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  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 10
  • Date of birth: 27 May, 1987 (23 years old)
  • Height: 5'10" (179cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Gervinho
1|3 Gervinho
1 As substitute
19|26 Total Ivory Coast
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
3 Total Ivory Coast
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Gervinho
0 Gervinho
4 Total Ivory Coast
4 Total Ivory Coast
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|1 Gervinho
0|0 Gervinho
49|37 Total Ivory Coast
5|0 Total Ivory Coast
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Ivory Coast games played

  1. Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal
    Tuesday, 15 June Match report
  2. Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast
    Friday, 25 June Match report

Player profile

Gervinho’s real name is Gervais Yao Kouassi and he began his career at ASEC Mimosas where he was given the Brazilian style nickname he uses today, which is derived from his name Gervais.

Joined Belgian side Beveren in 2005 where he attracted the attention of Arsenal, but he instead moved to French side Le Mans after two seasons and then on to Lille in the summer of 2009, where he has since shone in Ligue 1 and the Europa League.

One of the most exciting Ivorian prospects to emerge in recent years, Gervinho made only three appearances, all as a substitute, in qualifying for South Africa but still scored twice. He had previously captained his country at the 2008 Olympics.

Two-footed and comfortable playing in any attacking role, his main attributes are his dribbling ability and raw pace. Such has been the speculation linking him to the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal (again) that he was forced to issue a statement in April confirming he would be at Lille next season: “I am aware of Wenger following me since the age of 17… He is a great coach and when a great manager appreciates you, it makes you feel confident enough to play at the highest level,” he said.

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