Lyon (France), West Ham United (England), Tottenham (England),
FC Seville (Spain)
2006 UEFA Cup winner (FC Séville)
Frédéric Kanouté (born September 2, 1977 in Sainte-Foy-les-Lyon,
near Lyon) is a French-Malian footballer, who plays for Sevilla
in the Spanish league.
Kanouté's talents as a tall striker were noticed by local
Olympique Lyonnais team and he joined them as an apprentice in
1997. Kanouté attracted a transfer bid from English club, West
Ham in 2000 and he played 56 times and scored 14 goals. His
speed, awareness and loping run attracted interest from
Tottenham Hotspur who bought him at the end of the 2002-03
season. Although eligible for either, Kanouté elected to play
for Mali rather than for France.
Fredi has enjoyed mixed success at Tottenham with occasional
flashes of brilliance marked by apparent pique when he prefered
the African Nations Cup over the Premiership and went AWOL from
Tottenham's 2005 summer tour to Mauritius. He was sold to
Sevilla on 17 August 2005 for £4.4m.