Thursday, 19 February 2015



Gnegneri Yaya Toure (born 13 May 1983), known as Yaya Toure, is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team.
Toure aspired to be a striker during his youth and has played centre back, including for FC Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. He frequently plays as a box to box midfielder for club
and country and often switches from defensive and attacking positions throughout matches. Toure began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut aged 18. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. His performances attracted attention from Europe, playing for clubs in various European leagues. Toure played for Beveren in BelgiumMetalurh Donetsk in UkraineOlympiacos in Greece, and AS Monaco in France. In 2007, Toure moved to Barcelona, playing over 100 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona team which won six trophies in one calendar year.
Yaya Toure then moved to Premier League club Manchester City in 2010, where he has since scored a number of key goals for the Citizens most notably the only goals in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and final. Toure has a distinguished international career with 82 caps for the Ivory Coast, representing the team in their first appearance in a FIFA World Cup, in the 2006 competition, and also played in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. He is the younger brother of his Ivory Coast teammate Kolo Toure. They also played together at Manchester City for three years, before Kolo was transferred to Liver pool in 2013.


Yaya Toure has been a regular member of the Ivory Coast national team since his debut in 2004. In 2014, he was named captain of the team after the retirement of Didier Drogba. In the same year, he won his 100th international cap in a 0–0 draw with Cameroon.
In 2006, he appeared for les Elephants in all three of the team's matches at its first ever World Cup. In the 2010 tournament, he again appeared in all of Cote d'Ivoire's matches, scoring the opening goal in a 3–0 win over North Korea. Toure made his third World Cup appearance during the 2014 competition, and captained the team in their opening match – a 2–1 defeat of Japan in which he 
was named man of the match by FIFAToure has represented Cote d'Ivoire at 
six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments; in 2006 To 2013 and 2015; ending as runners up in the 2006 and 2012 editions, and winners in 2015. Toure was named in the CAF's team of the tournament in 20082012 and 2015. On 4 February 2015, Toure scored the opening goal in Cote d'Ivoire's 3–1 semi final victory over the Democratic Republic of the Congo to qualify les Elephants for their third Africa Cup of Nations Final in nine years. On 8 February, Toure captained the Ivory Coast to its first AFCON win since 1992 with a penalty shootout defeat of Ghana at Estadio de Bata in Equatorial Guinea.

Playing Style:

Yaya Toure plays primarily as a box to box midfielder, often switching from offensive and defensive stances as the match progresses. Toure is a complete and versatile midfielder, who can play in several midfield positions, and currently, he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and the world. His key strengths are his passing range, vision, and physical ability. He is gifted with good technique and ball control, although he also excels defensively 
at breaking down opposing attacking plays and winning back possession through his powerful tackling ability. He is known for his pace, stamina, and physical presence, which is often combined with lungbursting runs from midfield, and he has been referred to as a "human train" and a "colossus" by various pundits. Toure is frequently pushed forward during the latter part of matches, most notably in the penultimate match of the 2011–12 season against Newcastle United where Toure scored two late goals to win the match, and put Manchester City at the top of the league. He is also capable of scoring goals due to his powerful striking ability from distance, and his heading ability, as well as his recently developed adeptness at scoring from set pieces and penalties.
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