After breaking through into the Côte d'Ivoire squad last year, Mathis Bolly said that playing at the FIFA World Cup™ finals was his dream.
The forward who is said to be faster over 40 metres than the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, played in one game as Les Elephants secured a third consecutive appearance at the finals. Injury saw him miss a large chunk of the season, and he only returned a few months ago – just in time to still make the west African country's Brazil 2014 squad.
The Norway-born midfielder, who played for the Norwegian youth team, started his football career with Lillestrom, playing his first game as a 17-year-old when he came on in a Tippeligaen game against Stabaek in August 2008. After five seasons with Lillestrom, he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf and made his first Bundesliga appearance in March of last year.
A week later, he scored his first goal - beating none other than Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Disappointingly for him, Dusseldorf were relegated at the end of that season, but Bolly decided to remain loyal to the club, and has since fought his way through a frustrating 2.Bundesliga season.