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Sol Bamba

Facts About Sol Bamba

Celebrated Name Sol Bamba
Age 37 Years
Nick Name Bamba
Birth Name Souleymane Bamba
Birth Date 1985-01-13
Gender Male
Profession Football Player
Nationality French and Ivorian
Birth Nation France
Place Of Birth Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Horoscope Capricorn
Career Start 1996
Father Bakary Bamba
Mother Sehrata Bamba
Brothers Yaya Bamba
Marital Status Married
Wife Chloe Bamba
Children Four
Height 6 ft. 3 inches
Weight 89kg
Body Type Alethic
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Football Career
Salary £343,200
Current Team Middlesbrough
Position Centre-back
Jersey Number 22
Links Twitter Instagram

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Souleymane Bamba is a professional football player who plays for EFL Championship club Middlesbrough and the Ivorian national team as a center-back. He has previously played for Paris Saint-Germain, Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Leicester City, Trabzonspor, Palermo, Leeds United, and Cardiff City. 

On the international level, born in France to Ivorian parents, he represents his parents' nation of Ivory Coast. He has represented Ivory Coast at various levels. He has represented Ivory Coat at U20, U23, and the senior level. He was part of the Ivory Coast squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 Olympic Games. He made his international team debut for Ivory Coast on 19 November 2008. He was part of their squads for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010, 2012, and 2015. In 2012, he was part of Ivory Coast’s squad that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. Although he has not retired from international football, he has not appeared for the side since 2014. Since making his debut, he has obtained over 45 caps and scored only 1 goal for his country.

What is Sol Bamba famous for?

  • Being a professional football player.
  • For playing as a center-back for EFL Championship club Middlesbrough.


What nationality is  Sol Bamba?

Souleymane Bamba was born on 13 January 1985. His birthplace is Ivry-sur-Seine, France. He was born to his father, Bakary Bamba, and his mother, Sehrata Bamba where he grew up alongside his brother, Yaya Bamba. He holds both French and Ivorian nationality. His horoscope sign is Capricorn. 

Who did Sol Bamba play for?

