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Kolo Toure retires from Football. Former Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure has announced his retirement from Football.

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Toure, who has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, represented his national of Ivory Coast for over 15 years as he played a total of 120 matches for the team.

At club level Toure first started playing in the year 1999 when he signed for Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, whom he represented for three years before moving to Premier League club Arsenal FC.

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Toure joined The Gunners in 2002 and had one the most legendary runs at the Emirates. At Arsenal he won the Premier League in the year 2003-04, won the FA cup twice and also won a runners-up medal at UEFA Champions League.

Kolo Toure left the Emirates in 2009, after playing over 200 matches. He then went on to join Manchester City, where he played 82 games and once again managed to lift the PL trophy in 2011-12.

His last club in England was Liverpool FC, where he did not have a formidable run under Brendan Rodgers. Toure’s next journey would be in Scotland, where he joined 48 times Scottish League champions Celtic FC.

The Ivorian played only one season at The Hoops but managed to win three trophies all within his first year.
At international level Kolo also contributed a lot; he won the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in 2015 before retiring in the same year at the international level.

Kolo has now taken up a coaching role with his nation and has also returned at Celtic but this time as the club’s technical assistant.

The Ivorian will surely go down as one of the greatest defenders in the history of African football.