Souleymane “Sol” Bamba was born on 13 January, 1985 in France to Ivorian parents. He is a professional footballer who plays for Championship side Cardiff City and the Ivory Coast national team as a centre-back. Bamba started his career in his native France with Paris Saint-Germain, but failed to establish himself in their first team and moved to Scotland to join Dunfermline Athletic in 2006. Two years later he was transferred to Hibernian, before joining Leicester City in January 2011. He moved to Turkish club Trabzonspor in 2012.
Sol represented Ivory Coast in the 2008 Olympic Games and has since become a regular for the full national side. He began his career with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 14. Despite impressing for PSG’s youth and B teams, he only appeared in two first team games, in his final year at the club. A dispute with the PSG manager, Vahid Halilhodžić, caused Bamba to leave the club.
After an initial trial period, Sol signed for Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic in July 2006. Jim Leishman later revealed that he had been intending to bring over another player from France on trial, but this deal fell through and his agent sent him instead.
Bamba chose to move to Hibernian, signing a three-year contract with the club. He was sent off on his debut for a second bookable offence against Dundee United, but he subsequently established himself in the Hibs first team. Despite being a natural centre back, manager Mixu Paatelainen praised Bamba‘s contribution as a defensive midfielder in a 2–0 win against Celtic in December 2008. Paatelainen commented further that he believed Sol had improved as a player since his spell at Dunfermline, due to not going to ground when making a challenge. He quickly became a popular player with the Hibs support due to his tough and committed tackling in this new role.