Seydou Doumbia, how are you?
Seydou Doumbia: IM fine, thanks. I’m in Dubai for a few days on vacation. Otherwise, I’ll be training to stay fit. I want to sign again with an ambitious club in January. I will be ready and motivated.
Your younger brother recently made a great debut at FC Zurich. Did you congratulate him?
Clear. Ousmane and I hear each other almost every day. I really like to treat him to the move. He’s finally allowed to play in the top league, in my eyes he would have deserved it for a long time. I am very happy for him and I am convinced that he will help FCZ.
As a YB legend and ex-FCB star, do you now sympathize with Zurich?
What does sympathize mean? Since my brother’s change, I have of course been an FCZ fan!
Is Ousmane more defensive because he always had to get the ball off you as a boy?
No. (laughs). As children we hardly played football together. He’s five years younger than me. And when he got to an interesting, competitive age, I was already away from home.
Your will also meet on Saturday Ex-clubs YB and Basel on each other …
… Please don’t ask me now who I will keep my fingers crossed for!
But. Who do you keep your fingers crossed for?
That’s unfair. YB is forever in my heart. I got the chance to launch my career in Bern, where I experienced two unforgettable seasons. Individually, it went very well for me. Unfortunately we weren’t able to win a title as a team. But I’ll never forget FC Basel either. I had a great year there. At FCB I was finally able to celebrate a title. We got the double. I wish both teams the best.
And who will win the hit?
Then I guess a spectacular 2: 2 or a 1: 1. That would be fine with me.
With a goal or two from Jean-Pierre Nsame? Were you disappointed when he broke your goal record of 30 goals this season last season?
He scored 32 goals, right? But I wasn’t disappointed, no. I like to give him this record and I am happy for him. He’s a great boy and a very physically strong striker.
You can also take it cool. You have been the top scorer in the Super League three times.
Yes (laughs). And two more times in Russia.
You haven’t played in months. Are you still a clippers?
Clear. I am sure that I still have a lot of goals under my belt.
Can you imagine returning to Switzerland again?
For sure. I like Switzerland a lot. The quality of life is great, the people are super nice. I always enjoy being there.
Maybe with your brother at the FCZ?
Why not? I’ve never played with Ousmane before. That would certainly appeal to me. Let’s see what happens in January. But one thing is certain: I will never return to FC Sion. Never, ever again! Absolutely no way.
Are you still disappointed in President Christian Constantin?
What do you think I’m still very, very, angry with him. The fans at Sion were great. The teammates too. But the president is crazy.
Can you tell us your point of view?
First he put us under pressure and then released us without notice. That he then portrayed us as greedy in public was the biggest disappointment for me. As I said: I’m still very angry. But actually I really don’t want to talk about Sion anymore.
Your brother is playing in Valais on Sunday.
As I said: I’m a FCZ fan!
Seydou Doumbia from Ivorian comes to YB from Japan in summer 2008, at the age of 20. In his first season he is just a wild card. But because the fast man with the unusual hairstyle usually scores goals immediately after being substituted on, he immediately becomes a crowd favorite. Based on “Kumbaya my Lord”, the YB fans sing “Doumbia my Lord”. Despite his role as a joker, he was the top scorer with 20 goals. In the following season, «Lord» Doumbia hits 30 times and is of course the top scorer again. The only thing missing in the two-year love affair between the cheerful striker and YB is a title. Six years after moving to CSKA Moscow (he won Russia’s top scorer’s crown twice), he was loaned to FC Basel by AS Roma. With FCB he won the championship title and the cup and was again top scorer. Because FCB and AS Roma do not agree financially, Doumbia is gone after one season. In September 2019, Doumbia’s third guest performance in Switzerland will take place. But Sion is a big disappointment for the 37-time international of the Ivory Coast. After 5 goals in 15 missions, Sion boss Christian Constantin gives him and other players an immediate termination in March during the Corona lockdown. They should not have been willing to forego money, says CC. Since then, the 75-time Super League goalscorer has been without a club.
Turning deficit to victory: Seydou Doumbia redeems Sion against Thun(02:19)