We wish the best of luck to the former JMG academics from Ivory Coast
Boa Sorte Na Terra Do Samba Kalou
Formed at the Academy of Jean Marc Guillou with ASEC de Mimosa in Ivory Coast, he will discover a new continent and will add and play in a 5th professional championship. This time he will be playing in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Kalou is the second renowned foreign international recruited by Botafogo, after the Japanese Keisuke Honda, also aged 34. Salomon Kalou is committed until June 2021 with the Rio club. Players such as Garrincha or more recently Clarence Seedorf have worn the black and white unform of the Rio club. Yaya Touré and John Obi Mikel were approached last season by Botafago without success.
The Rio de Janeiro state championship is the first to resume in Brazil, despite the coronavirus pandemic that is hitting hard on the South American country, it is the second most affected country in the world. The Brazilian national championship is due to resume on August 9.
Salomon Kalou started his professional career at the age of 18 in Erodivisie with Feyenoord then he played in PREMIER LEAGUE with Chelsea, before being transferred to LEAGUE 1 with LOSC de Lille. His last term was in the BUNDESLIGA where he played 6 seasons in the German capital with Herta Berlin. In those 6 seasons, he accumulated 53 goals and 16 assists in 173 games. In England, he had a career loaded with trophies.
He won the Champions League in 2012, a Premier League title, four FA Cups, a League Cup and the Community Shield.
Carlos Augusto Montenegro, a member of the Brazilian club’s executive committee, hinted at the player’s potential transfer last June. “He already has the pre-contract, but he only asked for one more detail in the contract that was sent to him,” he continued.
“I think it’s okay. And if no candidate for Vasco’s presidency shows up at his house, I think he might come. “
Before leaving the Olympiastadion, Kalou had recently said goodbye to Hertha Berlin, he had been punished for posting a video showing him disobeying numerous German league security measures in relation to Covid 19 upon returning to the training with the Hertha.
He later explained that he had no bad intentions, he was just happy to be able to play ball and to have received the results of his drug test that he was not infected.