  • At the age of 11, he started playing football for the youth team of Paris Saint-Germain and began his career at the club. He made his senior team debut for the club on 28 November 2004 in a 1-1 draw against OFC Nice in his final year at the club at the age of 21.
  • After an initial trial period, in July 2006, he signed for Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic on a two-year contract on a free transfer. He made his competitive debut for the club on 29 July 2006 in Dunfermline's opening league match of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Hearts. On 2 December 2006, he was sent off for the first time in his professional career after pushing Steven Naismith in the chest during a 5-1 defeat to Kilmarnock. In his first season, he was part of the squad that reached the 2007 Scottish Cup Final and played in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the final. During that season, he made 18 appearances for the club in all the competitions as Dunfermline Athletic suffered relegation from the Scottish Premier League after a seven-year spell in the division.
  • At the start of the 2007-08 season, he signed a two-year contract extension with the club. During that season, he made 17 appearances for the club in all the competitions.
  • On 1 September 2008, he signed for Scottish Premier League side Hibernian on a three-year contract as Dunfermline accepted offers of £50,000 for him. He made his debut for the club on 13 September 2008 in a 2-1 win against Dundee United. In his first season, he made 30 appearances for the club, providing 1 assist in all the competitions. 
  • On 22 August 2009, he scored his first-ever professional goal in a 3-1 win against Falkirk. Coincidentally, he scored his second goal for the club at the same ground against the same team and in another 3-1 win, on 27 March 2010. During his 2009-10 season, he made 32 appearances for the club, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist in all the competitions. 
  • In July 2010, he angered manager John Hughes when he failed to report for a pre-season tour of the Netherlands. He responded angrily to the criticism by claiming that he needed a full three weeks off after returning from the World Cup and had attempted to contact both Hughes and Hibernian's chairman to discuss the situation, but Hughes dropped him from the first-team squad when he eventually returned to Edinburgh. He was made to train with the club's youth team on his return but was recalled for the second leg of a UEFA Europa League tie with NK Maribor at Easter Road, which Hibs lost 3-2 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate. During his first half of the 2010-11 season, he made 18 appearances for the club, scoring 2 goals and providing 2 assists in all the competitions.
  • On 2 January 2011, he joined Football League Championship club Leicester City for an undisclosed fee midway through the season, although sources placed the figure around £250,000 with Hibs also due to receive a percentage of any future transfer fee. He made his debut for the club on 9 January 2011 in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup, scoring with his first touch of the ball. On 22 January 2011, he scored his first two league goals for the club in a 4-2 win over Millwall. In his first season, he made 18 appearances for the club, scoring 3 goals and providing 1 assist in all the competitions.
  • After speculation linking him with several Premier League sides, including Blackburn Rovers, and French side Marseille during the 2011 summer transfer window, he signed a new contract with Leicester in September 2011. During his 2011-12 season, he made 37 appearances for the club, scoring once in all the competitions. 
  • On 1 July 2012, he signed for Turkish club Trabzonspor for a fee of £750,000 after being recommended to the club by his international teammate Didier Zokora. He made his debut for the club on 26 August 2012 playing the full 90 minutes, in a 2-0 victory at home to Elazigspor. In his first season, he made 20 appearances for the club in all the competitions as he misses a proportion of fixtures in December and January in part because he was away with Ivory Coast as they qualified for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. 
  • During the 2013-14 season, he made 15 appearances for Trabzonspor in the first half of the season, including being a regular starter in their Europa League campaign. However, on 22 January 2014, he picked up an ankle injury which ruled him out for the majority of the latter part of the season. He was not selected to play for Trabzonspor again after suffering the injury, however, he recovered in time to play for Ivory Coast at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 
  • On 26 August 2014, after having been released by Trabzonspor, he agreed on a three-year deal with newly-promoted Serie A club Palermo.  He made his debut for the club on 24 September 2014 in a 3-3 draw against Napoli. However, he made no further appearances for the club.
  • On 23 January 2015, less than six months into his Palermo contract, he was loaned to Championship side Leeds United for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, with the possibility of making the transfer permanent at a later date. He made his debut for the club on 31 January 2015 in a 2-1 win against Huddersfield Town. Less than a month after joining the side, Bamba was named captain for three games in place of Liam Cooper. In particular, he served as captain when Leeds beat the then-league leaders Middlesbrough 1-0 with him receiving praise for his performance. On 18 March 2015, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win against Fulham. During his 2014-15 season, he made 19 appearances for the club, scoring once in all the competitions.
  • After impressing during his time at Leeds, on 1 July 2015, Leeds arranged with his club Palermo to sign him on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee. The deal was for two years with the option for a third year. In the offseason, he was appointed captain of Leeds by head coach Uwe Rösler, taking over from previous captain Liam Cooper. On 8 August 2015, he received the man-of-the-match award in a 1-1 draw against Burnley in the league on the opening day of the season. During his 2015-16 season, he made 33 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals in all the competitions. Additionally, at the end of the 2015-16 season, he was again critical of Leeds owner Cellino, calling on him to put 'promises to action'. He revealed the players were unaware if head coach Steve Evans would be retained for the following 2016-17 season, that the players were unaware of when to return for pre-season training and they were told they would find out 'by text' when Cellino had made a decision.
  • Nonetheless, new head coach Garry Monk announced he would remain as Leeds captain for the 2016-17 season. On 7 August 2016, he scored an own goal against Queens Park Rangers in a 3-0 defeat in the opening match of the season and was subsequently dropped from the side, falling behind Kyle Bartley, Liam Cooper, and Pontus Jansson in the pecking order. On 1 September 2016, he, despite being Leeds' captain, was released by the club. 
  • Following his release, he trained with Derby County who was managed by his former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson but was not offered a deal. On 11 October 2016, he instead joined Cardiff City signing a two-year contract with the club. On 14 October 2016, he scored his debut for the club in a 2-1 win against Bristol City. On 10 December 2016, he received his first red card in seven years against Ipswich Town, following a scuffle with forward, David McGoldrick. After receiving the red card, he clashed with the fourth official before being physically restrained by Warnock and leaving the pitch. His reaction led to a three-match ban. In April, he suffered a groin injury against Barnsley which ended his season prematurely. In his first season, he made 27 appearances for the club, scoring 2 goals in all the competitions. 
  • He then returned to the squad at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, helping Cardiff win their three opening games of the season, for the first time in their history. He signed a new three-year contract on 25 August 2017, following it up by heading in the winner against Queens Park Rangers the next day. During that season, he made 46 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist in all the competitions as he went on to help the club win promotion to the Premier League after finishing the season in second place. Additionally, he was named to the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
  • On 11 August 2018, he made his debut in the Premier League in Cardiff's first match of the 2018-19 season, a 2-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth. On 15 September 2018, he scored his first goal in the top division in a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea. He then scored a further 3 goals during the season, including in wins against Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton. Having missed only one match during the course of the season, on 5 March 2019, he was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments in a 2-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers. During his 2018-19 season, he made 28 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist in all the competitions as Cardiff City suffered relegation from the Premier League.
  • In July 2019 it was revealed that he would miss the start of the 2019-20 season due to injury. During that season, he made 10 appearances for the club in all the competitions. 
  • During his 2020-21 season, he made only 7 appearances for the club in all the competitions. 
  • On 10 August 2021, he joined Middlesbrough on a one-year contract. He made his debut for the club on 11 August 2021 in a 3-0 defeat away to Blackpool in the Carabao Cup. His first league start came in a 2-0 defeat away to Coventry City on 11 September 2021. On 23 October 2021, he won the Sky Bet Man of the Match award for his performance in a 2-0 victory against his former club Cardiff City. On 4 February 2022, he was subbed on in the 28th minute of extra time in Middlesbrough's FA Cup tie against Manchester United. Upon the game going to penalties, he took and converted Middlesbrough's 5th spot-kick and ultimately allowed Middlesbrough to progress to the fifth round of the tournament for the first time since 2015.


