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Didier Zokora : biography

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Déguy Alain Didier Zokora (born on 14 December 1980) is an Ivorian footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Trabzonspor.

Club career

Early career

Born in Abidjan, Zokora started his career in the Ivory Coast at Académie MimoSifcom. He was offered a professional contract along with his younger brother, Armando, with Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas. Tragedy struck though as Armando drowned to death celebrating at the beach in Grand-Bassam; in memory of his brother and hero, Zokora has Armand tattoed on his right forearm.

In 2000 he moved abroad to play for Belgian team Racing Genk and won the Belgian Jupiler League during the 2001–02 campaign, as manager Sef Vergoossen was named coach of the year and Wesley Sonck won top goal-scorer honors. Zokora went on to feature in 126 matches for the club and was memorably part of the squad that recorded a 1–1 home draw with Real Madrid on 12 November 2002.http://en.archive.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/history/season=2002/round=1636/match=1036515/index.html In the summer of 2004 he went to play for AS Saint-Étienne in France.

Tottenham Hotspur

Zokora joined Tottenham in the summer of 2006 following his performances for the national side at the World Cup in Germany. The deal was reported by media as being worth £8.2m.http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=372475&cc=5739http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=368606&cc=5739 Shortly after joining the Premier League club, it was announced on 24 October 2006 that Zokora had contracted malaria after falling ill on the morning of a UEFA Cup group match against Beşiktaş in Istanbul. Zokora was in the hospital for four days and then spent a period of two weeks recovering, missing the win over Beşiktaş, two Premier League games and a Carling Cup fixture as well. It was announced on 31 October that Zokora had returned to training with first-team.

He won the 2008 Football League Cup Final with Tottenham, their first major title in 9 years, as a header from Jonathan Woodgate secured a 2–1 extra time victory over London rivals Chelsea. He was also part of the Tottenham side which returned to Wembley Stadium the following year to play in the League Cup Final, this time against Manchester United. Tottenham lost this game on penalties after the sides drew 0–0 after extra time with Zokora playing the full 120 minutes.http://www.football-league.co.uk/carlingcup/news/20090301/carling-cup-final-match-report_2293330_1573891 Zokora managed to score a penalty in the shoot-out against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup.

On 30 August 2008, Zokora signed a new four-year deal with Spurs that tied him to White Hart Lane until the summer of 2012. In January 2009 though, the club signed Honduran defensive midfielder Wilson Palacios from Wigan. The signing relegated Zokora to the sub's bench and he played the full 90 minutes just three times after January. On 15 March, Zokora started at left back for Spurs to try and curtail the pace and trickery of Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, Zokora picked up an early booking and was subbed off after 30 minutes for Vedran Corluka. Although he was at the club for three years, Zokora failed to score in 134 appearances.

Sevilla FC

In the summer transfer period of 2009 Zokora signed for Sevilla FC for an undisclosed fee, including a reported €30 million release clause. He made his debut for the Spanish side on 30 August 2009 in the first round of the La Liga season in a 2–0 loss to Valencia, coming on as a 21st minute sub for the injured Romaric. In his first season in Andalusia, Zokora managed to help take Sevilla back into the Champions League after finishing the league in 4th position. In addition to the league success, he helped his side claim their fifth Copa del Rey title by defeating Europa League winners Atletico de Madrid 2–0 in the final at the Nou Camp.http://actas.rfef.es/actas/RFEF_CmpPartido?cod_primaria=1000144&CodActa=11316

On 29 January 2011, Zokora came on as a 77th minute substitute for Federico Fazio and provided his only assist of the season to Álvaro Negredo, as Sevilla battled back from 2–0 down to claim a 3–3 draw with Deportivo La Coruña.http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=301827&cc=5901

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