Aly Cissokho

Name:
Aly Cissokho
Nationality:
French
Date of Birth:
15/09/1987
Height:
5' 11" (181cm)
Weight:
11st 11lbs (75.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Valencia, Liverpool (loan), Valencia, Lyon, AC Milan, FC Porto, Vitoria Setubal, Gueugnon
Position:
Defender


Aly Cissokho's arrival from Valencia in August 2014 was nothing short of fate.

The left-back spent the previous campaign on loan at Liverpool and made his debut at Villa Park - something which had a lasting impact.

The defender says he'll always remember the atmosphere at the stadium created by the home faithful, despite a victory for Brendan Rogers' side.

He grew up in the Loir-et-Cher area of France and learned football from his three older brothers, two of which play at amateur level and the other, Issa, who plies his trade for Nantes in Ligue 1.

He started his professional career for Gueugnon in Ligue 2 after being promoted from the youth ranks.

He made his debut in May 2007 and went on to play 25 times for the first team before he left following their relegation in 2008.

He moved to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitoria where he played 18 times before securing a move to Portuguese giants Porto in January 2009.

At Porto he played 23 times, including his first appearances in the Champions League and was part of the team that won the Portuguese title in 2009, after going unbeaten in the league during Cissokho's spell. 

In July 2009 he moved to French side Lyon for €15m. He spent three full seasons at the Stade de Gerland, playing 137 times in all and scoring twice, and was part of the team that won the Coupe de France in 2011-12.

In August 2012, Cissokho moved to Spain to play for Valencia.

He played 36 times in La Liga and scored twice in the 2012-13 season as Valencia finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League.

In August 2013, he moved to Liverpool on a season-long loan.

While at Anfield, he played 19 times and helped the Reds finish second in the Barclays Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.

Cissokho has one cap for France to date in a friendly against Norway in August 2010.


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