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Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure
 
Complete Name: Kolo Abib Touré
Nationality: Ivory Coast
Place of Birth: Sokoura Bouake, Ivory Coast
Date of Birth: 19/03/1981
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg
National Team: Ivory Coast
Current Club: Arsenal FC (England)
Position: Defender
 

Kolo Toure Pictures

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Kolo Toure Club career history

ASEC Mimosas (???), Arsenal FC (England)
 

Kolo Toure Honours

2004 Premiership Champions (Arsenal)
2004 Charity Shield winner (Arsenal)
 

Biography

Kolo Abib Touré (born March 19, 1981 in Sokoura Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire), is an Ivorian footballer. He currently plays for Arsenal F.C. in England.

Kolo Touré is listed at 1.83m and 76kg. He makes up for a lack of size with an impressive vertical leap, making him strong in the air. He is also blessed with blistering speed. He is regarded as the third fastest player at Arsenal, outpaced only by Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott. Touré is also considered very consistent and very durable, with few long term injuries.

Touré joined Arsenal in February 2002 from ASEC Mimosas for £150,000, after impressing on trial. However, he did not make his debut for the first team until August of that year, against Liverpool F.C. in the FA Community Shield. Initially regarded as a 'utility man', he started his Arsenal career as a midfielder. However, the ageing Martin Keown was never properly replaced in the transfer market and Touré was announced as the new starting central defender.

Touré quickly established himself as one of the best center backs in the Premiership. He is now a first-choice member of the team, part of a solid defensive partnership with Sol Campbell. Since Campbell's injury, he played alongside Philippe Senderos; both centre backs had immaculate form, helping Arsenal regain the prowess it had in the previous season (when they were undefeated in Premiership play).

Kolo has two brothers who play football as well: Yaya Toure and Ibrahim Toure.

He has played for the Côte d'Ivoire national football team since 2000.

Kolo scored his first European goal on 19 April 2006, a vitally important winner in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Villarreal. It was to be the final European goal scored at Highbury; and the goal that effectively decided the tie (the score remaining 1-0 over two legs), to send Arsenal through to the final in Paris.
 

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