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Salomon Kalou

Salomon Armand Magloire Kalou (born 5 August 1985) is an Côte d'Ivoire association football who plays as a striker for Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League.

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Salomon Kalou biography

Salomon Armand Magloire Kalou (born 5 August 1985) is an Côte d'Ivoire association football who plays as a striker for Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League.
Salomon Kalou is often used on the wings at Chelsea. Salomon Kalou has a preference for playing on the left wing as this gives Salomon Kalou opportunities to cut inside and take shots with Salomon Kalou favoured right foot. Salomon Kalou is known for Salomon Kalou speed and Salomon Kalou ability to take on defenders in wide areas.

Club career

Ivory Coast and Netherlands

Born in Oumé, Côte d'Ivoire, like Salomon Kalou older brother Bonaventure Kalou, Kalou began Salomon Kalou career in local club ASEC Mimosas before plying Salomon Kalou trade in Europe. AJ Auxerre coach Guy Roux wanted to sign Salomon Kalou to unite Salomon Kalou with Salomon Kalou brother, former Feyenoord player, Bonaventure Kalou. However, Kalou signed for Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2003. In 2004 Salomon Kalou was loaned to Feyenoord's "satellite club" Excelsior Rotterdam.

Then Salomon Kalou returned to Feyenoord and played in the Dutch top flight for two seasons from 2004 to 2006. During Salomon Kalou time at Feyenoord, Salomon scored 35 goals in 67 league appearances for the Rotterdam club, and also won an individual award when Salomon Kalou won the Johan Cruijff Award in 2005 for being the most promising young talent of that season. Kalou, together with Dirk Kuyt, were affectionately known as 'K2' by Feyenoord fans and the Dutch Media. 'K2' because they dominated the Feyenoord offensive line-up and it is a play on the words K3 (band), a Belgian pop band.


2006–07 season

Kalou moved to Chelsea F.C. on 30 May 2006, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be approximately £9m. Under contract with Chelsea until 2009, Kalou was handed the number 21 jersey.

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho praised the young Ivorian as being hardworking, versatile, eager to improve, and unafraid of the physical side of the game. Kalou admitted that Salomon Kalou brought a camera with Salomon Kalou to Salomon Kalou first training session at Chelsea's Cobham Training Centre at Cobham because Salomon Kalou could not believe that Salomon Kalou was going to be rubbing shoulders with famous footballers like Michael Ballack, John Terry, and Didier Drogba. Describing the experience, Kalou said:
"This was the dream moment of my life and I did not want to wake up and find that it was not real."

According to Soccernet, Kalou revealed that Salomon Kalou idolizes French forward and Arsenal FC record goalscorer Thierry Henry and tries to imitate Henry's moves in Salomon Kalou free time. Salomon Kalou admiration of Henry was a factor in Salomon Kalou decision to play in the Premier League, as it was the league where Henry became a superstar.

At Chelsea, Kalou plays with compatriot, Côte d'Ivoire national football team captain Didier Drogba. Kalou scored Salomon Kalou first goals for Chelsea in a reserve game against Portsmouth F.C. bagging a hat trick and the match ball in a 5–0 thrashing. Kalou scored Salomon Kalou first senior goal for Chelsea in a two-goal win over Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the third round of the Football League Cup.

Kalou scored Salomon Kalou first Premier League goal in December 2006 in Chelsea's 3–2 victory over Wigan Athletic F.C. at the JJB Stadium. Salomon Kalou scored Salomon Kalou second Premier League goal against Blackburn in Chelsea's 3–0 win. Salomon Kalou also scored a 93rd minute goal against Watford F.C., putting Chelsea 1–0 up. Salomon Kalou also scored a volleyed goal from 12 yards against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the FA Cup Quarter-Final, which ended 3–3. Chelsea won the replay 1–2, before progressing to the final with a similar scoreline against Blackburn Rovers. Kalou also came on as a substitute in the 2007 FA Cup Final win over Manchester United F.C. for Salomon Kalou second trophy in England, having earlier come on as a substitute for Chelsea in the 2007 Football League Cup Final victory over Arsenal.

2007–08 season

Kalou continued Salomon Kalou good form into the following season, scoring Salomon Kalou first goal of the campaign against Manchester City F.C. in Chelsea's 6–0 at Stamford Bridge (stadium) and the opening goal against Derby County F.C. in a 2–0 win. Salomon Kalou amassed the record number of offsides in a season with 107 in 30 games; betraying Salomon Kalou lack of ability in reading the game.

