2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Kalidou KOULIBALY

Age
28
Height
195.0 cm
Date of Birth 20 June 1991
International Caps
29
International Goals
1

Kalidou Koulibaly played for France, the country of his birth, at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 before choosing to play for Senegal in 2015, at the invitation of coach Aliou Cisse, who gave him his first start in a 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia that September. Impressed by his performances at the back, Cisse had no hesitation in making the towering central defender (6’5, 1.95m) a mainstay of his back-line for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifiers. 

Koulibaly played in every game before seeing red in a goalless draw with Burkina Faso in September 2017. After serving his one-match suspension, he returned to the centre of defence for the 2-0 win away to Cape Verde Islands and then helped the Lions of Teranga to another victory by the same scoreline in South Africa, a win that secured their ticket to Russia 2018.