25 Facts About Gervinho


Gervinho began his career at ASEC Abidjan and Toumodi, before moving to Belgium in 2004 to play for Beveren.


Gervinho has made over 80 appearances for the Ivorian national team from his debut in 2007, scoring 23 goals.


Gervinho was part of their squads at five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two World Cups.


At ASEC Abidjan, he was given the Brazilian Portuguese style nickname "Gervinho", derived from his first name Gervais, by the Brazilian coach who trained ASEC Abidjan.


Gervinho played for two seasons at Belgian side Waasland-Beveren, where he made 61 appearances for the club and scored 14 goals.


Gervinho scored two goals in his debut season in Ligue 1, with one of them coming against AS Nancy.


Gervinho scored 9 times in 59 Ligue 1 appearances over 2 seasons with the French side.


Gervinho scored 13 times in 32 appearances in his debut season for the club.


Gervinho had an even more successful second season with Lille.


Gervinho scored 18 goals in all competitions, 15 in Ligue 1, to help Lille win the Ligue 1 for the first time in 56 years.


Gervinho was given the number 27 shirt, which was last worn by Ivory Coast teammate Emmanuel Eboue who was already on the verge of leaving the club.


Gervinho made his debut in a pre-season friendly match against 1.


Gervinho was sent off on his Premier League debut against Newcastle United for slapping Joey Barton.


In October 2016, Gervinho ruptured the ligaments in his left knee whilst in training for Hebei China Fortune.


On 17 August 2018, Gervinho returned to Serie A by signing for Parma Calcio 1913 alongside his former Roma teammate Salih Ucan.


On 26 May 2021, it was announced that Gervinho had joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a permanent basis.


Gervinho was named in the Ivorian senior squad for the first time for the friendlies against Angola and Qatar in November 2007, and was picked for the Ivorian squad for their 2008 African Cup of Nations campaign in Ghana where he was given the number 10 shirt.


Gervinho made his competitive debut for the Ivorian club during the 2008 Nations Cup where he made two substitute appearances.


Gervinho represented his country at the 2008 Olympic tournament where he was captain.


On 15 January 2010, Gervinho scored his third international goal in the African Nations Cup group stage game against Ghana.


Gervinho made a total of three appearances in the tournament, scoring once.


Gervinho missed a sudden-death penalty in the shoot-out at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final, after which Stopila Sunzu scored to win the tournament for Zambia.


Gervinho made only three appearances, all as a substitute, in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup but still scored twice.


Gervinho was included in Ivory Coast's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Gervinho is generally deployed as a forward, more often on the wing, and takes a more attacking role than a typical midfielder.