The 2007–08 Carling Cup quarter final saw Kalou take up the right wing position of two wing players (the other being Scott Sinclair) of a 4–3–2–1 formation. Kalou made lots of chances for himself and Salomon Kalou team-mates; including a very precise left-footed cross, resulting in a Shevchenko headed goal. Salomon Kalou thereafter scored goals against Newcastle United F.C. and Fulham F.C. contributing to Chelsea's success. Salomon Kalou scored goals against West Ham United F.C., Olympiacos F.C. and Derby County F.C.. Salomon Kalou last minute cross into the penalty area led to John Arne Riise scoring the own goal in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, which gave Chelsea a vital away goal. Kalou also scored with Chelsea's sixth penalty in the Champions League Final in Moscow, where Chelsea lost.

2008–09 season

Kalou did not feature much under Avram Grant's successor, Luiz Felipe Scolari except for in pre-season, because of Salomon Kalou participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the Ivory Coast U-23 team. However Salomon Kalou came on off the bench against Manchester United on September 21 and scored a header after 80 minutes from a John Obi Mikel free kick. The goal ensured that Chelsea secured a point and kept their unbeaten home record. Kalou then scored two goals and assisted a Frank Lampard header on 18 October in Chelsea's 5–0 win at Middlesbrough. Salomon Kalou again scored two goals against Middlesbrough, this time at Stamford Bridge on 28 January in Chelsea's 2–0 win and was a favourite under interim manager Guus Hiddink. On 25 April 2009, Salomon Kalou scored the winner against West Ham United.

2009–10 season

Kalou and Chelsea began the season in winning form; beating Manchester United to lift the 2009 FA Community Shield, with Kalou scoring the winning penalty to celebrate Salomon Kalou birthday during the same week. Kalou scored Salomon Kalou first goal of the 2009–10 season against Queens Park Rangers F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium) in the 3rd round of the Football League Cup, earning Salomon Kalou team a deserved 1–0 victory. On 12 October 2009, Kalou signed a new 3 year contract extension with Chelsea, keeping Salomon Kalou at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2012. Salomon Kalou celebrated Salomon Kalou new contract with an excellent brace against Club Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, helping Chelsea maintain their 100% record in the competition. Kalou continued Salomon Kalou good form scoring a header in the 4–0 win against Bolton in the League Cup. Salomon Kalou also netted in the Blues' League Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers, but it was Salomon Kalou last goal for two months until Salomon Kalou broke the duck against Cardiff City F.C. in the FA Cup on 13 February 2010.

During those two months without scoring, Kalou struggled for game-time and the goal against the Bluebirds was one Salomon Kalou really needed. On 24 February Salomon Kalou scored a good goal against F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Champions League second round first leg. Salomon Kalou shot from outside the box was tame but an error from Inter 'keeper Júlio César Soares Espíndola allowed the ball to find the back of the net. Chelsea however lost the leg 2–1, but Kalou's goal was important as it was a much needed away goal for Chelsea. Salomon Kalou finally netted a goal in the Premier League on 27 March in Chelsea's astounding 7–1 win over Aston Villa F.C. at Stamford Bridge. In Chelsea's 7–0 win over Stoke City F.C. on 25 April Kalou netted a hat-trick, though Salomon Kalou second goal of the day has been the source of controversy, as it was very close to being a two-footed tackle. Kalou scored Chelsea's third of eight goals on the last day of the season against Wigan Athletic F.C., after some clever teamwork with Frank Lampard.

2010–11 season

Kalou started the season well with scoring the only goal in the 3–1 defeat at Wembley Stadium against Manchester United. Salomon Kalou appeared as a substitute in the 6–0 drubbing of Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, to score 2 goals both assisted by fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba. Kalou played 84 minutes of Chelsea's 3–1 win at West Ham United, scoring Chelsea's second goal of the game. Salomon Kalou continued Salomon Kalou scoring run the following week scoring only 2 minutes into the game to grab Chelsea's first goal in a win against Blackpool. Salomon Kalou also scored a goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the FA Cup fourth round game against Everton F.C., Kalou scored a late leveler to keep chelsea in the cup with the game ending 1-1 at Goodison Park, and therefore resulting in a replay at Stamford Bridge. On 1 February, the day after Fernando Torres was signed from Liverpool, Kalou continued Salomon Kalou fine scoring run, netting the second goal against Sunderland A.F.C. in a 4-2 victory for Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

Through 31 appearances Kalou has scored 14 goals in all competitions. Despite Salomon Kalou form, Salomon Kalou has found it hard to gain a regular first team place since the addition of Fernando Torres in January. Salomon Kalou recently admitted though that Salomon Kalou will consider leaving Chelsea at the end of the season. But Salomon Kalou was included in the starting lineup for their next game against West Bromwich Albion, scoring a goal in Chelsea's 3-1 win on 16 April. Kalou started the next game as well, and scored again as Chelsea defeated Birmingham City 3-1. For Chelsea's crucial game against Tottenham Hotspur, Kalou was not included in the starting lineup as Carlo Ancelotti preferred a striking partnership of Drogba and Torres. But Kalou replaced Torres in the 63rd minute, and scored a goal in the 89th minute propelling Chelsea to a 2-1 win and within three points of leaders Manchester United. This brought Salomon Kalou up to 10 Premier League goals, the first time Salomon Kalou has hit double digit league goals for Chelsea.

