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Yoann Folly (born 6 June 1985 in Parismarker) is a Frenchmarker born Togo international footballer who currently plays for Plymouth Argyle. His preferred position is in central midfield, but he can also play on the wing.

Playing career

Folly was brought to Englandmarker in 2003 by then Southampton manager Gordon Strachan who paid St. √Čtienne ¬£250,000 to secure his signature. After numerous managerial changes at Southampton, Folly struggled to get in the team and loan spells at Nottingham Forest (where he scored his first goal in English Football against QPR in the FA Cup) and Preston North End followed.

In January 2006, Folly was signed on loan by Sheffield Wednesday to ease injury problems as the then manager Paul Sturrock had been impressed by him after taking over as Saints manager from Strachan in 2004. He made his debut on 31 January at Hillsboroughmarker, suffering a 2-0 defeat against Luton Town.

Folly's promising displays meant that he joined Wednesday on a permanent basis following the end of the season, rejecting the offer of a new contract at St. Mary'smarker - however, Southampton received an undisclosed compensation fee under FA rules due to him being under the age of 24.

On 28 August 2007, Folly climbed off the substitutes' bench at Hillsborough to score an extra-time winner for Wednesday in the League Cup 2nd round versus Hartlepool United.

Despite becoming an increasingly important member of the side over the 07/08 season, Folly handed in a transfer request to the club on the 4th of January 2008, citing concerns about his lack of first team football.

On 11 January 2008, it was announced that Folly had signed for Plymouth Argyle for a fee believed to be around £200,000, joining manager Paul Sturrock for the third time in his career. . After only appearing once all year, he started the match at the Riverside Stadiummarker against Middlesbrough on the 31st of October 2009, and produced a vivid display. He was then voted man of the match in the following home win over Doncaster Rovers on the 7th of November 2009, and looks likely to hold down a first team spot.

Folly played for France at Under 16, 17, 18 and 21 level, but later switched his alliance to Togo. He was called up to Togo's 2006 World Cup squad, but did not make the final cut. On 22 August 2008, Folly made his debut for Togo in their 2-1 defeat to the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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