19 Facts About Bakary Sako


Bakary Sako was born on 26 April 1988 and is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Greek Super League club Levadiakos.


Bakary Sako has previously played for English League clubs Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and West Bromwich Albion.


Bakary Sako was promoted to the senior squad and assigned the number 26 shirt.


On 9 July 2009, Bakary Sako departed Chateauroux for Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne, where he signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.


Bakary Sako finished the season as the club's top goalscorer as the team missed out on the play-offs on goal difference.


On 5 August 2015, Bakary Sako joined Premier League side Crystal Palace on a three-year contract following his release from Wolves.


Bakary Sako scored his first goal for the club on his full debut against Aston Villa on 22 August 2015.


Bakary Sako later scored against Bristol City in the same competition.


Bakary Sako was back scoring in the league as well, netting against Watford, Burnley and Leicester.


Bakary Sako played for the Malian U17 team in one friendly match in 2005, while the team was preparing for the 2005 African Under-17 Championship.


Bakary Sako was a member of the French squad that participated in the 2007 European Under-19 Championship reaching the semi-finals before being eliminated by Spain.


Bakary Sako made his French under-21 debut on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Tunisia.


Bakary Sako scored his first under-21 goal in the 2009 Toulon Tournament against Qatar.


Bakary Sako was called up by the Malian national team for the first time for a friendly against Senegal on 5 March 2014.


Bakary Sako scored his first international goal against Guinea in a friendly match played in Colombes, France, on 25 May 2014.


In December 2014 Bakary Sako was called up to the Mali squad for the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Equatorial Guinea in January 2015.


Bakary Sako started Mali's first two matches in group D of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.


Bakary Sako scored a left-foot half-volley against Ivory Coast that the BBC hailed as the goal of the tournament at that point.


Bakary Sako was unable to start the final and decisive group game against Guinea due to an illness though he did appear from the bench for the final 15 minutes of the game.