2011–12 season

Kalou started the season in Chelsea F.C second game of the season against West Bromwich Albion, but Salomon Kalou was substituted after only 34 minutes. Salomon Kalou was an unused sub against Sunderland A.F.C. and Bayer Leverkusen, but Salomon Kalou started in Chelsea's first 2011–12 Football League Cup match of the season against Fulham. Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties as Salomon Kalou scored the last penalty.
On the Wednesday 28 September 2011, Kalou came on for Frank Lampard in the 83rd minute. Salomon Kalou then was booked for handball in the 85th minute which led to Roberto Soldado scoring a penalty, the score ended up at 1-1. Kalou's first goal of the new season came in a 5-0 rout of Belgian side Genk on 19 October 2011. Salomon scored in a 2-1 win at Goodison Park against Everton F.C. in the Carling Cup. Salomon Kalou scored Salomon Kalou first goal in the Premier League in a 3-0 away win against Newcastle United.

International career

Failure to acquire Dutch citizenship

Kalou received much media attention regarding Salomon Kalou possible naturalization as a Dutch citizen which, if granted, would allow Salomon Kalou to play for the Netherlands national football team. Having never played for the Côte d'Ivoire national football team, Salomon Kalou would be eligible for the Dutch team if Salomon Kalou was naturalized. Salomon Kalou brother Bonaventure had advised Salomon Kalou to pursue foreign citizenship after frequently experiencing problems with the Côte d'Ivoire football authorities.

The Dutch national team head coach, Marco van Basten, regarded Kalou as a great talent, so an official application was quickly made. However the Minister of Immigration Rita Verdonk was opposed to considering Kalou for an accelerated naturalization process.

Van Basten, keen to show Kalou's worth to the Dutch team, obtained support from influential football figures, including Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. Despite general agreement among football pundits that Kalou would be valuable for the Dutch team, Verdonk rejected a request for reconsideration. Later Cruyff commented that the Dutch national team might have been more successful had Kalou obtained Dutch citizenship.

Kalou appealed the decision and took the matter to a court of law, gaining a victory on 9 December 2005 when the judge ordered Verdonk to reconsider whether or not Kalou could be considered for accelerated naturalization. Verdonk has decided to appeal, placing the matter before the Dutch Council of State. Kalou has since then publicly stated Salomon Kalou has given up hope of ever attaining the Dutch nationality.

Centraal Beheer commercial

The process of Kalou's naturalization became the theme of a short-lived television commercial for Centraal Beheer. In the commercial of April 2006, Kalou is depicted as becoming a naturalized citizen, not of the Netherlands, but of their arch rival Germany, playing alongside Oliver Kahn and former Chelsea teammate Michael Ballack.

This was a reference to Angolan-born forward Nando Rafael, who, after failing to acquire Dutch citizenship while at AFC Ajax, moved to German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin, became a German citizen, and represented Germany at Under-21 level.

Kalou was not amused with this commercial, and with copyright at Salomon Kalou hands, the commercial was removed from Dutch television within a week.

Cote d'Ivoire

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands and Côte d'Ivoire were drawn in the same group in the first round. If Kalou had become a Dutch citizen and was selected for the Netherlands, Salomon Kalou could have played against Salomon Kalou native country and possibly against Salomon Kalou own brother. Kalou's failure to acquire Dutch citizenship was a factor in Salomon Kalou decision to leave Feyenoord for Chelsea.

Salomon Kalou had been named in the Côte d'Ivoire national squad on a number of occasions, however Salomon Kalou rejected all call ups until 6 February 2007 when Salomon Kalou finally made Salomon Kalou Côte d'Ivoire debut in the friendly against Guinea national football team, where the Elephants ran out 1–0 winners. Salomon Kalou also featured in the Elephant's African Cup of Nations and scored a terrific goal to stun co-favourites Nigeria national football team in the opening game.

After failing to obtain Salomon Kalou Dutch passport, Kalou decided to play for the Côte d'Ivoire national football team. Salomon Kalou first international goal was scored on 21 March 2007 in a friendly against Mauritius. Salomon Kalou played at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations with the team, scoring 3 goals in the process, and reached 4th place after losing to Ghana national football team in the 3rd place play off.

Personal life

Kalou has two brothers and eight sisters from the same mother. Salomon Kalou brother, Bonaventure Kalou, also played professional football, and was last on the Netherlands team SC Heerenveen. Salomon joined Feyenoord during the time Salomon Kalou brother Bonaventure was playing for the club from Rotterdam.

In 2010 Salomon Kalou set up The Kalou Foundation dedicated to providing facilities for social welfare and recreation of those who have need of such facilities by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances
and also for the relief of sickness worldwide.


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