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Seydou Keita

Seydou Keita (born 16 January 1980) is a Malian-French people Association football who plays for FC Barcelona in Spain and the Mali national football team.

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Seydou Keita biography

Seydou Keita (born 16 January 1980) is a Malian-French people Association football who plays for FC Barcelona in Spain and the Mali national football team.

A versatile midfielder, Seydou Keita can operate as both a Midfielder Centre midfielder or Midfielder Defensive midfielder.

Club career

Born in Bamako, Mali, Keita finished Seydou Keita football formation in France with Olympique de Marseille, joining the club at the age of 17. Seydou Keita played mainly for the reserve squad during Seydou Keita three-year spell.


Keita made Seydou Keita Ligue 1 debut for L'OM on 19 September 1999 in a 1–0 home win against Troyes AC, adding three games in 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League's UEFA Champions League. In the summer of 2000, Seydou Keita left the club.

Lorient / Lens

Keita signed for FC Lorient in Ligue 2, being instrumental (37 games, one goal) as the club 2000–01 French Division 2. Seydou Keita appeared slightly less due to injury in 2001–02 French Division 1, which ended in immediate relegation back, but brought 2001–02 Coupe de France of the Coupe de France, the club's first-ever (he played the full 90 minutes in 2002 Coupe de France Final against SC Bastia).

In 2002, Keita joined fellow league side RC Lens, eventually becoming Captain (association football), and scoring a career-best 11 goals in the 2006–07 Ligue 1 - Seydou Keita fifth and last - helping Les Sang et Or to the fifth position in the league and 2006–07 UEFA Cup in the UEFA Europa League.


On 11 July 2007, Keita signed for Sevilla FC in Spain, for four years. Seydou Keita appeared in both legs of 2007 Supercopa de España's Supercopa de España, a 6–3 aggregate win against Real Madrid C.F..

Keita was an automatic first-choice for the Andalusians during the 2007–08 La Liga, helping the team to the fifth position in the league. On 3 November 2007, Seydou Keita scored from long-distance in a 2–0 home win also against Real Madrid, and added three in nine games in 2007–08 UEFA Champions League - including one against Arsenal F.C. in a 3–1 group stage home success, which was the Gunners' first loss of the campaign.


On 26 May 2008, Keita signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona, with the Catalonia club being believed to have paid the player's buy-out clause, which stood at around Euro14 million. Seydou Keita became the first Malian Barcelona player ever, and the club set Seydou Keita new release clause at €90 million.

Keita made Seydou Keita official debut for Barcelona in a 2008–09 UEFA Champions League against Poland's Wisła Kraków on 13 August 2008, a 4–0 home win. Seydou Keita made Seydou Keita league debut against CD Numancia on the 31st, Substitute (association football) Andrés Iniesta midway through the second half of a 0–1 away loss.

Keita scored Seydou Keita first goal for Barcelona on 16 November 2008, in a 2–0 win at Recreativo de Huelva. The following week Seydou Keita added another, in a 1–1 home draw against Getafe CF; Seydou Keita finished 2008–09 La Liga at Camp Nou with 46 official games as Barça won Treble (association football). Seydou Keita played 20 minutes in 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, taking the place of Thierry Henry in the 2–0 win against Manchester United F.C..

On 25 October 2009, Keita scored Seydou Keita first career hat-trick, in a 6–1 home win against Real Zaragoza, and contributed with 29 games - 23 starts - as Barcelona 2009–10 La Liga. In the 2010–11 La Liga, Seydou Keita made more appearances than any other outfield player and, on 31 August, aged 31, signed a contract extension that would link Seydou Keita to the club until 2014.

International career

Keita made Seydou Keita debut for Mali national football team in 2000, aged 20. Seydou Keita represented the country in five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, Seydou Keita scored twice, both goals coming in the 4–4 group stage draw against Angola national football team, who were leading 4–0 with 11 minutes to go. Les Eagle, however, could not make it past the group stage.

Previously, Keita helped the under-20s finish third at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, scoring in the last match against Uruguay national under-20 football team, the game's only, and being named the tournament's best player.

Club statistics



- Coupe de France: 2001–02 Coupe de France


- Supercopa de España: 2007 Supercopa de España
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2007 UEFA Super Cup


- La Liga: 2008–09 La Liga, 2009–10 La Liga, 2010–11 La Liga
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09 Copa del Rey; Runner-up 2010–11 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España: 2009 Supercopa de España, 2010 Supercopa de España, 2011 Supercopa de España
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09 UEFA Champions League, 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009 UEFA Super Cup, 2011 UEFA Super Cup
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup


- FIFA U-20 World Cup: Third-place 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship
- Africa Cup of Nations: Third-place 2012 Africa Cup of Nations


- FIFA U-20 World Cup: Golden Ball 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship


Keita's uncle, Salif Keita (footballer), was also a footballer. Seydou Keita played, amongst others, for Valencia CF and Sporting Clube de Portugal, and was once voted African Footballer of the Year.

Seydou Keita is married to Zubaida Johnson, of Cape Verdean descent. On 12 May 2008, Seydou Keita became the father of a son, Mohamed, who was born in Seville.


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