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Abdel-Kader Keïta
Abdel-Kader Keïta

Cote d'Ivoire

Professional Football Player


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Created: 18th May 2010
Modified: 25th May 2010
Professional Information
Professional Areas:
Soccer
Employer:
Côte d’Ivoire National Team and Professional Football Player
Position:
Winger
Working primarily in:
Cote d'Ivoire

Biographical Information
Abdel-Kader Keïta
(At a Glance)
Date of Birth: Aug/6/1981
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Cote d'Ivoire

Abdel-Kader Keïta is an Ivorian professional football player. Keïta plays as a winger for Professional Football Player in the Turkish Super League and the Cote d'Ivoire national football team.

He is a versatile player who can also play on the right and left wings in, which is where he was positioned while playing for Lille before signing for Lyon.
Like the Touré brothers, the Kalou brothers, and the Koné brothers, Keita is also part of a footballing family. He has an older brother called Fadel Keïta, who is a former Côte d'Ivoire international.


Keïta, also known as 'Popito', began his career at homeland club Africa Sports, before moving on to Tunisian Club Etoile du Sahel. Following spells in United Arab Emirates with Al Ain and Qatar with Al Sadd, he moved to France with Ligue 1 club OSC Lille in 2005.


On May 31, 2007, Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that the club had made bids for both Keïta and his fellow club-mate Mathieu Bodmer.
On June 14, 2007, Lyon officially announced that they would be unveiling Keïta and Bodmer to the media, the pair having already passed their medicals at the Stade Gerland. On June 16, 2007, Lyon confirmed the signing of Keïta from Lille for 18.5 million euro. Keïta was given the number 9 shirt.But due to the jersey change of Brazilian striker, Fred, from 11 to 9, Abdul has changed to number 32. But again he changed to number 23 after the departure of Jérémy Berthod.

On 2 July 2009, Galatasaray officially announced that Keïta joined the Turkish club and signed a three year contract. He scored his first goal for Galatasaray in a qualification match for UEFA Europa cup against Macabbi Netenya in the 5th minute. On December 12, Keïta scored for Galatasaray in a 3-2 victory over Antalyaspor.


On 18 February 2010 Keita scored a late equalizer to secure a 1-1 away draw for Galatasaray against Atletico Madrid in the Europa Cup. Later, in the second leg he equalized again to make it 1-1, but Galatasaray failed to qualify. On February 28 Keita scored the second and fourth goals in a 4-1 victory over Kasimpasa. His first goal was a magnificent volley from just inside the penalty area.


In Galatasaray's 3-0 victory over Ankaragucu in March, Keita scored the second goal as well as assisting the final goal. On 11 April 2010 Keita assisted two of Milan Baros' goals in a 4-1 victory over Diyarbakirspor. A week later Keita scored the first goal in a 1-2 victory over

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