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Kalifa Cisse




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Born in France, Cisse began his career as a trainee with Toulouse, before moving out to Portugal in 2005 to sign for Primeira Liga side, Boavista F.C.

He made 33 starts for the Portuguese giants, and they didn’t go unnoticed, Reading were informed about his potential and in the summer of 2007, Cisse signed a three-year contract, costing in the region of £600,000.   

The towering defensive midfielder was likened by the fans to being in the same vein as Vieira, however they didn’t see much of the Malian on his Madejski Stadium debut as it ended prematurely; Cisse saw red for two bookable offences in our narrow defeat to Chelsea in the opening game of the season.

In somewhat improved news, he scored his first goal in a closely fought encounter with Spurs in 2007, narrowly losing 6-4. Even though the Royals were relegated that season, Cisse remained a fan favourite, his goal against concluding Champions wolves was voted as being the best of the season.

The subsequent year saw him be used more economically by manager Brian McDermott, appearing in only 19 games across the league and cup, but lasting the full 90 in a notable 11 of them.

His last goal for Reading came against Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-0 victory during the Christmas month. Overall he made 83 appearances for the Royals in just over three years, chipping in with seven league goals.

The end of the 2009/10 season came and Cisse engineered a move to Bristol City, meeting up with the man who brought him to Reading, Steve Coppell.

He was playing first team football for the Robins, appearing 42 times in two season and scoring a brace of goals. He then played his football at Derby County, after signing for them on a non-contract basis following a trial in October 2013.