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Moustapha Salifou


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A profile of Villa's first Togan International


Position - Right-wing, Striker

Born - Lomé, Togo

DOB - 01/06/83

Height 5'11 (1.80m)

Weight 10st 12lbs (152lbs)


Previous clubs

Modèle de Lomé (Togo)

Rot-Weiss Oberhausen (Germany)

Stade Brest (France)

FC Wil (Switzerland)


Cost - Undisclosed


Career stats

Modèle de Lomé (Togo) - No data available

Rot-Weiss Oberhausen - 33 apps, 1 goal

Stade Brest - 7 apps, 0 goals

FC Wil - No data available

International - 37 caps, 4 goals


Salifou made his debut for his home town club at the age of 18. He must have impressed because barely a year after that he had been snapped up by the then 2nd tier (2.Bundesliga) German outfit Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. He spent 3 seasons with Oberhausen and left at the end of the 04/05 season as the club suffered relegation to the North Regional 3rd division. He moved on loan to Brest in France where he struggled to get into the side. He has spent 2 seasons at Brest and at the time of writing has represented his country an impressive 37 times although he has only hit the net 4 times. He can play both right wing and up front. He is a pacy player who has also been described as very creative. He has a never-say-die attitude that O'Neill likes in his players. He sometimes lacks composure or poise in front of goal accounting for his low goal return but Villa will be hoping that he can add an extra

something to the squad and hopefully some of Emmanuel Adebayor's experience will come with him. He is no doubt the first Togan to represent the Villa and represents Martin O'Neill's 8th summer signing.

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Lets try this one a little differently. Lets not write the lad off until he's kicked the ball once or twice! There are plenty of players in the league that noone had heard of until someone gave them a chance. Maybe this is our fine new find.

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Might this just show that we have a capable scouting network that have unearthed a gem that other clubs might regret not having checked out themselves in a season or two? Arsenal have done it in the past as we did with a certain player that went on to sign for Manchester United. I would guess he did not cost Curtis money and we have given him a season to show he has what it takes. Martin might even have noticed himself when he was at The World Cup. He looks half decent on the You Tube clip but most players do now he has the opportunity to look good in our shirt. Welcome to Villa Park Moustapha!

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I've got one of his World Cup games for Togo on tape, and I looked at it last night. His touch is excellent, when he dribbles the ball stays glued to his feet, and some of the balls he played in to the strikers from central midfield were amazingly accurate. But in every other respect he looks like he's got one hell of a lot to learn. And let's say he's got a bit of a temprament. Here's hoping he's coachable.

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Salifou Der Spielmacher

“The Playmaker” in other words.

Here are some comments from German web sites about Moustapha Salifou (whose name might actually be French for Mad Sally). My German is far from fluent, and these translations are software-assisted. You have been warned.

Good Boy -

“Moustapha Salifou stood out with this technique, calm and presence.”

“Moustapha Salifou played in a higher league of his own.”

“The change brought on Moustapha Salifou - and more order to the Wil game. Like against Locarno, it was a joy to watch him at work. A more defensive 4-4-1-1 turned into 4-4-2. More stability and more possibilities came as a result.”

“We had a good player” - his manager commenting on his transfer

Bad Boy -

“An inglorious end to the game for Moustapha Salifou, whose play did not equal his latest performances. After a Wil fan had loudly expressed his displeasure in added time, the midfielder got his own back. As the players did a wave for the fans at the final whistle, Salifou stepped out of line and let his frustration run free - an action unworthy of a Togo international.”

And a curious claim -

“The Togo midfielder is staying in England this week on trial with Blackburn Rovers.” - 24 Aug 2007

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  • 8 years later...
2 hours ago, Davkaus said:

After he left us, he joined a fourth division German team...**** hell, why did we keep giving him extensions?!

because be managerial suicide to release this genius

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