet Yaya Sanogo". Tribal Football. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Arsenal et Tottenham intéressés par Yaya Sanogo". Espoirs du Football. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Yaya Sanogo signe pro". Espoirs du Football. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pontivy v. Auxerre B Match Report". Foot National. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Romorantin v. Auxerre B Match Report". Foot National. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Auxerre B v. Moissy Cramayel Match Report". Foot National. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Viry Châtillon v. Auxerre B Match Report". Foot National. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Viry Châtillon v. Auxerre B Match Report". Foot National. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "N°25 pour Bourgeois et N°19 pour Sanogo". AJ Auxerre. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Auxerre v. Sedan Match Report". L'Equipe. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 

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