Jonathan Kodjia was born on 22 October, 1989 in France to Ivorian parents. He was contacted first by the Benin Football Association as his surname has origins in that country but was not eligible. He was later called up by the Ivory Coast national football team and made his debut in a friendly 0–0 tie with Hungary in May 2016. He scored his first international goal against Gabon on 4 June 2016, volleying home to score the first goal of the game. Ivory Coast would go on to win 2–1. He is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Aston Villa and the Ivory Coast national team. Born in the suburbs of Paris, France.
Kodjia began his career with Reims and gained experience in the Championnat National (French third division) and Ligue 2 with Cherbourg, Caen and Amiens. He moved to Angers in 2014, ultimately winning Ligue 2 Player of the Year 2015 and being named in the Ligue 2 Team of the Season. He subsequently moved to Bristol City in the EFL Championship.
Jonathan joined Bristol City on a three-year deal, with the option of a further year on 20 July 2015. He scored his first competitive goal for Bristol City on 15 August 2015 in a 4–2 defeat to Brentford, converting a pass from Luke Ayling to give City a 1–0 lead. On 30 August 2016, Kodjia signed with Aston Villa on a four-year contract for an initial fee of £11 million, that could potentially rise to £15 million. He scored his first league goal for the club, on his debut, against Brentford.
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