Sol Bamba International Career

  • Born in France to Ivorian parents, he represents his parents' nation of Ivory Coast. 
  • He has represented Ivory Coast at various levels. 
  • He has represented Ivory Coat at U20, U23, and the senior level. 
  • He featured in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 2005 African Youth Championship, and the 2008 Toulon Tournament.
  • He was part of the Ivory Coast squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 Olympic Games. 
  • He made his international team debut for Ivory Coast on 19 November 2008 in a 2-2 friendly draw against Israel.
  • He made his competitive debut in a 5-0 win against Malawi in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, again as a late substitute.
  • He then became a regular in the national team as they qualified for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 
  • On 30 May 2010, he scored his first international goal for Ivory Coast in a 2-2 friendly draw against Paraguay. 
  • He was named in Ivory Coast’s final squad for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations where he played in all of Ivory Coast's matches but the team suffered a quarter-final defeat to Algeria after extra time. 
  • He was then selected in the Ivory Coast's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but was dropped from the starting lineup, with midfielder Didier Zokora chosen to partner with Kolo Touré in central defense.
  • He was part of their squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2015. 
  • In 2012, he was part of Ivory Coast’s squad that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. 
  • Although he has not retired from international football, he has not appeared for the side since 2014. 
  • Since making his debut, he has obtained over 45 caps and scored only 1 goal for his country.

How much does Sol Bamba earn?

Sol Bamba earns from his professional career as a football player. His income is from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. In September 2008, he signed for Scottish Premier League side Hibernian on a three-year contract as Dunfermline accepted offers of £50,000 for him. In January 2011, he joined Football League Championship club Leicester City for an undisclosed fee midway through the season, although sources placed the figure around £250,000 with Hibs also due to receive a percentage of any future transfer fee. In July 2012, he signed for Turkish club Trabzonspor for a fee of £750,000. As of 2022, his salary is £343,200 but his net worth is not revealed yet. His market value is around €250 Th. Any updates on his net worth will be updated here soon.

Sol Bamba Wife - Chloe Bamba


Looking at his personal life, he is a married guy. He got married to his beautiful girlfriend, Chloe Bamba. He met his English wife Chloe while playing for Leicester. They have three children together. He also has a son called Jaxxson Shields from a previous relationship with a Scottish woman. He has an intimate relationship with his wife and children where they are living their life happily together. 

How tall is Sol Bamba?

Sol Bamba stands at a height of 1.90m i.e. 6 feet and 3 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 89kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is dark brown and his hair color is black. His sexual orientation is straight. His other body measurement such as chest size, biceps size, and waist size is still got to get revealed yet. Overall, he has got a healthy body.

Did You Know?

  • He started playing football at the age of 11.
  • In 2012, he was part of Ivory Coast’s squad that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
  • Although he has not retired from international football, he has not appeared for the side since 2014.
  • He wears shirt number 22 for Middlesbrough.