Olivier Kapo
Kapo in 2005
Personal information
Full name Obou Narcisse Olivier Kapo[1]
Date of birth (1980-09-27) 27 September 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth Marcory, Ivory Coast[2]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, left winger[3][4]
Youth career
1996–1999 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Auxerre 120 (19)
2004–2007 Juventus 14 (0)
2005–2006Monaco (loan) 25 (5)
2006–2007Levante (loan) 30 (5)
2007–2008 Birmingham City 26 (5)
2008–2010 Wigan Athletic 20 (1)
2010Boulogne (loan) 16 (2)
2010–2011 Celtic 2 (0)
2011 Al-Ahly 6 (2)
2012–2013 Auxerre 39 (12)
2013–2014 Levadiakos 19 (2)
2014–2015 Korona Kielce 27 (7)
Total 344 (60)
National team
2002–2004 France 9 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Obou Narcisse Olivier Kapo (born 27 September 1980), known as Olivier Kapo, is a French former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or left winger.

Club career

Early career

Born in Marcory, Ivory Coast, Kapo began his professional career with Auxerre in 1999. He joined Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2004, but he struggled to adapt to life in Turin and did not play much as he was behind Pavel Nedvěd in the left midfield role. As a result, he was loaned to Monaco for the 2005–06 season.[citation needed]

When Juventus were forcibly relegated to Serie B, Kapo returned to Turin, but went back on loan due to the abundance of midfielders. He signed for Spanish La Liga club Levante, scoring five goals in 32 appearances.[citation needed]

Birmingham City

Kapo playing for Birmingham City in 2007
Kapo playing for Birmingham City in 2007

Kapo signed for Birmingham City on 29 June 2007 for a fee of £3 million.[5] He claimed to have rejected other offers to sign for the club, suggesting his style of play was better suited to English football.[6] He scored on his Premier League debut, against Chelsea in a 3–2 defeat on 12 August 2007.[7]

Wigan Athletic

Kapo signed for Wigan Athletic on 16 July 2008, signing a three-year deal for a fee reported as £3.5 million, a move which reunited him with former manager Steve Bruce.[8] He scored his first goal for Wigan in a 4–1 League Cup win over Ipswich Town on 24 September 2008, and his first league goal in a 2–1 defeat to Chelsea on 28 February 2009.[9] On 8 January 2010, Kapo moved to Boulogne on a six-month loan deal,[10] and left Wigan by mutual consent in August 2010.[11]


On 4 November 2010, Kapo signed for Celtic on an 18-month deal.[12] He was allocated the number 77 jersey.[13] He stated he turned down better money from other clubs to sign for the Glasgow side,[14] including an offer from Bundesliga club SC Freiburg.[15] He was encouraged to join the club after consulting with his friend, ex-Celtic player Jean-Joël Perrier-Doumbé.[13] Kapo made his debut against St Johnstone at home in the Scottish Premier League as a second-half substitute, hitting the bar and then assisting the second goal in a 2–0 victory.[16] He was released from his Celtic contract in January 2011, although the player claimed he walked out on the club because they had unilaterally changed the terms of his contract.[17]

Al Ahli SC

In February 2011, Kapo signed for Qatar club Al Ahli SC on a five-month contract.[18] He scored twice to help Al Ahli to only their second win of the season, beating Qatar SC 3–1.[19] After only five appearances and two league goals, he terminated his contract with the club of the Persian Gulf during the following summer.[citation needed]

Return to Auxerre

He signed an 18-month contract with former club Auxerre in January 2012, after a few weeks spent training with the club.[20][21]

Levadiakos FC

When his contract expired, Kapo signed a two-year deal with Superleague Greece club Levadiakos.[22] In September 2014, he stated in the French media that "everything is corrupted in Greek football, mafia-controlled, while FIFA and UEFA simply don't care".[23]

Korona Kielce

On 15 August 2014, Kapo signed a one-year contract with the Polish Ekstraklasa side Korona Kielce.[24] He scored his first goal for Korona in the matchday 12, as his team drew 2–2 with Lech Poznań. In total, he scored seven goals. After the 2014–15 Ekstraklasa season, his contract was not extended.[25]

International career

Kapo won nine caps for France.[26] He represented his country in the 2003 Confederations Cup, scoring against New Zealand,[13] and was a substitute in the final as France beat Cameroon.[27] He has also scored in friendlies against Egypt and Serbia and Montenegro.[13] Kapo's last cap came in 2004.[citation needed]

Personal life

His nephew, Maxen, is a footballer who turned professional with Paris Saint-Germain[28] and made his senior debut with Lausanne-Sport.[29]





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  14. ^ "Olivier Kapo insists football, not finance, was behind decision to join Celtic". The Scotsman. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  15. ^ "Kapo: Why I chose the SPL over the Bundesliga". STV Sport. 7 November 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  16. ^ "Celtic 2–0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
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  21. ^ "O. Kapo un an et demi à Auxerre" [O. Kapo a year and a half at Auxerre]. L'Équipe (in French). 23 January 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
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  25. ^ "Korona zgłosiła Zbigniewa Małkowskiego i Pawła Sobolewskiego". www.90minut.pl.
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  27. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003: Cameroon–France". FIFA. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  28. ^ Y.L. (14 March 2019). "PSG: le neveu d'Olivier Kapo, Maxen, signe pro" [PSG: Olivier Kapo's nephew, Maxen, turns professional]. Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  29. ^ "M. Kapo". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 10 August 2021.